AOL Moves Micro Data Centers (MDCs) Powered by Penguin Computing Into Production

AOL, Inc. and Penguin Computing today announced that AOL has successfully moved its first outside Micro Data Center (MDC) into production. The system currently handles about 20% of the traffic to AOL’s main website www.aol.com. AOL’s MDCs are small ‘Data Centers in a Box’.

There are two MDC versions: one for outdoor, one for indoor use. Each MDC unit is self sufficient and includes high density servers and storage nodes from Penguin Computing’s Relion product line as well as PDU’s, switches, load balancers and external hookups for power and networking. The outdoor MDC is housed in a ruggedized 42U rack-size enclosure provided by Elliptical Mobile Solutions that is NEMA 3 rated and protects against fire, water, humidity and vandalism. It is cooled by a direct expansion cooling module integrated with the enclosure, and has an option for using air-side economization.

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