Saves $5 Million
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USC’s Web-based Classes Go Mobile
THE University of Southern California has added a mobile component to its Web-based courses. Students who are taking online classes toward master’s
degrees in social work or education can now
use smartphones or tablets to stay on top of
To do so, they have to download an application created by 2tor, an educational software
provider that also works with online programs
at Georgetown University and the University
of North Carolina.
Julie Row is working on a master’s in social
work at USC from her home in New Jersey.
Most days, she uses the mobile app on her
Android phone once or twice to check in and
keep up with classes.
That’s about on par with how other students
use the app, 2tor officials said. Nearly half of
the social-work students at USC who down-
loaded the software use it 10 times per month
for more than five minutes at a time; about a
quarter of the education students have done
AOL decommissioned nearly 10,000
servers and saved itself $5 million
along the way to winning an Uptime
Institute contest designed to show
the high cost of running inefficient
or underutilized IT equipment.
The contestants could move
workloads to newer, virtualized
equipment or into the cloud. Each
had to provide documentation, such
as work requests, recycling receipts
and photographs, to verify what
they had done.
AOL decommissioned 9,484 servers last year, or about a quarter of
its servers worldwide, Uptime said.
Its savings included $1.65 million
in energy bills, $2.2 million in OS
licenses and $62,000 in hardware
The Internet services company
also gained $1.2 million from scrap
and resale, and reduced its carbon
emissions by 20 tons, Uptime added.
The net savings came to about
$5 million, said Brenda Rian, an AOL
AOL bought new hardware to
replace most of the decommissioned servers, so it cut its server
count by only about 1,000, said
once were, she added.
Contest runner-up NBC Universal
cut its server total by 284, or 17%.
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