It isn’t every day that a project of your conception takes off and gains enough traction to change things for everyone at your company. It’s even less common that such a project gets recognized by an outside body when it’s an infrastructure effort, which companies like AOL don’t discuss that openly. The combination of these two are why I’m especially pleased to share that the AOL Cloud project, which I’d been working to make a reality since 2007, was recognized by the Uptime Institute at their 2011 Green Enterprise IT awards. We were recognized in the “IT Innovation” category on May 11th at the Uptime Symposium. Aaron Lake and I provided a presentation of our effort – Will Stevens couldn’t join us, as he had left AOL.
No effort of this nature happens as an individual effort, and this was no exception. Given the challenging circumstances at AOL in 2010, it was especially exciting to see people band together to work on such an exciting project. I’m glad we were able to embrace some of the best of current technology at AOL, and make it ours. I’m looking forward to seeing our participation in World IPv6 Day as well.