About Michael Manos


CTO, AOL Brands

Senior Vice President, AOL

A seasoned Technology Management executive with over 18 years of management experience and technical industry certifications and patents with a strong background in data center management, information technology platforms, network architecture, service management (ITIL) and telecommunication technologies.

Mike has an extensive IT-based consulting and professional service background which includes business practice management with revenue generation responsibilities which flavors a strong advocacy of technology and process integration.

Past examples of this technology and process integration have been recognized by leading analyst firms including The Gartner Group and Meta Group. This integration experience is augmented by considerable systems development experience in both traditional systems development environments and web-based development platforms.

He is currently responsible for all Global Technology and Development platforms for all AOL Subscription businesses, the Industry, Technology, and Media sites, AOL Mail and Messaging, and global mobile engineering efforts.  Previous to these responsibilities at AOL he also led all  engineering and development efforts for the Huffington Post and ran global operations.

His past roles include Nokia, where he was Senior Vice President of Service Operations, Digital Realty Trust where he had data center design, construction, ongoing operations and professional services, similar responsibilities at Microsoft Corporation, and executive roles at Walt Disney, Rhythms NetConnections, and Nuclio Corporation (now part of Sun Microsystems).  He holds multiple IT and Data Center technology sector patents and is an active voice in the data center and large scale Internet technology community.

Michael can be contacted via email at: michael_manos@hotmail.com

PERSONAL DISCLAIMER:  The views and commentary on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent my current or previous employers.  If you are interested in me reviewing your product or service for use in my current role, my preference is that you do not reach out to me via this forum but rather contact me through AOL instead.

20 thoughts on “About Michael Manos

  1. Hi Mike,

    I’m studying MSc in IT (Part time), in Dublin Ireland, I am carrying out research in the use of Web 2.0 applications for supporting virtual IT Operation teams , in particular things like mashups and collaboration tools like wikis, mainly in a data centre environment. Is this something Microsoft have reasearched or currently use?


  2. Michael-

    I loved your packaged data center concept.

    As they say, ‘and now for something completely different’

    Perhaps some lateral thinking can increase the MIPS/(Meter^2-Watt) that must be the asymptotic measure of data center capability.

    We are a Windows Embedded Partner, and recently developed a board based on the Intel Atom CPU. We are running 1.7 Ghz, decompressing HD Video at 20% load and consuming only 3 Watts. With power management active (the Atom has 6 levels) power can drop another 50%.

    Here is a simple benchmark:


    So here is the lateral thinking bit- I seems the the MIPS/Watt value is minimized a the low power end of the spectrum. (We ave lots of benchmarks that seem to suggest this). If some new OS (Lets call it ‘Red Dog”) could use the power management, it would be even better. Finally, we are very good at board layout and we could crams a whole bunch of these tiny chips on a blade or other form factor.

    If you want to explore filling a few cabinets in packaged data center with huge numbers of computing cores, contact me- you have the email-

    Lawrence Ricci

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  7. Mike,
    I tried to sumbit a comment yesterday, but I couldn’t find it.

    What is MS doing with its surplus data center equipment (servers, routers, switches, etc)? Reselling them could generate huge revenue with little cost. It is also the Green way to get rid of old gear. Thanks


  8. Hunter,

    We do indeed move our gear to the aftermarket once it has expired in its useful life for us. Microsoft has had a long and successful run at PC and Server Recycling since before I came to the company.


  9. Mike,
    Thanks for the response. I created and manage a global disposal (resell and donate) program and I’m always curious what other companies are doing. It’s surprising how many companies don’t do anything and are missing out on a cash cow. I really enjoy reading about the cool stuff you guys are doing with your data centers. Thanks again and best of luck.

  10. Hi Michael,

    Congratulations on the move. I have been reading your blog for quite some time. I would love to show you around our facility if you’re ever in Vegas. Feel free to contact me at any point. Once again, congratulations!


  11. hey Mike,

    I noticed the AOL network has been shutting down once per day and this can get expensive for people like me who have an expensive bill from Verizon. Is this going to continue?

    • Mueller – I havent seen or heard anything like this but am more than happy to dig into this for you. When you say shutting down once per day what are you referring to? Are you a classic dial-up user? Any additional details would be helpful and I will get my teams on it immediately.


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