Whitepapers

The AFCOM Learning Center contains a large database of white papers developed by leading organization to explore key topics in the data center and IT infrastructure industry. Topics vary broadly and target across data center and IT infrastructure roles. Some recent white paper titles include:

  • Migrating to the Cloud: 3 Best Practices
  • Data Center Expansion Options: Should You Build or Buy?
  • 3 Things You Can Do to Get the Most Out of Your Network Fiber Cable
  • Four Emerging Data Center Archetypes
  • Increasing the Efficiency of Critical Facilities Management
  • Focus on Skills: Measuring Return on Your Investment Training

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The 2019 State of the Data Center Report

Posted on 3/18/2019
In this third edition, we’ve introduced a few new topics. These include people entering into the data center market as new employees, a closer examination around cloud, and how leaders in the space are deploying new and advanced technologies to suppo

Evolving from Reactive to Predictive Maintenance

Posted on 3/4/2019
Learn about the ideologies behind transforming data center maintenance lifecycles that are largely reactive to a more proactive one via predictive maintenance solutions.

DCIM: Take Back Your Nights and Weekends

Posted on 3/4/2019
DCIM has come a long way, and this whitepaper addresses the concepts, new tools, solutions, challenges and best practices for managing today’s data centers and what’s just around the corner.

Beyond Green: What Does the Next-Gen Sustainable Data Center Look Like?

Posted on 2/25/2019
The goal of this whitepaper is to provide you with some simple tools and strategies for developing, and selling, a plan for optimizing sustainability.

Data Center Capacity Optimization and TCO

Posted on 2/25/2019
Here are six key capacity planning-related questions—and answers—that any data center professional should be intimately familiar with.

Five Bold Predictions for the Data Center in 2019

Posted on 1/8/2019
These Five Bold Predictions made by the DCI Board are a must-read for any data center industry professional needing guidance for managing technology in 2019.

Industry Trends: State of the Data Center Report 2018

Posted on 6/11/2018
The results of this year’s survey are in and they reveal the many unprecedented challenges facing modern data centers today and how professionals, like yourselves, are meeting them.

CONVERGENCE Part 3: Extending Principles of DevOps from Data Center Throughout the Enterprise

Posted on 5/15/2018
This DCI Board white paper, the third in a series, examines the evolution and practicality of DevOps as it stands today as well as the role it plays in the data center and business.

How IoT Will Change the Data Center

Posted on 4/3/2018
This whitepaper discusses the ways in which different roles and departments will need to literally and figuratively plug into the data center to effectively make use of IoT data, and how to effectively enable users across the organization.

Security 2020: Critical Awareness and Responses

Posted on 4/3/2018
By collaborating in small groups to consider a particular war scenario involving a physical or cybersecurity threat, our experts have developed a prescriptive plan for putting the threat in context, and responding to and communicating the threat.

Hybrid Architecture - Is Cloud the Inevitable Best Practice?

Posted on 3/9/2018
Here's a deep dive into the spectrum of options for data center expansion and how different data center scenarios fit into, and across, the different options. These include renovating an existing site, building custom, and adding a modular unit.

How to Prepare for and Leverage Machine Learning in the Data Center

Posted on 3/9/2018
During this think-tank meeting, our experts collaborated to determine the requirements for effective support of machine learning for the business and what’s needed to effectively leverage machine learning to optimize compute, storage, and uptime.

Data Center Disaster Prevention and Recovery Plan

Posted on 3/9/2018
Learn high-level best practices and recommendations for developing and maintaining a disaster prevention and recovery plan. While these guidelines can be applied widely, organizations must take into account their individual goals.

CONVERGENCE Part 2: Breaking Down Data Center Delivery Models: Which is Right for your Business?

Posted on 3/6/2018
This DCI Board white paper, the second in a series, explains data center models and guides organizations use to plan their data center strategy.

CONVERGENCE Part 1: The Extinction of the Data Center Operator and Evolution of Data Center Analysts

Posted on 2/12/2018
This DCI Board white paper, the first in a series, focuses on how to successfully adopt and implement a converged data center strategy to address staffing and management operations.

The AFCOM Journal Data Center of the Future: What's Next for Edge?

Posted on 2/12/2018
This DCI Board white paper, the first in a series, focuses on how to successfully adopt and implement a converged data center strategy to address staffing and management operations.

The AFCOM Journal Data Center of the Future: What's Next for Edge? (Public)

Posted on 2/12/2018
It’s hard not to get caught up in the hoopla surrounding edge computing. Like most new technology just beginning to take shape, its definition is often complex and uses differ among participants.

Everything You Need for Measuring Temperature, CO2 and Humidity

Posted on 11/13/2017
Modern data centers contain a significant numbers of cables to accommodate the network’s high-volume, high-density connections. A properly designed cable tray system will provide the necessary support structure to maintain the consistency and integri

Humidity and Condition Monitoring for Data Centers

Posted on 10/3/2017
Read this whitepaper about temperature, CO2 and humidity instrumentation to control advanced air conditioning and cooling systems. Accurate and stable instrumentation allows your cooling system to be efficiently controlled while maintaining temperat

Passive Optical Port Replication in the Data Center

Posted on 7/24/2017
The demand for higher bandwidth in data center has resulted in a need for increased fiber optic ports for networking and storage, which as led to significant challenges in the management of fiber cabling infrastructures.

Network System Cost Study

Posted on 4/4/2017
This paper examines the application of a new ultra-density fiber optic cable technology for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC) and other optical fiber access technology (FTTx) applications.

Data Center Efficiency and Efficacy: Building on Today to Improve Tomorrow

Posted on 3/10/2017
Using three real-world-based data center scenarios, assessments and checklists, our data center experts leveraged their collective experience and institutional knowledge to determine current efficiency and efficacy.

Cabling Designs for Hyperconvergence

Posted on 3/6/2017
This whitepaper from CABLExpress discusses: The impact of evolving data center topologies, converged infrastructure and Apache Hadoop clusters and the growing proliferation of hyperconvergence.

How to Increase Data Center Density and Capacity Without Increasing Risk

Posted on 2/21/2017
This DCD Intelligence White Paper contains market data and guidance from real-world case studies from The Mitre Corporation and Paddy Power Betfair regarding the benefits that can be realized by implementing a flexible strategy and the right technolo

Data Center Size and Density Standards

Posted on 2/2/2017
Under the guidance of AFCOM’s Data Center Institute Board, industry consultancy The Strategic Directions Group was commissioned to develop a standard set of facility size and density ratings that conformed to regulatory obligations.