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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State of the Data Center Report - 2021

Posted on 5/17/2021
This year’s State of the Data Center report includes a new focus on talent and workforce challenges, as well as an increased emphasis on the impact of automation on data center management. It also provides a full year’s update on the changes brought

Five Bold Predictions for 2021

Posted on 3/1/2021
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 2021.

Data Center Outfitting and Energy Planning for Optimal Building Performance

Posted on 2/26/2021
Learn about the many ways to achieve optimal performance in this whitepaper, “Data Center Outfitting and Energy Planning for Optimal Building Performance.”

Edge Computing Planning and Implementation

Posted on 3/20/2020
Beyond efficiency, the core topic of conversation revolvedaround “becoming a DCIM blackbelt.” Far beyond just sitting down in front of a data center management console, leaders in the data center space are now working with smarter systems, better

Becoming a DCIM Blackbelt: Mastering Data Center Management and Efficiency

Posted on 3/20/2020
Beyond efficiency, the core topic of conversation revolvedaround “becoming a DCIM blackbelt.” Far beyond just sitting down in front of a data center management console, leaders in the data center space are now working with smarter systems, better

Scaling Workloads in a Distributed Data Center

Posted on 3/20/2020
The goal of this Leaders Lab was to ascertain which technologies, policies, methods and best practices should be considered and adopted in the course of expanding a data center’s workload-handling capabilities.

State of the Data Center Report - March 2020

Posted on 3/20/2020
In this fourth edition of our report, we’ll look back at the past five years or so and really delve into just how much has changed. We continue to live in a digital world, surrounded by constant connectivity. And, realistically, this isn’t going to c

Five Bold Predictions for 2020

Posted on 1/22/2020
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 2020.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.