Leaders Lab Whitepapers


AN AFCOM LEADERS LAB is a think tank comprised of data center professionals across the United States who explore solutions and develop responses to the most critical issues facing data centers today. These exclusive gatherings bring together thought leaders driving innovation, education, and advancement of data center technologies.

The following whitepapers are the summation of solutions discussed during each Leaders Lab workshop by the participants with the guidance of an industry expert advisor. 
The Leaders Lab whitepapers are available exclusively for AFCOM members.

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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.

Leaders Labs

Posted on 10/31/2019

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.

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.

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.