Best Practices and Industry Standards

Get advice and insights from industry experts to guide you to better data center and IT operations and facility management practices, processes and policies. AFCOM's Best Practice library includes articles and videos highlighting key procedures and processes to help you achieve stability, agility and efficiency. Data center and IT infrastructure best practices range from best maintenance practices to simple incident monitoring to more advanced tasks such as removing underutilized servers to implementing a DCIM solution.

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Copy of 10 Key Considerations for DCIM

Posted on 12/9/2016
The modern data center has evolved into a distributed infrastructure utilizing new kinds of resources. The proliferation of cloud computing, IT consumerization, and an increased amount of data has resulted in new kinds of demands around the data...

Best Practices: Security is Just One BYOD Challenge

Posted on 10/31/2016
The IoT is getting most of the attention with respect to security, but we can't forget those challenges that BYOD brings to the table as well.

Best Practices: Security is Just One BYOD Challenge

Posted on 10/31/2016
The IoT is getting most of the attention with respect to security, but we can't forget those challenges that BYOD brings to the table as well.

10 Key Considerations for DCIM

Posted on 9/2/2016
The modern data center has evolved into a distributed infrastructure utilizing new kinds of resources. The proliferation of cloud computing, IT consumerization, and an increased amount of data has resulted in new kinds of demands around the data...

10 Key Considerations for DCIM

Posted on 7/12/2016
The modern data center has evolved into a distributed infrastructure utilizing new kinds of resources. The proliferation of cloud computing, IT consumerization, and an increased amount of data has resulted in new kinds of demands around the data...

10 Key Considerations for DCIM

Posted on 7/12/2016
The modern data center has evolved into a distributed infrastructure utilizing new kinds of resources. The proliferation of cloud computing, IT consumerization, and an increased amount of data has resulted in new kinds of demands around the data...

DCIM: Promises, Politics, Challenges, and Cost Justification

Posted on 5/4/2016
DCIM has evolved to become a very broad term, widely utilized by a myriad of vendors that have depicted it as the ultimate data center management tool. So is DCIM mostly market-driven hype, or are there tangible benefits to be realized?

DCIM: What to Consider Before You Buy

Posted on 5/4/2016
If your organization is now ready to consider evaluating and purchasing a DCIM platform, be prepared to devote enough internal resources to the process of developing an RFI (Request for Information) or RFP (Request for Proposals).

10 Key Considerations for DCIM

Posted on 5/4/2016
Before purchasing a DCIM solution, take these key issues into consideration.

Five Best Practices for Creating BYOD Policies

Posted on 3/28/2016
It seems that the Internet of Everything (IoT) is garnering a lot of attention lately, but let's not forget about another nuisance for data center managers: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). While much of the focus on employees bringing mobile devices...

Five Best Practices for Creating BYOD Policies

Posted on 3/28/2016
It seems that the Internet of Everything (IoT) is garnering a lot of attention lately, but let's not forget about another nuisance for data center managers: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). While much of the focus on employees bringing mobile devices...

The Internet of Things, Big Data, the Cloud and DCIM

Posted on 9/30/2015
Meet Sev Onyshkevych, Chief Marketing Officer of FieldView Solutions

The Internet of Things, Big Data, the Cloud and DCIM

Posted on 9/30/2015
Meet Sev Onyshkevych, Chief Marketing Officer of FieldView Solutions

Architecting a Rock-Solid Private Cloud Strategy

Posted on 5/13/2015
This presentation from Data Center World - Spring 2014 was given by Chuck Price, president and CEO of Ajubeo and focuses on the main considerations for architecting a bullet-proof private cloud strategy.

Architecting a Rock-Solid Private Cloud Strategy

Posted on 5/13/2015
This presentation from Data Center World - Spring 2014 was given by Chuck Price, president and CEO of Ajubeo and focuses on the main considerations for architecting a bullet-proof private cloud strategy.

Physical Perimeter Security: Strategies for Data Center Protection

Posted on 4/29/2015
During this session, participants will be introduced to key elements of successful facility perimeter protection and today’s most effective intrusion detection strategies for data storage and processing sites.

Cloud and Data Center Build vs Buy

Posted on 4/29/2015
How should investment decisions be made when planning large-scale, long-term, fixed assets (e.g. Data Center) that span multiple budgeting cycles in an field undergoing rapid change (e.g. technology)? The answer is disciplined, multi-year, cr

Critical Design Elements for Building High-Power Density Data Centers (End-User)

Posted on 4/29/2015
When it comes to high-power density data centers, all are not created equal. As organizations increasingly focus on heavy-duty, transactional workloads like big data analytics, they’re seeking s PACe that can support upwards of 17kW per rack.

At the Edge: Solving the Challenges in Remote Edge-of-Network Deployments

Posted on 4/29/2015
The explosion of data, analytics, mobility, and connected devices is breaking down the walls of the traditional data center. Reliance on connectivity and technology close to the user, at distributed locations with no onsite IT expertise and l

How SDDC Technology is Changing the Worldwide Footprint of Industrial Manufacturing (End-User)

Posted on 4/29/2015
Amazon and Google have built software-defined data centers (SDDCs) that deliver massively scalable services with great efficiency. Yet, building SDDCs has proven to be a near impossibility for companies without hyper-scale resources. In this

Data Center Total Cost of Ownership vs. Risk

Posted on 4/29/2015
This presentation focuses on providing comprehensive vendor neutral solutions that analyze total cost of owner- ship vs. risk. The ongoing 2014/2015 trends of breaches of data security and uptime interruption of third-party providers will be r

Data Center Total Cost of Ownership vs. Risk

Posted on 4/29/2015
This presentation focuses on providing comprehensive vendor neutral solutions that analyze total cost of owner- ship vs. risk. The ongoing 2014/2015 trends of breaches of data security and uptime interruption of third-party providers will be r

Managing the Risky Data Center (Panel)

Posted on 4/29/2015
A host of risks, both physical and cyber-based, face data center operators whether they use colo sites or internal facilities. This session will explore the risks threatening data centers and provide a methodology for prioritizing hazard miti

The Who, What, Where, How and Why on DCIM

Posted on 4/29/2015
In this session we will explore what DCIM is and isn't, focusing on how IT infrastructure management tools can help IT staff--from the CIO to those within the network, server, storage and/or deployment groups. Real-world examples will address the dec

Considerations on Colo or Managed Services

Posted on 4/29/2015
More organizations are evaluating colocation or managed services as possible options for their data center strategy. This session will address various aspects of the evaluation process including: planning, budgeting, technical needs, contract