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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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 whitepaper, 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.

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.

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.

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

Posted on 3/6/2018
This DCI Board whitepaper, 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 whitepaper, the first in a series, focuses on how to successfully adopt and implement a converged data center strategy to address staffing and management operations.

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.

Integrate 10 Gb, 40 Gb and 100 Gb Equipment More Efficiently

Posted on 1/23/2017
Read this whitepaper, "Integrate 10 Gb, 40 Gb and 100 Gb Equipment More Efficiently" from Tripp Lite.

Evolving Data Landscape Creates Challenges for Array of Industries

Posted on 1/16/2017
This whitepaper discusses how enterprises--just like yours--are leaving the data center business opting instead to seek a partner for their data center, colocation and cloud needs.

Maximizing Fiber Cabling

Posted on 8/31/2017

Reduce Data Center Costs with High-Capacity 3-Phase Rack ATS

Posted on 10/31/2016
Although high-availability server clusters operate reliably with a single power supply in each server, dual rack PDUs can’t distribute redundant power to a single power supply. An alternative approach is to replace the dual PDUs with an automatic tra

Data Center Industry Salary Report 2016

Posted on 6/28/2016
Is your salary comparable to your peers? We surveyed IT and facilities professionals, and here's how much they reported getting paid annually.

Seven Considerations When Selecting a Data Center Provider in Chicago

Posted on 6/22/2016
This white paper from QTS provides an in-depth look at key considerations to keep in mind when selecting a data center provider in Chicago. From connectivity to compliance to customer service, these seven key considerations offer a checklist for eval

Seven Considerations When Selecting a Data Center Provider in Chicago

Posted on 6/22/2016
This white paper from QTS provides an in-depth look at key considerations to keep in mind when selecting a data center provider in Chicago. From connectivity to compliance to customer service, these seven key considerations offer a checklist for eval

The Drivers and Benefits of Edge Computing

Posted on 6/7/2016
To support today’s needs, computing power and storage are being inserted on the network edge in order to lower data transport time and increase availability. This paper explains the drivers of edge computing and explores the various types of edge com