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Best Practices for Management, Staffing of Data Centers

Posted on 9/9/2019
By applying best practices to the management and staffing of a data center, organizations can drive efficiencies into operations from both a facility and IT perspective. Here are several pointers to consider when creating a personnel strategy.

Five Reasons IT Service Management, IT Asset Management Work Better Together

Posted on 9/4/2019
With an integrated ITSM and ITAM solution, organizations have the information they need to make more informed decisions.

Exclusive Interview with QTS Realty CTO

Posted on 8/19/2019
Frank O’Brien, an expert on Apollo 11 computer systems, will present a keynote at Data Center World in San Antonio.

Machine Learning is Becoming a Must in Data Center Network Security

Posted on 8/19/2019
Enhancing security capabilities with machine learning can not only help, experts say, it is becoming necessary.

​Gone Fishin' for Data Center Facts

Posted on 8/19/2019
Where is the largest data center in the world and how big is it? What's the average data center manager's salary. Find out some fun facts about the industry.

Apollo 11 Computer Expert to Keynote at Data Center World

Posted on 8/19/2019
Frank O’Brien, an expert on Apollo 11 computer systems, will present a keynote at Data Center World in San Antonio.

Be Part of the 2020 State of the Data Center Survey!

Posted on 8/19/2019
Frank O’Brien, an expert on Apollo 11 computer systems, will present a keynote at Data Center World in San Antonio.

The Virtual Networks Supporting 'As-a-Service' World

Posted on 8/13/2019
Network design, implementation and management techniques of the past are no longer enough to support current and future network performance requirements.

IT and Facilities: Keeping the Peace, Part 2

Posted on 8/6/2019
This is the second part of a two-part series in which AFCOM members share their best practices for establishing open communication and coordination between IT and facilities to accomplish the goals of the business.

IT and Facilities: Keeping the Peace

Posted on 7/29/2019
In this is the first of a two-part series, AFCOM members share their best practices for establishing open communication and coordination between IT and facilities to accomplish the goals of the business.