Weekly “Inside the Box” Newsletter

The AFCOM Weekly “Inside the Box” newsletter provides a taste of what’s new, and keeps members informed about the latest industry news, innovative ideas and emerging technologies. This newsletter includes feature articles, regular columns, event calendars, chapter happenings, and more.

Past newsletters have featured articles including:

  • IT Infrastructure Predictions for 2016
  • Is Your Organization Ready for Application and Desktop Virtualization?
  • Five Ways to Increase Data Center Resilience
  • The Impact of Emerging Data Rates on Layer One Fiber Cabling Infrastructure
  • The whole package: Is parcel protocol right for your data transfer needs?
  • What Senior Execs Must Know about Enterprise Data Center Strategy
  • The Year That Was in the Data Center

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Six Considerations When Planning Network Upgrades

The key to minimizing total long-term cost is to consider both the fiber cable infrastructure and optical transceivers together. With wise planning, especially prior to upgrading to 40 Gb or 100 Gb, data center operators can avoid costly maintenance

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

Network design, implementation and management techniques of the past are no longer enough to support current and future network performance requirements.

There’s a Better Way to Manage Data Centers in the Age of Industry 4.0

n 2019, as humankind stands on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it’s automation that is ready and able to take on more and more complex tasks.

Hyperscale Disruption: A Portrait of the Data Center Value Chain

Hyperscale has fundamentally transformed the data center market. We’re seeing suppliers, contractors, manufacturers and even end users adapting. This new value chain calls for greater partnership engagement and transparency to facilitate a new level

Team AFCOM Visits Potomac

Two new AFCOM staffers recently attended a Potomac chapter meeting and welcomed new board members.

Tackle Scariest Cybercrime Tricks with Adaptive, Layered Security (Part 2)

While there aren’t any silver bullet solutions available to combat today’s cyberwarfare tactics, a layered and adaptive security approach can help provide the protection you need, when you need it.

Cloud Misunderstandings: What You Can and Can't See

Even when an entire environment is virtualized, it only facilitates the monitoring of the owned network, but what about the cloud provider? Some vendors have begun providing cloud-focused solutions—it’s already happening, and not a minute too soon.

Are There Real AI-Enhanced DCIM Tools You Can Use Today?

Many vendors over the years have muddled analytics and AI together. Will something genuinely intelligent eventually emerge?