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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SaaS: Understanding Where it Fits, Who Controls What, and What it Costs

Posted on 4/28/2017
This session will discuss a number of issues regarding SaaS (Software as a Service) based on real-world experiences. Attendees will get answers to the following questions: Where is SaaS a good fit? When may it be better to host on-premise? Who ma

Five Key Emerging Trends Impacting Data Centers in 2016

Posted on 4/28/2017
As a follow-up to Emerson’s recent report highlighting the findings from a global survey on the data center of 2025 comes the most recent thoughts, opinions, and practical ideas shaping the data center design, construction, architecture, operatio

Off Grid Solutions for the User and Grid

Posted on 4/28/2017
Low cost energy goals are not a new idea de risking an asset by moving closer to transmission or substations are part of the search criteria for significant assets. If grid, micro grid solutions are here and now. The owner will slowly migrate to

IT as a Service 101 – Overview

Posted on 4/28/2017
Considerations for going down the IT As a Service approach to providing your business with services. Highlights to include information needs, approaches, and migration techniques.

Open-IX: Improving the Internet through Industry Standards and Cohesion

Posted on 4/28/2017
As the Internet proliferates, so do inconsistencies in connectivity, resiliency, and security leading to higher complexity, poor service and restricted interconnection. Contrary to the European model, US-based IXs are typically hosted by commercial

RCM-Realiability-Centered Maintenance (Case Study)

Posted on 4/28/2017
The presentation will provide practical information about the Reliability Centered Maintenance framework. It will discuss the role of Reliability Centered Maintenance in the modern data center where it can coexist and integrate with ISO-9001, Six

How IT Decisions Impact Data Center Facilities: The Importance of Collaboration

Posted on 4/28/2017
Decisions and actions typically under the jurisdiction of the IT side of data center management can have a profound impact on the mechanical systems and resulting operating costs and capacity of the data center. By understanding these impacts, IT

Designing Next Generation SAN/Storage Optical Infrastructure; Why Low Link (Budget) Loss is Critical

Posted on 4/28/2017
With the ratification of 16Gb Fibre Channel and soon-tobe ratified 32 and 128Gb, this presentation will detail the shift in data center optical architecture and associated cabling infrastructure design. It will include best practices for infrastr

Data Center Operations Standards & Guidelines

Posted on 4/28/2017
Data Center Operations Standards & Guidelines: A comparison and guidance on how to benchmark DC operations maturity levels. It’s a known fact that in many industries typically 70 to 80 percent of the issues are caused by human factors, including

Beyond Hyper-converged - VMware EVO SDDC Integrated Systems

Posted on 4/28/2017
VMware’s software-defined data center vision extends virtualization across all data center resources (compute, storage, and networking) to offer a fully automated, policydriven resource provisioning, management, and operation of a private cloud.

Knowing Your Cost

Posted on 4/25/2017
Prior to potentially changing any service model, it is wise to know your current internal cost, and which portions of that cost may be modified if the service model changes, including fluctuating and hidden costs.

Avoiding Cloud Lock-In

Posted on 4/25/2017
Migrating data centers to the cloud is a booming trend. According to a Verizon report, 65% of companies have moved at least some operations to the cloud. The government has even mandated a “cloud first” policy for agencies. But with more cloud-base

CloudOps – DevOps for Data Center

Posted on 4/25/2017
Many data center professionals understand the basics of cloud, including the characteristics, Service Models, and Deployment Models. DevOps and Infrastructure as Code pose new challenges for data center operations and management. These same conce

Exiting Your Data Center

Posted on 4/25/2017
This session will explore the alternatives to running all of your IT within your own walls. Emphasis will be on explaining retail vs. wholesale colocation, and the diverse options associated with various managed service models.

Exploring the Public Cloud

Posted on 4/25/2017
Finding applications that can benefit from the scale of external cloud providers like Amazon is a non-trivial exercise. This session will explore how a company made its entrance into the public cloud space and exposed the issues they found.

Hybrid Cloud - Possibly The Best Solution

Posted on 4/25/2017
Possibly the best available solution, hybrid clouds can provide intense support for those applications that need it while providing flexibility for other applications.

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...

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...

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.