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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Presidential Initiative Shines: Savings for Data Centers

Posted on 4/25/2018
This session will explain the role of the government and the ins and outs of the program as well as highlighting participating partners in the program.

Physical Rack Level Security - Monitoring and Restricting Access

Posted on 5/23/2017
Recent studies show that 55% of all data breaches are carried out or influenced by someone on the inside of an organization. To reduce the risk of the insider, both governmental and industrial organizations have developed compliance requirements tha

EPMS-What is it, do I need it, isn't it DCIM?

Posted on 5/5/2017
This presentation will provide an overview of what an EPMS system is and how it is utilized within the data center for operations and forensic applications. Trending of facility KPIs will be discussed as well as how to use the system to determine

Reducing Power Quality Incidents Through Local Power Quality Communities

Posted on 5/5/2017
In the Silicon Valley many Fortune 500 companies cannot afford downtime. The lost productivity, damaged equipment, lost data and disruption to business could cost an organization millions of dollars. The quality of service provided by a utility i

Facility Juggling: Managing Load Balancing, Edge Locations, and Networks

Posted on 5/4/2017
This session will address why single-facility and national data center operators must learn how to shift loads in order to maintain high performance and keep systems available for end users at all times. The speaker will discuss the best methods

Governance, Risk, Continuity, & Recovery in the Critical Environment, (5-Hour Workshop), Part 1

Posted on 5/4/2017
When it comes to meeting the challenges of preserving, protecting, and recovering data and infrastructure, organizations today need to control IT expenditures and reduce business risk while improving operational efficiency and increasing resilience.

Industrializing the Data Center - The New Standard

Posted on 5/4/2017
Leaving the basic system approach behind, the Industrialization of the Data Center moves beyond selecting individual components on their own. The result is a comprehensive solution approach, capitalizing on selecting products and incorporating th

DCIM Unleashed

Posted on 5/4/2017
There’s an adage that you can’t manage what you can’t measure. That was the inspiration behind the development of what became openDCIM - an Open Source DCIM software package, which is now available in 12 languages. Learn how the tool can be used

Reducing Power Quality Incidents Through Local Power Quality Communities (Case Study)

Posted on 5/4/2017
In the Silicon Valley many Fortune 500 companies cannot afford downtime. The lost productivity, damaged equipment, lost data and disruption to business could cost an organization millions of dollars. The quality of service provided by a utility i

Demystifying the Data Center Sourcing Dilemma

Posted on 5/4/2017
A growing number of companies are faced with the decisions about what to do with aging data centers and increasing data center requirements. There is a spectrum of sourcing options when it comes to selecting a data center, from build or buy to le

Data Center Operations Standards

Posted on 5/3/2017
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

Mission Critical Microgrid Systems (Case Study) - Pt. 2

Posted on 5/3/2017
In this multiple case study, Piller Power Systems will introduce microgrids and how they differ from distributed generation, and then review the design and operation of some longstanding, resilient mission critical systems. Among the facilities t

Mission Critical Microgrid Systems (Case Study)

Posted on 5/3/2017
In this multiple case study, Piller Power Systems will introduce microgrids and how they differ from distributed generation, and then review the design and operation of some longstanding, resilient mission critical systems. Among the facilities t

Healthcare Operations: East Meets West

Posted on 5/3/2017
This session examines the 2015 merger of JC Lincoln and Scottsdale Health to form HonorHealth and how the company continued to provide critical healthcare services and establish a platform to reach world-class excellence.

Why the New Edge is Necessary to Reach the Postmillennial Generation

Posted on 4/28/2017

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.