Case Studies

AFCOM provides real-world case studies for members to learn through example. Presented at Data Center World and other AFCOM events including local chapter meetings, these case studies are developed and delivered by IT, operations, facilities, designers, builders or leading vendors, and provide a perfect opportunity to gain insights into a new project or program you are planning.

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Cost Effective Design and Development Methods for the Modern Data Center

Posted on 4/29/2015
This presentation will address ViaWest’s most recent data center builds in Denver and Minneapolis. The Minneapolis facility boasts more than 70,000 square feet of raised floor and is designed to be fault tolerant. This center has 700+ watts/

Mitigating Cyberattacks

Posted on 3/10/2015
Cyberattacks are inevitable in this day and age. Security firm ForeScout recently released a Stateof Cyber Defense Maturity Report, which found that more than 96 percent of organizations experienced a major IT security breach in the past year.

IoT Integrator Eseye Opens North American Data Center

Posted on 3/8/2015
The Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding into new realms, requiring new infrastructure to keep up with demand. UK-based Eseye, an M2M systems integrator, opened its newest data center last autumn in New York to help it manage...

Case Study: Seawater Cooling and Desalinization go Hand-in-Hand

Posted on 1/19/2015
California's central coast is likely to be home to a new data center adjacent to a new water desalinization plant within the next few years. Known as the Monterey Bay Regional Water Project (MBRWP), DeepWater Desal is designing the joint facility...

Case Study: Avoiding Cyber Ransom

Posted on 9/27/2014
Ransomware dubbed 'Gameover Zeus' helped Russian and Ukrainian hackers steal more than $100 million by locking computers, funneling off banking information and demanding ransom from computer and smart phone users.

Gaining a Seat at the C-Table

Posted on 8/19/2014
The data center has moved from a cost center to a strategic resource, but gaining a seat at the table alongside strategic decision-makers isn't automatic. Gaining - and keeping - the ear of senior leaders requires a track record of good calls...

Case Study: What Massive Open Online Classes Mean to IT

Posted on 7/20/2014
When Rice University launched a massive open online course (MOOC), "An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python," it attracted an additional 80,000 online students. Stanford University attracted 160,000 additional students...

Case Study: Intelligent Modular Design and Build

Posted on 7/1/2014
With its Austin facility a key component of the company's overall cloud delivery, HP took the modular route when faced with capital and time constraints.

Case Study: NuMedii Uses Big Data to Repurpose Drugs

Posted on 5/12/2014
Biotech firm NuMedii is taking a fresh look at drug development, using big data and sophisticated analytics to identify new treatments for unmet medical needs.

Case Study/Iceland Data Center: The Evolution of Data Center Efficiency

Posted on 4/29/2014
The trend of data centers consuming large amounts of electricity is being buoyed by unprecedented growth in Internet users fueling the high demand for data center power. It's crucial that we find adequate sources of power.

Using Consumer Technologies to Manage Data Centers (End-User)

Posted on 2/14/2014
An ongoing project to use consumer technologies to manage the infrastructure of corporate data centers is shifting the UPMC data center operations staff away from using traditional desktops and laptops to tablets and cell phones with apps such as You

Case Study: The Cedars-Sinai Healthcare DR Story (End-User)

Posted on 2/14/2014
This presentation describes how Cedars-Sinai medical center designed and implemented a disaster recovery (DR) solution for its healthcare systems that led to a direct improvement in patient care and physician efficiency.

Case Study: Children's Hospital Foundation Deploys Web 2.0 Collaboration Tools

Posted on 1/17/2014
When Children's Hospital Foundation (a division of Children's National Medical Center) in Washington, D.C. set the goal of doubling philanthropic gifts to the hospital within five years, leaders realized employees needed to work more effectively.