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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Avoiding Cloud Lock-In

Posted on 5/1/2018
More cloud-based operations, moves out of the cloud or cloud-to-cloud will occur more often - moves that are not without risk. Learn about the challenges of moving from a cloud, and how to successfully manage them.

Data Discourse: A Podcast Presented by AFCOM’s Chicago Chapter (Season 2, Episode 3)

Posted on 3/9/2018
Host John Heiderscheidt (AFCOM Chicago) and Elisa Wood (Editor in Chief, Microgrid Knowledge) discuss the Microgrid basics --- what are they, how do they work, what do they cost, and why we'll hear so much more about them in the future. Be sure to ta

Data Discourse: A Podcast Presented by AFCOM’s Chicago Chapter (Season 2, Episode 2)

Posted on 2/16/2018
Episode 2: Host John Heiderscheidt (AFCOM Chicago Chapter) Ken Cuzellis (Independent cryptocurrency miner) "The basics of mining for digital currency using Blockchain applications"

Data Discourse: A Podcast Presented by AFCOM’s Chicago Chapter (Season 2, Episode 1)

Posted on 1/26/2018
Episode 1: Host John Heiderscheidt (AFCOM Chicago Chapter) and special guest Michael Rechtin, (Partner, Data Center Practice, Baker McKenzie) discuss risk assessments for European data centers, completing mergers and acquisitions in the U.S., and ins

Taming the Data Center: A Wildcat’s Experiences

Posted on 1/16/2018
The University of Kentucky shares use cases associated with its data center challenges, how they were remediated, and lessons learned from each experience. Come hear the outage “tales” from this 15-year veteran in data center management.

Data Discourse: A Podcast Presented by the Chicago Chapter (Episode 10)

Posted on 12/21/2017
Sarah Markey (Association Director, AFCOM) and John Heiderscheidt (Chicago AFCOM Chapter, Host) wrap up the first season of "Data Discourse". They preview what’s ahead for AFCOM in the new year. Listen to learn the new AFCOM membership benefits and m

Data Discourse: A Podcast Presented by the Chicago Chapter (Episode 9)

Posted on 11/6/2017
John Heiderscheidt (Host, AFCOM Chicago) and Noah Spencer (Guest, AFCOM North Carolina) hold the inaugural episode of “Chapter cross-talk”. They discuss Noah’s work with the Dept. of Labor and local community college programs for data center skill se

Presidential Initiative Shines: Savings for Data Centers

Posted on 11/2/2017
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.

Best Practices - Energy Harvesters Expand Data Center Management Options

Posted on 10/16/2017
Energy harvesting pulls energy from the environment, eliminating the need for batteries. In the data center, this emerging technology has the potential to spur the deployment of wireless mesh networks to identify and track hardware...

Data Discourse: A Podcast Presented by the Chicago Chapter (Episode 8)

Posted on 10/11/2017
Antonio Devora (Attorney, Strasburger & Price) and John Heiderscheidt (AFCOM Chicago Chapter President, Host) discuss legal issues important to IT and data center professionals. Antonio explains the difference between copyrights, trademarks, and pate

Data Discourse: A Podcast Presented by the Chicago Chapter (Episode 7)

Posted on 9/27/2017
Michele Reister (Director of Content, Data Center World & AFCOM Events) and John Heiderscheidt (Host, AFCOM Chicago Chapter) discuss AFCOM’s launch of “Leaders Labs”

Data Discourse: A Podcast Presented by the Chicago Chapter (Episode 6)

Posted on 9/12/2017
Host John Heiderscheidt (AFCOM Chicago Chapter) and David Liggitt (Owner, CEO Data Center Hawk) discuss the Data Center Hawk platform and how it helps end users, landlords, and IT people network to solve common challenges facing them all today.

Data Discourse: A Podcast Presented by the Chicago Chapter (Episode 5)

Posted on 8/28/2017
John Heiderscheidt (Host, AFCOM Chicago board member, MDI Access) talks with Bhu Virdi – (Peak 10 + ViaWest, Director Technical Solutions) discuss strategies to prevent against heightened cyber security threats, including awareness programs and inter

Data Discourse: A Podcast Presented by the Chicago Chapter (Episode 4)

Posted on 8/15/2017
John Heiderscheidt (Host, AFCOM Chicago board member, MDI Access) talks with Dan Horwich (CAMP IT conferences) about CAMP IT programs, the value of networking, and security for IT personnel.

Data Discourse: Facilities downtime and avoidance strategies (Episode 3)

Posted on 7/31/2017
John Heiderscheidt (Host) interviews David Boston (Engineer, TiePoint-BKM Engineering) about occurrences of facility downtime, and strategies for avoiding facility downtime. David was a speaker at this year’s Data Center World event in Chicago.

Data Discourse: A Podcast Presented by AFCOM’s Chicago Chapter (part 2)

Posted on 7/17/2017
Description: Jaymie, Dean and John discuss comprehensive marketing strategy for tech / telecom businesses, the usefulness of social media as a marketing tool, metrics for measuring a successful marketing campaign, and 5G networks.

Data Discourse: A Podcast Presented by AFCOM’s Chicago Chapter

Posted on 7/7/2017
Episode 1: John Heiderscheidt (AFCOM Chicago Chapter Board Member) Art Mulligan (Eaton), and Jason Anderson (Eaton) discuss predictive analytics in UPS systems, the potential of lithium batteries, and OP EX reduction strategies associated with predic

Oracle Project Cell 2.1 – A Critical Space Journey: Innovation, Efficiency and Simplicity CASE STUDY

Posted on 6/14/2017
This case study presentation will explore Oracle’s critical space design journey of its latest data center build in West Jordan, Utah. The 30,000 square foot facility is an object lesson in “dematerializing” the data center, eliminating unnecessa

Colocation Strategies – Questions Answered by the Top Tier Colocation Providers (PANEL SESSION)

Posted on 6/14/2017
Developing a data center strategy that includes outsourcing to colocation is not a simple decision or transition. Join this discussion of top tier colocation providers led by Liz Cruz of IHS that will answer the important questions CIOs and Data

Ocean-Cooled Data Center & Desalination Colocation, Part 2

Posted on 6/14/2017
This presentation will provide updates to the DeepWater Desal project, including the recent Environmental Impact Report (EIR) submittal. This project will be the world’s first ocean-water cooled data center and seawater desalination colocation pr

What is the Real Value of Prefabricated Data Centers?

Posted on 6/14/2017
The rationale for building on-premise data centers can vary greatly depending on a company’s business drivers, specific challenges, and size of installation. Whether deploying Edge applications or implementing a large data center, business manage

Designing and Connecting your Compute Infrastructure – A Take on Commodity vs. Enterprise

Posted on 6/14/2017
This presentation will talk about the design of your compute environment. Details about cabinet designs as well as media solutions to best connect your business. Topics such as: OCP, DAC, 40GB optics, 100GB optics, cabling/media, cabinet designs,

The Future of Data Center Management: Panel Discussion on the State of DCIM (PANEL SESSION)

Posted on 6/14/2017
DC survey data shows that the amount of equipment in a data center has a direct impact on the amount of security breaches experienced, pointing to a continued struggle with managing infrastructure and processes. This session will include top DCIM

Transforming City Landmarks Part II: From Bakery to Data Center (CASE STUDY)

Posted on 6/14/2017
This case study takes a deep dive into the process of converting an historic buildings into data centers.

The Impact of Energy Codes on Data Center Design

Posted on 6/14/2017
This session will offer a review of energy codes and guidelines, including: current energy code: ASHRAE/ IES Standard 90.1, Energy standard for buildings except low-rise residential buildings; proposed data center energy code: ASHRAE Standard 90.