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.

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.

Podcast: 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

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.

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

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

Creating the Next Generation of Data Centers

Posted on 6/14/2017
The implications of cloud, big data, social and mobile computing trends on the data center are compelling IT organizations to consider changes to existing infrastructure to deliver future business value. Four key requirements stemming from these

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

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

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,

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

Posted on 6/14/2017
As a follow up to the Spring 2016 panel, this presentation will dive deeper into the process of converting an historic building. This case study shows how to convert historic buildings into data centers. The ability to transform these historic pr

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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)

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.