White Papers

The AFCOM Learning Center contains a large database of white papers developed by leading organization to explore key topics in the data center and IT infrastructure industry. Topics vary broadly and target across data center and IT infrastructure roles. Some recent white paper titles include:

  • Migrating to the Cloud: 3 Best Practices
  • Data Center Expansion Options: Should You Build or Buy?
  • 3 Things You Can Do to Get the Most Out of Your Network Fiber Cable
  • Four Emerging Data Center Archetypes
  • Increasing the Efficiency of Critical Facilities Management
  • Focus on Skills: Measuring Return on Your Investment Training

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Passive Optical Port Replication in the Data Center

Posted on 7/24/2017
The demand for higher bandwidth in data center has resulted in a need for increased fiber optic ports for networking and storage, which as led to significant challenges in the management of fiber cabling infrastructures.

Network System Cost Study

Posted on 4/4/2017
This paper examines the application of a new ultra-density fiber optic cable technology for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC) and other optical fiber access technology (FTTx) applications.

Cabling Designs for Hyperconvergence

Posted on 3/6/2017
This whitepaper from CABLExpress discusses: The impact of evolving data center topologies, converged infrastructure and Apache Hadoop clusters and the growing proliferation of hyperconvergence.

How to Increase Data Center Density and Capacity Without Increasing Risk

Posted on 2/21/2017
This DCD Intelligence White Paper contains market data and guidance from real-world case studies from The Mitre Corporation and Paddy Power Betfair regarding the benefits that can be realized by implementing a flexible strategy and the right technolo

Integrate 10 Gb, 40 Gb and 100 Gb Equipment More Efficiently

Posted on 1/23/2017
Read this whitepaper, "Integrate 10 Gb, 40 Gb and 100 Gb Equipment More Efficiently" from Tripp Lite.

Evolving Data Landscape Creates Challenges for Array of Industries

Posted on 1/16/2017
This whitepaper discusses how enterprises--just like yours--are leaving the data center business opting instead to seek a partner for their data center, colocation and cloud needs.

Reduce Data Center Costs with High-Capacity 3-Phase Rack ATS

Posted on 10/31/2016
Although high-availability server clusters operate reliably with a single power supply in each server, dual rack PDUs can’t distribute redundant power to a single power supply. An alternative approach is to replace the dual PDUs with an automatic tra

Seven Considerations When Selecting a Data Center Provider in Chicago

Posted on 6/22/2016
This white paper from QTS provides an in-depth look at key considerations to keep in mind when selecting a data center provider in Chicago. From connectivity to compliance to customer service, these seven key considerations offer a checklist for eval

The Drivers and Benefits of Edge Computing

Posted on 6/7/2016
To support today’s needs, computing power and storage are being inserted on the network edge in order to lower data transport time and increase availability. This paper explains the drivers of edge computing and explores the various types of edge com

Maximize Fiber Cabling

Posted on 6/1/2016
No matter the cost or quality of your cabling infrastructure, it needs to keep your data center up and running smoothly. This whitepaper from Total Cable Solutions offers three things you can do to get the most out of your network fiber.

Maximizing Fiber Cabling

Posted on 5/31/2016

Principles for the Modern Data Center

Posted on 5/16/2016
Modern data centers contain a significant numbers of cables to accommodate the network’s high-volume, high-density connections. A properly designed cable tray system will provide the necessary support structure to maintain the consistency and integri

Migrating to the Cloud: 3 Best Practices

Posted on 5/10/2016

Conquering the Hungry Fiber Frontier

Posted on 4/26/2016
In the world of optical fiber there are as many variations to high density fiber management solutions as there are for faster, cheaper, smaller computer solutions. No one solution fits all requirements or wants. This article from Telect discusses you

How to Select a Rack PDU

Posted on 3/28/2016
Our PDUs are designed for today's data center racks and cabinets. Optimized for harsh environments, Methode PDUs ensure long-lasting and trouble-free field service life. Download Methode's white paper.

3 Things You Can Do to Get the Most Out of Your Network Fiber Cable

Posted on 3/22/2016
SPONSORED CONTENT: Servers, storage and switches in the data center need to be powered up and connected to the network in order to be productive, which means you need fiber cables running to and from all that equipment.

You Can Count on Lithium-ion in Your Data Center

Posted on 3/7/2016
Lithium-ion batteries offer several improvements over lead acid batteries, including reduced capacity degradation, high cycle life, and high operating temperature. Data centers and data closets reliant upon an aging or unreliable grid will benefit...

SPONSORED: Four Emerging Data Center Archetypes

Posted on 2/15/2016
From transportation to healthcare to retail, disruptive forces are bringing challenges and opportunities to virtually every industry. The data center, an enabler of disruption in many instances, is no exception.

New Whitepaper: The Rise of the Cloud Security Professional

Posted on 1/19/2016
The growth of cloud computing is giving rise to a new type of IT specialist, the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), who has the experience and knowledge to help organizations benefit from the power of the cloud while keeping sensitive...

New Whitepaper! Colocation Data Centers: Benefits of Buying Versus Building

Posted on 10/5/2015
Electronic records, data analytics, and other processor-intensive requirements put a lot of stress on a data center's power, space, and cooling capacities. While the cloud might provide an outlet for some workloads, it is not the most appropriate...

NEW WHITEPAPER: Taking Your Network to 40/100G Ethernet

Posted on 9/4/2015
With the ratification of new industry standards and increased demands on data center throughput, 40/100G Ethernet will be an integral component of the next generation data center. In fact, it is already an emerging influence on how organizations...

Digital Remote Monitoring and How it Changes Data Center Operations and Maintenance

Posted on 9/4/2015
Today’s data center power and cooling infrastructure has roughly three times more data points/notifications than it did 10 years ago. Traditional data center remote monitoring services have been available for over 10 years but were not designed to su

NEW WHITEPAPER: Practical Options for Deploying Small Server Rooms and Micro Data Centers

Posted on 9/4/2015
Small server rooms and branch offices are typically unorganized, unsecure, hot, unmonitored, and space constrained. This whitepaper discusses making realistic improvements to power, cooling, racks, physical security, monitoring, and lighting.

NEW WHITEPAPER! Increasing the Efficiency of Critical Facilities Management

Posted on 7/7/2015
While one data center or network operations center (NOC) may be run very well, another within the company may be a continual source of trouble. Oftentimes, they evolve almost independently over the years with different people managing them...

Physical Security for Today's Data Centers

Posted on 5/31/2015
Given the trend toward business migration to cloud services and outsourced data management and the role data availability plays in making critical business decisions, effective physical security measures that protect the data center are becoming ever