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We offer a broad range of research products which address topics that are of significance to the data center industry. Our Case Studies focus on individual company strategies and business models, as well as their competitive environments; our Industry Briefings address the impact on the industry of a specific technology or trend; and our Reports focus on a geographical market or region, or cover a major topic from a global perspective. Our research is based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Combining data and analysis, our research is designed to help readers understand the trends shaping the data center industry and to make informed decisions about their businesses with confidence.

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Data Centre Network CablingSubscription

28 Jun 2016

Best practices to meet the demands of the digital economy.

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The Need for a New Data Center Design Standard Subscription

13 Apr 2016

“Maintaining an inflexible classification system may unintentionally contribute to the growth of fossil fuel consumption” Lex Coors, Interxion

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DCIM Enablement Best PracticesSubscription

5 Jan 2016

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) has been viewed as a solution to organizations looking to cut infrastructure costs while maintaining availability for customers. To achieve said goals, companies must clearly define its goals.

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Thermal Efficiency Best PracticesSubscription

20 Nov 2015

Thermal management is often considered a low data center priority; it is a function often ignored unless problems arise. However, an efficient and effective thermal management strategy has become an important aspect of data center management.

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Power Optimization Best PracticesSubscription

6 Nov 2015

According to DCD Intelligence, 46 per cent of data center managers continuously monitor efficiency, yet 68 per cent watch consumption closely as a key energy parameter. The takeaway is simple — if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it as management guru, Peter Drucker once said.

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Network Migration Best PracticesSubscription

16 Jun 2015

Faster, denser technology is driving costs, and the right high performance cabling is needed to provide stability in the data center. Unsuitable infrastructure can become an expensive problem, delaying necessary upgrades and creating other potential obstacles needed to stay competitive. This report contains the four best practices needed to achieve a high performance, future-ready structured cabling solution for a data center.

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Global Data Center Investment 2013Subscription

2 Jun 2015

Globally, the data center industry has continued to maintain a healthy growth rate in terms of the amount invested by data center owners and operators in facilities, IT infrastructure and outsourcing. The past 12 months have seen an overall 8% increase in the amount invested, this figure outstrips that for white space growth globally, an illustration of the changing nature of the data center industry as it matures.In all regions other than Latin America there is a marked difference ...

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Data Center Employment 2015Subscription

2 Jun 2015

2015 – Growth in data center employment continues but the workforce is changing Globally, the number of people working in or for data centers increased to approximately 585,000 in 2014 and to an estimated 620,000 in 2015. This number includes facility staff and managers, IT and network managers, engineers and project managers, technical specialists and directors and C-level managers.

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Do Industry Standards Hold Back Data Centre Innovation?Subscription

2 Jun 2015

Upgrading legacy data centres to handle ever-increasing social media, mobile, big data and Cloud workloads requires significant investment. Yet over 70% of managers are being asked to deliver future-ready infrastructure with reduced budgets. But what if you could square the circle: optimise your centre’s design beyond industry standards by incorporating the latest innovations, while achieving a significant increase in efficiency and still maintaining the required availability.

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Risk Management Best PracticesSubscription

20 May 2015

This paper analyzes the cost vs. risk of data center security, the importance of physically protecting assets and the value of declaring security budget ownership. Driven by industry regulations, design standards and best practices, physical security in the data center is as important of an investment as the latest firewalls and cyber security protocols.

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