- BY Robyn Goldstone
Strategic Directions has extended their Strategic Alliance partnership with AFCOM, with the new agreement being signed at the Asia Pacific Data Centre Symposium held in September in Melbourne. Strategic Directions is the only company outside North America represented on the AFCOM Data Centre Institute (DCI) Board – a thought leadership group for the global data centre industry.
AFCOM advances data center professionals by delivering comprehensive and vendor-neutral education and peer-to-peer networking to its members around the globe. Through forward-looking research by the Data Center Institute, publications including Data Center Management Magazine, local chapters, regional symposiums, and major events like Data Center World, AFCOM supports thousands of data center professionals in their career advancement. In serving the greater data center industry for more than 30 years, AFCOM has earned recognition as the market leader in connecting the data center community.
“We will continue to be invested in our relationship with AFCOM by providing thought leadership, education, resources and solutions to the challenges that IT and facilities professionals tackle daily across the data centre because being at the forefront of the data centre industry is part of our DNA.” Mike Andrea, Director of Strategic Directions stated.
Strategic Directions regularly attends, and has presented at the AFCOM World Data Center conference that is held twice a year in the USA. In addition the company directly supports the annual AFCOM Asia Pacific Symposium with industry focused presentations targeted on the local data centre industry. Made up of Industry Leaders, the US based DCI Board provides leadership in all areas of the data centre industry including cloud computing, security, disaster recovery, business process continuity and data centre operations and management.
Strategic Directions is dedicated to ensuring innovative data centre design, operations and management is supported across the marketplace. Based on our project experience and industry research, Strategic Directions regularly shares its findings with industry through conferences and presentations.
With our AFCOM Strategic Alliance we regularly present at the AFCOM Data Centre World Conferences in the USA, and support the AFCOM Asia Pacific Symposiums held annually in Australia.
Strategic Directions has partnered with the AFCOM Data Center Institute to release a new data centre Standard. There are levels of confusion over data centre size and density across the industry, resulting in the AFCOM Data Center Institute and Strategic Directions working together to create an Industry Framework and Standard for Data Centres.
The Standard, presented as white paper, outlines a standard set of facility size and density ratings to inform the development of regulatory obligations, such as building energy efficiency reporting, at state, regional and local levels.
It answers the following questions:
• Why does size and density matter?
• Why are standard definitions for data centres needed?
• What standard terminology, and industry recognized language can be applied internationally across the Data Centres?
Learn more by visiting StrategicDirections website and downloading the whitepaper.
About Strategic Directions
Strategic Directions are ICT Strategy and Management specialists, providing vendor independent IT and Telecommunications advice and guidance to Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies, as well as Commercial Organisations, at Executive Management level.
The sole focus of the Strategic Directions Group is to help our clients improve their operational efficiency and maximise the return on their ICT and Data Centre Investments.
AFCOM Strategic Partners support the data centre industry.
Strategic Directions is AFCOM’s Asia Pacific Strategic Alliance Partner where we support collaboration of data centre professionals, vendors and providers in continuous learning and business improvement regarding data centre management and operations.
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