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Rhonda Ascierto
Research Director, Datacenter Technologies & Eco-Efficient IT

Rhonda Ascierto is a Research Director in the Datacenter Technologies and Eco-Efficient IT practices at 451 Research. Rhonda has been analyzing the crossroads of IT and business for more than 15 years. She focuses on datacenter innovation and energy management in datacenters and across the enterprise. She also covers technologies that enable the efficient use of all resources and help to minimize the environmental impact of business activity.

Before joining 451 Research, Rhonda was a Senior Analyst in Energy and Sustainability IT at Ovum. Previously, she had a successful career as an IT reporter and editor, mostly in Silicon Valley, at a number of well-known publications.



Reports by this Analyst

ABB steps up its datacenter strategy with medium-voltage systems
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The Swiss engineering giant is honing and expanding its datacenter technologies strategy with higher-voltage power-distribution technologies to target hyperscale facilities. It is also leveraging its own extensive automation software and systems catalog in an effort to leapfrog rivals.
DCIM and DCSO: supplier and positioning update
MIS Spotlight - May, 2015
The datacenter infrastructure management and associated datacenter service optimization software sectors are crowded, confusing and changing fast. In this report, we identify the players and detail their latest positioning.
Vigilent to launch predictive analytics for datacenter cooling
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The optimized-cooling and datacenter infrastructure management company is expanding its artificial intelligence in the datacenter with new predictive cooling analytics, and is adding customers within and outside of its home market in the US.
Baselayer pushes into cloudy 'big data' DCIM
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The datacenter technologies spinoff from colocation supplier IO appears to be developing a full-range DCIM system, as well as predictive and automation tools for operational, risk and hybrid-cloud datacenter management.
FieldView adds datacenter risk and redundancy analysis to DCIM
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The pure-play DCIM supplier has added failover simulation and predictive fault analysis as part of a major upgrade of its DCIM monitoring application, completing a total rewrite of the package over the past two years.
DCIM and ITSM converge in software-driven datacenters
MIS Spotlight - March, 2015
Some IT managers question the need for DCIM software because they already track assets and their status using their ITSM systems. Others, however, are deploying DCIM and integrating the data with ITSM systems to create new efficiencies, as well as cost and operational insights.
Eaton quietly lines up its datacenter arsenal
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The power-equipment giant has pulled together its datacenter technology portfolio, ranging from PFM datacenters to DCIM software, into a more coordinated go-to-market approach for the US. The plan is to roll it out globally in 2015.
DCIM vendors grow together and apart
MIS Spotlight - March, 2015
Sales of datacenter management software continue to grow at a steady pace globally. However, our latest Datacenter Management Software Market Monitor research shows a divergence among the type of suppliers that enjoyed success in 2014.
Nlyte extends DCIM workflows and monitoring, woos 'hyperscales'
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The high-profile, pure-play supplier of DCIM asset management software is adding features and growing sales. Nlyte is also developing new monitoring functionality around software that it is white-labeling from an undisclosed supplier.
AlphaPoint adds N'compass' DCIM suite, DCSO ambitions
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
Consolidation in the datacenter management software sector continued late last year with the sale of DCSO-focused N'compass to publicly listed DCIM supplier AlphaPoint Technology. The plan is to eventually combine the companies' products into one platform.
Ni2 picks itself up, focuses on management software for service providers, datacenters
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The small software company has an atypically broad approach to managing the critical infrastructure of a business. Ni2 suffered badly after the financial crash, but it is now aiming for fast growth with a platform for service providers to manage their entire critical infrastructure.
Hyperscale fuel cell deployments spark datacenter suppliers' efforts
MIS Spotlight - January, 2015
While most datacenters remain hesitant to go off the grid, a small but growing group of hyperscale datacenter operators is deploying fuel cells on-site to generate power, and suppliers believe there is greater opportunity ahead.
Servertech adds smart power management, DCIM sales through the channel
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The veteran power distribution equipment maker is growing sales in its core smart PDU market, where its DCIM monitoring tool is proving to be a useful add-on. New software features are on the roadmap.
Raritan continues steady pace of DCIM enhancements, doesn't rule out big leaps
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The datacenter equipment supplier has updated its core DCIM tools, including improving its predictive-analysis capabilities, as part of its long-term strategy to increase DCIM software sales as the share of business attributed to KVM hardware drops off.
If a bubble bursts in DCIM, does it make a sound?
TDM Sector IQ - January, 2015
The hype in the DCIM software market comes from its many suppliers large and small, but not so much from investors anymore. Recent M&A deals suggest there are currently no good exit options for backers of most small DCIM players.
Panduit and SynapSense: together in DCIM
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
Following its latest deal, the acquisition of smart-cooling software vendor SynapSense, Panduit is now balancing the task of supporting separate DCIM products while also integrating them into a single platform.
RagingWire: DCIM is a competitive no-brainer
MIS User Deployment Report - December, 2014
The colocation provider is taking its use of DCIM a major step further than most – it's giving customers not just power data, but also a real-time view into how RagingWire operates its datacenters.
DCIM in colos: equal parts opportunity and threat
MIS Spotlight - December, 2014
DCIM portals for colocation customers are catching on fast – this is a large, long-term market for the software suppliers. In time, the use of DCIM in colocation will expand, creating significant new opportunities – and also significant disruption.
iTRACS benefits from parent CommScope's datacenter push
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The small but high-profile DCIM supplier is adding new features and customers. It is also integrating further with the (growing) datacenter technology and channels of its cabling parent CommScope.
Never say die: Power Assure is reborn as Tier44
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The former CTO of recently defunct DCSO software vendor Power Assure has purchased most of its IP and launched a new company called Tier44. Certain code has been rewritten but its functionality remains the same. How will Tier44 succeed where Power Assure failed?
Habits of highly efficient datacenters
MIS Spotlight - November, 2014
Facility efficiency focuses on cooling innovation, reduced power used for compute load, and incorporating modularity and sustainability in datacenter design. We highlight 10 real-life datacenter efficiency projects and results.
DCT quarterly report, Part 2: Commercial datacenters lift DCIM and prefab modular sectors
MIS Spotlight - November, 2014
The third quarter was a mix of supplier churn and patchy growth for DCIM software and PFM datacenters, two well-invested emergent markets. This report discusses the health of – and activity in – the datacenter technologies sector.
DCT quarterly report, Part 1: Datacenter tech ticks up, but hold the champagne
MIS Spotlight - November, 2014
A slight improvement in the core US midsized market has helped lift many suppliers of critical infrastructure. The outlook is solid heading into 2015, but ongoing datacenter consolidation and outsourcing will increasingly test suppliers' mettle.
Datacenter power management – Part 1: Why are the lights so dim?
MIS Spotlight - October, 2014
The demise of Power Assure – heavily backed and much admired – raises some big questions about the role of IT power management technology in datacenters.
CA Technologies wants to take DCIM higher
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
The only large enterprise IT software maker in DCIM, CA Technologies, is both an outlier and a growing threat to its key DCIM rivals. The company appears to be gaining market share as it expands its DCIM channels and develops new products that integrate DCIM with IT management.
Telefónica standardizes on high-reliability, energy-efficient datacenters
MIS User Deployment Report - September, 2014
With help from its contractors, Telefónica has standardized on modular design and construction for all of its new facilities, creating a datacenter blueprint that could be predictably implemented in multiple countries.
PGS hones highly efficient HPC with chiller-less datacenter upgrade
MIS User Deployment Report - September, 2014
Global events meant that the oil exploration surveyor needed to increase the capacity of its high-performance computing datacenter in the UK by 50%. As part of the upgrade, which included power-distribution and cooling retrofits, PGS also lowered its (already very low) PUE.
Lights out for DCIM pioneer Power Assure – who will buy its IP?
MIS Impact Report - September, 2014
After late-stage M&A discussions broke down, the VC-backed US software company has gone out of business. Administrators hope to sell its automated datacenter energy management IP, which could be valuable to its investor ABB, other DCIM suppliers, IT systems makers and players in adjacent sectors.
With Power Analytics buy, Causam looks to smarten up datacenters and utility grids
TDM Post-Merger IQ - September, 2014
By acquiring Power Analytics, a long-standing DCIM and power management software provider, Causam is bolstering its smart-grid portfolio and reaching into the datacenter segment. The synergy between the companies' products and capabilities is clear.
Chilling out Down Under: free-cooled PFM datacenters slash government costs
MIS User Deployment Report - September, 2014
An Australian state government agency is consolidating 130 legacy datacenters into two new chiller-free prefabricated modular facilities, which have been Tier III certified. It has also overhauled its datacenter service quality, availability and reliability.
DCIM supplier and positioning update, H2 2014
MIS Spotlight - September, 2014
The DCIM sector, as well as the associated DCSO software sectors that 451 Research has recently described, is not only crowded, but also confusing. This report series, which will be updated regularly, outlines the players and their positioning.
Cloud mega-datacenter 'inhales' free cooling in South Korea
MIS User Deployment Report - September, 2014
LG CNS, a major IT service provider in South Korea, has developed an innovative cooling approach for its new energy-efficient datacenter, the largest facility in the country to date. The company's patent-pending approach to cooling is innovative.
eBay is completely sold on fuel cells for its chiller-free desert datacenter
MIS User Deployment Report - September, 2014
The online retailer is challenging long-standing practices about datacenter power supplies by using datacenter-specific fuel cells as the primary power source at its new facility in Arizona. Will others follow?
Enterprise IT Spotlight: datacenter service optimization (DCSO) software
MIS Spotlight - August, 2014
DCSO brings datacenter facilities and IT operations teams together around a common goal – offering a more efficient, more reliable, easier-to-manage and more cost-effective datacenter environment, whether they operate it themselves or go through a third party. If you are implementing IT service management, it's time to give DCSO a good look.
Portugal Telecom uses free cooling, renewables and a moat for datacenter efficiency
MIS User Deployment Report - August, 2014
The largest telecommunications provider in Portugal has built a datacenter with a PUE of 1.25 by factoring in efficiency from the planning stages to operations, including around siting, design, technology deployment, and resource supply and use.
Fidelity commits to digital infrastructure efficiency
MIS User Deployment Report - August, 2014
When the financial services firm took stock of its growing computing needs and aging datacenters, it developed a broad-reaching, multidisciplinary energy- and capital-saving strategy. While the challenges were not unusual, Fidelity's solution was far from common.
Stratergia develops DCIM for European colos to compete via IT energy transparency
MIS Impact Report - August, 2014
The Dublin-based datacenter start-up has developed IT energy-monitoring software. Initial customers include small colocation suppliers in Europe looking to stand out from rivals by providing more flexible energy billing.
RF Code sets out to show it's all about the Code, not just the RF
MIS Impact Report - July, 2014
RF Code is best known for its active RFID tags in the datacenter. However, executives say its success has much more to do with its software – and it plans to prove it with a bold strategy, and new operational and business intelligence products.
DCT quarterly update: churning waters, but steady as she goes for datacenter spending
MIS Spotlight - July, 2014
Growth for the datacenter technologies industry was slow in the second quarter, with a stronger outlook for the second half of the year. In the nascent sectors of PFM datacenters and DCIM software, the quarter was marked by supplier expansions, as well as exits.
Schneider Electric bulks up DCIM, weighs Invensys additions
MIS Impact Report - July, 2014
The datacenter equipment heavyweight is broadening its DCIM software platform with new features and partners. It also has plans to exploit the control and asset management software it acquired as part of a $5bn takeover earlier this year.
 

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