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

Rhonda Ascierto is a Senior Analyst 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 12 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

Quarterly update: battling headwinds, datacenter infrastructure suppliers try new tack
MIS Spotlight - April, 2014
News of software, services and convergence - of technologies and also in the supply chain - dominated the datacenter technologies market during the first quarter of 2014, underscoring just how much the sector is changing.
DCIM pioneer Modius regroups
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
The veteran pure-play DCIM supplier has kept a low profile in recent years, fueling speculation that it isn't in robust health. Modius dismisses these rumors and says new product developments are in the works.
451 DCIM user survey: problems persist with usability and integrations
MIS Spotlight - April, 2014
We asked 100 or so datacenter operators that use or plan to use datacenter infrastructure management (DCIM) software a range of questions. In this report, the third in a series, we discuss their attitude toward and experiences with DCIM.
Where the watts are best: Power Assure shifts workloads between datacenters
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
The company's 'Software Defined Power' system manages and moves IT loads between datacenters to where power reliability, availability or cost is optimal – including for datacenters that are part of a colocation or public cloud service.
451 DCIM user survey: Yes, this software really does work
MIS Spotlight - March, 2014
We asked 100 or so datacenter operators that use or plan to use datacenter infrastructure management (DCIM) software a range of questions. In this report, the second in a series, we discuss their answers about cost, ROI and satisfaction.
The datacenter of the future, Part 2: 10 big trends
MIS Spotlight - March, 2014
Over the next seven years, datacenters will become more efficient, highly optimized, able to handle much more work and cheaper to build, and will increasingly be run with the help of advanced software.
The datacenter of the future, Part 1: innovation accelerates
MIS Spotlight - March, 2014
Innovations in technology and operating practices are set to separate the best datacenters from the rest – and winners from losers? In this two-part spotlight report, we discuss the Datacenter of the Future and some of the big technology trends.
451 DCIM user survey: cautious buyers focus on the product, not the supplier
MIS Spotlight - March, 2014
451 Research recently asked 100 or so datacenter operators that use or plan to use DCIM software a range of questions. In this report, one in a series, we discuss their answers about procurement – some of which were surprising.
Datacenter service optimization: DCIM's next frontier
MIS Spotlight - March, 2014
Datacenter service optimization – DCSO – is a new category of products that extends beyond DCIM, to associate applications and services with the underlying physical resources and to optimize datacenters end-to-end in real time.
iTRACS updates its DCIM suite and pricing, adds Intel power capping
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
One year after the cabling giant CommScope paid $34m for the company, iTRACS has updated its DCIM and datacenter service optimization software and pricing.
Cormant locates big-name clients for DCIM, partners with Belden and Corning
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The small US supplier of datacenter infrastructure management software is building up its capabilities, partnerships and customer base to emerge as one of the more successful pure-play vendors in this crowded market.
Facebook uses CA Technologies as the foundation for its broad DCIM platform
MIS User Deployment Report - January, 2014
Facebook has announced that it uses a customized version of CA's DCIM monitoring software as part of its comprehensive and developing approach to managing its datacenter operations and improving efficiency at its facilities.
IBM's global push to transform its business on the back of SoftLayer
HITS Insight - January, 2014
Big Blue has announced a $1.2bn initiative to, essentially, bring the SoftLayer operating model to IBM datacenters around the world. Financial results and the Lenovo deal bring perspective.
Quarterly report: The wind's against the tide for datacenter technologies spending
MIS Spotlight - January, 2014
While growth fundamentals remained strong for the datacenter technologies industry, the final quarter of 2013 proved to be challenging for many suppliers.
Vigilent shows market awareness with datacenter dynamic cooling update
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
With software that matches datacenter cooling to IT load in real time, this 10-year-old VC-backed company is adding customers and readying a major release.
DCIM market misfires in 2013: suppliers forced to wait again
MIS Spotlight - January, 2014
Ahead of the publication of 451 Research's 2013 market sizing report for DCIM, market feedback suggests that sales of DCIM failed to live up to expectations.
Packet Power grows through the channel
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The wireless power and environmental sensor vendor bolsters its business through partnerships as well as geographic diversification.
Panduit builds out DCIM, now a centerpiece of its datacenter strategy
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The cabling giant is one of a small group of suppliers of a comprehensive DCIM software suite. As it integrates the DCIM software and hardware it acquired from Unite, Panduit is building a broader datacenter management portfolio.
Optimum Path targets datacenter service providers with SaaS DCIM
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The datacenter infrastructure management software vendor has a new service provider product, Visual Cloud Manager, tailored for cloud, managed services and colocation providers.
Nlyte hooks further into the IT stack to retain DCIM foothold
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
An early poster child for pure-play suppliers of DCIM software, the company is among a small group that is combining datacenter resource intelligence with IT management layers.
DCIM evolution and ITSM: 451 Research analyst Q&A, part 2
MIS Spotlight - November, 2013
In November 2013, 451 Research held a webinar to discuss datacenter infrastructure management systems. In this, the second of two reports, we answer further questions that were asked during the webinar.
DCIM functions, cost, ROI and suppliers: 451 Research analyst Q&A, part 1
MIS Spotlight - November, 2013
In November 2013, 451 Research held a webinar to discuss suppliers of datacenter infrastructure management systems. In this report, we answer questions that were asked during the webinar.
KyotoCooling wants to become a big wheel in energy-efficient datacenters
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
KyotoCooling, a small company with innovative datacenter cooling technology, has some high-profile customers and a new owner, Cloudsite, an advanced datacenter developer and operator.
Sentilla looks to provide intelligence on hybrid IT infrastructure
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The opportunity is there for Sentilla and its datacenter infrastructure intelligence platform, but questions remain after its three cofounders all moved on in the past year.
No Limits Software goes beyond DCIM, launches 'smart' datacenter cabinet business
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
To accelerate growth, the small datacenter infrastructure management (DCIM) software startup has moved into datacenter hardware with an intelligent server cabinet product.
Internap acquires iWeb as part of broader infrastructure strategy
HITS Insight - October, 2013
Internap makes a strategic acquisition with Canadian infrastructure provider iWeb as it continues datacenter expansion and 'cloudy colocation' DCIM capabilities.
Managing datacenters: mapping the DCIM supplier sector
MIS Spotlight - October, 2013
There are more than 50 suppliers of datacenter infrastructure management software, offering both complementary and competing products. Buyers naturally struggle to understand their options. We have mapped out suppliers by their core features.
Quarterly report: Datacenter tech sector holds course, despite DCIM headwinds
MIS Spotlight - October, 2013
There was tepid growth in the third quarter for some datacenter infrastructure technology suppliers, driven by cloud, multi-tenant and hyperscale demand, 451 believes. But the DCIM market is showing weakness, causing us to lower our 2013 forecast.
Emerson updates its DCIM flagship, firms up the roadmap
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
The company has released the first major update of Trellis, its flagship datacenter infrastructure management system. It also clarified its work with partner IBM, and its much-studied technology roadmap.
Verisae buys former cloud carbon management star Hara
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2013
One of the most high-profile and best-positioned pure-play vendors of enterprise energy management software has been sold to one of its peers. Hara is Verisae's second SaaS-based software acquisition.
Romonet to add datacenter modeling to virtualization management and DCIM?
HITS Insight - October, 2013
The company is in talks to embed its datacenter modeling software inside the platforms of others, including a large virtualization management software company and DCIM suppliers.
Giants and challengers to enter the DCIM market?
HITS Insight - October, 2013
The market for DCIM software is small, but growing and changing rapidly. As DCIM converges with other systems, it is attracting major new entrants. This report considers several large companies strategically positioned to become DCIM suppliers.
Facebook friends NoSQL for broad 'big data' DCIM
MIS User Deployment Report - September, 2013
Facebook is developing datacenter infrastructure management software that connects vast and disparate data, which will become part of the Open Compute Project. Facebook's approach could change the DCIM market.
Romonet to add datacenter modeling to virtualization management and DCIM?
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
The company is in talks to embed its datacenter modeling software inside the platforms of others, including a large virtualization management software company and DCIM suppliers.
Giants and challengers to enter the DCIM market?
MIS Spotlight - September, 2013
The market for DCIM software is relatively small, but growing and changing rapidly. As DCIM converges with other systems, it is attracting major new entrants. This report considers several large companies strategically positioned to become DCIM suppliers.
The KyotoCooling accord: Cloudsite buys its datacenter cooling supplier
HITS Insight - September, 2013
KyotoCooling, a supplier of a novel, energy-efficient datacenter cooling system, has been acquired by one of its customers, datacenter developer and operator Cloudsite Intelligent Data Centers.
The KyotoCooling accord: Cloudsite buys its datacenter cooling supplier
TDM Deal Analysis - September, 2013
KyotoCooling, a supplier of a novel, energy-efficient datacenter cooling system, has been acquired by one of its customers, datacenter developer and operator Cloudsite Intelligent Data Centers.
CA Technologies to fuse DCIM with cloud and application management
HITS Insight - September, 2013
The company is preparing to release an extended series of capabilities that will integrate a wide range of datacenter and IT systems. The goal: an integrated platform to match and manage IT service demand and datacenter resources.
CA Technologies to fuse DCIM with cloud and application management
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
The company is preparing to release an extended series of capabilities that will integrate a wide range of datacenter and IT systems. The goal: an integrated platform to match and manage IT service demand and datacenter resources.
Power Assure's 'software-defined power': more than just a buzzword for DCIM?
MIS Impact Report - August, 2013
The innovative supplier of datacenter infrastructure management software wants to sell its dynamic power-quality management and control technology through partners.
Uptime Institute survey shows datacenter budgets are rising, but only for some
HITS Insight - August, 2013
More datacenter operators are reporting flat or decreased budgets in 2013. How are they meeting their need for increased capacity? The Uptime Institute global datacenter industry survey finds evidence of change.
Uptime Institute survey shows datacenter budgets are rising, but only for some
MIS Spotlight - August, 2013
More datacenter operators are reporting flat or decreased budgets in 2013. How are they meeting their need for increased capacity? The Uptime Institute global datacenter industry survey finds evidence of change.
Quarterly report: choppy waters for datacenter tech and DCIM
MIS Spotlight - August, 2013
Some datacenter technology suppliers, including those in newer sectors, had a mixed first half in 2013. Market dynamics and uneven economic develop across the world are some of the factors at play.
With major DCIM release, FieldView's influence grows among large customers
HITS Insight - August, 2013
The company's datacenter infrastructure management software manages some of the world's largest datacenter operations. In a major upgrade, the software can now readily integrate with other applications – and at scale.
With major DCIM release, FieldView's influence grows among large customers
MIS Impact Report - August, 2013
The company's datacenter infrastructure management software manages some of the world's largest datacenter operations. In a major upgrade, the software can now readily integrate with other applications – and at scale.
RF Code harvests data, grows DCIM ecosystem
HITS Insight - July, 2013
More datacenter operators, DCIM suppliers and others are looking to RF Code for the real-time data feeds that it harvests from its active RFID technology. Is the datacenter industry (finally) waking up to the value of this kind of data?
RF Code harvests data, grows DCIM ecosystem
MIS Impact Report - June, 2013
More datacenter operators, DCIM suppliers and others are looking to RF Code for the real-time data feeds that it harvests from its active RFID technology. Is the datacenter industry (finally) waking up to the value of this kind of data?
VC in the DCIM market: a case of 'The Emperor's New Clothes'?
MIS Spotlight - June, 2013
The fast-growing DCIM market is overcrowded; many vendors are unprofitable. There are more than a dozen VC-backed suppliers, yet almost half of revenue goes to a few top earners – only one is VC-backed. It's time for investors to reset expectations.
Down but not out in DCIM: Rackwise raises new funding
MIS Impact Report - June, 2013
Following warnings of potential insolvency, the DCIM pioneer remains an ongoing concern after raising additional funds and with plans to merge its stock.
Flash storage: The 'Scarlet Speedster' of disruptive datacenter technology
HITS Insight - June, 2013
Flash storage is the technology that datacenter operators and suppliers should be watching most closely, according to the aggregated opinions of more than 15 senior analysts and experts across The 451 Group.

 

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