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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

Vapor IO opens DCIM integrations, targets software-driven datacenters
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
This small startup hopes to change the norm in datacenter management and design. It has developed DCSO software and novel micromodular datacenter hardware designs, both of which it has contributed to the Open Compute Project.
Schneider Electric engineering a takeover of industrial software vendor AVEVA Group
TDM Target IQ - July, 2015
UK-based industrial software maker AVEVA has received an early-stage, nonbinding proposal to merge with a portion of energy management giant Schneider's software business. Though the offer is not yet binding, in this report we explore the implications of the proposed takeover.
Vapor IO launches Open Rack micro datacenters for the network edge
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The small startup is targeting edge-of-network computing with a novel micro datacenter design, which it has contributed to the Open Compute Project. A growing number of progressive companies seek to exploit OCP efficiencies and larger datacenter builders and operators may be interested in Vapor IO's innovative designs.
The DCIM market is still open to new entrants
MIS Spotlight - July, 2015
Several new datacenter management software suppliers have launched in recent months, including two innovative datacenter service optimization startups. As DCIM adoption grows and DCSO software and approaches develop, we expect more will follow.
Rebirth in datacenter technology: Emerson to spin off network power business
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
Emerson Network Power, part of the industrial giant Emerson Electric, will be spun off as an independent supplier of power, cooling, datacenter technology, services and management software by the third quarter of 2016.
TDS goes to market with TransitionManager for cloud and datacenter migrations
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
To help companies better organize their cloud and datacenter migrations, TDS has developed a specialized software package. The company says that with TransitionManager, migration project managers can kiss those Excel spreadsheets goodbye.
Raritan spins off DCIM assets, sells rest of datacenter business to Legrand
TDM Deal Analysis - June, 2015
The 30-year-old datacenter equipment supplier has sold its core business to the North American subsidiary of electrical giant Legrand. Raritan's datacenter management software technology is not part of the deal – it has been spun off into a new company called Sunbird Software.
The enterprise datacenter: Supplier disruption and adaptation
MIS Spotlight - June, 2015
Our research shows that enterprise datacenter budgets are healthy, yet more datacenters and IT sites are being closed than opened. What does this mean for suppliers of datacenter equipment, such as power, cooling, connectivity and other critical infrastructure?
Disruption: the enterprise datacenter view
MIS Spotlight - June, 2015
The enterprise datacenter is undergoing disruption on several fronts. In this report, operators of datacenters from some large enterprise organizations discuss their changing environments, their tactics and plans to adapt.
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.
 

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