451 Research - Biography

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

Cloud drives growth for datacenter power distribution specialist Servertech
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
Specializing in datacenter power distribution is paying off for the veteran supplier, which continues to expand globally, add to its product line and meet a (growing) range of custom orders.
With FieldView, Nlyte (finally) acquires the monitoring it needs and deserves
TDM Deal Analysis - February, 2016
Nlyte Software is a pioneer of DCIM software and is widely recognized as a leading player. But its progress has been hampered by a lack of competitive real-time monitoring tools. Now, with the acquisition of FieldView, it has a best-of-breed offering.
2016 M&A Outlook - Datacenter technologies and eco-efficient IT
TDM Others - February, 2016
As part of our end-of-year series of M&A analysis, we look at the deals that mattered in 2015 and assess the prospects for the next 12 months in the datacenter technologies and eco-efficient IT sector. Where will we see acquisitions, and who might be involved?
Paris climate accord: A boost to micro-grid, analytics, IoT and energy-efficiency players?
MIS Spotlight - December, 2015
The COP21 climate agreement has sent out a wave of optimism. Many technology companies hope to benefit from new investment, government support and a change in sentiment after years of frustration.
DCIM supplier sector: bewildering complexity, brutal competition
MIS Spotlight - December, 2015
The datacenter infrastructure management software sector is crowded with scores of suppliers that claim similar functionality. In this report, we identify the players and categorize their DCIM capabilities in a metro map schema.
Datacenter management software: Why the outlook remains healthy
MIS Spotlight - December, 2015
Datacenter management software sales continue to grow at a steady pace globally, although not quickly enough for some. Suppliers developing new approaches to exploiting DCIM data, however, are positioned for an early-mover advantage.
iTRACS expands DCIM capacity modeling, digs deep into parent CommScope's channel
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
The datacenter infrastructure management veteran is growing sales through its parent CommScope's channels. It has also added several new features to its software suite, which has a new name and feature-set model.
ABB continues expansion of datacenter business with UPS for North American market
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The Swiss electrical-engineering giant is throwing more weight behind its datacenter business. Its latest move is the launch of its first uninterruptable power supply for datacenters in North America.
Tier44 shifts from direct sales to ServiceNow DCIM-as-a-service app
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
Pure-play supplier of datacenter infrastructure management software Tier44 Technologies has dropped its direct sales model to become the first supplier of DCIM add-on software to ServiceNow.
Intel inside: the software-driven datacenter
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
The company has been exploring a number of new options for its Data Center Manager software products lately, including downloadable trial versions for enterprises. We believe there will be more software plays ahead for the company.
Optimum Path takes new IT-focused route to DCIM
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The specialist DCIM software supplier has scrapped its SaaS-delivery strategy, but added new partners and IT-centric features to target midsized and smaller datacenters.
M&A rumbles in the DCIM jungle
TDM Sector IQ - September, 2015
The DCIM software market is both underdeveloped and oversupplied, making it tough going for many suppliers. Some DCIM software suppliers are seeking buyers, and at least one significant supplier is known to be readying to offload its DCIM business.
Born from acquisition, Doosan Fuel Cell America enters the datacenter market
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The fuel cell technology specialist was born out of acquisitions to focus on stationary fuel cell technology for datacenters, utilities, and commercial and industrial markets. It launched in 2014 by buying fuel cell maker ClearEdge Power, which had previously purchased UTC Power in 2012.
Gold service: Ahead of spinoff, Emerson grows its datacenter support business
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
Emerson Network Power's datacenter services business has been building steadily in recent years, outperforming the rest of the business unit. It is offers globalized, full lifecycle support services to all datacenter operators.
Schneider Electric dances on its toes in response to changing datacenter demand
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
The company, a leading supplier of datacenter technologies and services, is preparing to change its product line and adjust its business model in an attempt to maintain its leadership and influence amid widespread disruption in the sector.
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.