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

Schneider's DCIM-driven cloud service: a game changer for datacenter management?
MIS Impact Report - September, 2016
The company's latest DCIM-based cloud offerings could shift traditional on-premises approaches to managing datacenter infrastructure to remote, data-driven services.
Eaton to launch cloud service that predicts datacenter backup power issues
MIS Impact Report - September, 2016
In what will be a first for datacenters, Eaton is preparing to launch a cloud-based analytics service that predicts the likelihood of component failures in backup power systems before they happen.
Equinix writes its own real-time DCIM, readies global rollout
MIS Impact Report - August, 2016
The world's largest multi-tenant datacenter provider has developed its own datacenter infrastructure management system that it plans to deploy across all its 145 datacenters as the foundation of a broad, software-defined datacenter strategy.
Sanity in the UK: 451 Summit discusses datacenter strategies in an era of disruption
MIS Spotlight - August, 2016
Datacenter operators and major customers face bewildering choices and challenges. Technology, architectures, economics, connectivity, competition and compliance are all major issues. In Europe, Brexit is a further complication. These topics will be discussed at the 451 Research Datacenter Executive Summit in London on October 20.
Siemens leverages its building, power and IT heritage to drive datacenter growth
MIS Impact Report - August, 2016
The German engineering giant's strength in power generation and transmission, software and services gives it an edge in important growth areas of datacenter technology.
Datacenter sector exhales as Emerson Network Power sells to private equity shop for $4bn
TDM Deal Analysis - August, 2016
The wait is over. After 18 months of internal restructuring, planning for a spinoff and rebuffing bids from rivals, Emerson Electric has sold its Network Power division to Platinum Equity. The deal creates the largest independent supplier of equipment, services and software to datacenter providers and telcos.
ABB Group adds DCIM partners to broaden its datacenter automation platform
MIS Impact Report - August, 2016
The electrical giant has added several new partners to broaden the functions and appeal of its monitoring and automation software for datacenters.
Schneider sets out optimistic datacenter strategy despite headwinds
MIS Impact Report - July, 2016
Executives at Schneider Electric's IT division are realistic about their core market: The days of rapid datacenter equipment sales are probably gone. But they believe they can find profitable growth with a mix of innovation, thrift and focusing on growing areas.
Schneider Electric embraces Li-ion in the datacenter, prototypes supercapacitors
MIS Impact Report - July, 2016
In a series of moves that point to long-term changes in datacenter electrical systems, Schneider Electric now supports Li-ion batteries for its datacenter UPS systems, and has been testing supercapacitor-based UPS systems at its laboratories in Europe.
By the numbers: How the major datacenter technology suppliers stack up
MIS Spotlight - July, 2016
Datacenter technology-related revenues for many major suppliers declined in 2015. This report analyzes the competitive positioning of the top global suppliers and their relative exposure across key datacenter categories.
DOE study: US datacenter energy demand kept in check... for now
MIS Spotlight - July, 2016
The follow-up to an influential US government report on datacenter energy use estimates that datacenters consumed considerably less energy than expected and will continue to do so until 2020.
In datacenters, the Li-ion sleeps tonight
MIS Spotlight - June, 2016
Until now, the opportunity for lithium-ion batteries in datacenters has been dormant, hindered by cost and safety concerns. But the economics and the technology have advanced to a tipping point where suppliers are now beginning to push the technology, potentially transforming the way power is stored and distributed in datacenters.
Very smart cooling: Vigilent sees datacenter capacity, cooling risks before they happen
MIS Impact Report - June, 2016
The company, which uses artificial intelligence to control cooling units in datacenters, has launched a predictive analytics suite that further sets it apart in an increasingly competitive sector.
Made in Columbus: Emerson Network Power seeks to leverage its innovations - Part 2
MIS Impact Report - June, 2016
With an imminent separation from its parent, declining revenue and challenging market conditions, much is resting on Emerson Network Power's innovations in mission-critical infrastructure power management, software, unified equipment and other areas.
Made in Columbus: Emerson Network Power seeks to leverage its leadership - Part 1
MIS Impact Report - June, 2016
With an imminent separation from its parent, declining revenue and challenging market conditions, much is resting on Emerson Network Power's leadership position and innovations in cooling, power distribution, mission-critical infrastructure services and other key areas.
The enterprise view: Is software-defined infrastructure driving DCIM?
MIS Spotlight - May, 2016
A new 451 Research study reveals a corollary trend between the deployment of software-defined infrastructure and that of underlying, supporting DCIM software.
Datacenters for the Internet of Things: diverse, cloudy and connected
MIS Spotlight - May, 2016
The Internet of Things will dramatically change the way that many datacenters are designed, deployed and sited. 451 Research has mapped a schema for the divergent yet connected IoT datacenter landscape.
Emerson Network Power takes another step out of the nest, but will it fly on its own?
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
Emerson Electric is planning to sell or spin off its $4.5bn Network Power division later this year. New corporate filings provide insight into its financials and positioning as a potential stand-alone entity.
Emerson Network Power sharpens its tools ahead of spinoff
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
The $4.5bn supplier of equipment, software and services to datacenters and telcos is working hard to ensure that it has both its strategy and products refined ahead of the spinoff from Emerson Electric later this year.
Are datacenter suitors warming up to acquire Emerson Network Power?
TDM Target IQ - April, 2016
Emerson Electric is planning to sell or spin off its $4.4bn Network Power division. A spinoff of ENP would create the largest independent supplier to datacenter operators and telcos. We examine the potential acquirers, and consider whether a spinoff would leave ENP in a better position of strength and flexibility as a stand-alone entity.
Panduit drives convergence down to the datacenter layer
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The long-established company is integrating more software and services into its datacenter-infrastructure portfolio. Long-term partners such as Cisco and VCE are becoming increasingly strategic.
US federal government mandates DCIM, Part 2: pay dirt for suppliers?
MIS Spotlight - March, 2016
With the US federal government mandating DCIM in all of its datacenters, just how big is the opportunity for suppliers, and which ones are most likely to benefit?
US federal government mandates DCIM and low PUE for its datacenters
MIS Spotlight - March, 2016
US government regulations now require federal datacenters to deploy DCIM and achieve a PUE of 1.5 by 2018. This is the first in a three-part series on what these new rules are and what they will mean to the DCIM and broader DCT industry.
DCIM pure play Cormant revamps platform
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The datacenter infrastructure management software specialist recently upgraded its Cormant-CS platform, and claims to be profitable and growing revenue.
Schneider Electric plans an IoT route for DCIM
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
With new cloud-delivered services, Schneider Electric plans to disrupt traditional approaches to datacenter operations, management, planning and more.
2016 M&A Outlook summary - Datacenter technologies and eco-efficient IT
MIS Spotlight - February, 2016
Software-driven datacenters, smart factories, smart buildings and smart cities: infrastructure everywhere is becoming intelligent and energy in particular is increasingly considered a resource closely coupled with IT, requiring dynamic management. This move toward intelligent infrastructure will drive M&A in 2016.
451 Research study finds DCIM pays for itself... mostly
MIS Spotlight - February, 2016
In a new report, 451 Research takes a close look at the value that datacenter infrastructure management software can deliver by modeling the ROI of different deployment scenarios.
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.