One of IDCA’s fundamental contributions to the world is the establishment of up-to-date, comprehensive, and unbiased standards that can define technical frameworks for information, data management, and delivery. IDCA has issued the Infinity Paradigm® standards framework. The application, as the ultimate end-user of data, requires an ecosystem to perform and deliver its promise. IDCA Application Ecosystem® standards are inclusive of data center standards, cloud standards, application standards, and information technology standards.
“In this day and age where information security is a matter of national security, efficiency is a matter of saving the world, capacity is a matter of fulfilling civil promises, availability and resilience are matters of retaining business, having visionary standards that care comprehensively, face and address challenges, solve real-world problems, and build a common ground for all stakeholders using practical benchmarks and applicable requirements, sets the stage for the ever-evolving industry to revamp itself into a formulated, structured, organized, understood and united front to set the foundations for our future generations.”, IDCA Chairman – Mehdi Paryavi
Technical Standards Committee
IDCA Technical Standards Committee (“The Committee”) represents IDCA’s interest in matters about industry standards. The Committee is composed of elite members from the leading data center, application, and cloud organizations who are envolved with in-depth issues of the industry. The Committee’s core mission is to provide a remedy to the current industry gaps via developing the next-generation standards necessary to address and provide resolution to those gaps. All the committee’s effort is fundamentally rooted in the Application Ecosystem (AE)® and within the standards framework of the Infinity Paradigm®. In addition, the Committee further identifies potential new developments within the standards and takes the necessary steps. Committee members are also responsible to conduct unremitting interactions with the key industry stakeholders such as operators, providers, investors, and end-users to ensure proper foundations, standardization, and compliance are rooted within the diverse industry segments. Technical Standards Committee’s composition includes carefully selected experts from diverse industries, and backgrounds.
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The Infinity Paradigm®
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The all-in-one Application Ecosystem® standards framework for infrastructure, information technology, cloud, big data, application, IoT, and data centers.
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The application exists and fulfills its purpose through the support of a holistic and vibrant ecosystem of interdependent logical & physical infrastructure and operating practices that sustain it.
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International Data Center Authority's mission is to establish the selection, design, implementation, and operational guidelines, based on learned lessons of the past, realities of the present, and the future ahead. IDCA standards carefully select the best and most effective practices and address key challenges with exceptional insight. This effort is tailored to serve comprehensive levels of information technology and data center requirements, catering to all industry sectors and verticals. IDCA is dedicated to integrating the global knowledge base for the mission-critical cloud, data center, application, information technology methodologies, parameters, systems, tools, and technologies, to ensure that the standards effectively address the challenges of the modern era.
The Infinity Paradigm® was founded based on bridging existing industry gaps. It enforces a comprehensive view of the logical and physical aspects of information technology, data centers, and cloud, as well as their investments, designs, infrastructure, personnel, performance metrics, overall operations, and management.
One of the Infinity Paradigm’s core features is that it ensures effectiveness via the notion of practicality. Its framework matrix empowers all stakeholders with a practical, intuitive, detailed, and holistic understanding of the entire application ecosystem, which includes the application delivery model (ADM) and application delivery infrastructure (ADI).
From the optimization of programming codes to the optimization of precision cooling in the data center, to the optimization of operational procedures, the Infinity Paradigm® maintains a consistent focus on efficiency, environment, and sustainability at every layer and in every phase of operations to illustrate the efficiency benefits of various technology and design choices.
The Infinity Paradigm® is designed for global adoption and international consistency. It is designed to bring the world’s best and brightest together, allowing all cloud, application, information technology, and data center stakeholders to enjoy the synergy that globalized collaboration can provide. It also factors in the unique topologies that span across multiple countries or continents.
Cloud is a foundational element of modern information technology platforms. The Infinity Paradigm® proudly takes the initiative to be the foremost cloud-inclusive holistic data center standards framework, through the effective inclusion of virtualization and cloud guidance at the compute and platform layers.
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Grading & Scoring System
Grade Levels (Gs®) are IDCA’s method of cloud, IT, application, infrastructure, and data center classification at different application ecosystem (AE)® layers of Topology, Site, Site Facility Infrastructure, Information Technology Infrastructure (ITI), Data Center Node (DCN), Compute, Platform, and Application. Gs® ranges from G4® to G0®, G4® possessing the minimum values and maximum allowable level of vulnerabilities such as chances of failure, security risks, inefficiencies, operational lags, capacity insufficiencies, and lacks of resilience, while G0® practically mandates total elimination of such and hence possesses the highest Grade Level a digital infrastructure, an application, a cloud, and data center or organization operating it, or series of data center nodes can possess at any layer of the Application Ecosystem®. Grade Levels are not to be confused with data center Tiers, Ratings, or Classes, as their view, scope, and coverage of the physical data center are fundamentally different from IDCA Grade Levels.
Efficacy Score Rating (ESR)®
Efficacy Score Rating (ESR)® is the single most reliable score rating for comparing Data Center delivery abilities and claims! ESR® is the system of methods for the piecewise evaluation of the efficacy of a complex system. In abstract systems and methods for evaluation and comparison of a complex system's efficacy composed of independent or interdependent components is referred to as ESR®. The efficacy of each component is evaluated and scored based on a set of pre-determined criteria. The component-wise efficacy scores are then combined to produce an overall system efficacy score for evaluation of the whole and comparison with other systems within the same context or domain. Examples of efficacy score rating applications are data center, cloud, application, business, service provider rating, and security efficacy rating.
ESR®, with respect to the digital infrastructure, is a measure of the overall efficacy of an organization’s Application Ecosystem (AE)®, application delivery model (ADM)®, application delivery infrastructure (ADI)®, as well as the Availability, Security, Safety, Resilience, Efficiency, Capacity, Innovation, and Operation of the AE® layers.
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