IDCA takes pride in being the first organization worldwide to encourage and lead open communication and collaboration on data center standards development. IDCA promotes collaborative efforts and allows workgroups to work closely by taking part in IDCA’s mission to develop highly comprehensive, effective, application-specific data center standards as the basis of catering specialized and localized needs, thus filling all existing industry gaps and enabling the enhancement and further development of data center's key areas of strength. By taking part in the collaborative standardization, which is first of its kind in the data center industry, one will be amazed of how the input of wide array of expertise from diverse inputs can result in values greater than the sum of its inputs and how simplicity is the key for making it all come together, making the complex world of data centers applicable and practical for all.


Features of Infinity Based Standards are outlined below.


The Infinity Paradigm® was founded on the basis of 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 missions is ensuring effectiveness via the notion of practicality. Its framework matrix empowers all stakeholders with a practical, intuitive, detailed and holistic understanding of the entire ecosystem.


From the optimization of programming code, to the optimization of precision cooling on the data center floor, to the optimization of operational procedures, the Infinity Paradigm® maintains a consistent focus on efficiency at every layer and in every phase of operations. It also helps to illustrate the efficiency cost of standards and regulatory compliance, and also the efficiency benefits of various design choices.


Virtualization and Cloud are foundational elements of modern information technology platforms. The Infinity Paradigm® proudly takes the initiative to be the first and foremost cloud-inclusive holistic standards framework, not simply through the inclusion of virtualization and cloud guidance at the compute or platform layer, but rather by including it at every layer and within every efficacy.


The Infinity Paradigm® was designed to bring the world’s best and brightest together, allowing all cloud, application, information technology, facility and data center stakeholders to enjoy the synergy that globalized collaboration can provide. It also factors in the unique operational characteristics and challenges that can occur when topologies span across multiple countries or continents.


Infinity Paradigm® is extensible and adaptable to localized technical, language, environmental, regulatory, political, and industrial requirements and capabilities. This unprecedented level of “reality-centric” adaptability allows for ease of access, enhanced efficiency, safety, compliance and effectiveness.

Operation Conducive

Operational conduciveness is a foundational element of the Infinity Paradigm®. The industry has favored availability and resilience over operational effectiveness for far too long. IDCA’s philosophy dictates that an infrastructure’s availability, capacity, security, safety, compliance, etc. cannot be measured unless its operational requirements are fully evaluated and met. Only a demonstrable operational competency with each component’s individual function and the interdependencies between components will fulfill Infinity Paradigm’s requirements of compliance.


IDCA is the first organization worldwide to formally recognize, define and promote the Application centric nature of the entire technology stack, by introducing the concept of the Application EcosystemSM and even going so far as to redefine the data center itself as "The infrastructure supporting the Application Ecosystem". The Infinity Paradigm® Standards Framework is entirely based on this application centric approach. This creates a laser sharp focus on the end goal at every layer of the technology stack, and helps to ensure alignment of all systems and technologies toward that one objective.

Infinity Paradigm®

The Infinity Paradigm® is the paradigm that will cause a paradigm-shift in the data center industry and reshape the face of the data center and information technology delivery industry, as was once known. Providing:

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No matter how massive or minuscule individual inputs may be, it takes three steps to take part in the development of the greatest data center standard in the making:


Join the world’s elite and undergo IDCA certified data center education! Get on top of data center industry & trends, infrastructure & best practices, learn about the Infinity Paradigm® and get full grasp of the entire application ecosystem (AE)SM.


Join in. Put your know-how into motion. Push yourself to the limits of thinking outside the box. Collaborate with professionals in the industry, give inputs and take feedbacks and be part of the development of the future shaping, Infinity-based, data center standards.


Contribute to the world! Take part of the movement that shares its gains with data center world at large, for a better information world with clean, available and effective data centers, on the path to INFINITY!

Striving for excellence

IDCA mission is to establish data center selection, design, implementation & operation guidelines, based on learned lessons of the past, realities of the present, and the road 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 data center requirements, catering for all industry sectors & verticals.

Knowledge under one roof

IDCA is dedicated to amalgamating the knowledgebase of Data Center Mission Critical systems and the complementing Information & Communication Technology (ICT) systems of today, alongside the emerging technologies, and applying this knowledge in the most beneficial and practical manner, to ensure Data Center Standardization becomes not merely a promise, but a reality.


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About the Committee

IDCA's Technical Standards Committee is composed of elite members from diverse yet premier data center-run organizations who are engaged with in-depth issues of data center industry at hand. Its core mission is to provide remedy to the current data center industry gaps via developing the next-generation data center standards necessary to address and provide resolution to those gaps. All Technical Standards Committee’s effort is fundamentally rooted in the Application Ecosystem (AE)℠ and within the framework of the Infinity Paradigm®. In addition, the Committee further identifies potential new standards needed by the data center community and takes the necessary steps to initiate development of such needed standards with the appropriate organizations. 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 data center foundations, standardization and compliance are rooted within the diverse data center industry segments.
Learn More About IDCA Members

Mehdi Paryavi


Mark Thiele

Chairman of IDCA TSC

Cynthia Stoddard

Adobe Systems

Eric Johnson


Michelle S. Walker

Department of State

Becky Wanta

Former CIO/CTO PepsiCo, Wellsfrago, MGM

Rick Collins


Ben Calvert

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Dan Cooper


Dikran Kechichian

TechXact Group

Christopher Neil


Eric Wendorf


Data Center 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 promises, availability and resilience are matters of retaining business, having visionary standards that care compressively, face and address challenges, solve real-world problems, and build a common ground for all stakeholders with practical benchmarks and applicable requirements sets the stage for the ever-evolving data center industry to revamp itself into a formulated, structured, organized, understood and united front to set the foundations for our future generations.”

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