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Infinity Paradigm®

Revolutionary Data Center Framework

A paradigm-shift in the data center industry.

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Application EcosystemSM

Application lives, exists, breathes and interacts only in an ecosystem that supports its purpose. The data center caters to that need by being the infrastructure that supports the Application Ecosystem (AE)SM and its wellbeing.
AE SMis made up of Application, Platform, Compute, Information Technology Infrastructure (ITI), Site Facilities Infrastructure (SFI), Site and Topology abstraction layers bundled into an application ecosystem for the purpose of satisfying Organization Requirements.
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The 7 Layers

Application

Platform

Compute

ITI

SFI

Site

Topology

...Infinity Paradigm's

Application Ecosystem

by IDCA!

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The Seven Efficacies

AVAILABILITY

EFFICIENCY

CAPACITY

OPERATION

SAFETY &
SECURITY

INNOVATION

RESILIENCE

THE SEVEN EFFICACIES

Data Center Benchmarking & Compliance

1st

Ensuring availability by involving redundant infrastructure & avoiding single points of failure in the design as well as the implementation of the data center. This provides essential protection for both active & passive components. However, availability is directly linked to other efficacies such as operation & capacity, which their effective up-keep enhances & directly impacts data center availability.

2nd

Evaluating embedded efficiency mechanisms in order to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), emission production & carbon footprint, advocating efficiency across the board. This includes maximized energy savings & green initiatives within feasible limits & involves not only designing & implementing efficient technologies, but also efficiency in methods & resources utilization.

3rd

Capacity of Infrastructure components that are scalable & suited for intelligent growth without compromising redundancy or sacrificing redundant components to serve the growing capacity needs. Doing so makes the data center dynamic, capable & competent to accommodate for future changes, while maintaining Grade (G) level classification & the required redundancies.

4th

Establishing safety & security measures throughout the AE’s supporting infrastructure. Protecting operation of both physical & IT aspects under by putting them under explicit control & surveillance. All vulnerabilities towards potential hazards & risks are absolutely minimized, ensuring that the lives of individuals & the wellbeing of computing assets are not at risk & fully protected at all times.

5th

Being in possession of operationally conducive infrastructure as well as skilled & capable human resources, accompanied by precise policies & procedures that are practical, geared for high-availability, render simplified for troubleshooting, promote consistency, efficiency, security & reliable quality control, intuitive to details while simple enough that make it easy to adhere to operational procedures.

6th

Measure of effective creativity & promotion of innovation in selection of technologies, modern in approach, systems & methodologies that make the data center operationally conducive, cost-effective, reliable, safe to the assets, stakeholders & the environment in design, component selection, implementation & operation.

7th

The resilience of the data center as relevant to its ultimate goal which is business continuity & application delivery. This is directly linked to the organization’s recovery point objectives (RPO) & involves measuring availability across layers, redundancies, disaster prevention, protection & recovery systems, methods, resources & possibilities.

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Data Center Grade Level Classifications

EXCELLENCE

The highest level of achievement when awarded to any application, platform, compute, ITI, SFI, Site or Topology layers.
G0 represents the lowest levels of risk, lowest level of insecurities, inefficiencies, vulnerabilities and chances of failure.

Grade Level 0 TM

G0

GRADE LEVEL 1 TM

Above average level of achievement, represents exposure to low levels of risk, low level of insecurities, inefficiencies, vulnerabilities and chances of failure.

G1

GRADE LEVEL 2 TM

Average level of achievement, represents an average exposure to risks, insecurities, inefficiencies, vulnerabilities and chances of failure.

G2

GRADE LEVEL 3 TM

Below average level of achievement, represents a below average levels of risks, insecurities, inefficiencies, vulnerabilities and chances of failure.

G3

GRADE LEVEL 4 TM

Lowest level of achievement, represents the highest levels of risk, highest acceptable level of insecurities, inefficiencies, vulnerabilities and chances of failure.

G4

“Infinity Paradigm® outlines the models, concepts, frameworks and standards as they pertain to the data center purpose, the data center definition, its components, layouts, topologies, methodologies, designs, plans, documentation, availability, security, safety, resilience, capacity, efficiency, operation, telecommunication, power & electricals, cooling & mechanicals, cabling, civil, structure, architecture, lighting, earthing, signage, connectivity, information technology, software, application, monitoring, network operation center, operations center, servers, storage, backup, recovery, mirroring, archival, and any method, technology, product or service that relates to the hosting, delivery and facilitation of organization and business applications.”
 
 
 
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. Infinity Paradigm® effectively renders the data center stakeholder infinite possibilities of effective design, plan, operation, maintenance and compliance to adopt optimum availability, security, efficiency, capacity and resilience metrics. This is achieved through Infinity Paradigm's uniquely comprehensive outlook, encompassing the entire application ecosystem covering Application, Platform, Compute, Application Delivery Infrastructure, IT Infrastructure, Site Facility Infrastructure and Topology.

The Infinity Paradigm® provides both

Macro view of the entire application ecosystemSM

Micro view of each particular layer of the ecosystem

Application Ecosystem (AE)SM

Application lives, exists, breathes and interacts only in an ecosystem that supports its purpose. The data center caters to that need by being the infrastructure that supports the Application Ecosystem (AE)SM and its wellbeing.

Redefining the Data Center

A Data Center (DC) is the Infrastructure supporting the Application Ecosystem (AE).
A Data Center Node (DCN) is a combination of physical Site, SFI and ITI supporting AE at a specific topology node.
A Data Center Cloud (DCC) is a set of data center nodes arranged in a specific Topology.

AE is made up of Application, Platform, Compute, Information Technology Infrastructure (ITI), Site Facilities Infrastructure (SFI), Site and Topology abstraction layers bundled into an application ecosystem for the purpose of satisfying Organization Requirements.

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Application

A set of software services that fulfill organization requirements.

Examples: ERP Application is composed of accounting, payroll, inventory, asset management etc. software services.

The components involved in the Application layer of the AESM may include:

Application Layer Components
  • Application Architecture
  • Application Availability
  • Application Security
  • Application Integrity
  • Application Efficiency
  • Inputs, Processing and Outputs
  • General Controls
  • Application Reliability and Performance
  • Application Capacity and Maintainability
  • Business Specific Metricsx insertion here.
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Platform

The methodology by which the application is delivered (Application Delivery Mode).

The Application requirements specification lead to a Platform selection.

Common Delivery Platforms are Business as a Service (BaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Nothing as a Service (NaaS).

The components involved in the Platform layer of the AESM may include:

Platform Layer Components
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Compute

The logical arrangement of computing resources. Compute is a layer in which processing requirements of the application are defined in an abstract form. The compute cycle cloud would subsequently map to actual virtual or physical cores in the IT Infrastructure layer.

The components involved in the Compute layer of the AESM may include:

Compute Layer Components
4

IT Infrastructure (ITI)

A set of physical components at the information technology level, utilized for the application delivery, housed at the data center node. The ITI specifies the network, the servers, the storage, etc. infrastructure and related services that a given site is outfitted in order to meet the specifications of its supporting layers.

The components involved in the ITI layer of the AESM may include:

ITI Layer Components
5

Site Facility Infrastructure (SFI)

A set of components, at the facility level, utilized for the application delivery, housed at the data center node.

The SFI specifies the power, cooling, etc. infrastructure and related services that a site is outfitted in order to meet the specs of its supporting layers.

The components involved in the SFI layer of the AESM may include:

SFI Layer Components
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Site

An independently operated space to house data center infrastructure. The requirement specifications of Application, Platform, Compute, ITI, SFI and Topology dictate the qualifications and provisions of the Data Center Node Site.

The components involved in the Site layer of the AESM may include:

Site Layer Components
7

Topology

The connectedness, continuity and boundaries signifying a set of correlations, connections, dependencies, and relations between various data center node sites for the delivery of the organization’s application. Topology specifies the physical location, interconnectivity and interrelation of data center sites (Physical Data Center Sites Map).

Specification of the Application, Platform and Compute as well as the requirements of the to-be-hosted SFI and ITI lead to selection and specification of the underlying Topology.

The components involved in the Topology layer of the AESM may include:

Topology Layer Components
 
 

The Infinity Paradigm® outlines AESM through abstraction layers.
AESM, its abstraction layers, and their relationships are presented through The Core or The Pyramid models.

Application Ecosystem (AE)SM

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Infinity Paradigm Features

 
 
 
 

Comprehensive

It is founded on the basis of bridging the existing data center industry gaps, in its predecessors’ standards and guidelines by covering a comprehensive outlook towards the data center, its investment, its design, its people, its assessment, and its management.
 

Effective

One of the Infinity Paradigm®’s core missions is practicality and effectiveness. Lack of understanding the real needs out there and addressing them to the point, to give all stakeholders across industries a fair approach towards handling their mission-critical applications sparked the emergence of the Paradigm.
 
 

Efficiency-Driven

To IDCA building a G0 data center with PUE of 2 is not acceptable in the efficiency-conscious world that we live in. Infinity Paradigm® takes great measures to ensure efficiency compliance of data centers in both operational as well as infrastructural sense as rigidly as other parameters such as availability, security, etc.
 

Cloud-Inclusive

Virtualization, as in abstracting away from actual resources and establishing cloud-based infrastructure is the essence of this day and age. Infinity Paradigm® proudly takes the initiative to be the first and foremost pioneer of introducing cloud in both physical and logical aspects as a key basis of IDCA’s next generation data center framework, the Infinity Paradigm.
 
 

International

International Data Center Authority’s mission is an international mission. Infinity Paradigm® was not outfitted to solely suite the North American hemisphere or the European Union, rather bring the world’s best and greatest together and allow the data center stakeholders enjoy the synergy.
 

Localized

Infinity Paradigm® is built with the capacity to be localized to towards both logical and physical realms. Whether the requirement is localizing to a specific industry or to a specific geographic area (continent, nation, city or state) or both or transforming itself into local languages, polices and norms the paradigm caters to that need and promotes such localization for ease of access, enhanced effectiveness, compliance and efficiency to say the least.
 
 

Operation Conducive

IDCA’s philosophy dictates that a data center’s availability, security, safety, compliance, etc. cannot be measured unless its operational parameters are fully analyzed. Merely having highly redundant components without measure of how such components are operated, by whom, in accordance to what policies, etc. does fulfill Infinity Paradigm®’s requirement of compliance.
 

Application-Centric

IDCA as the first organization worldwide to ever acknowledge and promote that the purpose of data center is delivering application and the data center is but the infrastructure supporting the application ecosystem, is the sole and prime entity that through the Infinity Paradigm® provides a guideline for data center from an application-centric approach. This approach eliminates redundant and goalless efforts, lack of understanding data center’s purpose and what is it suppose to do, which in turn enable the stakeholders to the set the right expectations and plan in alignment and towards satisfying the application’s needs.
 
 
 

Data Center Grading and Scoring System

 
 
 
Grade Levels (GsSM) – IDCA’s method of data center classification at different application ecosystem (AE)SM layers of Topology, Site, Site Facility Infrastructure, Information Technology Infrastructure, Data Center Node, Compute, Platform and Application is through GsSM. GsSM are stretched from G4SM to G0SM, G4SM possessing the maximum allowable level of vulnerabilities such as chances of failure, security risks, inefficiencies, operational lags, capacity insufficiencies, and lacks of resilience, while G0SM practically mandates total illumination of such and hence possesses the highest Grade Level a data center or organization operating a data center or series of data centers can posses at any layer of the application ecosystem. Important Note: Data Center Grade Levels (GsSM) are not to be confused with data center Tiers as Tiers view, scope and coverage of data center is fundamentally different than that of IDCA Grade Levels.
Achieving G0SM (excellence), at every layer of the AE, though not practical nor advised for all, is projected to be the goal data centers, operators, designers, engineers and architects. The more organizations strive towards G0SM (which is compressive grasp of perfection in not just Availability but also Efficiency, Security, Safety, Efficiency, Capacity and Resilience at the node level as well as the logical infrastructure as well as the entire physical topology of the data center) the more they achieve unraveled possibilities which are practically infinite and thus the organization approaches Infinity (∞) as in infinite availabilities, securities, capacities, efficiencies, and resiliencies. Hence, Infinity is defined as the concept of achieving virtual infinite availability, reliability, security, capacity and resilience as adherent to the organization’s need. As a result, Infinity Paradigm® serves as the cohesive system to enable data center stakeholders achieve Infinity optimal to their actual needs, feasibilities and capacities.
 
 
G0

Grade Level 0SM

Grade Level 0 is the highest level of achievement when awarded to any application, platform, compute, ITI, SFI, Site or Topology layers. G0 represents the lowest levels of risk, lowest level of insecurities, inefficiencies, vulnerabilities and chances of failure.
G1

Grade Level 1SM

Grade Level 1 is the above average level of achievement when awarded to any application, platform, compute, ITI, SFI, Site or Topology layers. G1 represents the low levels of risk, low level of insecurities, inefficiencies, vulnerabilities and chances of failure.
G2

Grade Level 2SM

Grade Level 2 is the average level of achievement when awarded to any application, platform, compute, ITI, SFI, Site or Topology layers. G1 represents an average exposure to risks, insecurities, inefficiencies, vulnerabilities and chances of failure.
G3

Grade Level 3SM

Grade Level 3 is the below average level of achievement when awarded to any application, platform, compute, ITI, SFI, Site or Topology layers. G3 represents a below average exposure to risks, insecurities, inefficiencies, vulnerabilities and chances of failure.
G4

Grade Level 4SM

Grade Level 4 is the lowest level of achievement when awarded to any application, platform, compute, ITI, SFI, Site or Topology layers. G4 represents the highest levels of risk, highest acceptable level of insecurities, inefficiencies, vulnerabilities and chances of failure.
 
 
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G3
G2
G1
G0
 
Excellence
ESR® - The single most reliable score rating for comparing Data Center delivery abilities and claims!
Efficacy Score Rating is the system and methods for piecewise evaluation of the efficacy of a complex system.
In abstract system 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 the purpose of evaluation of the whole and comparison with other systems within the same context or domain. Examples of efficacy score rating applications are Data center rating, business rating, service provider rating, security ratings etc.
ESR® of a Data Center is a measure of the overall efficacy of an organization’s application ecosystem (AE)SM, application delivery model (ADM), application delivery infrastructure (ADI), as well as the Availability, Security, Safety, Resilience, Efficiency, Capacity and Operation of the AE layers.
A​ERSM

Availability Efficacy Rating

A measure of effectiveness, ability and value of availability of the organization’s application ecosystem (AE)SM, specific to an AE layer.
S​ERSM

Security Efficacy Rating

A measure of effectiveness, ability and value of safety and security of the organization’s application ecosystem (AE)SM, specific to an AE layer.
E​ERSM

Efficiency Efficacy Rating

A measure of effectiveness, ability and value of efficiency of the organization’s application ecosystem (AE)SM, specific to an AE layer.
O​ERSM

Operation Efficacy Rating

A measure of effectiveness, ability and value of operation of the organization’s application ecosystem (AE)SM, specific to an AE layer.
CERSM

Capacity Efficacy Rating

A measure of effectiveness, ability and value of capacity of the organization’s application ecosystem (AE)SM, specific to an AE layer.
RERSM

Resilience Efficacy Rating

A measure of effectiveness, ability and value of resilience of the organization’s application ecosystem (AE)SM, specific to an AE layer.

Standardize on Infinity Paradigm!

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 sum of its inputs and how simplicity is the key for making it all comes together, making the complex world of data centers applicable and practical for all. No matter how great or little individual inputs maybe, it takes three steps to take part in the development of the greatest data center standard in the making!
 
 

Learn

 
AJoin 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.

Collaborate

 
BJoin 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.

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CContribute 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!

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