IDCA Exclusive Interview with BICSI Chairman of International Standards Committee
IDCA Exclusive Interview with BICSI Chairman of International Standards Committee
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Washington D.C., March 1st 2017: International Data Center Authority (IDCA) today released exclusive coverage of its recent interview with the Chairman of BICSI’s International Standards Committee, John Kacperski.
In the interview, which was conducted in Phoenix, Arizona at an IDCA data center training and certification venue, John Kacperski said “IDCA has brought a lot to the data center industry. They have a strong foundation supported from the top down and they have definitely included everyone.” Kacperski continued, “The more I get involved with IDCA the more I like it, and the more I want to follow this direction.”
When asked what he thinks of IDCA’s standardization programs he responded, “I definitely would recommend the program and the review of the standard by almost anybody involved with data centers.” He went on to say that, “One of the eye opening things with the IDCA standards approach is by them not using manufacturers or equipment by name or anything like that, they are designing straight to the data center needs of the organization.”
When asked about his views on IDCA’s approach towards the industry he stated, “IDCA’s fresh approach is exactly what this industry needs to harmonize the different standards and organizations such as IEEE, TIA, BICSI, ISO who all have a standard and try to harmonize across each other’s lines. IDCA takes all the standards and turns it into a progressive process. They are the glue that holds all these organizations together. They definitely have built a platform that everyone can work with, in my eyes.” He continued to state that, “IDCA’s approach is a complement to many other organizations. The Infinity Paradigm® model and its different layers allow each standard to focus where they specialize.”
“IDCA’s Infinity Paradigm® is going to be something that’s going to be talked about industry-wide. It just works! There is no other way to think about it”, he stated. “It’s very refreshing to see how IDCA’s approach steps over all the current design standards and encompasses everything, and on top of it, it actually complements the current standards that are in place”, he elaborated.
With regards to IDCA’s members Kacperski said, “IDCA’s membership is one of the things that stands out in my mind because they are end-users. They are people who actually use and operate data centers on daily basis. They are well focused in that and they keep manufacturers and suppliers out of the mix.”He went on to say that, “the folks that have founded IDCA and their standards have, really, a lot of passion for what they do and for looking at this holistically, it’s really impressive.”
“As the current Chair of the BICSI standards committee, I see IDCA bringing to the data center design arena a fresh new approach and a breath of life to synergize with other standards and allow BICSI to grow its data center practice. I see IDCA as a partner taking data center design to the next level.”
Kacperski is a BICSI certified Registered Communications Distribution Design (RCDD), with decades of experience in the field. He recently attended one of IDCA’s data center training and certification week-long (5-day) programs where he completed both the Data Center Infrastructure Specialist (DCIS)® and the Data Center Engineering Specialist (DCES)® to become a Data Center Infrastructure Expert (DCIE)®. “One part that is most impressive with IDCA is their training and education program. I strongly recommend this course to my peers, my clients and anybody who’s interested to understanding data center methodologies and practices. I’ve been looking at the courses for several years and trying to figure out which path I wanted to take. It all starts with the infrastructure and moves right and actually follows the path of the Infinity Paradigm® which is the foundation and standards that IDCA is founded on. I’ve enjoyed the class and walked away with quite bit of knowledge”, Kasperski stated when asked for his opinion of the IDCA data center training courses he had taken.
“One of my goals with getting involved with the IDCA is to build a partnership. From my position as the Chair of BICSI standards committee, I see IDCA as strong organization that is bringing a lot of great knowledge to the industry that just helps with standards improvement holistically across all disciplines”, he responded when asked how he plans to work with IDCA. “I see IDCA as taking the data center industry to the next level and I very much want to be part of that and I want BICSI to be part of that as well”, Kacperski concluded.
John Kacperski is the Chairman of BICSI International Standards Committee and is also Vice Chair of BICSI 002, which is a data center design and operations standard and best practice. He has 40 years of experience in the data center industry.
About BICSI – BICSI is a professional association supporting the advancement of the information and communications technology (ICT) community. ICT covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, project management and audio & video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, optical fiber- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among communications and information gathering devices. BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ICT industry. BICSI serves nearly 23,000 ICT professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ICT professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries. More on BICSI: https://www.bicsi.org
About IDCA Data Center Standards - The IDCA Data Center Standards are fundamentally rooted in the Application EcosystemTM (AE) and within the standards framework of the Infinity Paradigm®. 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. More on IDCA Data Center Standards: https://www.idc-a.org/data-center-standards
About IDCA Data Center Training and Education - IDCA data center training are the most unique and comprehensive data center training programs worldwide. Each course has been specifically designed to cater to the increasing demands, operational principles and preexisting expertise of data center professionals. The courses bring together material that serves multiple professions, including but not limited to Designers, Planners, Engineers, Project Managers, Senior Operators, Executives, Consultants, CIOs, and CTOs, as well as IT and Data Center Managers. The program focuses on the fundamentals as well as the essential advancements in order to evaluate, design, build and manage advanced data centers at the optimum levels of efficiency and cost effectiveness. More on IDCA Data Center Training: https://www.idc-a.org/data-center-training
About IDCA - Headquartered in Washington D.C., the IDCA was established to streamline, structure, educate and give direction to the data center industry. IDCA’s core mission is to aid in standardizing the feasibility, approach, selection, design, implementation, documentation and operation of data centers via modern-day processes and methodologies. Formed by data center industry veterans who realized the problems facing the industry and decided to do something about it, IDCA has perceptively identified the gaps and shortcomings of the data center industry. Hence, while it brings together the best-of-breed practices and principles currently existing in the industry, it caters to the data center stakeholder by providing a visionary outlook -- both on a broad scale and on an in-depth level -- of the purpose, discipline, and organization of data centers. In terms of education, IDCA is paving the way for professionals in power, cooling, network, system, storage, software, application, physical security, IT security, civil, architecture, telecommunication, structured cabling, safety, business continuity, operations, management, engineering, finance, legal, sales, marketing, HR, virtualization and cloud to all gather under one roof, with one mission, and for one industry. Thousands of professionals from both the public sector, suchas the Social Security Administration, , NASA, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Courts, as well asprivate sector enterprises such as Apple, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Amazon, Ericsson, eBay, T-Mobile, AOL, Salesforce, Digital Realty, Paypal and others have been educated, trained and certified by IDCA. More on IDCA: idc-a.org