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QTSC July 2016 Summit: LinkedIn Hosts IDCA at its Eastern Data Center
QTSC July 2016 Summit: LinkedIn Hosts IDCA at its Eastern Data Center Building a better world for all...
Eric Wendorf of LinkedIn
Washington D.C., August 3rd, 2016: International Data Center Authority (IDCA) were hosted by LinkedIn at its Eastern Region Data Centers during IDCA’s quarterly summit. This announcement comes after the key IDCA members concluded their visit to LinkedIn’s data center on July 21, 2016.
IDCA Chairman Mehdi Paryavi said, “Our visit to LinkedIn data centers was a significant reassurance to the viability of everyone’s vested efforts. All professionals, including application, IT, telecom and data center specialists, from beginner to seasoned, deal with LinkedIn professionally on daily basis. Knowing how a prime social media network that deals with your professional life runs its application across a resilient topology of diverse data center nodes nationwide and beyond, so that you will have a seamless end-user experience, is key in the application ecosystem IDCA is defining for this industry.”
Steve Hambruch of eBay and Chairman of the IDCA Technical Standards Committee said, “This visit was fundamental in my view and it once again validated what we do. By adopting the IDCA standards, commercial data centers operators can now provide to their customers a grading, a scale, a score of their own capability to serve within the customers Application Ecosystem. It's finally the first opportunity for the customer to incorporate the neutral grading of the data center operators capabilities into their own Application Ecosystem scoring and measure it against their own internal data center operations efficiencies. So for the first time we will have a level playing field to measure both.” Hambruch continued, “as a hyper-scale Application Ecosystem, LinkedIn encounters challenges that are different from what typical businesses might face. It was very beneficial to see the symbiotic relationship between LinkedIn and their service provider Digital Realty, in how they work together to solve challenges related to providing hyper-scale capabilities and capacities for LinkedIn end-users."
From left to right: Lance Walker, Dikran Kechichian, Mehdi Paryavi, Steve Hambruch
IDCA committee members are active data center professionals who are constantly in and out of data centers. So it was decided early on that it would be best if the brainstorming events, discussions, seminars and summits would take place in an actual data center, which could potentially become a role model for others to follow. “LinkedIn’s visit was very effective. I am glad we were able to hear the data center inside methodologies of world’s number one professional social media network,” stated by Zouhir Almai, Member of the IDCA Technical Standards Committee.
IDCA believes that taping into the experiences of premier facilities could be an eye-opener for the data center community at large. IDCA members travel around the world and meet data center architects, builders and operators, to constantly exchange ideas, pass on knowledge to them and also see how are they dealing with today’s challenges. “This tour was effective because we all, as professionals, deal with LinkedIn on daily basis and people wonder how does world’s #1 professional social media network that keeps all of us in touch with one another run such a robust application ecosystem and infrastructure that gives us the delivery that experience. So we brought in that expertise and that edge into IDCA’s Technical Standards Committee and incorporated LinkedIn’s advantages into what we do. At the same time we were able to feedback our ideas, expertise and our comprehensive long-term and short-term advices to LinkedIn. So this works very well for everybody,” noted Dikran Kechichian of TechXact Group and Member of the IDCA Technical Standards Committee.
“We want to not only help shape the future of the data center industry by giving the committee insight into how a company like LinkedIn operates its facilities from a hyper-growth web-scale perspective, but also hope to learn from the IDCA in how to improve our operations and processes. It is through this unique collaboration of ideas and perspectives that the IDCA provides that our industry will be able to grow and move forward with a clear path into the future. I’m excited for the next summit to build upon what we have already accomplished and learn more from all of the other member organizations,” Eric Wendorf concluded.
About LinkedIn - LinkedIn is the leading professional social media network who has more than 433,000,000 members globally. It has more than 9,700 full-time employees with offices in 30 cities around the world. LinkedIn started off 2012 with about 2,100 full-time employees worldwide, up from around 1,000 at the beginning of 2011 and about 500 at the beginning of 2010. LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 433 million members in over 200 countries and territories. Professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate of more than two new members per second. There are more than 40 million students and recent college graduates on LinkedIn. They are LinkedIn's fastest-growing demographic. More on LinkedIn: https://press.linkedin.com/about-linkedin.
About IDCA’s Technical Standards Committee - The IDCA Technical Standards Committee represents IDCA’s interest in matters pertaining to standards. The committee is composed of elite members from diverse yet premier data center-run organizations who are engaged in in-depth issues of data center industry at hand. Its core mission is to fill current data center industry gaps by developing the next-generation data center standards necessary to address and provide resolutions to those gaps. All of the committee’s efforts are 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 for conducting unremitting interactions with key industry stakeholders, such as operators, providers, investors and end-users to ensure that proper data center foundations, standardization and compliance are rooted within diverse data center industry segments. The committee’s composition includes carefully selected technical data center experts from diverse industries, backgrounds and perspectives. More on the IDCA Technical Standards Committee: http://www.idc-a.org/about-idca