Virtual Power Systems joins SAP, Schneider Electric to improve energy utilization in data centers and clouds



Virtual Power Systems announced this week that it is working with SAP’s Multi-Cloud Computing team and the SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley to validate the use of VPS’ Intelligent Control of Energy (ICE) platform for optimizing power delivery.

With VPS ICE, SAP will test the ability to track, monitor and manage power usage within the data center while automatically reallocating power distribution based on capacity and availability demands.

Typically, power and cooling costs more than the IT equipment it supports, which pressures data center and cloud operators to find ways to drive energy efficiencies without compromising system availability or reliability. Virtual Power Systems conquers this challenge by utilizing Software-Defined Power to abstract power controls through a layer of software virtualization.

By applying machine learning and data analytics, Virtual Power Systems enables better management of data center growth while relieving power-capacity constraints.

Virtual Power Systems is transforming how next-generation data center and cloud providers provision, manage and utilize power capacity with its ground-breaking Software-Defined Power and Intelligent Control of Energy (ICE) technology platform. VPS eliminates the need to over-provision power as ICE dynamically adjusts power delivery as demand fluctuates across data-center workloads, servers and racks.

ICE enables data center and cloud providers to generate significant additional revenue within existing power and IT footprints while avoiding millions of dollars in capital expenditures and operating expenses. Additionally, VPS empowers enterprise customers to reduce power infrastructure wait times and costs.

To accelerate market adoption, VPS is developing a partner ecosystem, which includes Artesyn Technologies, HP Enterprise, Intel, Lenovo, Schneider Electric and Vertiv.

SAP Co-Innovation Labs (COIL) provide infrastructure and space for SAP, its partners and customers to co-innovate new solutions to the most-pressing challenges organizations face in the digital economy. VPS’ transformative ICE technology will monitor data-driven workloads and offer real-time visibility into the exact amount of energy used by specific data-center systems and applications.

“As the market leader in Software-Defined Power, we enable on-demand power delivery by dynamically allocating capacity to data center servers, racks and systems, as needed,” said Steve Houck, CEO of Virtual Power Systems. “With ICE, next-generation data center and cloud providers can increase power capacity and resiliency within existing IT footprints to improve revenues while reducing capital and operating expenses. Enterprise customers also benefit from reduced power infrastructure wait times and costs, empowering them to invest more in IT initiatives that drive business innovation.”

“Virtual Power Systems enables us to implement the fourth and final pillar in our overarching ‘Software-Defined Everything’ data center strategy,” said Mikael Loefstrand, SAP vice president, Cloud Architecture & Engineering. “The ability to support compute, storage, network—and now power—virtualization will help SAP operate the most advanced and efficient data centers in the world. The opportunity to simulate real-world data center scenarios in our lab is ideal for examining cutting-edge technologies and solutions that can be readily applied today.”

Schneider Electric, a valued member of VPS’ partner ecosystem, will support the deployment and help demonstrate the ease with which VPS’ ICE technology can increase power capacity by up to 40 percent without compromising data-center or system availability.

“As an early VPS partner and collaborator, Schneider Electric has successfully implemented ICE intelligence in our Galaxy VM UPS line,” explained Jeff Samstad, director of innovation and new businesses at Schneider Electric. “Together with VPS, we look forward to helping SAP, along with SAP HANA customers and partners, realize considerable capacity enhancements at global Co-Innovation Labs as well as more than 50 data centers around the world.”

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