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SAP and Schneider Electric aim to optimize energy utilization in data centers

Virtual Power Systems, creators of Software-Defined Power, 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.

Virtual Power Systems CEO Steve Houck says, “We enable on-demand power delivery by dynamically allocating capacity to data center servers, racks and systems, as needed.

“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.”

Typically, power and cooling cost 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.

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.

SAP VP Mikael Loefstrand says, “Virtual Power Systems enables us to implement the fourth and final pillar in our overarching ‘Software-Defined Everything’ data center strategy.

“The ability to support compute, storage, network and now power virtualization will help SAP operate 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 will support the deployment and help demonstrate how the VPS’ ICE technology can increase power capacity by up to 40% without compromising data-center or system availability.

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