When thinking about how the plotline for Software Defined Power is playing out, I’m transported to the movies. Being in the driver’s seat with SDP feels a lot like the “Fast & Furious” movies meet Marvel’s “The Avengers.”
As in any good action flick, the pace quickens. SDP’s recent acceleration is akin to driving “F&F” style. At the same time, the capabilities SDP continues to wield in datacenters promise superhero-like capabilities of transformation for both performance and cost metrics. The bottom line for datacenter owners, developers and operators: Better quickly grab a good seat—and strap yourselves in—because SDP is readying for top speed.
Those already occupying seats include VPS partners, such as Artesyn, CE+T, CUI, Natron Energy and Schneider—all solid datacenter innovators. As the creator of SDP, we are driving additional ecosystem announcements, which are just around the next bend. Included also will be news about new use cases that showcase the transformative nature of SDP along with the debut of additional products and capabilities.
And what’s a good race without some insightful play-by-play and commentary? Industry watchers from top-notch analyst firms, including Forrester, Gigaom, IDC, UpTime Institute and 451 Research, already are observing the action as well as commenting on and helping shape what is in front of us and down the road.
The media is reporting on SDP’s progress and evolution too. Influential outlets including Communications of the ACM, Data Center Dynamics, Data Center Frontier, Data Center Knowledge, DataCentreNews, Energy Storage, Mission Critical, PowerPulse and TechRepublic have posted articles on the promise of the technology.
At VPS, we see the evolution of SDP in three waves. The first, consolidation, was completed in the first half of this year. During that time, our Intelligent Control of Energy (ICE) platform, which includes more than a dozen mechanisms to recapture and reuse stranded power, proved its ability to provide datacenters with the advantages of peak shaving and dynamic power capabilities.
Combining ICE with SDP and ICE-enabled hardware delivers the industry’s first hyperconverged power infrastructure solution for datacenters. SDP makes possible recapturing 30% to 40% of stranded power capacity. This permits tapping into the redundant power infrastructure of traditional 2N datacenters so they can go beyond the standard 50% power allocation. As a result, datacenters can improve rack density levels by up to 2-to-1 with new levels of confidence. Power-aware workload orchestration vastly improves power allocation and delivers improved SLA compliance.
Since June we’ve led the way propelling SDP into the middle wave of its evolution, which is automation. In addition to achieving workload automation with VMware, our efforts are focused on automating phase balancing and achieving additional workload automation integrations with various virtualization and software container systems.
Ahead is the final evolutionary wave—federation. During this phase, our ICE Cloud suite of solutions will deliver advanced capabilities, such as cross-datacenter orchestration, global power profiles, advanced capacity planning, regional power optimization profiles and more.
Clearly, like any “Fast & Furious” or “Avengers” movie, the experience has been both exciting and exhilarating. The view from the front of the race shows a future that is very bright. At VPS, our mission is to continue developing and delivering SDP’s unique value proposition in the form of a hardware-agnostic software platform that can achieve global impact.