As the creator of Software Defined Power (SDP), VPS has spent the past three years defining and refining datacenter power distribution strategies to solve some of the most perplexing power utilization problems. Along the way, we’ve logged successful POCs and built an ecosystem of like-minded power-infrastructure partners to transform datacenter power management and utilization.

Together, we’ve helped fuel the first wave of SDP adoption—consolidation—by focusing on virtualizing elements of the power infrastructure and consolidating racks to increase datacenter density and reduce capex/opex. Now, we’re rapidly moving into the second wave, which adds automation to the SDP platform through machine learning and AI.

It’s from this vantage point that I read the recent SDP white paper sponsored by Eaton. The paper leverages research based on more than 100 responses to the toughest datacenter challenges facing registered members of the site.

Eaton’s participation in this effort underscores the increasing importance of SDP as a critical datacenter management strategy. Equally important is the fact that readily available SDP solutions already address the top concerns identified by the survey respondents, including:

  • Ensuring 100% uptime: VPS’ proven ability to provide customers with power-aware workload orchestration helps improve uptime while significantly reducing stress levels for datacenter owners, operators and customers.
  • Automated failover: At the core of SDP is infrastructure automation, which helps increase reliability and resiliency. By implementing VPS’ Intelligent Control of Energy (ICE) compatible hardware, power peaks are mitigated thanks to stored energy that meets the spikey demand. SDP lets datacenters maximize systems by unlocking stranded power traditionally reserved for failovers.
  • Supporting increased number of VMs: SDP delivers vastly improved utilization, which leads to increased rack power density in a virtualized environment (i.e., VMs, containers, etc.). Using predictions gathered from AI and machine learning, SDP helps automate the power infrastructure while doing the same for the VM migration process in response to power-related events, which increases VMs’ uptime.
  • Reducing power/cooling costs: SDP makes possible the consolidation required to reduce power needs without affecting datacenter availability or performance.
  • Limiting infrastructure capex: SDP’s ability to recapture stranded power helps datacenters get more out of existing power distribution infrastructure.
  • Reducing datacenter physical space needs: It’s simple math: More square footage = more capex and opex. The aforementioned consolidation prowess of SDP lets datacenter designers, owners and operators provide equal or more power capacity in smaller footprints, thanks to improved power density and efficiency.
  • Easy/affordable scalability: SDP’s automation engine reveals and drives a smarter way to facility scaling without the restrictions of being limited to provisioning and/or building out for periods of peak usage.
  • Determining infrastructure to keep on-premises vs. off: With VPS’ ICE Cloud offering, datacenters of all kinds and sizes gain real-time access for visibility and control of all the benefits previously highlighted. Also gained is the ability to perform cross-datacenter optimization. This feature is critical for organizations running multiple locations or hybrid datacenter strategies, such as those utilizing a combination of on-premises and cloud. 

SDP Gains Momentum

A big shout-out to the 22% of the survey respondents who are taking advantage of SDP-enabled solutions today to reduce datacenter costs while improving operational efficiency and resiliency. It’s also worth noting that those polled are including SDP in their annual infrastructure plans. Of the following solutions either adopted or considered for adoption in the next 12 months, 66% of the respondents prioritized infrastructure management software and 42% selected power management software while 41% picked power management hardware. Over the next year, 26% of the survey participants are turning to power strategy consulting services for assistance in making the move to SDP.

As SDP momentum continues, we expect an ever-quickening pace of adoption and industry participation. From our position as the SDP pioneer, VPS looks forward to continuing to lead the way while welcoming others to the cause.