Virtual Power Systems and Schneider Electric Collaborate to Improve Data Center

Posted by schneiderelectric on November 16th, 2017

Milpitas, CA (USA), November 14, 2017 – Virtual Power Systems today announced that its Software Defined Power solution, ICE*, has been implemented in the latest firmware update of Schneider Electric’s Galaxy VM UPS.

Schneider Electric, the global leader in energy management and automation, and Virtual Power Systems, which is pioneering energy utilization within the data center, have collaborated to bring power efficiency improvements and to increase the density of IT systems in the data center. Together, both organizations are improving the return on investment for data center operators worldwide.

Equipped with Virtual Power Systems’ ICE solution, the Schneider Galaxy VM UPS delivers a peak load (peak shaving) capability to any data center. Traditionally, data center operators had to implement a center’s power infrastructure to accommodate peak load conditions even though these peaks might only be required periodically. This resulted in a very inefficient utilization of the available energy. With peak shaving, power that is stored in the mostly unused batteries of the Galaxy VM UPS provide the power to meet peak load conditions. Using this approach, data center operators can design their power infrastructure to meet normal operating loads, thus helping to achieve a higher equipment density and capacity in addition to increasing revenues and ROI.

“With Software Defined Power, Virtual Power Systems is at the forefront of optimizing the data center. Increasing IT density within the existing capacity of a data center can defer the requirement to build a new data center due to power limitations,” says Steve Houck, CEO of Virtual Power Systems. “Our ICE* control plane also increases power resiliency and power requirements. Through our joint efforts, Schneider’s Galaxy VM UPS customers will be able to delay CapEx/OpEx expenses related to the building and leasing of new power and facility infrastructures.” VPS is working with all major power component suppliers to enable SDP throughout the power control plane within datacenters of all sizes. “Schneider Electric and Virtual Power Systems will continue to lead the way with the release of new Software Defined Power ICE enabled products in the coming year,” said Houck

Jeff Samstad, Schneider’s Director of Innovation and New Businesses, says, “Galaxy VM UPS with ICE from Virtual Power Systems can be an absolute game-changer for the medium-sized data center. Data center managers can get a much higher and faster ROI on their Galaxy VM investment, and delay new infrastructure expenses by creating more headroom for additional IT load within the existing power infrastructure. It also increases the effectiveness of the Galaxy VM UPS, since the batteries will be used regularly; if there are any battery issues they will be detected and addressed before the critical backup UPS power is needed.”

About Virtual Power Systems

Virtual Power Systems is a venture capital backed, Silicon Valley startup that is being led and advised by data center and power industry veterans. It is building a software-defined infrastructure for data center power delivery, employing its patent-pending power system virtualization technology to provide a more flexible, scalable, and lower cost data center architecture. This approach extends a data center’s useful life by improving both power and server infrastructure utilization and efficiency. The result is an increased return on capital and revenue potential while maximizing resiliency and availability at up to 50% lower CapEx and OpEx. To learn more, please see

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€25 billion in FY2016, our 144,000 employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this *Life Is On*. Schneider Electric is the worldwide expert in energy administration and automation. With incomes of ~€25 billion in FY2016, our 144,000 representatives serve clients in more than 100 nations, Schneider Electric helping them to deal with their energy and process in ways that are protected, dependable, productive and practical. From the least difficult of changes to complex operational frameworks, Schneider Electric innovation, programming and administrations enhance the way our clients oversee and computerize their operations. Schneider Electric associated advancements reshape businesses, change urban communities and advance lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On. Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

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