Running out of power is a constant concern for the operators of data centers and similar IT and communications infrastructure. The fight for footprint optimization while boosting processing and storage capabilities is a never-ending battle. To address this growing problem, CUI has partnered with Virtual Power Systems to deliver ICE - a software/hardware solution that uses an existing infrastructure footprint to deliver more power within the data center by elasticizing it as a resource. It intelligently and dynamically allocates power to racks, branch circuits and IT nodes, with constant awareness of power consumption needs across the data center topology.
With the ICE system, data center operators can realize a 15-25% reduction in operating costs and a 40-60% in capital expenditures.
Greatly improve existing power and IT footprint utilization while streamlining infrastructure management.
The ability of ICE to automatically identify new hardware ensures power availability and reduces the complexity of adding or replacing servers, racks, pods or containers.
By placing peak load shaving and backup power directly in the rack, ICE eliminates single points of failure at a much lower cost than other solutions.
The innovative ICE Software tightly integrates with ICE Hardware automatically discovering new system hardware, monitoring power behavior and tracking data center usage patterns in real-time.
The ICE system, paired with CUI's ICE Block, employs peak shaving principals to free-up redundant supply capacity. By profiling power demand and employing battery storage, it is possible to manage peak demand using power stored during low utilization periods.
In data centers providing 2N SLA (Service Level Agreements) to customers, there is typically twice the amount of electrical infrastructure built out to support the defined peak load. This means the power system is always over provisioned to support existing applications.
CUI's ICE Switch, deployed in conjunction with VPS's ICE Software Application Suite, enables a data center provider to tap into that excess power and utilize it for Non-Critical SLA applications without affecting/disturbing a 2N SLA applications already in place.
In the event of a failure on one of the feeds, power is routed to the 2N SLA applications, with remaining power sent to Non-Critical applications based on priority levels set in the ICE software suite.
The ICE Software Application Suite utilizes the existing infrastructure footprint to deliver more power within the data center by elasticizing it as a resource. It intelligently and dynamically allocates power to racks, branch circuits and IT nodes, with constant awareness of power consumption needs across the data center topology.
Manufactured by CUI, the ICE Block power supply system offers a plug and play way to bring the benefits of elastic power to data centers. Designed as modular rack mountable shelves, CUI's innovative design enables racks to take advantage of the ICE Software Stack and realize the benefits of Software Defined Power. Best of all, it is designed to work with the IT equipment you already have or are planning to buy.
The ICE Switch is a product designed to unlock unutilized power within the data center by providing dynamic redundancy for mission critical 2N applications. The unit consists of two identical modules which are mounted in a common 19” shelf. Each module is independently hot swappable without impacting the other module.
In this video, Lee Teschler, Executive Editor at Design World, interviews Mark Adams, CUI’s Senior VP, at the APEC 2016 exhibition. The interview highlights CUI’s Software Defined Power initiative in partnership with Virtual Power Systems (VPS) which looks to bring intelligence to the next generation of power supply design in data center infrastructure.
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Software-defined power architectures can deliver significant gains in efficiency and uptime for data centers and network infrastructure. Early adopters have an opportunity to gain first-mover advantage.
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