Virtual Power Systems (VPS) spent the past three years defining and refining data center power distribution strategies to solve some of the most perplexing power utilization problems, and, according to the panel of judges, the company did exactly that. The Intelligent Control of Energy® (ICE) platform outscored every other entry in the Software category to earn the No. 1 spot. 
Software-defined data centers previously focused only on virtual servers, storage, and networks, but the fourth pillar — power — has been introduced. By continuously interrogating devices within data centers to identify sources of stranded power, ICE can increase rack density by up to 2 to 1, improve uptime and availability, and tap into the redundant power infrastructure of traditional 2N designs to go beyond 50% power allocation. By combining ICE with multiple hardware and software components data center operators are now able to increase availability and reliability while lowering the carbon footprint of their mission critical applications.
The ICE platform integrates with, manages, and automates existing power hardware (any product, any vendor) in data centers, increasing the Intelligent use of energy (IUE) by 60%, and significantly improving resiliency and availability while reducing risk.  The ICE software starts as an on-premises solution for each enterprise, colo, or hyperscale data center. 
“We incorporate machine learning, predictive algorithms, and a portfolio of use case-specific mechanisms, as well as the ability to create custom mechanisms for unique use cases, to solve the toughest power problems in a customer’s data center,” said Mark Adams, chief business officer of Virtual Power Systems. “The ability to halt rack sprawl through consolidation while increasing power density can slash the annual energy cost for a production IT rack by more than half. ICE software also enables dynamic power tiering, source sharing of power, and power sharing across nodes.  ICE not only gathers data but uses AI to automate, predict, manage, and enable/embed intelligence into any hardware vendor/device so that the entire power infrastructure can be orchestrated based on the state of the data center at that moment — and in the future.
By reclaiming unusable stranded power, this technology could achieve the equivalent of pulling more than 13 million cars off the road.
VPS’s product road map will enable the federation of power dynamics across global clouds, including remote data center operations, automation, inter-data center machine learning, and power/workload orchestration.