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Vapor IO Adds Support for Redfish and Releases OpenDCRE v1.3

At Vapor IO, we’re passionate about building tools that help automate data center infrastructure, which is why we built OpenDCRE (Open Data Center Runtime Environment). OpenDCRE provides a securable RESTful API for monitoring and controlling data center and IT equipment, including reading sensors and server power control via power line communications (PLC) over a DC bus bar, via IPMI over LAN, and, as of version 1.3, via Redfish over LAN. It is designed to operate in both highly-centralized locations, such as today’s large web-scale datacenters, as well as in “lights out” edge locations, such as at the base of cell towers

As public and private clouds grow in complexity and expand into more locations, including highly remote “lights out” edge locations, operators are demanding ways to unify and automate the management of their increasingly diverse data center assets. Modern organizations are applying devops-like principles to physical infrastructure, and OpenDCRE helps operators with this task. OpenDCRE allows operators to build “scriptable infrastructure” and deploy “infrastructure as code” across all of their locations. With OpenDCRE, operators can build applications that monitor infrastructure and and make continuous adjustments in real time, with little or no human interaction.

Today we’re announcing OpenDCRE version 1.3, which includes a number of improvements, the most notable of which is beta support for DMTF Redfish, an emerging standard for managing servers at scale. Operators use OpenDCRE alone or in combination with Vapor IO’s commercial products—Vapor Chamber, Vapor CORE and Vapor Compass—to programmatically monitor and control their data center infrastructure.

Now Supporting Redfish

One of the main goals of OpenDCRE has been to unify the most popular data center control standards, including legacy control systems such as IPMI. Some newer servers are being shipped with Redfish, which is why OpenDCRE v1.3 now supports Redfish over LAN (in beta).

The Redfish additions to OpenDCRE v1.3 include:

What Else is New in v1.3?

Additionally, OpenDCRE version 1.3 includes the following improvements:

  • Generalizations to the underlying devicebus model. This makes it easier for Vapor IO and the OpenDCRE community to add support for new protocols and devices moving forward.
  • Dispatching from OpenDCRE endpoints to the new underlying devicebus model.
  • Improvements to the OpenDCRE configuration mechanism, which now supports default and override configurations.
  • Support for OpenStack’s pyghmi IPMI back-end, which replaces the custom C back-end in earlier versions of OpenDCRE. This will make it easier for OpenDCRE to provide robust IPMI support, benefitting from the OpenStack community’s momentum.
  • Various bug fixes and performance fixes.
  • Improvements to code organization, formatting, and documentation.
  • Dockerfile optimizations, making for more efficient pulls from DockerHub or other contain repositories.
  • Additional test cases added and existing test cases expanded.

OpenDCRE is Catching On

OpenDCRE is 100% open source and is available via a free GPL v2 license. It can be used with a virtually unlimited numbers of clusters, servers, and data centers—centralized, regional and edge—giving operators a uniform set of endpoints to monitor and manage all of their data center assets.

Operators are adopting OpenDCRE as their management interface of choice. Some servers, for example, can now be ordered with OpenDCRE built in, such as those in HPE’s Cloudline. Other servers might come with Redfish or IPMI built-in, which OpenDCRE supports out of the box. OpenDCRE is the only system that spans all of these new and legacy systems and provides a single RESTful API to operators and developers.

OpenDCRE is not only cost effective, but it is completely flexible and extensible. It has a generalized device interface that can be extended to easily support new standards and devices of all kinds (not just servers). It also has a one-to-many relationship with devices, meaning a single controller can efficiently connect to and manage multiple devices.

Special Thanks to Our Contributors

A number of people played key roles in delivering the OpenDCRE version 1.3 release, including two interns from Bennington College (Morgan MIlls and Linh Hoang) who wrote nearly all of the support for Redfish.

Here is the full list of OpenDCRE v1.3 contributors:

  • Andrew Cencini, Vapor IO
  • Erick Daniszewski, Vapor IO
  • Matthew Hink, Vapor IO
  • Klemente Gilbert-Espada, Vapor IO
  • Kyler Burke, Vapor IO
  • Morgan Mills, Vapor IO / Bennington College
  • Linh Hoang, Vapor IO / Bennington College

Vapor IO Expands Executive Leadership Team to Capitalize on Growth in Edge Computing

Company adds industry veterans, CMO, CFO and general counsel, to support next phase of growth

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vapor IO, the next generation platform for hybrid and edge clouds, today announced the addition of three new members to its executive leadership team. To help drive continued growth, the company has appointed Matt Trifiro as chief marketing officer, David Gino as chief financial officer and Catherine Bedell as general counsel and secretary. These latest additions will support the next phase of the company’s expansion, driven by its focus on edge computing.

“The inevitable future of cloud is edge computing, and it will be driven by the demands of 5G based services, AR/VR, IoT, and autonomous vehicles,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “By adding Matt, David and Catherine to our executive leadership team, we are leveraging the experience of executives who have helped companies like Salesforce, DuPont Photomasks and Rackspace grow and scale. This puts us in great shape to capture the unprecedented demand for new low-latency applications and sets us up for long-term business success. The combined extensive experience of our senior management team in this field is unrivaled.”

 

Matt Trifiro, chief marketing officer

Trifiro joins Vapor IO to lead the company’s global marketing, branding and communications. He is a technology industry veteran and a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded or led over a half dozen startup companies. Prior to joining Vapor IO, he was entrepreneur in residence at Xseed Capital and chief marketing officer and senior vice president at Mesosphere. At Mesosphere, he created a new industry category, the Datacenter Operating System, and helped the organization grow from a seed stage startup to a full-scale operating company, generating significant revenue. Prior to Mesosphere, Trifiro was chief marketing officer at Heroku, a division of Salesforce, and prior to that he served as senior vice president of marketing for Salesforce Desk.com. He was also a co-founder and CEO of e-commerce startup 1000 Markets (sold to Bonanza) and co-founder and vice president of marketing for interactive television pioneer Wink Communications (NASDAQ IPO). He currently holds advisory roles with venture-funded startups Buoyant and ListenLoop.

David Gino, chief financial officer

Gino joins Vapor IO to drive and oversee financial growth as the company begins deploying its Vapor Edge platform in the US and Europe. He brings a wealth of experience in international operations, strategic partnering and all forms of financing. He has helped take two companies public and has completed numerous private equity, development and licensing agreements which provided critical growth funding to his former employers. Prior to joining Vapor IO, Gino was the COO/CFO at Molecular Imprints where he played a key role in leading the company through a series of transactions, including the sale of its semiconductor business to Canon and subsequent sale of its non-semiconductor business to Magic Leap. Prior to Molecular Imprints, Gino was the COO/CFO at Active Power, and CFO at DuPont Photomasks. Gino is also a strategic advisor to Quantum Interface and entrepreneurial advisor to the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering Innovation Center.

Catherine Bedell, general counsel and secretary

Bedell will be responsible for managing all legal aspects of Vapor IO’s business. She most recently worked as a legal director for Rackspace, where she developed a strong background in cloud computing and hosting transactions. Prior to joining Rackspace, Bedell supported both large enterprise organizations and emerging growth businesses as an attorney in the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

 

About Edge Computing and Vapor Edge

Vapor IO is a leader in Edge Computing, which refers to the next generation of cloud, where cloud resources (compute, storage, networking) are placed at the edge of the network—such as on building rooftops and cellular base stations—in order to service nearby devices and applications with higher performance and reduced latency.

In November 2016, Vapor IO launched Vapor Edge, the world’s most cost-effective end-to-end platform for edge computing. Vapor Edge helps cloud operators, telcos, real estate holding companies and other innovative enterprises build and operate a next generation edge cloud to support low latency applications, such as IoT, autonomous driving and virtual reality. By helping these companies place cloud capabilities at the edge of the network, Vapor Edge substantially speeds up interactions, removing latency and reducing network and compute load back to centralized data centers. Vapor Edge is available today for customers planning deployments in 2017. For more information on Vapor Edge, as well as to learn more about how Vapor IO is providing the next generation platform for hybrid and edge clouds, please visit http://www.vapor.io or email info@vapor.io.

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About Vapor IO

Vapor IO is building the cloud of the future. Working with cloud operators, telcos, real estate holding companies and the world’s most innovative enterprises, Vapor is enabling the next generation hybrid and edge cloud. For additional information, please visit www.vapor.io.

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Vapor IO Launches Vapor Edge, the End-to-End Platform for Building Out IoT and Edge Environments

Company introduces end-to-end platform for operators building out edge environments to support emerging applications such as IoT, AR/VR, autonomous driving and high speed mobile apps

Vapor IO, the next generation platform for hybrid and edge clouds, today announced Vapor Edge, a complete end-to-end platform for building out IoT and edge environments. Entering the new age of computing, where infrastructure is driven by data, Vapor IO is working with cloud operators, telcos, real estate holding companies and some of the world’s most innovative enterprises to build out the next generation cloud with Vapor Edge.

“The cloud as we know it is changing,” said Cole Crawford, co-founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “For the last decade, it’s been dominated by large, centralized data centers. But there is an emerging class of applications—including IoT, virtual and augmented reality, and mobile apps—where centralized data centers simply won’t work because compute, storage and network capacity must be near the application or device. With Vapor Edge, we’re paving the way for a truly decentralized data center and enabling cloud computing at the edge.”

Putting Compute Capacity at the Edge of the Network

By putting cloud capabilities at the edge of the network, Vapor Edge substantially speeds up interactions, removing latency and reducing network and compute load back to centralized data centers. Vapor Edge can process vast amounts of data locally, efficiently sharing only the most important results with centralized servers. For low latency applications, such as autonomous driving and virtual reality, Vapor Edge makes it possible to operate at scale, as each micro-datacenter on the edge can respond to nearby devices in microseconds.

Vapor Edge allows operators to construct highly-automated command-and-control policies for optimizing workloads in edge environments, evaluating key parameters including latency, cost, security and privacy, then making real-time optimization decisions, including rescheduling workloads onto different machines, onto different edge nodes or onto different centralized or regional data centers.

“Vapor is taking a very sophisticated approach to enabling edge networks,” said Corey Bell, CEO of the Open Compute Project. “They are connecting to the underlying hardware in new ways to solve key challenges, such as remote operation and workload migration. This has always been a vision shared by the Open Compute Project and we are excited to see Open Compute hardware play a vital role in making edge computing practical, as customers deploy OCP accepted and inspired hardware in Vapor Edge environments.”

Vapor Edge Components

Vapor Edge consists of specialized software for remote operation and workload management, as well as patented hardware designs which are optimized for edge environments and manufactured by partners under license. Included are:

  • Vapor CORE: Operators use Vapor CORE software to remotely monitor and administer their Vapor Edge environments. Vapor CORE spans all of the centralized data center and edge machines, ingests hardware telemetry in real time, and provides operators with a way to remotely view and manage their edge capabilities.
  • Vapor Compass: Operators use Vapor Compass software to build highly-automated command-and-control policies for managing workloads in distributed edge environments. Vapor Compass makes real-time optimization decisions, including rescheduling workloads onto edge nodes or centralized data centers, based on policies, including latency and cost.
  • Vapor Chamber: Optionally, operators use Vapor Chamber designs to build out the physical environment for Vapor Edge. The Vapor Chamber is a revolutionary circular racking system for servers, designed by Vapor IO, which is licensed to manufacturers who sell and distribute the system. The Vapor Chamber is tightly integrated with Vapor Edge software, and is ideal for use in more hostile edge environments, such as in cell towers and on rooftops. It is self-contained, extremely energy efficient and well-suited for remote operation. Customers can also retrofit existing equipment into a Vapor Edge environment, with or without Vapor Chambers.

Vapor IO’s software is built atop the Open Data Center Runtime Environment (OpenDCRE), an open source protocol created by Vapor IO for monitoring and responding to data center hardware, software and environmental characteristics in hybrid and edge environments. Vapor Edge integrates with public clouds, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, as well as popular private clouds, such as OpenStack and VMware Vsphere, as well as with modern container-driven systems, such as Mesosphere’s DC/OS and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s Kubernetes.

First Deployments

One of the first deployments of Vapor Edge will be with Centrepointe, a data center company located in the Czech Republic, which has entered into an agreement to purchase Vapor Edge technologies from Vapor IO and has partnered with Vapor IO to build out a 200-megawatt data center locally, called DataHub Verne. DataHub Verne will be one of the most modern, green and efficient data centers built to-date, and will provide low-latency edge capabilities to Prague, Frankfurt and the surrounding areas.

“With the Vapor IO technology and the Vapor Edge software, we’re able to build out and operate one of the most sophisticated data centers in the world, with edge capabilities to Prague and Frankfurt,” said John Stotter, CEO of Centrepoint. “DataHub Verne, our data center being built around Vapor IO technology, will be a state-of-the-art 150MW data center with modern edge capabilities. It will operate more efficiently than a typical facility of its size, and will cost 20-30% less to build.”

Product Information and Availability

Vapor Edge is available today for deployments in 2017. For more information on Vapor Edge, as well as to learn more about how Vapor IO is providing the next generation platform for hybrid and edge clouds, please visit http://www.vapor.io or email info@vapor.io.

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About Vapor IO

Vapor IO is building the cloud of the future. Working with cloud operators, telcos, real estate holding companies and the world’s most innovative enterprises, Vapor is enabling the next generation hybrid and edge cloud. For additional information, please visit www.vapor.io.

Centrepoint Verne and Vapor IO Partner to Build DataHub

Centrepoint Verne, a real estate development company in the Czech Republic and a data center start up, has partnered with Vapor IO, provider of the world’s first intelligent data center solutions for hybrid and edge clouds, to build DataHub Verne, an ultra-modern 150 megawatt hyperscale data center, located about an hour outside of Prague.

Centrepoint Verne has partnered exclusively with Vapor IO, an American IT start up from Austin, Texas, in order to make DataHub Verne one of the most advanced facilities in the world. Vapor IO’s founder and CEO, Cole Crawford, was one of the people behind the creation of the Open Compute Project, which Facebook launched to define open hardware standards for web-scale data centers. With the Open Compute philosophy as a base, Vapor IO has developed hardware and software to help data center operators build out their next generation clouds.

DataHub Verne will be using Vapor IO’s Vapor Chamber, a high density platform for servers, with a unique patented system of cooling, and Vapor IO’s Vapor CORE software for remote monitoring and automated operations. DataHub Verne will offer full public and private cloud services, disaster recovery (DR), data storage and fully managed IoT platforms to customers all over Europe, with low-latency fiber connections to both Frankfurt and Prague.

“With the Vapor Chamber and the Vapor CORE software, we’re able to build out a modern data center with the kinds of web-scale efficiencies of a Facebook or Google,” said John Stotter, CEO of Centrepoint Verne. “DataHub Verne will be a state-of-the-art 150MW data center that operates more efficiently than a typical facility of its size, and will cost 20-30% less to build.”

 

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Vapor IO Brings Currency Based Scheduler to Mesosphere Led DC/OS

Integration will allow users to review pricing for running workloads on Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, comparing cost to on-premise offerings, and will provide the ability to orchestrate containers manually or automatically.

 

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vapor IO, provider of the world’s first truly data defined data center solution and founding DC/OS launch partner, today announced a technology partnership with Mesosphere, creators of the (DC/OS) project. As a result of this partnership, Vapor IO will integrate OpenDCRE (Open Data Center Runtime Environment) into DC/OS to create a currency based scheduler allowing for enhanced operational agility and telemetry.

“Mist makes it possible for datacenter operators to clearly quantify and understand both the needs and the costs associated with datacenter heating, cooling, and electrical systems,” said Kelly Quinn, research manager, IDC. “At a higher level, Mist offers the next level of DC/OS for datacenters.”

“Mesosphere is thrilled to partner with Vapor to revolutionize the experience of managing datacenter-scale applications,” said Florian Leibert, Co-Founder and CEO of Mesosphere. “DC/OS already optimizes installation and resource utilization for technologies such as containers, cloud computing and big data. OpenDCRE cranks up those capabilities by letting DC/OS users figure out what infrastructure to run on in the first place.”

Using capabilities from Vapor IO’s OpenDCRE, DC/OS users will have insight into underlying infrastructure variables for their workloads to run on various public clouds versus on premise environments, which includes basic costs incurred by physical infrastructure below the rack. This is the first solution that will give CXOs insight into whether their workloads should run on premise or in the cloud, based on policies and economics. Once a decision on the environment of choice has been made, Mist can move those containers automatically or notify the business that a more optimal environment is available.

“DC/OS brings features no other competitor can claim today. Combined with Vapor IO’s enhancements we’ve solved one of the biggest challenges CXOs face today, the ability to understand and orchestrate an application in context of the cost associated with the underlying infrastructure be it public cloud, colo or on premise. The world is ready for the performance per watt per currency metric,” said Cole Crawford, CEO of Vapor IO.

Vapor IO’s Open Data Center Runtime Environment (OpenDCRE) provides a securable RESTful API for monitoring and control of data center and IT equipment. It can be used as an open platform for monitoring and managing data center hardware, software and environmental characteristics. The OpenDCRE API is easy to integrate into third-party monitoring, management and orchestration solutions, while providing a simple, curl-able interface for common and custom DevOps tasks, and is an alternative to proprietary interfaces and custom silicon. There are a wide variety of possible applications, deployments, physical mounting strategies, and network connectivity options for which Vapor IO is working to foster community support.

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About Vapor IO

Vapor IO provides the industry’s first intelligent, hyper modular data center solution. Significantly lowering capex and opex costs when building and running data driven data centers, Vapor IO provides an integrated solution to integration problems. Eliminating complex structures and parking lot data centers, Vapor IO offers a true intelligence platform for any data center workload. For additional information, please visit www.vapor.io.

Contacts

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Pam Robinson, 617-835-6909
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Vapor IO Adds Experienced Technologist To Advisory Board

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vapor IO, provider of the world’s first intelligent, hyper modular data center solution, today announced the addition of Jan Lindelow to their advisory board. Lindelow’s deep expertise in cloud infrastructure will bring insights that will align with their goal of driving evolution in the data center.

”I am thrilled at the opportunity to work with the Vapor IO team,” said Jan Lindelow. “The company has a vision and base technologies and infrastructure to help make it a real leader in its industry. Vapor IO’s commitment to open source data center technologies makes this a very worthwhile effort for me personally.”

Vapor IO is the creator of Open Data Center Runtime Environment (OpenDCRE), which is the world’s first open source, intelligent, data center analytics platform. OpenDCRE is designed to simplify data center infrastructure communication, and is an open alternative to competing proprietary rack scale infrastructure, eliminating vendor lock-in. Through their innovative solutions, Vapor IO is creating disaggregation in the data center, delivering DevOps capabilities with hyperscale class automation.

“We are excited to welcome Jan to our board,” said Cole Crawford, CEO of Vapor IO. “We think he will be a perfect fit in helping drive our vision of creating disaggregated data center infrastructure and open source platforms on which to innovate, assisting us in leading the charge in modernizing today’s data centers.”

Jan Lindelow has extensive experience managing global multi-billion dollar businesses as well as smaller, entrepreneurial companies. He focuses on strategic business positioning while strengthening technology and operational capabilities. For the past few years, Jan has helped guide a number of advanced technology and infrastructure startups, mainly in the Austin, Texas area. Prior to this, Lindelow was Chairman and CEO of Tivoli Systems. Before joining Tivoli/IBM, he held senior executive positions at Symbol Technologies, Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) and Unisys/Sperry Computer Systems.

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About Vapor IO

Vapor IO provides the industry’s first intelligent, hyper modular data center solution. Significantly lowering capex and opex costs when building and running data driven data centers, Vapor IO provides an integrated solution to integration problems. Eliminating complex structures and parking lot data centers, Vapor IO offers a true intelligence platform for any data center workload. For additional information, please visit www.vapor.io.

Contacts

Mindshare PR
Heather Fitzsimmons, 650-279-4360
heather@mindsharepr.com

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