Vapor IO Exits Stealth to Provide Industry’s First Intelligent, Hyper Collapsed Data Center

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Mar 10, 2015
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Vapor IO Exits Stealth to Provide Industry’s First Intelligent, Hyper Collapsed Data Center

Company introduces revolutionary advances in efficient data center management to market

Austin, TX – March 10, 2015 – Vapor IO, provider of the world’s first intelligent, hyper modular data center solution, today emerged from stealth mode to announce an improved way of driving workload intelligence and hyper collapsed data center design into the industry. The firm is aiming to significantly lower the capex and opex cost of building and running data driven data centers.

“For too long, traditional data center design practices have been a necessary evil due to the poorly integrated nature of the traditional data center. In most cases, financial reclamation has taken years before reaching a positive ROI,” said Cole Crawford, CEO and founder of Vapor IO. “When factoring in the complexities of hybrid clouds and edge based delivery, options grow increasingly scarce and complex. The data center itself and the critical environments supporting the workload are continuously unaware of what exists above them and conversely the workload today has no knowledge of what sits below the IT equipment it runs on. This becomes progressively more problematic as we move towards the Internet of Everything.”

SVP of marketing at Mesosphere, Matt Trifiro, agrees, “Complexity at scale will kill the data center. In today’s world, all applications are becoming highly-available, distributed systems that require operators to orchestrate thousands of containers across a giant pool of resources—managing individual machines no longer works. Vapor’s CORE platform provides an open interface that applications and operating systems can query to make real-time decisions about scale, efficiency and power consumption.”

Open DCRE and Vapor CORE™

Today, Vapor IO has contributed the foundational elements of this capability to the Open Compute Project. Named Open DCRE (Data Center Runtime Environment), Vapor has provided users with the ability to create simple and inexpensive monitoring sensors which expose underlying operating environments all the way up to the operating system and ultimately the workload. Vapor IO is innovating on top of this foundational element with a new product called CORE (Core Operating Runtime Environment). CORE will work across both Open Compute and traditional IT equipment.

“The Open Compute Project has proven itself time and again as a reinvention engine for the data center industry. With the launch of Vapor IO and the contribution of Open DCRE (Data Center Runtime Environment) to the OCP community, there is now a new standard to innovate on,” said Corey Bell, CEO of The Open Compute Project.

The Vapor Chamber™

In addition to CORE, Vapor IO is also making available the industry’s first hyper collapsed data center inspired by Open Compute. The Vapor Chamber is designed for those looking to increase density and significantly lower capex/opex investments when deploying compute and storage resources for both remote and on-premise/edge purposes. Vapor IO has selected Jabil as their strategic manufacturing and supply chain partner.

“As Vapor’s exclusive manufacturing and system integration partner, Jabil and StackVelocity are thrilled to be on the ground floor and a part of this launch,” said Doug Taylor, GM of Stack Velocity. “Vapor’s modular data center solution represents a tremendous step forward in the evolution of next generation workloads, bringing unprecedented cost savings and energy efficiency to its data center customers.”

Vapor has already secured contracts across multiple industries with the first order going to Union Station Technology Center in South Bend, Indiana. Shane Fimbel, COO of Union Station said, “We are committed to driving innovation, USTC designs, builds and leveraging state of the art Data Center platforms. Through our partnership with Vapor, we are now able to develop hybrid cloud architecture and service delivery at massive scale.”

Additionally, Chris Yetman, COO of Vantage Data Centers offered, “Open Compute aligns perfectly with our philosophy for the future of the co-location world. Floor space planning is a critical component of a proper data center strategy and maximizing that finite resource is the key. Vapor has introduced a new level of Data Center simplification to our environment and we were thrilled to discover very little retrofitting was required to support all the advantages it brings.”

“The industry reality is that while PUE (Power Usage effectiveness) is a common standard for measuring data center efficiency, it doesn’t really tell us anything beyond the power delivery process.  We are striving to move the industry in a direction that includes the workload as a critical data point for efficiency measurement. In the future, ARM and other lighter weight instruction sets will sit alongside Intel and AMD, and these small core offerings in the context of a workload will be utilized in new and exciting ways,” closed Crawford.

Product Information and Availability

For more information on The Vapor Chamber and CORE product lines, as well as to learn more about how Vapor IO is bringing new capabilities to the world of IT with a focus on simplicity and efficiency, please visit or email

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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


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