Data center startup vendor Vapor IO announced on Thursday that it has landed its first rounding of funding, but declined to disclose the amount.
The Series A round is led by Goldman Sachs, with Austin-based AVX Partners also participating. Along with the infusion of funds, Goldman Sachs managing director Tom Jessop and Chris Pacitti, general partner at AVX Partners, will join Vapor IO’s board of directors.
Vapor IO founder and CEO Cole Crawford is attempting to shake up the data center industry with a new open source platform that is designed to modernize data center management tools.
Vapor IO, which is also headquartered in Austin, released its open source platform, Open Data Center Runtime Environment (OpenDCRE), last month. It’s available for download as an open source alternative to proprietary interfaces and custom silicon. Another product, Vapor Chamber, is designed to reduce the number of server racks that are needed in a standard data center environment or office/retail spaces.
Crawford is the founder and former executive director of Facebook’s Open Compute Project and a co-founder of OpenStack. In addition to having synergies in Austin with AVX, Goldman Sachs is an early supporter of the Open Compute Project.
Along the same lines as the Open Compute Project, Vapor IO’s goal is to simplify and modernize data center infrastructure communication, which currently relies on dated technologies, such as Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI.)
OpenDCRE uses a new API that can perform the same functions as IPMI, but without the need for complex programming or dated command-line tools. It can be used for any type of data center environment from hyperscale environments to the enterprise, as well as the edge. OpenDCRE can be used in single-tenant environments, such as private cloud or managed hosting environments, or in multi-tenant environments, such as co-location facilities and public cloud.
OpenDCRE is designed to support traditional data center environments as well as HPE Cloudline and other OCP platforms. OpenDCRE could replace the need for baseboard management controllers (BMCs), out-of-band management switches, and overhead cabling in the right environment. Other features for OpenDCRE include SSL support, analog sensor, and power control, all of which communicate over a RESTful API.