Vigilent is pioneering the use of IoT, machine learning, and prescriptive analytics to deliver dynamic cooling management in mission critical environments. Vigilent reduces operating costs, unlocks stranded capacity, and increases reliability in hundreds of data center and telecom facilities worldwide. Our mission is to increase the profitability of our customers and create a more sustainable planet.
How Vigilent achieved market leadership in dynamic cooling management
Vigilent combines strengths from multiple disciplines such as machine learning, control engineering, wireless mesh networking, prescriptive analytics, and software development.
The initial work that would lead to Vigilent started when Cliff was working on his doctorate at MIT, where he studied the connections between machine learning and control engineering. After Cliff joined Johnson Controls, he applied these ideas to the challenges of energy management. Then, moving to academia at U.C. Berkeley, he integrated his ideas with the latest wireless mesh networking technology.
Cliff left U.C. Berkeley to launch Federspiel Controls, which was incorporated in 2008. With the participation of the State of California, he applied the concepts he had developed to significantly improve the energy efficiency of HVAC systems in commercial buildings. The business subsequently expanded to serve mission-critical facilities: data centers and telecom facilities.
In 2011, the company was renamed Vigilent, combining the words vigilance and intelligent to reflect the unique value it delivers through intelligent solutions that provide customers with unprecedented vigilance of their mission critical facilities. Vigilent has continued its rapid growth into new markets and geographies, assisted with investment capital from Accel Partners and two of the company’s customers, NTT Facilities, Inc. and TELUS Corporation.
Today, Vigilent counts among its customers some of the world’s largest telecommunications, data center colocation, enterprise, government, and Internet organizations, including Avnet, Digital Realty, Hutchison, NTT, State of California, Spark, TELUS and Verizon. The company has achieved global reach via direct sales, strategic OEM, and distribution partnerships, and has hundreds of deployments worldwide.
The key to the growth of Vigilent is its talented and enthusiastic team, which includes top software developers and algorithm scientists, operations and manufacturing experts, and a passionate customer support team. Its culture is highly collaborative, fun, and focused on its customers’ success.
Federspiel Controls incorporated, and installed its first three systems in data centers.
NTT becomes a customer, and the company ships its first systems outside North America.
The company is renamed Vigilent, to reflect the unique values it delivers to mission-critical customers. Vigilent wins Verizon’s 2011 Green and Sustainable Supplier Award.
Vigilent completes a venture round led by Accel Partners. NTT and Vigilent win the Green Enterprise IT Award. NTT invests in Vigilent and becomes a distribution partner. Vigilent included in the Global Cleantech 100, and is named by Lux Research as a Top 10 Emerging Tech Company. TELUS becomes a customer and becomes the second customer to invest in Vigilent.
Vigilent adds capacity planning features. Vigilent wins the Defense Energy and Utility Technology Challenge. Vigilent moves headquarters to Oakland, California. Vigilent establishes European subsidiary, Vigilent Europe Limited, serving the EMEA region.
Electronic Environments Corporation and Vigilent establish strategic partnership. Vigilent expands product to address technical and administrative offices. Schneider Electric announces partnership to integrate Vigilent technology into StruxureWare for Data Centers. Vigilent reaches half billion kilowatt-hour energy savings milestone.
Vigilent wins the TiE50 ‘Top Startup’ award. Schneider Electric launches Cooling Optimize globally, with Vigilent technology at its core. Schneider Electric wins the 2015 DCS ‘DCIM Product of the Year’ highlighting Cooling Optimize. Vigilent selected as ‘Best Turnkey Solution’ at Internet of Things Awards 2015.
Vigilent is named a Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer as a game-changing innovator that is revolutionizing the energy sector. Vigilent again wins the TiE50 Start-up Award, in the Internet of Things category. Vigilent wins Fierce Innovation Award for Data Centers and is named ‘Best Green Application.’ Vigilent launches a prescriptive analytics suite, which according to 451 Research “sees datacenter capacity, cooling risks before they happen.” Vigilent partners with Siemens to offer a unique solution that optimizes cooling across the entire chilled water plant and facility IT space. Vigilent selected as the winner of the 2016 IoT Innovator Award in the “Best IoT Software – Commercial and Industrial” category.
Vigilent selected as the winner of the 2017 IoT Breakthrough Award as the Industrial IoT Innovation of the Year. IDC Names Vigilent an “IDC Innovator” for supporting smarter data center infrastructure supporting dynamic and agile IT.