American Power Conversion Launches BLADE READY Program to Facilitate Shift to Blade Servers

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Vendors Align with APC to Help Enterprises Migrate to Hot Technology

American Power Conversion, a leading global provider of end-to-end infrastructure availability solutions, today announced its BLADE READY program, a multi-vendor approach to help enterprises plan and implement high density applications such as blade servers.

The BLADE READY program unites APC with vendors of complementary network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI) technologies to deliver comprehensive interoperable products, solutions, and services for blade NCPI environments.  Together, BLADE READY members help enterprises assess, design, procure, stage, implement and interconnect blade servers and related equipment.  Members in this program will include a group of strategic, best-in-class hardware and software vendors that help enable operational excellence and unsurpassed compatibility with blade network environments.

CIOs are quickly recognising this form-factor saves space and improves serviceability, said Rob Potts, UK & Ireland country manager, APC.  However with these high density environments come power consumption and heat output unlike anything data centre managers have dealt with in the past.  This is literally hot, new technology.  We are pleased the BLADE READY program is available as the single stop expert resource to help IT professionals tackle the challenges inherent with deploying blades.

Industry research firm IDC forecasts that worldwide blade server shipments will account for 25 percent of worldwide server shipments by 2009 and notes that blade server shipments are growing at a compound annual rate of 54 percent per year from 2005 to 2009.*  However, planning blade server deployments is a technical challenge.  With power consumption within a rack often exceeding 3000 watts, which creates thermal hot spots in the data centre, new approaches to cooling are required.  The BLADE READY program is a single source for a wide variety of resources including APCs Blade Readiness Assessment Service, which is a first step in understanding the right approach to these challenges.  Also available are white papers, build out guides, total cost of ownership (TCO) planning guides, and more. 

APC sets the standard for power backup and distribution, innovative cooling solutions, and related NCPI solutions such as its award-winning InfraStruXure architecture.  Through its NetBotz division, APC also offers IT professionals a suite of security management products such as video surveillance and an array of environmental sensors that identify and resolve events before they result in downtime.

With the recent launch of InfraStruXure systems for high density, APC continues to set the standard for new, innovative approaches to high density data centre infrastructure, continued Potts.  The BLADE READY program allows enterprises to leverage our expertise and tap into APCs world-class alliances, thereby deploying blade computing solutions in an informed way.

For more information about BLADE READY, please visit: BladeReady.com

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