Suite handles high power density, cooling challenges in IT environments

Latest Innovations in the InfraStruXure Architecture Respond to Evolving IT Environments

American Power Conversion (APC) announces an array of new product offerings that quickly and cost-effectively handle the real-world challenges of high power densities and cooling in IT environments. As part of APC's InfraStruXure architecture that integrates power, cooling, management, racks and services for on-demand network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI), these new products allow IT professionals to rapidly deploy solutions to keep pace with market changes.

“APC's InfraStruXure continuously evolves to keep pace with current issues such as server consolidation and migration, and future challenges resulting from rapidly refreshing new IT technologies,” said Rob Johnson, APC's vice president of the Availability Enhancements Group. “With the increase in power requirements as well as cooling issues becoming a vital part of maintaining availability, APC continues to invest in solutions to maintain a highly available NCPI.”

Rack side air distribution

APC's Rack Side Air Distribution unit improves availability and lowers cost with optimized rack-level cooling. With the integration of voice and data networks and increasing use of power dense blade servers, these new technologies are creating cooling and power challenges on the data center. APC's new 2U, rack-mountable design, provides cooling to networking equipment or servers that require side-to-side airflow in various IT environments. The patent-pending unit, which pulls conditioned air in from the front and distributes it to the side, allows IT professionals to place side-to-side cooled equipment in the same rack as front-to-back cooled equipment. The Rack Side Air Distribution unit provides greater security and organization since IT professionals can place racks adjacent to one another without impeding airflow. The unit is currently available worldwide (except Japan).

Rack-mount power distribution units

With increased power becoming a must in today's IT environments, APC's new 12.5kW three-phase rack-mount PDUs allow users to quickly deploy more power at the rack level. As part of the InfraStruXure architecture, these new solutions give IT managers the flexibility to provide up to 25kW of dual path or 50kW of single path power to a single rack enclosure. APC offers three new PDU models: Basic, Metered and Switched. The Basic PDU provides power distribution to the rack. For users looking to obtain aggregate load information as well as power distribution at the rack level, APC recommends the Metered PDU. The Switched configuration offers remotely controlled individual outlets, in addition to the Basic and Metered functions. Varieties of models are currently available in North America.

In addition, APC also announces InfraStruXure 30A and 32A single-phase rack-mount power distribution units that provide increased agility as well by offering up to 30A/32A versus the current 20A. The new 30A/32A configuration allows users to deploy more power at the rack-level and eliminates the need for multiple PDUs to provide the needed power. The PDUs, which are ideal for high density applications in wiring closets to large data centers, are available in Basic, Metered and Switched models. The 32A versions are available worldwide (excluding North America) and the 30A versions are available in North America and parts of Latin America.

Tool-less blanking panels

APC's new Toolless Blanking Panels are ideal for users who consider agility a priority. The patent-pending blanking panels, which do not require tools for installation, enable users to quickly and cost-effectively solve air flow problems due to rapid changes in IT environments, including high power density applications and server consolidation. Designed for use in any IT environment from wiring closets through large data centers, the 1U panels cover open rack positions and promote optimum air flow. Blanking Panel kits are available worldwide immediately in bundles of 10 and 200.

Power whips

APC now offers 50A three-phase power whips as part of its InfraStruXure architecture to support the company's 12.5kW three-phase rack-mount (RM) PDUs. These power cables accommodate higher power densities associated with new technologies and physical server consolidation by delivering power from the UPS to the rack with increased flexibility when used with 50A RM PDUs. Traditional 20A systems provide up to 6kW while the new 50A provides up to 12.5kW. The whips are configurable through APC's award-winning BuildOut Tool and are available in North America.

Rack air removal unit

As deployment speeds quicken, IT managers need enclosure cooling solutions that are easy-to-use, install, and can accommodate new technology requirements. To address these demands, APC now offers new frame options for Rack Air Removal units that provide improved ventilation for high power densities. The Rack Air Removal unit also helps increase IT equipment availability in the rack by removing exhaust air and minimizing the mixing of hot and cold air streams. The units, which replace the rear doors of the enclosure and require zero U, remove up to 1200 cfm of air from the rear through temperature controlled fans. Available in two sizes, the 42U 19″ wide and 42U 23″ wide units are currently available worldwide (excluding Japan).

To learn more about all of APC's award-winning solutions, please visit APC Web site at or call APC at 800-877-4080.

APC's InfraStruXure is on-demand architecture for network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI). The InfraStruXure design, which integrates power, cooling, rack, management and services, allows the selection of standardized components to create a solution through modular and mobile configurations. This standardization enables an easily scalable architecture designed to meet changing needs and future expansion. This award-winning, patent-pending approach provides increased availability, improved adaptability and speed of deployment as well as lower total cost of ownership for IT environments ” from wiring closets to computer rooms to data centers.

With integrated management becoming a critical component in the NCPI, APC offers comprehensive management solutions including InfraStruXure Manager. A browser accessible, user-friendly tool, InfraStruXure Manager provides monitoring of power, cooling, and environmental management at the rack or room level. APC also provides professional services that optimize the NCPI over the complete data center life cycle, including planning, installation, operation and end-of-life services.

Founded in 1981, American Power Conversion is a leading provider of global, end-to-end solutions for real-time infrastructure. APC's comprehensive products and services for home and corporate environments improve the availability, manageability and performance of sensitive electronic, network, communication and industrial equipment of all sizes. Headquartered in West Kingston, Rhode Island, APC reported sales of $1.7 billion for the year ended December 31, 2004, and is a Fortune 1000, Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 Company.

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