SOURCE: Kepware


February 08, 2010 08:30 ET

APC Selects Kepware Technologies to Deliver Data Center Device Communications for InfraStruxure® Central Management Software

PORTLAND, ME--(Marketwire - February 8, 2010) - Kepware Technologies, the leader in Communications for Automation, announced today that it has been selected as the device communications provider for APC by Schneider Electric.

APC's InfraStruxure® Management Software portfolio provides data center managers and IT executives the ability to take a holistic view of data center physical infrastructure service quality, end-to-end energy use, facilitate short- and long-term planning, and properly forecast costs. The vendor-neutral software provides the industry's first and broadest integrations with critical IT support systems, including Schneider Electric's PowerLogic ION-Enterprise power management, building management and enterprise management, enabling the monitoring, controlling and resolving of issues in a user-friendly environment.

As part of the solution, APC will use Kepware's "IT and Infrastructure Suite" with its InfraStruxure Central platform to deliver the latest OPC interoperability standards, including OPC DA, OPC AE and OPC-UA, ensuring interoperability with as many client applications as possible. This capability expands the ability to manage all devices supporting the data center. The OPC offering will maintain an OPC Foundation "Certified" status.

InfraStruxure Central provides an efficient way for organizations to monitor their company-wide multi-vendor data center physical infrastructure including power, cooling, security, and environment. Real-time monitoring, user-defined reports and graphs, and instant fault notification and escalation enable quick assessment and resolution of critical events that can adversely affect IT system availability. This centralized repository of information can be accessed by multiple users from anywhere on the network, creating a consolidated view of the physical infrastructure. The open and flexible architecture expands with changing business needs through additional device licenses, add-on surveillance, and operations modules, and through integration with enterprise, power and building management systems.

"Kepware has been enabling automation infrastructure monitoring for over two years now, both in data center environments and out on the plant floor," states Roy Kok, VP of Marketing and Sales of Kepware Technologies. "This partnership enables APC to deliver the industry's leading solutions to their customers, proven with their own products for example -- PowerLogic ION Enterprise Energy Management (EEM), enabling the monitoring and management of all the products that can be found in today's leading data centers."

"By connecting with Kepware, APC brings customers an end-to-end view of all critical infrastructure in the data center from rack to row to room to building," says Dave Guidette, senior vice president, Enterprise System and Service, APC. "Kepware pioneered and has significantly improved Industrial SNMP technology. Their adherence to industry standards for interoperability ensures our products will connect to our own software as well as third party solutions that may already be in place."

About Kepware

Kepware is the world leader in communication software for automation and offers a unique experience in both OPC and embedded device communications. Since 1995, Kepware has focused on the development of communication drivers to automation controllers, I/O and field devices. Applications include M2M (Machine to Machine) and M2E (Machine to Enterprise) communications. Operating system support includes; Microsoft Windows Desktop, Windows Server and Windows Embedded (Windows CE and Windows Embedded NT/XP). Today, with over 140 communication protocols, and through the efforts of our direct sales, distribution and embedded partners, Kepware is the leading provider of communications with annual shipments exceeding 100,000 units. Kepware's responsiveness to customer needs and strong partnerships with other leading automation suppliers ensures that your next application will be a success. Ask around and you'll hear why automation professionals everywhere consider Kepware Technologies "Automation's Best Friend."

About APC by Schneider Electric

APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in critical power and cooling services, provides industry leading product, software and systems for home, office, data center and factory floor applications. Backed by the strength, experience, and wide network of Schneider Electric's Critical Power & Cooling Services, APC delivers well planned, flawlessly installed and maintained solutions throughout their lifecycle. Through its unparalleled commitment to innovation, APC delivers pioneering, energy efficient solutions for critical technology and industrial applications. In 2007, Schneider Electric acquired APC and combined it with MGE UPS Systems to form Schneider Electric's Critical Power & Cooling Services Business Unit, which recorded 2008 revenue of EUR 2,6 billion (including APC-MGE sales of $3.7 billion) and employed 12,000 people worldwide. APC solutions include uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), precision cooling units, racks, physical security and design and management software, including APC's InfraStruxure® architecture, the industry's most comprehensive integrated power, cooling, and management solution. Schneider Electric, with 114,000 employees and operations in 100 countries, achieved sales of EUR 18,3 billion in 2008. All trademarks are the property of their owners.

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Valerie Harding
    Ripple Effect Communications
    (617) 536-8887
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    Kepware Media Contact:
    Roy Kok
    VP of Marketing and Sales
    (207) 775-1660 x253
    Email Contact

    APC Media Contact:
    Kelly Colgan
    Media Relations Specialist
    (800) 788-1704 x 2741
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