SOURCE: APC by Schneider Electric

APC by Schneider Electric

March 04, 2009 08:28 ET

APC Announces Integration With Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager 2007

Providing a Comprehensive View of the Health of an IT Environment

HANNOVER, GERMANY--(Marketwire - March 4, 2009) - CeBIT (Hall 12, Stand B49) -- APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, today announced a software integration initiative that will enable APC's data center management suite to tightly couple with Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager 2007. This integration will give data center managers the ability to view and manage physical infrastructure, including power, cooling, physical space and security, as well as providing a comprehensive view of the health of servers, applications, and clients within the datacenter.

"IT services are further developing into a complex combination of people, processes, and technology, and we are looking forward to working with Microsoft to provide our mutual customers with the necessary tools to enable a sound IT and physical infrastructure," said John DiPippo, senior vice president, Data Center Solutions, Services, and Software, APC. "Integrating APC's data center management suite with Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager will allow datacenter managers to not only understand the needs of an IT environment, but how the physical infrastructure can support those needs."

APC's comprehensive Data Center Physical Infrastructure Management Suite, including InfraStruXure® Central, Change Manager and Capacity Manager, consists of design, operations and monitoring capabilities providing comprehensive management for power, cooling, security and space. APC's InfraStruXure Central supports multi-vendor physical infrastructure equipment, allowing for the consolidation of detailed information of all the physical devices in this one monitoring application. APC's Change Manager provides inventory management and workflow tools to enable datacenter operators to map the IT and physical infrastructure equipment that is located within the data center. When combined with Capacity Manager, these applications provide data center operators the ability to perform predictive simulation and modeling of the physical infrastructure -- evaluating 'what-if' scenarios before they occur.

Microsoft's System Center Operation Manager provides a management solution addressing end-to-end service monitoring in the enterprise IT environment. A comprehensive view of service health is key to business continuity and delivering an agile, rapid response to events that may impact the normal running of business and ultimately cost an enterprise money.

"Microsoft System Center delivers comprehensive, integrated, cost effective management capabilities across the enterprise while enabling customers to also have deep insight into their physical and virtualized IT infrastructure through Operations Manager 2007," said JD Marymee, Director of Strategic Partner Alliances, Management and Services Division, Microsoft. "We are pleased to work with APC to provide our mutual customers with the capabilities to extend System Center Operations Manager monitoring capabilities throughout their complex IT environments through integration with APC's comprehensive Data Center Physical Infrastructure Management Suite."

Together APC's data center management suite and Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager solution will share key data points, including alarm notifications and historical data on the targeted server deployment environment. In addition, it provides a comprehensive look at how the physical and IT environments operate independently and influence each other, providing critical operating information on power and cooling capacity. Linking these two management suites will allow datacenter managers to better visualize the data center, deploy new technologies and services and the physical infrastructure to support them.

In the first release, APC expects that customers will have access to the integrated APC InfraStruXure Central and Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager solution worldwide in Q1 2009. Today, clients can contact APC and Microsoft to start the process of evaluating their current facilities and data center strategy to better manage and control their energy consumption and costs. To learn more about APC's data center management suite and other innovative solutions please visit www.apc.com or call 800-877-4080.

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. For more information on APC, please visit www.apc.com. All trademarks are the property of their owners.

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