SOURCE: APC

June 17, 2008 10:00 ET

APC Named 2008 CRN Channel Champion for the Fifteenth Consecutive Year

Honored as the Top Vendor in the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Category; Study Is Premier Resource to Evaluate Channel Vendors and Programs

WEST KINGSTON, RI--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - APC, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, today announced that APC was named a 2008 CRN Channel Champion in the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)/Data Center Power Management category. The CRN Channel Champion award program, now in its 18th year, is sponsored by Everything Channel's CRN, the number one destination for technology vendors and marketers looking to reach the $390 billion sellers of technology.

The CRN Channel Champions study measures overall Solution Provider perceptions of vendor products and services. The survey is the largest and broadest-based technology integrator market study in the industry. The result is a premier resource used by VARs and technology integrators throughout the industry to evaluate vendors and their programs.

The survey rated more than 100 vendors in 29 key product and service categories. The categories included: Client & Server Processors; Client Security Software (Firewall, Anti-Spam, Anti-Virus); Collaboration Software; Data and Information Management; Enterprise Business Software Suites; Enterprise Networking Hardware (excluding wireless LANs and Voice); Enterprise Wireless LANs; External Data Backup; Flat Panel Displays 19-30"; Flat Panel Displays 30"+ (includes Large Screen TVs); High Capacity Hard Drives (300 GB & Above); Infrastructure Integration Software/SOA; Midrange Servers ( > $25,000); Multifunction Printers; Network Security Appliances; Network Security Software; Network Storage (SAN or NAS); Notebooks/Mobile Computers; Projectors; (SIEM) Security Information and Event Management; SMB (Small and Midsize) Wireless LANs; SMB (Small and Midsize) Business Software Suites; SMB (Small and Midsize) Networking Hardware (excluding wireless LANs and Voice); SMB Volume Servers ( < $25,000); Storage Management Software; Systems and Network Management Software; UPS Data Center Power Management; Voice-over-IP Technology; and Workgroup Color Printers.

"We are thrilled to receive this recognition for the fifteenth consecutive year, and are pleased that our partners recognize our continued commitment to providing the best products, solutions, and programs to keep them successful," said Rob McKernan, vice president, North American Channels & Alliances, APC. "APC continues to advance its programs to meet the changing needs of our partners. Now more then ever our partners have the opportunity to provide users with complete power and cooling solutions to accommodate dynamic and changing needs within their IT environment."

APC recently launched redesigned partner programs providing channel partners with the opportunity to develop sales and engineering competencies in power, cooling, security and environmental management. The newly enhanced programs have four levels: Registered, Select, Premier and Elite. The programs offer clear and differentiated paths allowing partners to leverage pricing and promotional benefits, gain full access to APC's network of qualified and dedicated solution engineers, and ongoing support and visibility to where the market is going and where partners can take their business.

"For the last 18 years Solution Providers have come to rely on the CRN Channel Champions study as a way to evaluate the leading technology vendors in the Channel today. We congratulate the winners for delivering high quality solutions that satisfy business partners," said Robert C. DeMarzo, senior vice president and editorial director, Everything Channel.

About APC

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 2007 revenue of $3.5 billion (EUR 2.4 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 120,000 employees and operations in 102 countries, had 2007 annual sales of $25 billion (EUR 17.3 billion). For more information on APC, please visit www.apc.com. All trademarks are the property of their owners.

About CRN (www.crn.com)

CRN provides solution providers and technology integrators with the crucial information and analysis they need to drive their company's sales. As an advocate for and voice of the IT channel, solution providers turn to CRN first for immediate information. With nearly 25 years of experience, CRN is the most trusted source for channel professionals. CRN can be found on the web at http://www.crn.com.

About Everything Channel (www.everythingchannel.com, www.channelweb.com)

Everything Channel is the global leader in Channel execution and serves as the one stop shop for the indirect sales channel that drive 75 percent of technology sales throughout the world. IT suppliers and Solution Providers turn to Everything Channel to manage and accelerate their business. Everything Channel provides the answer to strategy and branding, online marketing, research/market intelligence, lead generation, branded and custom events, education and workflow tools targeted to those who buy and sell through the Channel.

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