APC Enters Enterprise Software Market for IT Physical Infrastructure Management

Company unveils InfraStruXure Central v4.0, integrates data design, monitoring and management applications


HANNOVER, Germany, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- CeBIT/APC Stand C37, Hall 15 -- APC today unveiled its plans to focus on delivering high value enterprise software solutions for efficient management of company-wide IT physical infrastructure including floor space, power, cooling, cabling and threat protection. In support of its enterprise software strategy APC also unveiled InfraStruXure Central v4.0, a redesigned platform for the integration and deployment of intelligent enterprise management applications. InfraStruXure Central lowers support costs and prevents downtime through rapid problem resolution of physical and environmental issues.

"These new tools are an essential element of building an Efficient Enterprise(TM)," said Dr. Phil London, APC's vice president of Software and Management Solutions. "The data center of the future must be fully integrated, fully managed and fully scalable. These are mandatory principles from concept to commissioning, from operation to obsolescence."

Building on years of investment in software for APC's line of PowerChute(R) UPS control solutions, intelligent product configurators and complex data center design tools, APC is developing an integrated suite of applications that allow IT and data center professionals to manage the entire lifecycle of their physical infrastructure. The unique architecture combines the outputs from an automated data center design application with real-time monitoring and measuring applications and, also, with ITIL service management applications to deliver previously unavailable integration and effectiveness in IT physical infrastructure management.

InfraStruXure Central v4.0 is a critical element in managing today's IT physical infrastructure. Its base configuration includes device management, alerting and reporting. The system easily scales from simple wiring closet monitoring to full enterprise management of data centers and remote facilities. InfraStruXure Central v4.0 supports most IT devices regardless of manufacturer. Additional applications can easily be enabled to provide centralized environmental monitoring, video surveillance, rack and data center access control, and ITIL-based Capacity and Change Management. The system includes preloaded software on a high performance appliance designed for high reliability, serviceability and expandability. A suite of models fits any IT environment.

"InfraStruXure Central v4.0 gives us a new level of visibility and control," said Bill Hodges, director of data center operations at Sisters of Mercy Health System in Chesterfield, Missouri. "Information systems infrastructure is a critical element in our ability to deliver the highest quality health care. InfraStruXure Central provides both the monitoring tool and the management reporting required to maintain the infrastructure foundation of our environment. With APC's InfraStruXure Central we have the ability to establish and define our event alerting structure that includes threshold setting, escalation intervals and crisis event reactionary time allowing us to proactively resolve areas of risk or address interruptions before they become service outages."

Today's InfraStruXure Central announcement marks the first of many new APC products planned to address the challenges created by increased power costs, heat produced by high density server architectures, greater uptime requirements and the need for more agile delivery of new services by IT departments.

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