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American Power Conversion Releases New Cooling System to End Heat Related IT Failure

  • 13 May, 2004 15:30

<p>AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY, May 13, 2004 – American Power Conversion (APC) today launched a cooling solution to resolve the problem of heat related failure in Australian IT environments. Heat related failures are quickly becoming the number one cause of network downtime, according to APC.</p>
<p>APC’s Cooling System is the latest addition to its InfraStruXure data centre physical architecture. Precision Air Conditioning, Air Distribution and the Air Removal Systems, are applied to cool down the heat generated by IT equipment while consuming power avoiding system failure leading to data loss, hardware damages and network downtime.</p>
<p>The cooling solutions are room and rack-based, allowing businesses to grow IT loads to as much as 8kW per rack. This is significantly more than the 2kW capacity available in a traditional raised floor environment. APC’s cooling solutions start at 1.5kW and scale to 210kW.</p>
<p>Leanne Cunnold, APC Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, says “Providing the proper environment for sensitive electronic equipment is essential to ensure maximum availability and avoid hardware failures. Managing excessive heat is becoming such a critical problem for IT managers, leading APC to design innovative and superior cooling systems addressing the heat issue at a rack level.”</p>
<p>Key features include:</p>
<p>NetworkAIR FM - Modular Floor Mount Precision Air Conditioning for environmentally sensitive equipment areas.</p>
<p>NetworkAIR FM replaces traditional belts and pulley designs with direct drive fan systems and uses a tandem compressor technology - increasing the cooling efficiency and lowering maintenance costs. The IT or data centre manager can remotely identify the status of the unit and control cooling and power from a single monitor by using APC’s ISX Manager software.</p>
<p>An innovative coil design delivers higher efficiency and lower operating costs through use of a dedicated dehumidification cycle. This results in energy savings when dehumidifying and during normal operation.</p>
<p>NetworkAIR FM is available in 35, 40 and 50kW modules. Up to twelve units can be connected together to add cooling capacity as needed. NetworkAIR FM is a pay as you grow design, enabling the IT manager to scale the cooling solution as their IT requirement grows, thereby saving on capital and operating expenditures.</p>
<p>Rack Air Distribution Unit - Air Distribution for Power Dense Enclosures and Low Pressure Areas.</p>
<p>The Rack Air Distribution Unit distributes conditioned air directly into the enclosure. It is a 2U fan unit that stands at the bottom of the rack and works with an existing precision air conditioning system to deliver cool air to the equipment contained in a rack enclosure. The Rack Air Distribution Unit connects into the raised floor and pulls supply air directly into the enclosure. This prevents the conditioned air from mixing with warmer room air before reaching the equipment.</p>
<p>The Rack Air Distribution Unit minimises temperature differences between the top and bottom of the enclosure. It also prevents hot exhaust air from reticulating to the inlet of the enclosure.</p>
<p>The product is recommended for rack enclosures with loads greater than 2kW and can provide airflow for loads up to 4kW. It is also ideal for enclosures in raised floor environments where underfloor air distribution is inadequate due to cable congestion.</p>
<p>Rack Air Removal Unit - Heat Removal for High Density Enclosures.</p>
<p>The Air Removal Unit is the only manageable rack heat removal in the market. It replaces the back door of the rack and draws in the exhaust heat, ducting it to the return air plenum and eliminating hot spots. Through automatic fan speed adjustment based on temperature or power consumption, a desired temperature can be set and fans will self-adjust for optimal energy efficiency.</p>
<p>The Air removal unit removes up to 8 kW of heat per rack, 4 times more than any traditional room level cooling system. This cooling capacity is needed in highly dense enclosures (such as racks hosting blade servers) where traditional air distribution methods are not effective in avoiding system failures, server crashes and downtime.</p>
<p>The Rack Air Removal Unit provides fan redundancy in the event of fan failure, and power redundancy through dual corded input. This space saving product mounts to the back of the enclosure - requiring zero U space</p>
<p>These three products can be used separately or together following the cooling requirements of the server room or data centre.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>NetworkAIR FM AUD$43,200.00</p>
<p>Rack Air Distribution Unit AUD$2,070.00</p>
<p>Rack Air Removal Unit AUD$4,225.00</p>
<p>The Rack Air Distribution Unit and Rack Air Removal Unit products are currently shipping and being distributed through Express Data, Ingram Mirco and Tech Pacific.</p>
<p>NetworkAIR FM will be available in early July and distributed through Express Data and DPSA.</p>
<p>- ENDS -</p>
<p>About APC’s InfraStruXure:</p>
<p>APC’s new InfraStruXure is a data centre physical architecture including reliable power and cooling in a rack optimised design. Using a modular, manageable, and pre-engineered approach, InfraStruXure allows the selection of standardised components to create a customised solution that provides new answers to typical data centre design and operation issues. This approach provides the reliability, affordability and predictability of standardised solutions, yet is completely customised to solve specific problems. InfraStruXure also allows additional capacity to be purchased and installed only when needed thereby limiting waste.</p>
<p>About American Power Conversion</p>
<p>Founded in 1981, American Power Conversion (Nasdaq: APCC) (APC) is a leading provider of global, end-to-end infrastructure availability solutions. APC’s comprehensive products and services offering, which is designed for both home and corporate environments, improves the availability, manageability and performance of sensitive electronic, network, communication and industrial equipment of all sizes. APC, which is headquartered in West Kingston, Rhode Island, reported sales of $1.3 billion for the year ended December 31, 2002 and is a Fortune 1000, Nasdaq 100 and S&amp;P 500 Company.</p>
<p>Additional information about APC and its global end-to-end solutions can be found at or by calling 1800 652 725 in Australia or 0800 333 373 in New Zealand.</p>
<p>For further information please contact Natalie Connor on Tel: +61 (0)2 9956 5733, Mobile: +61 (0)417 259 054 or E-mail:</p>

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