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- American Power Conversion's Next Generation of InfraStruXure Architecture with Integrated Cooling System Improves Availability and Lowers Cost for Data Centers and Server Rooms

- Award-Winning Architecture Enables Implementation of High-Density Loads such as Blade Servers with Cooling up to 20kW Per Rack

London, England – 18th August, 2004 - American Power Conversion (Nasdaq: APCC) (APC) today introduced the latest version of its InfraStruXure architecture that now incorporates an integrated cooling system that meets the cooling challenges of today's data centers and server rooms, such as hotspots. InfraStruXure with integrated cooling consists of APC's NetworkAir In-Row air conditioner and a Hot Aisle Containment System.

The patent-pending approach addresses the trends toward ever-increasing power densities that are increasing faster than traditional cooling solutions can keep pace. The solution is ideal for environments with more than five racks through 1000s of racks. Capable of 20kW of cooling per rack, the InfraStruXure system's performance dramatically exceeds traditional cooling methods that range from 2-3kW per rack. Since it is a self-contained system, InfraStruXure with integrated cooling requires only electrical, mechanical and data feeds.

This innovative design approach improves availability by placing the cooling system within the IT row, closer to the heat-load, to optimise the cooling performance. The containment system scavenges the hot air within the hot aisle and prevents it from mixing with the cold air. It also decreases capital costs by eliminating the need for raised floors. Its innovative cooling design allows "rightsizing" thereby saving valuable floor space and costs.

"With server consolidation and increases in use of high power density servers such as blades, companies are not only faced with problem of powering these dense racks, but also figuring out how to cool them," said Mike Adams, UK & Ireland Country Manager, APC. "Our new approach delivers the ability to easily configure, order and install a cost-effective solution for a highly available network-critical physical infrastructure."

"Several of the same lessons we learned with power are driving new thinking in cooling, which many have learned the hard way is just as critical a factor in overall uptime," added Adams. "We are building systems to enable future technologies including servers with variable power draws."

Traditional cooling is "disconnected" from heat sources, resulting in unpredictable cooling. APC's new system places the cooling in the IT row, "coupling" the cooling to the heat load to improve predictability and, therefore, cooling performance. The principle behind this large performance enhancement is simple: hot air is contained and neutralised at its point of origin, rather than mixing with the existing air within the room. The Computer Room Air Conditioner (CRAC) pulls hot exhaust air from the hot aisle, neutralises it and distributes cold air into the room.

InfraStruXure uses the NetworkAir In-Row, available in 40kW capacity, to provide up to 5kW of cooling per rack. When used with the hot aisle containment system, the InfraStruXure provides up to 20kW of cooling per rack.


APC's InfraStruXure technology integrates the rack, cooling, power, management and services that comprise the network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI) of a data center or server room. It is designed as a modular architecture that easily scales to meet changing needs and future expansion. The standardisation coupled with APC's web-based Build Out Tool design approach enables extreme power densities without necessitating one-time engineering or additional building costs.

Additional benefits of the InfraStruXure include:

• Redundant design of system to eliminate single points of failure and the need to buy a second UPS
• Hot-swappable modules to lower mean-time-to-recovery
• Integrated pre-engineered system to eliminate the need for on-site system test
• Factory pre-tested system to reduce downtime
• Locking enclosures to provide a secure environment
• Integrated cabling and cooling to eliminate the need for a raised floor
• A browser accessible, user-friendly monitoring tool

The newest version of InfraStruXure is currently available in North America and will be available in the fourth quarter of 2004 in most countries worldwide.

For more information about InfraStruXure and other APC offerings, please visit www.apc.com/gb or Tel: +44 (0) 208 990 6400.

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About American Power Conversion
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 $1.46 billion for the year ended December 31, 2003 and is a Fortune 1000, Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 Company.

For press information contact:
Errol Jayawardene
SPA Communications
Tel: +44 (0)7968 535 517
eMail: errol@spacomms.co.uk

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