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LONDON, United Kingdom - APC by Schneider Electric, a leading provider of critical power and cooling solutions, has announced that it has received the 2008 Datacentre ‘Product of the Year’ for its NetworkAIR IR® solution from the readers of Network Computing magazine.

Network Computing has introduced the Datacentre ‘Product of the Year’ Award this year in order to acknowledge the growing importance of the datacentre to the modern business world. Network Computing readers were asked to vote upon the solutions which have most impressed and assisted them over the past twelve months.

The award recognises the development, design and introduction of the world's only computer room air conditioning system with horizontal airflow for in-row operation. This has enabled owners and operators of computer rooms and smaller facilities to cool increasing server densities while both avoiding the disruption associated with thermal events (‘hot spots’) and the costs and waste associated with inefficient cooling strategies.

“We applaud APC by Schneider Electric’s achievement in winning this inaugural award. The growing importance of datacentre operations to our readership encouraged us to launch this new award. They have been justly rewarded for their innovation in developing the NetworkAIR IR® which, with the growing emphasis on both efficiency and performance, has ticked all the right boxes for our readers,” said Ray Smyth, editor, Network Computing.

“We are delighted to receive this award from the readers of Network Computing who have chosen our solution as offering unique benefits in the cooling of datacentres and computer rooms,” said Paul Tyrer, vice president UK & Ireland, APC by Schneider Electric. “NetworkAIR IR® forms part of the company’s InfraStruXure® solution which fully integrates power, cooling, rack, management, security and services. This on-demand architecture allows the selection of standardised components to create a power efficient and scalable solution for increasing server densities.”

NetworkAIR® from APC by Schneider Electric is a precision in-row computer room air conditioning system designed for use in facilities with a hot aisle/ cold aisle configuration. It features a horizontal airflow pattern which draws exhaust air from the hot aisle, cools it, and distributes it into the cold aisle. When properly deployed as part of a cooling strategy, the unit ensures that equipment inlet temperatures will be constant and adequate for proper operation while virtually eliminating the need for make-up humidification.

In-row cooling systems reduce the distance between heat sources (the IT load) and heat removal systems to ensure shorter and more consistent airflow paths as well as reduce the risk of mixing of hot and cold air streams, which is a source of cooling inefficiency in data facilities.

For more information about NetworkAIR IR® and other APC by Schneider Electric power and cooling solutions, please visit or call 0800 2799254.

About APC by Schneider Electric

In February 2007, APC and MGE UPS Systems combined to form a $3.5 billion (€2.4 billion) Critical Power and Cooling Services business unit of Schneider Electric. The Critical Power and Cooling Services division offers the industry’s most comprehensive product and solution range for critical IT and process applications in industrial, enterprise, small and medium business and home environments. The company’s solutions include APC’s InfraStruXure® data centre architecture, the industry’s most comprehensive integrated power, cooling, and management solution. The company’s products also include APC and MGE-brand uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), along with APC-brand precision cooling units, racks, and design and management software. Backed by the industry’s broadest service organisation and an industry leading R&D investment, the company’s 12,000 employees help customers confront today’s unprecedented power, cooling and management challenges. Schneider Electric, with 112,000 employees and operations in 190 countries, had 2007 annual sales of $25 billion (€17.3 billion). For more information on APC, please visit All trademarks are the property of their owners.

For more information contact:

Anju Birdy
Marketing Manager UK & Ireland
Tel: +44 (0) 118 903 7800

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Damien Wells
SPA Communications
Tel: +44 (0)7900 302102

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