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APC by Schneider Electric has today announced a Strategic Business Partnership with Internet Villages International (IVI) to form a powerful team to deliver ecologically designed, modular, scalable, datacentres for sustainable operation. The partnership brings together the global leader in critical power and cooling solutions together with a datacentre specialist focused on environmental sustainability and sympathetic rural development.

Under the terms of the Partnership, APC by Schneider Electric will provide the technology and infrastructure for the standardised IVI datacentre architecture. The standardised solution incorporates APC’s award–winning technologies for hardware and management software and will be combined with pre-engineered, pre-assembled and tested elements for the datacentre facility. This will allow greater flexibility of build-out, to closely track clients’ current business needs over time, avoiding the all too common problems of over engineering and high cost often experienced with initial datacentre construction. This versatile solution also provides the ability to reuse virtually the entire facility and infrastructure should the business need arise at some time in the future.

While the initial focus is on the ALBA1 project, located on a site near Ecclefechan in SW Scotland, the long term intention would be to expand the partnership globally. The first phase of this facility comprises of circa 125 acres of datacentre development in campus form which will be owned and operated by several different organisations.

Tony Day, Global Director for Datacentre Projects and Services for APC by Schneider Electric said, "This Strategic Business Partnership is an exciting opportunity for both organisations to develop the next generation of modular scalable datacentres in a genuinely sustainable environment". IVI's Chairman, Peter Hewkin added "Both companies believe that their joint commitment combined with a broad set of capabilities and a strong customer focus will enable us to set a new benchmark standard for datacentre efficiency and deliver real value to our clients worldwide".

Industry pundits have predicted that the ALBA1 location "will be one of the key newly emerging IT markets". The site will provide Europe's largest supply of secure renewable energy (500MW) as well as multiple Pan-European and Worldwide connectivity. In addition to the strict datacentre industry requirements, IVI's ALBA1 site is ideally suited to take advantage of free cooling technology as well as recycling waste outputs from datacentres for productive purposes.

For more information about APC’s innovative modular datacentre solutions, please call the company on 0800 2799254, or visit


About APC by Schneider Electric

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 2008 revenue of €2,6 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 114,000 employees and operations in 100 countries, achieved sales of €18,3 billion in 2008. For more information on APC, please visit All trademarks are the property of their owners.

About Internet Villages International

Internet Villages International (IVI) is a sustainable property company specialising in the development of energy efficient Data Farms. IVI works with economic development organisations and the private sector to identify and realise sustainable opportunities in rural regeneration areas. IVI's projects are characterised by sympathetic developments, Digital Age technology, the use of renewable energy and the creation of employment opportunities in otherwise neglected rural areas. IVI adheres to strict location criteria that ensure Data Farms comply with demanding Security, Availability and Sustainability requirements. IVI is committed to fulfilling individual client requirements while optimising energy efficiency and cost effectiveness. For more information on IVI, please visit

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For more information contact:

Anju Birdy
Field Marketing Manager UK & Ireland
APC by Schneider Electric

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

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