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American Power Conversion joins's board.

American Power Conversion (APC) : 14 January, 2008  (Company News)
Power and cooling expertise of APC to assist in the provision of new server solutions.
APC been elected as a governing member of and will join the organisation's Board of Directors. is an open community created to develop and advance next-generation solutions for blade servers. As a board member, APC will work with the association to influence and promote the direction of the blade server market and encourage creation of new blade solution offerings.

"We are honoured to join the Board of Directors of, a well-respected and important organisation," said John Tuccillo, vice president of global strategic alliances for APC. "Collaboration among members will help develop and deploy blade platform solutions more efficiently, predictably and quickly, advancing the overall industry. We are pleased to have the opportunity to help shape this next evolution in the enterprise datacentre."

Earlier this year, APC established the Power and Cooling Committee, which is co-chaired by company representatives John Tuccillo and Ken Pierrehumbert. The Power and Cooling committee focuses on essential aspects of power and cooling in the blade environment. The committee's primary goals are to:.

* Identify critical power and cooling needs of the end customer that deploys blade servers.
* Map out elements that contribute to power and cooling efficiency and effectiveness from the processor to the power grid and in between.
* Establish best practices for power and cooling in blade installations.
* Identify power and cooling challenges and trends proposing solutions to the challenges and supporting the trends.

Currently the Power and Cooling Committee is hosting a series of energy webinars. The series focuses on helping clients understand how to supply blade-based solutions to boost performance while decreasing energy consumption and costs.

"APC's addition to the board further strengthens our organisation's leadership team and its representation across key segments of the blade community," said Doug Balog, chairman for, and vice president of development for IBM BladeCenter. "APC brings a high-degree of technical knowledge and market expertise to our Board of Directors, which will be extremely valuable as we continue to expand the community and set ongoing direction for the fast growing organisation."

APC is noted for its significant expertise in power and cooling for high density environments. Its newest offering, the APC InfraStruXure InRow cooling solution, enables users to reduce effectively the cost and environmental impact of maintaining their high density IT systems. In addition, APC's software solutions enable the user to monitor environmental disruptions throughout the datacentre to ensure the highest efficiency and eliminate costly downtime.
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