APC Expands Channel Offer, Increases Speed Of Deployment For Converged IT With Cisco Certification For UCS

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Schneider Electric has announced that Cisco has certified APC by Schneider Electric to ship Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Servers pre-racked in NetShelter SX with Shock Packaging cabinets.

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Rob McKernan, senior vice President, Global IT Channels, IT Division, Schneider Electric.

With this line of pre-certified, pre-tested and shock proof solutions for converged and hyperconverged infrastructure, the company aims to increase speed of deployment and simplify installation, whilst enabling APC Channel Partners, systems integrators and value-added resellers (VARs) to complete all integration and configuration work for the customer, before shipping.

NetShelter SX with Shock Packaging design was vigorously tested as part of the Cisco certification process to ensure the safety of the systems during transportation, where pre-racked IT equipment can be at risk from shock and vibration. It provides customers with peace of mind for successful deployment of pre-racked Cisco UCS kit.

The Cisco certification also means APC Channel Partners can not only deliver NetShelter racks with Cisco converged infrastructure, but combine the solution with all the complementary power, cooling, and software systems that comprise the Schneider Electric’s InfraStruxure and award-winning Micro Data Centre product portfolio. This includes Micro Data Center (DC) Xpress, which offers customers complete IT infrastructure within a stand-alone, single cabinet or rack enclosure.

Besides its performance and operational benefits, companies have widely adopted converged infrastructure solutions due to the time saved in initial setup and installation. Systems are delivered pre-racked in IT cabinets, an integral component of the solution, which allows vendors to increase the speed of deployment and success for converged customers.

“This new certification from Cisco demonstrates APC’s commitment to providing Channel Partners and customers with the simplified, powerful and integrated solutions required to support business growth in an increasingly data driven IT environment,” comments Rob McKernan, senior vice President, Global IT Channels, IT Division, Schneider Electric. “With shockproof packaging, customers can have the peace of mind that their most valuable assets will be delivered quickly and deployed efficiently, to avoid downtime and support business continuity.”

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