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APC Intros Partner Program

WEST KINSINGTON, R.I. -- American Power Conversion (NASDAQ:APCC) (APC), a global leader in power, cooling, and management solutions, today announced the launch of the APC Technology Partner Program, an initiative to enable key vendors to formally partner with APC and produce innovative solutions to mutual customer needs. The program provides standardized processes and resources for creating and supporting tightly integrated total solutions and verified product interoperability.

"Vendor interoperability is a critical issue for IT managers, particularly as operating efficiency and costs become higher profile issues," said Ted Ives, APC's director of technology partnerships. "Our customers are demanding increased interoperability between APC's physical layer solutions and other key components of the data center. APC's Technology Partner Program invites vendors of complementary technologies interested in achieving higher levels of availability and lower levels of energy consumption in the data center to deliver comprehensive solutions to our mutual customers."

The APC Technology Partner Program simplifies the partner's engagement process with APC. The program typically involves efforts ranging from joint hardware and software development and interoperability testing to the development of application notes to speed solution deployment and customer adoption. The APC Technology Partner Program currently includes companies such as Cisco, Microsoft, Red Hat, Neon Software, Network Appliance and others.

"Cisco shares a commitment to interoperable solutions with APC, and supports the introduction of the APC Technology Partner Program," said Richard Tywoniak, senior manager, partner programs at Cisco Systems. "We realize power and cooling are critical to any IP telephony implementation, and recognize the necessity for interoperability between Cisco and APC products."

American Power Conversion Corp. (APC)