PRESS RELEASE: Increase Certainty, Flexibility, Speed of Deployment for Converged IT with Cisco-Certified APC NetShelter SX

“Today, Schneider Electric and Cisco are making the process of shipping converged systems smoother, less risky and more time and cost efficient than ever before by announcing the APC NetShelter SX IT cabinet with Shock Packaging is certified to ship as a pre-integrated package with Cisco UCS servers.”

We are now in the age of the Internet of Things (IoT) – and businesses are feeling the pressure. In a world where Gartner, Inc. predicts there will be a 25 billion connected things in just two and a half years, IT systems, the people that manage them and the organizations that own them, are facing incredible demands. Today, not only must they handle more data, they need to handle it faster than ever before.

To respond to these needs, edge computing deployments are increasing. These systems place compute, networking and storage at the edge of the network, closer to point of aggregation and collection. This setup reduces the bandwidth and latency issues common to traditional and cloud architectures, enabling businesses the greater data accessibility needed to succeed in our digital world.

Edge Computing Platforms will develop to distribute computing loads closer to the device

Edge Computing Platforms will develop to distribute computing loads closer to the device

 

To be valuable, these systems need to be highly distributed, easily repeatable and quickly deployed. Converged infrastructure solutions and prepopulated IT cabinets, which group the various IT and physical infrastructure components, such as an uninterruptible power supply, into a single optimized plug and play package, fulfill these needs – but only if they’re delivered on time safe and sound. The impact of unintentional damage caused during shipping can be tremendous, resulting in financial, time and reputational losses. Often times, integrators and partners, who are responsible for safely integrating components prior to shipment, are laid to blame.

Today, Schneider Electric and Cisco are making the process of shipping converged systems smoother, less risky and more time and cost efficient than ever before by announcing the APC NetShelter SX IT cabinet with Shock Packaging is certified to ship as a pre-integrated package with Cisco UCS servers. Through this validation, APC is providing channel partners and customers the assurance of pre-tested, proven converged system compatibility and data center design, enabling them to deploy IT faster than ever before.

APC NetShelter SX IT cabinet APC NetShelter SX IT cabinet with Shock Packaging

 

With more than one million units sold, the NetShelter SX is a multi-functional enclosure that provides a reliable mounting environment for network racks and mission critical equipment. Made of an impact-resistant foam padding and double-up cardboard wrap, built-in ramp and multi-layered pallet, the solution addresses the shipping concerns of many integrators and providers.

As businesses face the growing challenge of balancing increasingly complex IT systems with faster speed to market requirements, it is more important than ever for vendors to work together to provide their channel partners and customers with the most simplified, easily-deployable solution that fulfills today’s connectivity and certainty needs. As alliance partners, APC and Cisco are providing a complete, reliable, repeatable and quickly deployable solution that enables Certainty in a Connected World. By working together on a proven system and reference design, they are removing the responsibility of ensuring system compatibly from channel partners and customers, reducing overall costs and time.

 

APC NetShelter SX IT cabinet shipping diagram

Additionally, by using NetShelter SX, customers and channel partners with APC brand preference have more flexibility to integrate with other APC IT physical infrastructures, including seamless power and cooling integration with InfraStruxureTM, a modular, scalable architecture for data centers, and the Micro Data Center Xpress for edge computing environments, currently available in North America, U.K. and France, and in all of Europe later in 2017.

With NetShelter SX, and through this alliance with Cisco—and through all our alliances—we are strengthening our commitment to delivering market-leading power protection, reliability and simplicity for increasingly sophisticated computing architectures.

Check out our alliances page to learn more about how APC and Cisco are working together to create solutions that power advanced data center technologies.

For more information on the NetShelter SX with Shock Packaging, please read our brochure.

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