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APC announces joint Microsoft system center alliances

APC by Schneider, a global leader in critical power and cooling services recently launched a field education programme even as it   joined the Microsoft System Center Alliance to enhance and provide support for critical physical infrastructure monitoring and management through the integration of APC InfraStruXure Central with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007.

The field education programme, according to APC,  is to establish a skilled team that is dedicated to its resellers in Nigeria. “This is an investment into the development of the local channel. We want to help all APC resellers to develop sales and expand the APC product footprint in Nigeria,”  Giuseppe Candito,  EMEA_LAM Channel Developer Director at APC by Schneider Electric said in a statement.

APC’s education team, the statement said  will include sales representatives and field sales people to strengthen sales in Nigeria.

The sales representatives, according to NCC, will be expected to build relationships and set up meetings for APC account managers in order to proactively increase purchases and drive project detection by telemarketing, while the field sales people will grow APC’s market share through the development of its reseller customer base.

“The key focus of this programme will be to increase the number of active APC resellers in Nigeria and to support and assist them in increasing sales,” Candito added.

Similarly, Carl Kleynhans, regional director of  Africa, Indian Ocean Islands and South Caribbean at APC at  Schneider Electric explained that the integration of APC’s data centre management suite with Microsoft’s System Center Operations Manager 2007 will give data centre managers the ability to view and manage physical infrastructure, including power, cooling, physical space and security, as well as providing a comprehensive view of the health of servers, applications, and clients within the data centre.

The APC Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 enables integrated system and service monitoring in a multi-vendor environment.

“Linking the physical and server environments with the APC Management Pack through Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 allows customers to better understand the impact of physical layer changes on business applications,” says Kleynhans, “Through this ongoing partnership, APC and Microsoft strive to deliver resilient, energy_efficient, and cost effective solutions for the IT environment.”

“The integration of Microsoft System Center Manager 2007 and the APC Management Pack enables our customers to better view and manage the physical infrastructure supporting key applications throughout their business,” says JD Marymee, director of strategic partner alliances, Management and Services Division, Microsoft. “We are pleased to welcome APC to the System Center Alliance and look forward to continuing our work together bringing improved integration to the market and even more value to our mutual customers over time.”

Microsoft System Center is a suite of management products and solutions that help customers manage the physical and virtual IT environments across data centres, client computers, and devices.  \The purpose of the System Center Alliance is to provide an online community to help partners more easily collaborate on the creation of solutions for System Center, as well as deliver a vehicle for providing information about those solutions to customers and sales channels.

Joining the Microsoft System Center Alliance is an example of APC’s ongoing collaboration with Microsoft which also includes solution and software support for the Microsoft Technology Centers across the globe.


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