American Power Conversion (APC), a global provider of high-availability systems for network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI), has announced the first UK hosting partner to join its Blade Ready programme.
Blade Ready aims to help enterprises plan and implement high-density applications, such as blade servers. Joining the endeavour will be Smartbunker, who regards itself as a market leader for military grade, high-density and intelligent hosting solutions.
Comments Kelly Smith, managing director, Smartbunker: “When selecting a hosting partner, customers want to be assured that their chosen partner has a robust and secure infrastructure coupled with the capacity and expertise to deploy high-density equipment without impacting the environment or disrupting other hosted equipment.”
A further design of Blade Ready is to unite APC with vendors of complementary NCPI technologies to deliver interoperable products, solutions and services for blade server NCPI environments. APC says that Blade Ready members help enterprises assess, design, procure, stage, implement and interconnect blade servers and related equipment. Members in this programme include hardware and software vendors that offer compatibility with blade network environments.
“With today’s blade server technology driving fully populated rack densities up to 30kW, the challenge for hosting partners is to provide operational-continuity service level agreements backed by a strategic process for bringing new equipment into the environment,” explains Chriss Fortier-Rolfe, Blade Ready programme director at APC.
“The Blade Ready programme offers an assessment of a partner organisation’s readiness to implement a blade environment and, if ready, can help develop a roadmap for a smooth transition to blades resulting in operational excellence in a firm’s blade environment. I’m delighted to say that Smartbunker meets these stringent requirements,” he adds.