Networks Europe Jan-Feb 2019 | Page 6

06 NEWS IN BRIEF Networks Europe helps you to understand the art of the possible as the news desk highlights some of the stories currently catching their attention. Schneider Electric introduces new technology partners initiative Schneider Electric has launched its APC Technology Partners Initiative, by partnering with technology providers to deliver proven approaches to achieving high availability and increased resiliency at the edge to resellers. Available now are solutions for Unified Threat Management, Back-up and Disaster Recovery, and 4G/LTE Routing, all of which are available directly through APC to any IT reseller. The initiative brings together multiple technology companies to help customers address the challenges of minimising downtime, protecting data, and ensuring connectivity in today’s hybrid IT environments. The initiative is currently available in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the United States, and will be expanded to other countries in the future. Targeted to small- and medium- sized enterprise (SME) clients, each of these business continuity solutions combines reliable hardware and software with advanced cloud interfaces for simplified deployment and remote monitoring and management. These solutions have been validated by APC and represent a fast-growing market segment for IT resellers. IT resellers who take advantage of the APC Technology Partner offers have peace of mind knowing they can confidently extend their portfolio beyond physical hardware to more complex, value-added software and services. n Riello UPS reveals five-year warranty pledge Award-winning manufacturer of uninterruptible power supplies, Riello UPS is offering customers some New Year cheer by introducing a standard five-year warranty. From Monday 14th January 2019, all customers including IT resellers, data centre operators, electrical contractors, and facilities managers will automatically benefit from the extended warranty period on its entire range up to and including 3kVA. The guarantee applies to new purchases of all Riello UPS single-phase units within the specified power range. Eligible products include the popular Sentinel Pro and Sentinel Dual (Low Power) online UPS ranges, along with the supplier’s line interactive and offline UPS units. It covers any mechanical faults or failures during the first five years from purchase, which is significantly longer than the two or three-year warranty periods typically available throughout the critical power protection industry. Leo Craig, General Manager of Riello UPS, commented, “A UPS provides priceless protection against damaging IT downtime, so when a customer buys from us they’re placing huge faith that our products are up to such a crucial task.” He continued: “Warranties help provide that all-important peace of mind. Extending ours to a full five years clearly demonstrates the complete confidence we have in the exceptional reliability and long-lasting performance of our UPS systems. That’s because we design and manufacture all the units we stock, giving us ultimate quality control.” The five-year warranty pledge is the latest in a series of ground-breaking aftercare services provided by the critical power protection specialist. Riello UPS is the first UK-based UPS company to commit to both a guaranteed emergency response and fix time. Through its pioneering Diamond UPS maintenance contract, customers are assured of a four-hour response plus a promise the fault will be repaired inside a further eight hours. In addition, replacement fans are automatically included in Riello UPS maintenance plans, unlike most other providers, while advanced thermal imaging is also featured as standard as part of all preventive maintenance visits (PMVs) too. n NETWORKS EUROPE The magazine for network and data centre professionals If you have any news please email James Abbott [email protected]