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Update: NEI to Showcase 380V DC Server Technology at ABB's Automation & Power World
Apr 20, 2012 (02:04 PM EDT)
Company is Collaborating with ABB and IO to Accelerate DC Power Adoption in the Data Center
CANTON, Mass., April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NEI (NASDAQ: NEI), a leading provider of application platforms, deployment solutions and lifecycle support services for software technology developers and OEMs worldwide, today announced that it will showcase its 380V DC-powered server platforms in cooperation with ABB and IO at Automation & Power World, which takes place April 23-26, 2012 in Houston, Texas. NEI's platform solutions will be featured within the IO.Anywhere® Data Module, a fully integrated modular data center system powered by ABB's direct current technology that provides unprecedented flexibility, reliability, and energy efficiency.
As the demands on data centers increase, creating higher costs and power usage, the industry is looking for ways to increase efficiency and decrease operating costs. The concept of converting the power distribution configuration from alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) within the data center is gaining increasing acceptance. DC data center technology is more energy-efficient and safer to use than traditional AC technology. By trimming power conversion losses, DC technology can reduce energy costs by 10 percent or more. DC systems have also proven to cut infrastructure and equipment costs by as much as 30 percent.
Global power and automation leader ABB and data center operator and infrastructure provider IO are early adopters and innovators of 380V DC power in the data center, and recently announced a partnership to develop data center modules based on DC power. As a long-time supplier of DC server technology to the telecommunications market, NEI was able to leverage its engineering expertise and global manufacturing to bring off-the-shelf, COTS-based DC servers to the data center market. The company is committed to working in conjunction with market leaders such as ABB and IO to provide technology solutions and services that support the emerging 380V DC standard.
"There is no question that data center managers are taking 380V DC more seriously," said Rudy Kraus, CEO of Validus DC Systems, in which ABB holds a majority interest. "For 380V DC to become the mainstream power standard in data centers, equipment manufacturers must step up and provide the necessary compute and storage appliances to support high-voltage DC power in data centers. NEI has proven that it is committed to this, and we commend the company for it."
"IO is pleased to be able to offer our customers a choice inside the data center," said Andreas Zoll, vice president of engineering, IO. "Whether AC or DC power delivery, IO can address every customer requirement. We welcome NEI's efforts to expand the availability of 380V DC systems to data center managers worldwide."
NEI's platforms inside the IO.Anywhere Data Module will be showcased at Booth 20A during the show. For more information or to set up a technology briefing at the event, contact Jill Colna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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