WEST KINGSTON, R.I. and SAN JOSE, Calif., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -
BlueArc Corporation,  provider of the world's highest performance and most
scalable enterprise-class network attached storage (NAS) systems, and American
Power Conversion (APC) today announced BlueArc will incorporate APC's
Symmetra(R) Rack-Mount (RM) Power Array(R) (2-6 kVA) and APC connectivity
cable products into its flagship Si7500 Storage System worldwide.  This bundle
is designed to provide BlueArc Si7500 customers with a highly available
storage system that can tolerate power outages and power anomalies.  The
Si7500, which BlueArc began shipping in June of 2001, is the world's first
network attached storage system capable of delivering true multi-gigabit (2000
Megabits/second) throughput.
    "APC solutions are well-suited for the high availability needs of the
BlueArc Si7500 customer, and we're pleased that APC has worked with our
engineers to achieve the smooth integration of power protection into our
products," said Robin Ann Richards, senior vice president of operations at
BlueArc.  "A perpetual power system integrated with the Si7500 gives us the
ability to offer customers the first true multi-gigabit throughput storage
solution that's easy to use, scalable, and rugged enough to weather power
glitches or outages without affecting system performance."
    The APC Symmetra RM's architecture is similar to the design of RAID
(redundant array of independent drives) technology that offers complete
redundancy to every critical component of the system.  The design consists of
a rack-mount frame with slots that house both electronic and battery modules
which operate in concert to power the Si7500, as well as a main intelligence
module and a redundant intelligence module.  If any single module fails, the
others seamlessly pick up the load so that the output remains uninterrupted,
enabling the Si7500 Storage System to have a constant flow of clean AC power
at all times.
    "We are excited that APC has been chosen as the exclusive, worldwide power
protection vendor for BlueArc's signature Si7500 storage system," said Ed
Bednarcik, vice president and general manager of APC's Business Networks
Group.  "The combination of these products will prevent our high-performance
storage systems from being exposed to the destructive impact that power
problems can wreak on sensitive electronic equipment."
    BlueArc's Si7500 storage system with APC's Symmetra RM is currently
available worldwide through BlueArc's direct sales force. For more information
on APC solutions available through BlueArc, visit http://www.bluearc.com or call (866) 864-1040. To learn more about all of APC's award-winning power protection and management solutions and services, visit APC's Web site at http://www.apc.com, call APC at 800-877-4080. About BlueArc BlueArc Corporation was founded in 1998 and delivers the world's highest- performance enterprise-class NAS system. BlueArc's systems are designed to simplify the way our enterprise customers design and build their storage infrastructures, allowing them to fully exploit their networks while dramatically lowering their total cost of ownership. BlueArc is able to provide products with groundbreaking speed, scalability and low total cost-of- ownership as a result of its unique SiliconServer architecture. This revolutionary technology removes the bottlenecks that limit performance in other network storage systems on the market today. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, California with UK operations based in Bracknell, England. More information on BlueArc is available on the Internet at http://www.bluearc.com. About American Power Conversion Founded in 1981, American Power Conversion (Nasdaq: APCC) (APC) is a leading provider of global, end-to-end infrastructure availability solutions. APC's comprehensive products and services offering, which is designed for both home and corporate environments, improves the availability, manageability and performance of sensitive electronic, network, communication and industrial equipment of all sizes. APC, which is headquartered in West Kingston, Rhode Island, reported sales of $1.43 billion for the year ended December 31, 2001 and is a Fortune 1000 and S&P 500 company. All trademarks are the property of their owners. Additional information about APC and its global end-to-end solutions can be found at http://www.apc.com or by calling 800-877-4080. For More Information contact: Jim Schaff Kristen Levy BlueArc Corporation American Power Conversion 408-576-6682 800-788-2208 ext 2967 jschaff@bluearc.com kristen.e.levy@apcc.com Sarah Bracken Horn Group 415-905-4020 sbracken@horngroup.com Investors: Debbie Grey, APC investor relations manager, 800-788-2208, ext. 2994, debbie.grey@apcc.com