ShoreGroup Becomes First Reseller Channel Partner to Earn American Power Conversion's New PowerStruXure Data Center Design Specialist Certification

Certification Enables ShoreGroup to Deliver Innovative Power Availability Solutions Designed to Support High-Availability Data Center Infrastructures NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- ShoreGroup, Inc., a leading network infrastructure professional services firm, announced today that it has become the first reseller channel partner to receive the PowerStruXure(TM) Data Center Design Specialist Certification from American Power Conversion

Certification Enables ShoreGroup to Deliver Innovative Power Availability Solutions Designed to Support High-Availability Data Center Infrastructures NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- ShoreGroup, Inc., a leading network infrastructure professional services firm, announced today that it has become the first reseller channel partner to receive the PowerStruXure(TM) Data Center Design Specialist Certification from American Power Conversion (Nasdaq: APCC), a leader in power protection and management equipment. APC's PowerStruXure is an award-winning, patent-pending power architecture specifically designed for high-availability data center infrastructures. ShoreGroup was certified as a PowerStruXure Data Center Design Specialist Partner based on their ability to meet stringent qualification requirements and successfully complete APC's training program. Certification recognizes ShoreGroup's Registered Communications Distribution Designers(R), engineering and sales staff for their knowledge of power management solutions and verifies that ShoreGroup sales and support teams are certified to sell, design, install and support PowerStruXture. "Partnering with APC to deliver PowerStruXure is a perfect fit for ShoreGroup since our services focus on designing and building high- availability networks," said Robert Ditta, President and COO of ShoreGroup. "PowerStruXure delivers considerable power via a fully modular, redundant system that allows IT managers to deploy their physical infrastructure on demand. It drastically simplifies our up-front planning, engineering and coordination between IT and facilities staff." Added Ditta, "Since PowerStruXure's components are SMNP manageable, ShoreGroup's exclusive network management tool, CaseSentry(TM), can monitor PowerStruXure components as part of the overall network environment. We are excited to be the first channel reseller certified to deliver such an important next-generation power solution." "PowerStruXure is more than another UPS solution -- it is the first IT- centered solution for high-availability power, a revolutionary departure from the traditional approach," said Scott Kimmelman, ShoreGroup's Vice President of Business Development. "In the old world, data center power solutions required a monolithic, proprietary power source separately housed from the equipment. These legacy solutions were expensive to purchase, install and maintain through third-party providers. PowerStruXure introduces a new world that integrates power with high-availability network components and space design. This approach minimizes the need for facilities resources and eliminates third-party maintenance contracts." "We are very pleased that ShoreGroup has achieved the PowerStruXure Data Center Design Specialist Certification," said John Donovan, APC Director of Worldwide Channel Strategies. "APC's PowerStruXure Data Center Design Specialist Certification gives channel partners, such as ShoreGroup, a high level of technical expertise in the design and implementation of highly available and scalable data center infrastructures. The PowerStruXure architecture provides a systematic approach to building data center infrastructure, utilizing an innovative, fully engineered building-block approach that allows customers to pay as they grow." About American Power Conversion (APC) Founded in 1981, American Power Conversion (Nasdaq: APCC) 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. 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. About ShoreGroup, Inc. ShoreGroup, Inc. is a premier network infrastructure professional services firm that designs, manages and builds advanced networks that use complex routing, structured wire, fiber-optic, wireless, and other emerging technologies. The company has offices in New York City and New Windsor, N.Y., with a technology center located in Syracuse, N.Y. ShoreGroup offers CaseSentry(TM), a fully integrated network management application available by subscription. ShoreGroup manages and maintains the network management system, freeing IT staff to focus on essential network issues. ShoreGroup is a Cisco(R) Gold-Certified partner and has earned Cisco specializations in IP Telephony, Voice Access, Wireless LAN and VPN / Security. Engineering staff includes Cisco Certified Internetworking Experts(R) (CCIEs) with specializations in voice access and security and Registered Communications Distribution Designers(R) (RCDDs) who design/build wiring and fiber-optic infrastructures. Core competencies in system integration include converged networks (voice, data, video), IP telephony, wireless communications, customer contact centers, LAN/WAN, network security, network management, and physical layer services. ShoreGroup's team combines extensive network experience with a thoroughly efficient network integration process, including pre-staging and PMI-based project management designed to minimize impact on the customer's business. Visit http://www.shoregroup.com for more information. ShoreGroup(TM) and CaseSentry(TM) are trademarks of ShoreGroup, Inc. APC, PowerStruXure, and "Infrastructure on Demand" are trademarks of American Power Conversion Corporation. Cisco, Cisco Systems and the Cisco Systems logo are registered trademarks of Cisco Systems, Inc. in the U.S. and certain other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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