American Power Conversion keeps URI connected
-- February 18, 1999 - - A recent donation from American Power
Conversion (APC) headquartered in West Kingston will help keep computers
at nearby URI connected in the technological world. APC, a leading manufacturer
of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) devices, which temporarily power
computers and other related equipment in the event of a power disturbance,
has donated more than $350,000 worth of equipment to the University. In
addition to the nearly 600 UPS devices, APC's gift also includes five NetShelter
enclosures that house and protect rack-mount computer equipment. The donated
equipment will be placed in classrooms, laboratories, offices, and residence
halls throughout the University.
"APC's gift will protect the
tremendous investment the University has already made in its technology
infrastructure," says Paul Gandel, vice provost of Informational and
Instructional Technology and dean of the URI Library. "The equipment
will be used to protect our central computing servers, our critical network
components, the equipment in our student labs, critical departmental servers
and key desktop devices throughout the University. We are most grateful."
"Information technology is playing
more and more of an essential role in today's academic environment,"
said Rodger B. Dowdell, APC's president and CEO. "By providing URI
with reliable power protection, APC can do its part to help keep the University
of Rhode Island up and running. We are proud to give this gift, particularly
since it is aligned with our commitment to education."
Commented Paul Witham, URI associate
vice president for development: "Gifts of equipment have a powerful
impact on our teaching, research and service missions. APC's generous gift
demonstrates this magnificently. We are deeply grateful to Roger Dowdell
for his ongoing commitment and investment in the University."