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IO, Active Power Partner To Improve Data Center Visibility Of Critical Power Systems IO.OS Software To Enhance PowerHouse Offering

PHOENIX, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IO, a leading provider of next-generation modular data center technology and services, and Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW), a manufacturer of UPS (uninterruptible power supply) systems and modular infrastructure solutions, today announced a strategic partnership and integration of IO.OS software into Active Power's PowerHouse and CleanSource UPS product portfolio.

Through this partnership, Active Power customers will leverage the IO.OS software platform as part of their continuous power solutions. IO.OS is the best-in-class data center operating system that delivers IT and data center professionals a complete view of the physical infrastructure layer needed to maximize availability and efficiency across the IT stack.

The agreement provides Active Power with the IO.OS software for their UPS product portfolio, joint sales and marketing to Active Power customers, and cooperative upsell of customers from IO.OS for PowerHouse to IO.OS for their entire data center. IO will also have access to Active Power products and technology for use in IO's modular data center offerings.

"PowerHouse provides a cost-effective and fast-to-deploy solution for the critical power infrastructure of a data center," said Doug Milner, President and CEO, at Active Power. "By integrating IO.OS into PowerHouse, we are wrapping software tools around the infrastructure to reduce complexity and provide customers more useful analytics to make intelligent decisions so they can achieve their availability, efficiency, and sustainability goals."

"The IO.OS data center operating system is the emerging standard across the industry, enabling companies to achieve a software-defined data center infrastructure," said Kevin Malik, CIO and General Manager, IO Labs at IO. "We welcome Active Power to our global ecosystem of partners that is delivering IO-powered Data Center 2.0 solutions, enabling cloud computing and an economically and environmentally sustainable data center. Our partnership with Active Power offers us additional options and expertise for power systems integration and uniquely engineered solutions."

IO.OS is the first secure data center infrastructure operating system to bring together all data center assets in a single view. This enables organizations to gain the business intelligence, real-time visibility, service level attainment, cost management, and resource orchestration needed to achieve optimal data center performance.

About IO IO designs, engineers and delivers data center infrastructure for the world's largest enterprises, governments and service providers. IO owns and operates data centers for hundreds of customers, and has leveraged this experience to build a next-generation Data Center 2.0 cloud enabling technology platform. IO.Anywhereâ„¢ modular data centers provide enterprise-class infrastructure that can be delivered as Data Center as a Service and rapidly deployed as a product to customer sites anywhere in the world. IO developed the first data center infrastructure operating system, IO.OS ®, to provide the intelligent control needed to maximize IT utilization, resiliency, energy efficiency and global data center performance. IO is a privately held company headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information on IO, please visit us on the web at io.com.  

About Active Power

Founded in 1992, Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW) designs and manufactures continuous power solutions and critical backup power systems that enable datacenters and other mission critical operations to remain 'on' 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Active Power solutions are intelligently efficient, inherently reliable and economically green, providing environmental benefits and energy and space efficiencies to customers' financial benefit. The company's products and solutions are built with pride in Austin, Texas, at a state-of-the-art, ISO 9001:2008 registered manufacturing and test facility. Global customers are served via Austin and three regional operations centers located in the United Kingdom, Germany, and China, supporting the deployment of systems in more than 40 countries. For more information, visit www.activepower.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.  Any forward-looking statements and all other statements that may be made in this news release that are not historical facts are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. Specific risks include delays in new product development, product performance and quality issues and the acceptance of our current and new products by the power quality market. Please refer to Active Power filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for more information on the risk factors that could cause actual results to differ.

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