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BICSI Announces Strategic Plans for Middle East and Africa

10/28/2016 6:36:17 AM

BICSI, the association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community, affirmed its plans to support Middle East and Africa (MEA) District at the official opening of its new office at the Sheikh Rashid Tower, Dubai World Trade Centre, according to a recent BICSI press release.

With the rapid growth and expansion of ICT projects and needs in the MEA area, along with its BICSI membership steadily climbing to nearly 400 members, Dubai has been identified as a prime spot to assist ICT professionals. 

“Opening this office in Dubai marks a great milestone in our strategy to support the MEA District,” said BICSI President Ensign. “We will continue to focus our efforts on MEA and Dubai specifically to meet the ever-increasing needs of the ICT community.”

The office’s grand opening occurred earlier this month in conjunction with the 36th GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, one of the largest tech events in the world, bringing more than 100,000 ICT professionals to the Dubai World Trade Center for the week.

Oman Data ParkChatsworth Products (CPI), a BICSI Corporate member, supports Middle East and Africa from its office in Dubai. Many companies in this area have taken advantage of CPI's products and solutions, including Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel and Oman Data Park. Sundeep Raina, CPI's Sales Director for the Middle East, and his staff are experienced at helping ICT professionals meet the challenges of today's IT demands.

Click here to view details from the full press release on the BICSI website.

Shannon Ryan, Digital Marketing Administrator

Beijing Bans Data Centers with PUE Above 1.5

10/19/2016 1:52:55 PM

GT-SERIES GLOBALFRAME GEN2 CABINETData centers in Beijing must now operate with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rate below 1.5, according to a recent report by Environment 360, a publication of Yale University. With most data centers in China operating with a PUE of 2.2, the new mandate is causing many companies to relocate.

The value of being “green” has clear environmental and financial reasons, and data centers across China are becoming aware of it, as the Cross-Connect blog reported here. More recently, Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) experts discussed the issue at the America Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

Years of experience in energy-efficient solutions

In 2006, CPI developed Passive Cooling®, which is still the most cost- and cooling-effective thermal management breakthrough on the market today.

Through the patented Vertical Exhaust Duct system, enhanced cooling of equipment without the need for additional fans is possible. This results in a more efficient use of available cool air and better overall heat transfer away from equipment, all of which help in achieving lower PUE.

The recommended solution

The GT-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinet System was specifically designed to help companies in the Asia Pacific market reduce overall energy costs and meet green standards, particularly when configured with the Vertical Exhaust Duct.

Advantages of the cabinet include:

  • Vertical Exhaust Duct Configuration – captures and removes hot exhaust air from the cabinet to optimize efficiency for high density applications.
  • High Load Rating – supports up to 1300 kg (2866 lb) of equipment.
  • Cable Openings – brush-covered cable openings in the top panel provide easy access for overhead cabling.
  • Perforated Doors – the standard configuration has 78 percent perforated front and rear doors to support front-to-back airflow.
  • Lockable Side Panels – allows easy installation and locks with a key.

Click here for more information on the GT-Series GlobalFrame Gen 2 Cabinet. For more information on CPI’s energy-efficient solutions, go here.

Raissa Carey, Technical Writer

Chatsworth Products’ Experts Discuss the State of Data Centers in China

9/7/2016 11:29:44 AM

The data center industry in China, the home of almost 1.4 billion people—many of whom are connected to the Internet—is making fundamental design changes in order to cut energy consumption, according to a recent discussion led by Chatsworth Products (CPI), at the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

CPI Asia-Pacific Technical Manager, Michael Zhang, presented “The Road to a High Density & Green Data Center,” which overviewed best practices in implementing high-density, energy-efficient data centers that are ready for the future.

The topic is particularly relevant in the current scenario, where China takes concrete actions in order to cut the country’s electricity consumption.

More recently, Beijing announced a severe measure banning data centers that operate with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating above 1.5, according to a report by the Yale Schools of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Environment360. The law is drastic because most data centers in China operate with a PUE of 2.2, according to Environment360.

“Money Talks:” Cloud Technology and Thermal Management in Data Centers

Further discussing on the topic, the International Channel Shanghai (ICS) also broadcasted an analysis in its “Money Talks” show, on how the cloud is driving the data center industry to embrace thermal management practices when designing a facility. 

Despite the challenges, the value of going green has both environmental and financial advantages. It will be up to industry leaders to make the decision about the future direction of the data center industry in China.

To watch the entire interview with “Money Talks” below.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

CPI Adds Three New Courses Approved for BICSI Continuing Education Credits

8/22/2016 8:00:00 AM

Looking to earn more BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs)? Chatsworth Products (CPI) recently added three new BICSI-approved courses to its library, which now includes 11 comprehensive courses.BICSI Logo.jpg

Ensuring IT Equipment Availability and Low Cost of Operation with Data Center Solutions - 2 credits
As power densities within data center cabinets continue to rise, organizations must find ways to manage both airflow and to deliver power reliability. Implementing enhanced airflow management best practices using containment allows reliable inlet temperature control and can reduce cooling cost and improve efficiency with chilled water systems.

Cabinet Power and Containment in Dollars and Sense - 1 credit
Monitoring power use at the rack- and device-level and maintaining good airflow management practices helps reduce the cost of data center operations. This simple, sensible approach employs intelligent PDUs, a DCIM software and a system of baffles that integrate with your racks to provide a complete separation of hot and cold air within your data center computer room (*Note: This can also be presented as a webinar).

Power Distribution Considerations for High-Density Data Center Environments - 1 credit
As the need to handle data grows exponentially, more data centers are virtualizing and consolidating their compute infrastructure, leading to high rack densities. Supporting the power needs of these dense environments raises several power, environmental and monitoring challenges at the cabinet level. In this new scenario, organizations must find ways to reliably manage and deliver power (*Note: This can also be presented as a webinar).

These courses are presented by CPI’s highly-trained and experienced professionals. Many of our employees hold various industry certifications and participate on advisory boards and technical committees. Don’t forget that in order to receive CECs, attendees must take classes in person.

CPI provides a variety of online and in-person training sessions and instructional seminars throughout the world, including Mexico City, London, Shanghai, Dubai, Ontario and at our state-of-the-art Research, Development and Training (RD&T) Center in Georgetown, Texas.

CPI's expert training services are also mobile, meaning we can bring the training straight to you for personalized, educational sessions on-site.

For more information and a complete list of available courses, visit CPI's training page.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Chatsworth Products to Participate in Two Upcoming Events in Latin America

7/25/2016 11:34:02 AM


Chatsworth Products (CPI) is looking forward to attending two important data center industry events in Latin America this quarter. 

August - Data Center Summit, Costa Rica

Visit CPI at Booth 15 during the Data Center Summit Latin America 2016, Aug. 30, at the Centro de Conferencias Hotel Wydham Herradura, in San Jose, Costa Rica. 

Data Center Summit Latin America will address topics such as administration, certification, design, optimization and data center green practices, and will bring together leading experts from organizations such as the Uptime Institute, The Green Grid and ICREA International Data Center Consultants.

Victor Bañuelos, CPI Technical Manager, CDCDP®, Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designer, will give an insightful presentation on cooling concepts for data center design. 

Additionally, DCC Mission Critical magazine will publish its September issue at the event, featuring an article by CPI, "Depicting the True Value of Airflow Containment."

To register for the Data Center Summit 2016 in Costa Rica, click here.  

September - DatacenterDynamics Converged, Mexico City

On Sept. 27-28, CPI will participate in the 8th edition of DatacenterDynamics Converged, at Centro Banamex in Mexico City. Be sure to come say hello and pick up our literature on:

  • CPI Passive Cooling® – Our Passive Cooling solutions reduce data center cooling costs up to 90 percent and allow for Tier IV operation because there are no potential points of failure requiring redundant systems.
  • eConnect® Power Distribution Units (PDUs) – Newly enhanced eConnect PDUs now include Click Secure Locking Outlet options to help prevent accidental disconnections. Some models also include up to 60 outlets per PDU. Additionally, Secure Array IP Consolidation is now available, allowing the use of a single IP address for up to 32 connected PDUs.
  • Standard Wall-Mount Cabinet – CPI’s structurally advanced Standard Wall-Mount Cabinet is a metal enclosure designed to provide secure storage for network and telecommunications equipment in small worksites, complex spaces, public environments and remote facilities.
  • Adjustable Cable Runway – The highly adaptable Adjustable Cable Runway features unique, movable Cross Members and creates a flexible point-to-point pathway for network cabling in data centers, entrance rooms, distribution areas (MDA, HDA), telecommunications rooms and other spaces where cabling enters or exits the pathway.

To register for the DatacenterDynamics event in Mexico City, click here.

International events such as these are a staple of CPI’s dedication to serving our global customers. With sales offices all across the world, including the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, China and Latin America, we understand the unique needs of the global market like few manufacturers can.

Be sure to look for CPI during the multiple data center events that occur throughout the year to learn more about our latest solutions. 

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Chatsworth Products’ Solutions Are the Heart of Uruguay’s Biggest Data Center

6/14/2016 9:20:20 AM

Antel Data Center

The second smallest country in Latin America has achieved a big status in the IT industry. Uruguay now boasts one of the largest and most advanced data centers, being fourth in the continent to hold the coveted Tier III certification by Uptime Institute. Chatsworth Products (CPI) played a major role in this achievement.

Uruguay’s telecommunications giant, Antel, wanted to ensure the future and growing IT needs of the country’s population and businesses, stated Horacio Andrés Tolosa, Antel’s President, during his speech at the data center's opening ceremony. The company also wanted to be able to offer improved cloud and collocation capacity to its users.

With the help of CPI's expertise, Antel approved the design and construction of a world-class data center that is among the top on the planet. In fact, only 34 data centers today can claim a Tier III status for design and construction.

Antel Data CenterSince the beginning of the project, CPI’s Latin American team provided design consultancy, delivering seminars and training on concepts such as Passive Cooling®, Kyoto Cooling, data center architecture, security, networking, power and cooling, software, application, in addition to all of the infrastructure pieces that make up the data center, including:

“This project amplifies the solution options that CPI offers, showcasing our expertise in custom design and production, data center consultancy and the quality of our products, which gave Antel the reason to select the best brand in the market,” said Victor Bañuelos, CPI’s Technical Manager, CDCDP®, Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designer and head of the project.

This investment will allow the company to save 40% in IT costs, 85% in operations and maintenance and 20% in energy, according to a company press release.

“We have the best place in Latin America to hold information and this is a great opportunity for the development of the IT industry in Uruguay,” Carolina Cosse, Minister of Industries, Energy and Mining, said in a speech at the opening ceremony.

Contact one of CPI's data center professionals to find out how CPI can help you achieve the ultimate data center solution, or click here for more information.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Is Your Data Center Ready for the Internet of Things?

5/24/2016 11:45:10 AM

Join Us at BICSI UK in London

Is Your Data Center Ready for the Internet of Things? 

Luca Rozzoni, Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Sr. Product Manager for Europe, will answer this question during the 2016 BICSI UK & Ireland, June 22, at the Barbican Conference Center in London, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

His presentation, “The Internet of Things (IoT) Enabled by Resourceful Data Center Thermal Management Strategies,” will describe how the IoT is causing network connectivity to become more complex.  As a result, IT networks that are willing to support the rapid expansion of IoT need to be smarter and function more efficiently. Additionally, data center operators will also need to rethink the way capacity and efficiency are managed. 

Rozzoni will also discuss what organizations need to consider to achieve thermal efficiencies in data centers, as well as how to mitigate risks, reduce power usage and increase floor space with thermal management strategies, such as Passive Cooling® technology from CPI. Rozzoni has been in the telecommunications industry for over 16 years is also a BICSI-registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD).

Date & Location

Wednesday, 22 June

CPI Presentation: 2 p.m.

The Barbican Conference Centre in London

To register to attend the BICSI event, click here. To learn more about data center products and solutions, visit the website.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


CPI to Showcase New EuroFrame™ Cabinet at Data Centre World in London

3/21/2016 8:09:44 AM

EF-Series EuroFrame CabinetChatsworth Products (CPI) will be exhibiting its new EF-Series EuroFrame™ Cabinet, along with a complete range of IT infrastructure solutions at Data Centre World, which takes place April 12 – 13, 2016, at the ExCel Convention Centre London.

With over 500 exhibitors and 500 speakers, Data Centre World, the UK’s largest, most influential gathering of data center experts, is expected to host more than 12,000 business professionals in the IT industry over two days.

During the show, CPI will be offering free evaluations of attendees’ data center thermal efficiency, as well as the opportunity to get hands-on in the data center cabinet demonstration area, which will feature:

  • EF-Series EuroFrame Cabinet – A simple, reliable and cost-effective cabinet solution that supports rack-mount server, storage and network equipment in data centers and enterprise IT facilities.
  • GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinet System – Features enhanced panels, doors and smarter airflow management. The GlobalFrame Cabinet is an industry-standard server and network equipment storage solution for data centers.
  • eConnect® Power Distribution Units – Now include Click Secure Locking Outlet options to help prevent accidental disconnections. Additionally, Secure Array IP Consolidation is now available, allowing the use of a single IP address for up to 32 connected PDUs.
  • Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) System – Provides the ability to remotely monitor, record and analyze environmental security and safety conditions in data centers and equipment rooms. Three models are available: RIM-750, RIM-1000 and RIM Protocol Converter.
  • Cable Runway – Supports cables on CPI racks and cabinets; available in a wide selection of supports, splices and accessories.
“Data Centre World promises to be a high-impact, networking event for CPI and a great platform for us to share our knowledge and experience around thermal efficiency and effective power management. In the year that CPI celebrates its 25th anniversary of starting out as a manufacturer of 19” rack and cable management products, it will be the perfect showcase of how much our product range has developed and expanded since then, to now include a range of integrated solutions that protect the technology investment of our customers all around the world,” commented Julian Riley, CPI Area Sales Director for Europe.

Visit CPI on Stand A55 at Data Centre World to see the full range of customizable solutions, as well as discuss design issues and solutions with industry experts.  Unable to attend? Stop by our office and showroom to see our products and speak with a data center professional.

Fine out more about Data Centre World.
Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

China Embraces Commitment to Reduce Emissions

3/10/2016 8:40:04 AM

Shanghai Skyline

China has taken major steps to reduce carbon emissions, and the country took a significant step in December 2015, when it signed the Paris Climate Agreement to:

  • Lower carbon dioxide intensity by 60 to 65 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
  • Increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to about 20 percent
  • Increase forest stock volume by about 4.5 billion cubic meters from 2005 levels

This was the first official commitment by the country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. Also last year, energy consumption was reduced by 5.6 percent in relation to the previous year, the biggest drop in a decade, according to the National Bureau of Statistics in China (NSB).

Additionally, according to Data Center Knowledge, the technology market in Asia is growing faster than anywhere else with most of the growth occurring in China. It will be a challenge to sustain growth while reducing power consumption and carbon emissions.

How to Save Money and Cut Pollution from Data Centers 

As equipment densities continue to increase, critical attention to airflow management has become a vital practice for optimizing energy efficiency and maintaining enterprise uptime. In response to this, Chatsworth Products (CPI) has developed its Passive Cooling® Solutions - the most cost- and cooling-effective thermal management breakthrough on the market today. 

By offering innovative airflow management techniques, CPI Passive Cooling Solutions allow you to maximize your cooling efficiencies without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions. 

From small applications with heat loads of 2 kW per cabinet to large data center applications with heat densities beyond 30 kW, CPI Passive Cooling Solutions provide advanced thermal management with zero points of failure, thus providing no impediments to Tier IV availability.

CPI Passive Cooling Benefits:

  • Lowers construction costs relative to active cooling solutions
  • Reduces data center cooling costs up to 90%
  • Saves up to 40% on total data center energy costs
  • Allows for higher Delta T's between the data center cooling air and exhaust air
  • Allows for Tier IV operation because there are no potential points of failure requiring redundant systems
  • Permits chilled water temperatures to be increased, providing access to more hours of economization and greater chiller efficiency

For more information on how you can help your data center achieve energy efficiency, go here.

 Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Chatsworth Products Supports Advances in Green Building in China

12/22/2015 3:13:13 PM

Shanghai Tobacco Case StudyThe green building industry in China is booming, and as big consumers of energy, data centers and telecommunications rooms in that country can certainly benefit from this trend.

Green space in China has grown 154 times since 2008, according to a research report from global real estate services company CBRE. From the first seven months of this year alone, China had more than 2500 overall projects with the country’s Green Building Evaluation Standard Certification. 

As of April 2015, projects certified with the praised Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification totaled 627. To receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy stringent guidelines, as well as save money and resources, all while promoting renewable, clean energy.

With proper implementation, green building solutions reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, helping, in turn, counteract the increase in IT equipment load, according to Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Technical Support Specialist Michael Zhang.

The problem, he notes, is finding the right solutions and having the expertise needed to achieve such high standards of efficiency.

“There are so many solutions in the market for data centers that people are getting lost,” Zhang adds. 

Efficient Solutions by CPI
As a global provider of airflow management and Passive Cooling® Solutions, CPI has impressive track-record of helping data center and telecommunications rooms achieve energy efficiency. 

Our offerings in China include:

  • Cold Aisle Containment (CAC) 
  • Hot Aisle Containment (HAC) 
  • Vertical Exhaust Ducts
  • Open Rack Systems
  • Cable Management 

Take a look at this case study, highlighting how CPI helped Shanghai Tobacco to build its new disaster recovery data center. We worked with the company to create a data center that balanced green initiatives with the assurance of zero points of failure. 

Combining a CPI Passive Cooling® Solution with the room dimensions and potential power needs, Zhang used Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modeling to illustrate a solution that was optimized for airflow and energy savings.

Shanghai Tobacco’s final solution was a 360-sq-m room that deployed CPI Passive Cooling through a CAC/HAC aisle layout of 78 F-Series TeraFrame® Cabinets, each fitted with a Vertical Exhaust Duct. By using this solution, the data center was  able to drastically reduce energy usage for cooling equipment and support higher densities.

For more information on our Energy Efficiency expertise, click here. To get details on this case study, click here.

By CJ Castillo, Technology Writer

CPI European Office Welcomes New Product Manager

8/11/2015 9:07:40 AM

Luca RozzoniChatsworth Products (CPI) recently welcomed Luca Rozzoni as its Senior Product Manager for the European region. In this role, Rozzoni is responsible for identifying and developing products and solutions that will enable CPI to further meet the needs of its customers in Europe.

Originally from Italy, Rozzoni moved to the United Kingdom 16 years ago to begin his career in the telecommunications industry. Prior to CPI, Rozzoni worked for companies, where he was responsible for developing new partnership and sales opportunities for Passive Optical LAN technology. He also held the role of Business Development/Product Manager, where he was responsible for developing cabinet and rack portfolios, with a particular emphasis on fiber solutions.

Rozzoni studied Electronic and Electro-technic Engineering at the Istituto Tecnico Paleocapa and also received a Business Degree in Strategy Development & Implementation from Thames Valley University. He is also a BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD).

Rozzoni states, “It is better to become a person of value, rather than a person of success. With that in mind, opportunities don’t just happen to us…we create them.”

CPI is looking forward to creating many opportunities and expanding its European footprint as it welcomes Luca Rozzoni to the team.

For more information about CPI’s European location, visit the website.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

CPI Plans Data Center for Luxury Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel

7/10/2015 2:06:42 PM

CPI Case Study - CologixCase-Study-Emirates-Hotel.jpgThe Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is anticipated to be one of the most lavish hotels in the world. With help from Chatsworth Products (CPI), this deluxe space has a world class data center ready to accommodate its technological needs for years to come.

Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel wanted a green, energy efficient data center to coincide with the architectural design and sophistication. 

“The aim was to provide and design a solution that could bring energy efficiency and at the same time, protect our investment for 10-15 years. Therefore, future scalability was also important to us.”  

-Nabeel Siddiqi, Project Manager for Atlas Telecom

GF-Series GlobalFrame Gen 2 CabinetWith this goal in mind, CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions were chosen to allow cooling efficiencies in the data center to be maximized without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions. This “free cooling” is achieved by properly isolating, redirecting and recycling hot exhaust air from cold supply air.

CPI’s Passive Cooling Solution was comprised of a Cold Aisle Containment (CAC) Solution, complete with doors and floor ceiling kits, GF-Series GlobalFrame® Cabinets, Monitored Vertical Power Distribution Units and accessories.

To read more about Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel and CPI solutions, visit the case study web page.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

CPI Cabinets, Accessories Now Manufactured in Germany

7/9/2015 1:25:41 PM

Germany Manufacturing CapabilitiesTo better serve the increasing demands of local and global customers based in Europe, Chatsworth Products (CPI) has increased its European production capabilities by setting up a manufacturing location in Ellwangen, Germany.

CPI will now manufacture the TeraFrame® and GlobalFrame® family of cabinets, as well as accessories, which will complement the existing European-based production facility for Racks, Cable Management and Cable Runway product lines.

Showroom Offers Customers Access to Solutions

Don’t miss out on visiting the product showroom within the Ellwangen facility, which is open to customers and channel partners in the region. The demo room will feature CPI’s Cold Aisle Containment (CAC) Solution with GlobalFrame Gen 2 Cabinets, N-Series Network Cabinets, Two- and Four-Post Racks, Cable Runway and Power Distribution Units. 

“We are delighted that CPI customers in Europe can now enjoy improved lead times and product availability with the same high level of quality and innovation that CPI is recognized for around the world,” commented Julian Riley, CPI’s Area Sales Director for Europe. 

In addition to the European-made products, customers will continue to have access to other CPI solutions, including eConnect® Power Distribution Units (PDUs), Build To Spec (BTS) Hot Aisle Containment (HAC) Solution and Remote Infrastructure Monitoring (RIM) System. 

For more information, contact a local CPI Sales Representative, or download the European IT Infrastructure Solutions Brochure.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Chatsworth Products to Display Top Solutions at Premier European Data Center Event

2/11/2015 9:09:37 AM

DataCenterDynamics at CeBIT

Don't miss the unique opportunity to network with top senior IT professionals and learn about today’s most advanced network infrastructure solutions during the inaugural DatacenterDynamics Converged at CeBIT event, March 16-20, at the Deutsche Messe in Hannover, Germany.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) will be displaying a comprehensive data center solution comprised of cabinets with smart airflow management, open racks, cable managers and power distribution units (PDUs). Learn about:

  • The new N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet, which supports and protects switches, regardless of size, model or airflow requirements. 
  • The GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinet System, which features new size and finish options, enhanced panels and doors and smarter airflow management. 
  • Two-Post Rack, featuring a small footprint, this open rack provides unrestricted airflow for maximum ventilation and easy access to cables for moves, adds and changes.
  • Evolution® Cable Management, an effective solution for managing high-density cabling applications on CPI Rack Systems.
  • eConnect® PDUs, designed to withstand the heat loads of any hot aisle environment, they can establish basic connections to equipment, provide remote access with monitoring and switching capabilities, and include high-density models.

Visit CPI on Stand C32/4, Hall 12 in the Infrastructure Partner Pavilion to see the full range of innovative data center products and solutions. 

For more information about the event, visit the event website.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

UK-Based Aviation Company's Communications Room Redesign Results in Savings

1/6/2015 7:27:54 AM

Menzies Aviation Case Study - MENZIES_STAFF_RGB72.jpgMenzies Aviation, a leading global provider of passenger, ramp and cargo services in the United Kingdom, stored all of its important and confidential information in a communications room that needed reconstruction to optimize airflow and improve cooling inefficiencies. 

The main challenge in Menzies Aviation’s communications room was the low plenum ceilings. In some instances, structural beams passed a mere 300 mm above the tops of cabinets. The beams supported trusses, so there was sufficient space for airflow above the finished ceiling plenum, but the space between the tops of the cabinets and the finished ceiling was limited.

This affected Menzies Aviation’s ability to regulate air efficiently, so they needed to deploy an effective cabinet and duct solution to maintain a standard volume but fit in the restricted overhead space.

Menzies Aviation partnered with Impact Data Solutions (IDS), a designer and installer of IT equipment, to help remodel the communications room. After assessing the needs of the communications room, IDS professionals recommended using passive cooling technology, making Chatsworth Products (CPI), the pioneers of Passive Cooling® Solutions, the best choice for the project.

Menzies Aviation Case Study - MENZIES_VED_RGB72.jpgProducts Used
To accommodate the limitations of the building’s design and the low plenum ceiling in the communications room, CPI designed custom GF-Series GlobalFrame® Cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts, split rear doors, solid side panels and vented front doors.

With this solution, Menzies Aviation was able to maximize its cooling efficiencies without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions.

Now Menzies Aviation’s server room is running on free air cooling, and they are looking to achieve better efficiencies, while increasing their infrastructure footprint with ease. 

"Working closely with the CPI team enabled us to fine tune a small delivery window, which was essential in the success of this project."
- Robbie Williams, CEO Director of IDS 

Visit CPI's Case Study library for the complete story and additional photos, or take a look at other installations.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

International News: CPI to Host Interactive Workshop at DatacenterDynamics Mexico

9/22/2014 12:46:56 PM

CPI Aisle Containment SolutionsChatsworth Products (CPI) will host, for the first time, an interactive workshop at one of the world’s largest data center events, DatacenterDynamics Mexico, Oct 1-2, in Mexico City.

Join Victor Bañuelos, CPI’s Technical Manager for Latin America, Accredited Tier Designer by Uptime Institute and Certified Data Center Design Professional, to get a hands-on approach to “Building a High-Density Computer Room.” Bañuelos is one of the most respected and knowledgeable industry experts in Latin America.

The workshop will be a “live” exercise using computer fluid dynamics software to help attendees visually understand the effect of the data center architecture on availability and efficiency. Airflow isolation and Passive Cooling® techniques will also be demonstrated.

If you’re able to make it to the event, you won’t be disappointed. 

For more information about DatacenterDynamics Mexico, go here. For more information on CPI Passive Cooling Solutions, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Company News: CPI Employees in the U.K. to Run in the Mud for Charity

4/10/2014 1:12:43 PM

The EMEA Office is MovingMeet Duke Robertson, Lisa Eyres, Begoña Frutos and Ian Cathcart.

On April 26, these four “Data Center Super Heroes” will participate in a Tough Mudder course to support Help for Heroes.

Help for Heroes is a charity that assists those who have been wounded, injured or sick, and helps them to recover and return to the armed forces or transition to civilian life. 

The event is a 12- mile course features 20 obstacles within the course filled with hills, valleys and fields from the the Culden Faw Estate. One of the obstacles, for example, is the “Hold your Wood,” where the team has to carry a heavy wood log through a section of the course.

Let’s support our Data Center Super Heroes team by cheering them on! If you want to meet them in person, be sure to visit CPI's new office in the U.K. 

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Events Around the Globe: Look for CPI’s Latest Solutions for Today’s Data Center

2/11/2014 2:30:08 PM

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Chatsworth Products (CPI) will participate in several international events in the next few months. As a trusted provider of products and services that optimize, store and secure technology equipment, CPI’s global presence in key industry events is one of our top priorities.

From effective containment solutions, such as our highly flexible Build To Spec (BTS) Kit Hot Aisle Containment (HAC) Solution or the newly designed N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet, to the new high-density eConnect® power distribution units (PDUs), we strive toward excellence by showcasing the latest solutions for the modern data center.

Here’s a list of a few key international events where you can find more information about CPI’s products and services:

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Chinese New Year: CPI Welcomes the Year of the Horse

2/3/2014 2:55:34 PM


Chinese New Year 2014

As Chinese communities around the world celebrate the annual Spring Festival, or the Chinese New Year, Chatsworth Products (CPI) also has much to celebrate.

This February marks two years since we opened a new office in Shanghai. Our new facility in the APAC region offers our customers in the region a complete CPI experience with a showroom, training center, conference rooms and more. Our team in China has had many successes, including helping Shanghai Tobacco's data center become a model for sustainability.

This facility embodies what CPI does best: to provide high-quality products and services to delight our customers. And while our staff members in China break to celebrate the new Year of the Horse, here are some facts about this millennial event:

  1. People born in the the Year of the Horse are believed to be active and independent like a horse. Successful businesses should act like the horse: Persevere in the face of any obstacles.
  2. CPI was founded in July of 1991, the year of the Sheep. 
  3. The Spring Festival lasts 15 days. On the first day, people set off fireworks and firecrackers to scare evil spirits away and welcome good fortunes.
  4. A new haircut on the New Year is believed to stop evil spirits from recognizing the person and following them into the new year.
  5. The second day of the New Year is the birth of all dogs, so people honor them with special treats. 
  6. Most of the decorations and garments are red, which symbolizes fire and is believed to keep away evil spirits. 
  7. If you were born in the year of the Horse, your best partners are those who were born in the years of the Tiger, Goat or Dog. Rabbits and Pigs are best matches for those born in the year of the Sheep.

From all of us at CPI, “Kung Hei Fat Choi!” (May you have good fortune!)

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Virtual Event: See CPI’s Latest Solutions at the Data Centre Infrastructure Summit 2013

11/11/2013 2:30:40 PM


If you’re looking to improve efficiency and reduce your data center costs, then you should attend Anixter’s Data Centre Infrastructure Summit on 13 Nov. from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. GMT. 

Learn about the latest trends, technologies, and best practices for data centers, and see what the market’s best, most secure and efficient solutions are. Chatsworth Products (CPI) will be showcasing its pioneering Aisle Containment Solutions and the new eConnect™ line of PDUs, as well as useful videos and product resources.

Interact with CPI’s experts, who will be available on live chat to answer questions and help you reach your goals.

Registration is free, and you can attend from the comfort of your chair. 

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist