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CPI Helps You Manage Data Center Assets Around the Globe from a Single Location

9/30/2009 9:05:02 AM


Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) now offers comprehensive Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions that provide integrated global management of the IT architecture with the components necessary to access, monitor and control equipment and devices around the world from a single location.

A complete personalized Enterprise Infrastructure Solution can be built using the below products:

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Scalable Enterprise Management Application (SEMA)
Access, monitor and control the entire enterprise regardless of physical location. SEMA stores critical information about each device in a searchable, centralized database, making it easy to locate equipment, measure and record temperature and humidity and provide comprehensive per-outlet (per device) power usage.

KVM Systems

KVM Systems
Find and access equipment with scalable, fully integrated KVM Systems. KVM Systems provide optional IP capability and connections for up to 42 ports per switch in only 1 RMU of space. Deliver enterprise-wide infrastructure management by combining CPI KVM Systems and SEMA software to achieve console access to servers and network switches along with asset management and power monitoring.

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Power Management Products
Provide basic, metered, monitored and controlled power solutions for low or high density applications. Combine select PDUs with SEMA software to receive real-time power monitoring and reporting across the enterprise down to the device level. You'll enjoy current-usage reporting, power cycling and threshold alarms from devices around the globe.

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Thermal Management
Achieve 2 to 30 kW of cooling, without the need for supplemental cooling systems with CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions. By creating barriers between cold supply and hot exhaust air, complete isolation is achieved and only cold supply air is allowed to be directed through equipment. This isolation generates a consistent temperate throughout the room and permits higher set points on the cooling system - reducing data center cooling costs up to 90%, and saving up to 40% on total data center energy costs.

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Cabinet and Enclosure Systems
Select a CPI Cabinet System that is precisely designed to fit your equipment and complement your data center’s cooling system. A wide variety of options and accessories are available to manage cables, store critical equipment and meet thermal and power demands.


For more information about CPI’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions, please visit www.chatsworth.com/infrastructure-management or call 800-834-4969.

Kim Ream, Sr. eCommerce Specialist

Vertical Exhaust Duct Now Available for 800 mm F-Series TeraFrame™ Cabinet

9/23/2009 12:37:43 PM

F-Series TeraFrame Cabinet

CPI now offers a Vertical Exhaust Duct for the 31.5”W (800 mm) F-Series TeraFrame™ Cabinet System. UL Listed®, the new duct performs like the currently offered products [for 23.6”W (600 mm) and 27.6”W (700 mm) F-Series TeraFrame Cabinets] by attaching to the top of the cabinet to isolate and guide hot exhaust air from the rear of the cabinet to the drop ceiling plenum or high point in the room.

The duct is available in two telescoping heights ranging from 20” to 60” high (508 mm to 1523 mm) and includes gaskets along the top edges to provide a strong seal around the opening on the drop ceiling. In high-density situations, CPI recommends using the Vertical Exhaust Duct in combination other CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions including the Bottom Panel, Air Dam Kit, Airflow Director and Filler Panels on cabinets with a Server Top Panel that contains a knockout for the duct.

For more information download the 800 mm Data Sheet or call 800-834-4949. Please feel free to leave a comment as well. Kim Ream, Sr. eCommerce Specialist

Take a Four-Minute Video Tour of CPI's New Software Solution

9/22/2009 11:47:12 AM

The 2009 BICSI Fall Conference is in full swing and Chatsworth Products is taking the opportunity to introduce attendees to our new Scalable Enterprise Management Software (SEMA). Ted Behrens, CPI's Director of Product Management, covered the highlights during BICSI's "What's New? What's It Do?" segment yesterday evening.

Here is a video of the presentation.

Live software demos are taking place in our booth #417. The Conference will conclude tomorrow, but we invite anyone who has questions or would like more information to visit www.chatsworth.com/infrastructure-management or call 800-834-4969. Kim Ream, Sr. eCommerce Specialist

Join Us Next Week in London for Seminar on CPI Passive Cooling and KyotoCooling

9/15/2009 6:47:30 AM

London EnglandChatsworth Products EMEA in collaboration with KyotoCooling® is organising an exclusive seminar in London on Thursday 24th September from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. The theme of the event is Embrace Mother Nature. Two presentations are scheduled on Passive Cooling Technology by Ian Cathcart and An Innovative Cooling Solution by Dr Robert Sullivan. 

These topics will include issues such as how to minimise your PUE, reducing CO² and HFC emissions, saving up to 90% on cooling costs and achieving benefits from air exhaust. Use the CPI PUE Calculator™ to find out how KyotoCooling and CPI Passive Cooling Solutions® can improve the efficiency of your specific data center. The calculator takes your information and provides results based on that information.

About the presenters

Ian Cathcart has over fifteen years of experience in the telecommunications industry in areas ranging from cabling installations, manufacturing, laboratory testing, and developing and delivering BICSI certified courses. Since joining CPI in early 2008, Ian’s focus has been the identification and remediation of data centre cooling infrastructures by applying best practices to achieve maximum cooling results. Ian achieved BICSI RCDD designation in 2007 (11th Ed).

Dr. Robert Sullivan, or Dr. Bob, as he is commonly known within the uninterruptible uptime industry, joined ComputerSite Engineering and the Institute in 2000 after a 32-year career with IBM's Storage Systems Division in San Jose, CA. Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Bob received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MS and Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from Stanford University. In 1992, Dr. Bob originated the concepts now known as hot and cold aisle cooling.

If you would like to join us, call us on +44 (0) 1628 524 834 or email us at sbooluck@chatsworth.com. Spaces are limited. Shalini Booluck, Office Manager EMEA

See Demo of New Infrastructure Management Software at BICSI Conference; Win an iPod Touch or Kindle

9/9/2009 1:00:47 PM

Optimize Without CompromiseThe BICSI Conference and Exhibition is less than two weeks away and we’re looking forward to attendees getting a first-hand look at some of CPI’s exciting new Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions, including a live demo of our Scalable Enterprise Management Application (SEMA) software.

Optimize Without Compromise describes our comprehensive Enterprise Infrastructure Solution which enables you to optimize your data center without compromising on a pre-configured solution that does not match your exact application. Start with our infinitely configurable cabinets and innovative thermal management accessories to build a complete personalized enterprise solution using CPI’s expanded line of Power Management, KVM Systems and Software Systems.

Great Giveaways

If you attend BICSI, visit CPI Booth #417 to see a live demonstration of SEMA. We will have an F-Series TeraFrame™ Cabinet fully populated with Dell servers and CPI products including CenterLine, CenterPoint™ KVM Switch/Console, and an intelligent PDU that provides real-time power monitoring. While there, be sure to enter our drawing for an iPod Touch or Amazon Kindle. One of each will be given away each night.

What’s New? What’s It Do?

Ted Behrens, CPI’s Director of Product Management, will be giving a four-minute presentation on Monday, September 21 at 5:50 pm in the Exhibit Hall during BICSI’s “What’s New?, What’s It Do?” segment. He will be discussing SEMA’s ability to meter, monitor and control an entire enterprise from a single location regardless of where the data centers are located.

TwitterIf you are not planning to attend the conference, take a look at some of the links above for product information. You can also get live updates from the show using Twitter. If you have any comments or questions please use the comment link below, email us at techsupport@chatsworth.com or call 800-834-4969. Kim Ream, Sr. eCommerce Specialist

How Does PUE Effect the Green Effort?

9/3/2009 1:29:44 PM

CPI Passive Cooling is the Green Choice for Data CentersIan Seaton, CPI’s Technical Applications Development Manager, recently answered the following question.

Question: We are currently calculating PUE on a monthly basis and I am looking for ways to make the information more meaningful to others in IT. What type of metrics are you using to show how PUE effects the green effort?

Answer: Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is useful as a benchmark for making comparisons between different facilities or comparisons to your own data center over time. So you can either chart your own PUE improvement process or you can use PUE to benchmark yourself against some standard. That will depend on your purposes, but a fairly defensible target is the EPA report to Congress that pegged the average data center in the U.S. with a PUE around 2.0. Then, you might look at how to make that comparison a little more meaningful to more people.

For example, I read somewhere that the average U.S. electrical company produces about 2.095 pounds of CO2 emission for every kW of electricity produced. So let’s say your PUE is 1.6 and your total power load is a half megawatt, so your annual energy consumption might be around 4,380,000 kWh, or 9,176,100 pounds of CO2 pollution – sounds bad, but that is still around 2.3 million pounds less than that hypothetical 2.0 PUE data center, so you can pat yourself on the back for reducing the equivalent carbon footprint of 388 round trip commercial airline flights between San Francisco and New York or heating 488 average American homes for a year. Or, conversely, you can use it as a hammer (carrot?) if you’re trying to drive a team to some PUE target. Several online carbon footprint calculators allow you to calculate your carbon footprint.

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If you are interested to see how various data center cooling strategies can affect your PUE, take a look at CPI’s PUE Calculator. For additional help please leave a comment or call us at 800-834-4969. Ian Seaton, CPI’s Technical Applications Development Manager