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Conquered PUE? Consider CUE and WUE Next

2/10/2016 7:11:54 AM

CDW Dual Row of TeraFrame CabinetsPower usage effectiveness (PUE) is the leading metric used globally to measure the amount and efficiency of power used in data centers. The PUE is calculated by dividing the total amount of energy used by the data center by the amount of energy used by its IT infrastructure, without considering other factors such as lighting, cooling, etc. An ideal data center would have a PUE of 1.0. 

However, a low PUE doesn’t necessarily mean a data center is environmentally friendly, as this article explains. Simply put, while a PUE can give us a good idea of how efficiently a data center uses the energy it consumes, it offers absolutely no insights into how much carbon emissions the data center is responsible for or how much “greener” one operator is than another.

That’s why the Green Grid Association has come up with the carbon usage effectiveness (CUE) and water usage effectiveness (WUE), both of which can create some challenges when designing a data center.


CUE factors in carbon emissions generated through data center operations. It is calculated by dividing a data center’s total energy-related carbon emissions by the power used to drive IT, or by multiplying the PUE by the data center’s carbon emission factor (CEF), which is the amount of emitted carbon dioxide (or carbon dioxide-equivalent) in kilograms per kilowatt-hour. 

WUE helps determine the amount of water used by the facility and the efficiency of that usage in IT operations. This metric is a ratio of the annual water usage to how much energy is being consumed by the IT equipment and is expressed in liters/kilowatt-hour (L/kWh). 

As computer densities increase, it is important for managers to take examine their data centers and find solutions for maximizing smart, efficient, and a low-impact use of resources.

If you are interested in dramatically lowering your cooling and energy costs, consider Chatsworth Products' (CPI)  Passive Cooling® Solutions. CPI's innovative airflow management techniques allow you to maximize your cooling efficiencies without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions, and provide advanced thermal management with zero points of failure, thus contributing to no impediments to Tier IV availability.

CJ Castillo, Technology Writer


Six Ways to Fuel Your Bidding Proposal

2/8/2016 9:29:53 AM

TelecityGroup Uses F-Series TeraFrame

Chatsworth Products (CPI) provides a variety of tools and support services to help architects, consultants and engineers with the information they need to implement a state-of-the-art data center that meets all construction requirements and goals.

Here are six way to propel your proposal to a winning opportunity:

BIM Models

Building information modeling (BIM) projects can speed up completion and improve labor productivity, thus reducing final construction spending. At no cost, CPI offers an extensive library of BIM files to help design professionals plan and draft an ideal installation. These Revit Models from Autodesk Seek® are built to meet the most recent standards of BICSI, Autodesk® Seek RMCSG and others.

Pro tip: Be sure to also take a look at our other free design tools, such as CAD Blocks to lay out an equipment room, or the cable fill values for a variety of CPI cable management and runway products. 

Custom Configuration

The CPI Product Configurator allows you to create custom products and systems according to your application requirements. Once built, the Configurator will present a total list price, rendered drawings and offer a selection of distributors or global resellers. Email 

Expert Services

CPI also offers one-on-one assistance to help customers develop data center projects that integrate standard or customized CPI products into a total design approach, delivering dramatically lower operating costs and data center optimization. Services include:

  • Field Expert Site Visits: CPI field experts meet with you on-site to evaluate requirements and discuss product and solution options.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Analysis: Using state-of-the-art 3D software, CPI provides simulation and analysis of data.

OSHPD Pre-Approved Products

When planning installations in a seismically active region, you can reduce the OSPHD approval cycle by obtaining CPI products that have received the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) Pre-Approval of Manufacturer's Certification (OPM). CPI also holds Pre-Approval of Anchorage (OPA) numbers and for several of our IT infrastructure products.

MasterFormat® Specifications

CPI provides all the documentation necessary to find minimum composition requirements and installation methods for a variety of products. MasterFormat's Division 27 specifically addresses communications construction, providing specifications and instructions for areas such as data, voice, audio, video, cabling, enclosures, grounding and bonding.

Patents and Awards

CPI has received numerous patents for its groundbreaking product designs, as well as multiple awards by prominent national organizations in recognition of its business philosophy and employee-ownership structure. 

For more information on how CPI can help you succeed in your bidding process, go to our Support & Downloads page.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Standard Swing Gate Rack is Now OSHPD Pre-Approved

2/3/2016 1:36:42 PM

Standard Swing Gate Wall RackChatsworth Products’ (CPI) popular Standard Swing Gate Rack recently got the Pre-approval of Manufacturer’s Certification (OPM) from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). 

This means the Swing Gate meets the seismic design requirements of supports and attachments for nonstructural components used in the construction of health facilities in California. 

The Swing Gate is used for patch panels and switches in telecommunication rooms where floor space is limited, or when access to the rear of the equipment is critical.

OPM should be referenced in Construction Documents for CBC 2013 based projects and may also be used for guidance in IBC 2012 based projects outside of California. While OSHPD requirements are only enforced in California, other states with high risk of seismic activity look for this standard as a benchmark.

Look for CPI’s list of OPM products here, so you can reduce the OSHPD approval cycle when planning installations in seismically active regions.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Reliable Power Management Solutions from Chatsworth Products

2/1/2016 9:09:30 AM

eConnect PDU with Locking OutletsRecent research indicates a 10 percent growing global demand for reliable power management products in the data center. Efficient power solutions help manage electricity consumption, making data center operations more cost-effective, an important component of “green” IT practices.

Power and Environmental Management Solutions from Chatsworth Products

Chatsworth Products (CPI) supports this trend with a portfolio of innovative products that not only deliver safe and efficient power to critical applications, but also plays a crucial role in managing power distribution down to the outlet level.

Ranging from intelligent monitoring and switching capabilities from eConnect® Power Distribution Units (PDUs), to basic Power Strips and In-Line Meters, each of CPI’s power management products are specifically designed with flexibility and scalability in mind.

Here are a few features that protect your technology investment:

  • eConnect PDUs with power tracking and monitoring capabilities. Our Monitored and Switched eConnect lines of PDUS are designed for high-density data centers and equipment rooms. Each product is designed to manage high temperature applications with the option for enhanced local and remote network power monitoring capabilities, Secure Array using built-in PDU linking and remote control outlets. 
  • Low profile design. Our PDUs fit in zero U space, which is an advantage in cabling infrastructure, another crucial aspect of a successful data center operation. This design reduces airflow disruptions, allowing more space for airflow and cables.
  • Locking Outlets prevent accidental disconnection. Our patent-pending Click-Secure Locking Outlet technology allows standard equipment cords to be fastened to the PDU, protecting your power from sudden disruptions. 
  • Help balance power loads for all attached equipment. Environmental managers help managers track problems before they occur. Our Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) System monitors conditions in your facility and notifies you when conditions change, so you can take immediate action. CPI’s RIM System allows for interconnectivity with building management systems and provides an integrated view of all facility equipment using a simple web interface.

For more details visit our eConnect PDU and RIM product pages.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Will EN 50600 Revolutionize the Future of Data Centers in Europe?

1/29/2016 8:56:55 AM

Data Centres

A new European Standard for data centers, EN 50600, will have a significant effect on the future design of data center facilities and infrastructures across Europe. EN 50600 is being developed by CEN, an independent European Committee for Standardization. 

The EN 50600 breaks down into seven important schemes, which include aspects of the design and construction of data centers, as well as the fields of management and operation:

  • EN 50600-2-1. Building construction
  • EN 50600-2-2. Power distribution
  • EN 50600-2-3. Environmental control
  • EN 50600-2-4. Telecommunications cabling infrastructure
  • EN 50600-2-5. Security Systems
  • EN 50600-2-6. Management and operation information

Scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2016, EN 50600 is closely aligned with ANSI/TIA-942-A-2012 and TIA’s four levels of availability system

If you are considering building a new data center or retrofitting an existing one, things to consider include: 

  • EN 50600 standard builds on existing standards, but goes beyond those standards, including security and power to environmental controls
  • EN 50600 is holistic and addresses all aspects of data center infrastructure and facilities
  • Each part of the standard interlinks with the other parts to provide a coordinated approach
  • The new standard provides the room to build improvements as technologies develop 

EN 50600 Telecommunications Cabling Infrastructure Standard

Data center managers in the region will be interested in the new standards for cabling infrastructure. When it comes to cabinets, there are only a few requirements and recommendations. For example, one of the recommendations is the use of using cable management systems with no horizontal rack usage for high-density configurations. 

"Former standard recommendations suggested the use of a 2U horizontal cable manager for every 2U of patch panel usage. This standard, while still valid, resulted in half of the rack space being used manage the cables. As awareness of space optimization has increased considerably in recent years, the standards have progressed to create a more efficient way to properly manage the cables while increasing density," explains Luca Rozzoni, Chatsworth Products' Sr. Product Manager in Europe.

A combination of angled patch panels (24 position) and high-density vertical cable managers will eliminate the need to have horizontal cable managers, hence doubling the rack density.  Potentially, this density can even quadruple if a high-density patch panel (48 position) is used instead. 

To learn how our products support this new standard, contact our European Office

By CJ Castillo, Technology Writer

New Tool-less Runway Accessories Simplify Pathway Installation

1/27/2016 9:48:00 AM

Chatsworth Products recently introduced three new cable pathway products that feature tool-less installation, which saves time and simplifies adds, moves and changes. These new cable management products can be used on a variety of CPI Cable Runway.

Tool-less Pathway Dividers

Use CPI’s Pathway Dividers to divide cable runway into multiple pathways, and organize them by media type or destination. The patent-pending hinged design allows the divider to open and wrap around the cross member, then snap closed using our Click-Secure Technology. Dividers are compatible with all styles of CPI Runway products. To view the Tool-less Pathway Divider in 3D, click here

Tool-less Cross Member and Stringer Radius Drops

The Tool-less Cross Member Radius Drops and Tool-less Stringer Radius Drops promote proper bend radius by supporting and guiding cables as they enter and exit the runway. They can be positioned at any location along the runway. 

The Tool-less Cross Member Radius Drops can be positioned over or between cross members because it is supported by the stringer rather than the cross member. No need for tools. They support and guide cable loads as they enter and exit the runway, allowing cables to maintain proper bend radius. To view the Tool-less Cross Member Radius Drop in 3D, click here

The Tool-less Stringer Radius Drops feature simple, tool-less installation by slipping over Runway Stringer and clamping into position. To view the Tool-less Stringer Radius Drop in 3D, click here.

Both radius drops are compatible with CPI’s Universal (10250), TELCO (11252), UL Classified (11275) and Adjustable Cable Runway (14300).

The flexibility of these products, when combined with the new Adjustable Cable Runway, provides easy customization for hard-to-manage pathway areas above racks, cabinets and cable managers.

To learn more about these accessories, click here

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Free Webinar: Overhead Power Distribution – Best Practice in Modular Design

1/25/2016 9:17:27 AM

The benefits and challenges of modular data center design will be discussed in a free webinar, co-hosted by Chatsworth Products (CPI), DatacenterDynamics, STARLINE and University of Florida (UF) Health Shands Hospital, on Feb. 3 at 8 a.m. PST.

Join the live debate with CPI’s Data Center Consultant, Steve Bornfield, global electrical distribution solutions provider Universal Electric’s Mark Swift and UF’s Health Manager of Data Center Operations Joe Keena, as they explore:

  • The pros and cons of the different options, supported by real-life examples from the field
  • Why deploying overhead busways improves not just power delivery but also containment, cooling and cabinet design
  • How integrating these into your modular design at the outset creates long-term sustainability and avoids costly mistakes

Click here to register.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Considerations for an Effective Fiber Optic Cable Installation

1/20/2016 10:43:12 AM

 Fiber Optic Cable

It’s safe to say that the advent of fiber optic cable solutions has been one of the best things to happen to technology in recent years. As fiber optic cables carry signals via light rather than electricity, they can travel much greater distances (up to 5,000 miles) and at quicker speeds (up to 10 GB a second) than their coaxial counterparts. Less vulnerable to electrical interference as well, fiber optic cables are able to deliver these signals much more smoothly, often without having to boost or clean a signal that has traveled even a great distance. So with the demand on technology ever-increasing, fiber optic cables are becoming the preferred method of transmission over traditional coaxial solutions.

But how to integrate the demands which the new physical topology of fiber places on cabling installation and maintenance processes?

For starters, the National Electric Contractors Association (NECA), along with the Fiber Optic Association (FOA) jointly developed the "NECA/FOA 301-2009 Standard for Installing and Testing Fiber Optics," which addresses the emergent demands that fiber optic cables present in the technology environment. The Safety and Installation sections of the NECA/FOA 301-2009 use Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Electric Code (NEC) regulations to address the proper handling of fiber optic cables during installation and maintenance. 

If you are considering using fiber optic cables in your installation, take a moment to review a selection of these procedures, and see how Chatsworth Products provides you with the products and tools that allow you to adhere to the below guidelines.

Before Installation:

  • Allow for future growth in the quantity and size of cables when determining the size of the pathway bend radius requirements.
  • Try to complete the installation in one pull. Prior to any installation, assess the route carefully to determine the methods of installation and obstacles likely to be encountered. 

Fiber optic cables are more susceptible to damage during the stress of installation, therefore there are two specifications for bend radii—Bend Radii before installation and Bend Radii after installation. See the table below for estimating proper bend radii:

Use  Pulling       At Rest
To Work Area (1 to 4 Strands) 2” (50 mm) inch radius 1” (25 mm) radius
Inside plant 15 times OD 10 times OD
Outside Plant 20 times OD 10 times OD

Source: EIA/TIA 568 Standard for Fiber Optics

Deploying Effective Vertical Cable Runs:

  • Check the cable length to make sure the cable being pulled is long enough for the run.
  • Try to complete the installation in one pull. Prior to installation, asses the route carefully to determine the methods of installation and obstacles likely to be encountered. 
  • When laying loops of fiber on a surface during a pull, use “figure-8” loops to prevent twisting the cable.
  • All hardware and support structures should follow the recommendations of TIA-569 and NECA/BICSI 568 Standards documents. 
  • Do not exceed the cable bend radius. Fiber optic cables can be broken when kinked or bent too tightly, especially during pulling.
  • Drop vertical cables down rather than pulling them up.
  • Support cables at frequent intervals to prevent excess stress on the cable jackets. 
  • Use cable management straps or cable ties to support cable bundles. Make sure these implements are fastened snugly, but not tightly around cable bundles.

Pro tip: CPI offers a vast selection of Cable Runway Products and accessories that meet ANSI, TIA and EIA guidelines for supporting both fiber and copper cables. In addition, use CPI’s line of Saf-T Grip® Cable Management Straps to support cable bundles.

Protecting Cables and Equipment from Fiber Residue

  • Small scraps of bare fiber produced as part of the termination and splicing process must be properly disposed in a safe container. Follow your local regulations – in some areas this material may be considered hazardous waste. 
  • Thoroughly clean the work area when finished, do not use compressed air to clean off the work area. 
  • The small size of optical fibers makes them very sensitive to dust and dirt. Maintain the highest standards of cleanliness when working with fiber optic cables to optimize its performance.  
Fiber Optic Cable and Evolution Cable Managers

Pro tip: CPI’s Evolution®, Velocity® and Universal Horizontal Cable Managers are designed to organize and secure both fiber and copper cables, and have snap on covers which protect cables during installation and use as well as promote an organized and secure appearance.

Fiber Optics, Electrical Safety and Proper Grounding and Bonding 

  • Though fiber optic cables are generally all-dielectric, power should be disconnected for the duration of the installation process when working in areas that have installed electrical hardware and power cables. 
  • Fusion splicers create an electric arc. Ensure that there are no flammable vapors and/or liquids present. Do not use in confined spaces as defined by OSHA.
  • Although most fiber optic cables are non-conductive, any metallic hardware used in fiber optic cabling systems (such as wall-mounted termination boxes, racks and patch panels) must be grounded.

Pro tip: CPI offers a comprehensive line of UL Listed Grounding and Bonding products to help prevent transient voltage from damaging sensitive electronic equipment. 

In addition to our selection of products and tools, CPI has a team of skilled technical support specialists who can assist you in designing your solutions. Contact our technical support team by calling 1-800-834-4969, or by filling out a customer support request here.

by Kathryn Salter, Technical Writer

Chatsworth Products Introduces Highly Versatile Cable Runway Solution

1/15/2016 10:05:38 AM

Adjustable Cable Runway ProductChatsworth Products (CPI) is pleased to introduce its new Adjustable Cable Runway, which is designed to create a highly flexible point-to-point pathway that supports copper and fiber cable in data centers, telecommunication rooms and other spaces where cabling enters or exits the pathway.

The Adjustable Cable Runway features unique, movable Cross Members, which allow components and accessories to be installed at various points along the runway, simplifying the alignment of cabling above racks, cabinets and cable managers. The Cross Members are attached to Runway Stringers by two thread-forming screws, which once loosened, allow the Cross Members to slide easily across the Runway Stringers. Cross Members may be added, removed or adjusted throughout the lifetime of the data center.

Advantages of the Adjustable Cable Runway include:

  • Versatility: Movable Cross Members simplify moves, adds and changes
  • Tool-less accessories: No need for additional tools or hardware during installation
  • Proper bend radii support: Preserves data center transmission integrity
  • Standard compliance: Facilitates installation compliance for ANSI, TIA and EIA for copper and fiber cable guidelines
  • Key Grounding and Bonding practices: Thread-forming screws cut through paint to form an electrical bond between stringers and Cross Members
  • Compatibility with other CPI Runway products and accessories: Helps create turns and transitions to avoid obstacles and provide an organized pathway for cables around the facility.

For more details on CPI’s new Adjustable Cable Runway, please click here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Chatsworth Products to Display New Data Center Solutions at 2016 BICSI Winter Exhibition

1/13/2016 9:34:12 AM

F-Series TeraFrame and Evolution Cable ManagementStop by Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) newly redesigned exhibit booth to get a firsthand look at the new Standard Wall-Mount Cabinet, Adjustable Cable Runway and Locking eConnect® Power Distribution Units (PDUs), during the 2016 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition, Jan. 31 – Feb. 4 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

New at Booth 301, will be CPI’s Standard Wall-Mount Cabinet, a structurally advanced metal enclosure designed to provide secure storage for network and telecommunications equipment in small worksites, complex spaces, public environments and remote facilities. 

Another new release is the highly adaptable Adjustable Cable Runway, which 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.

Additionally, CPI has enhanced features of our eConnect line of PDUs, which now include Click Secure Locking Outlet options to help prevent accidental disconnections. Secure Array IP Consolidation is also available, allowing the use of a single IP address for up to 32 connected PDUs.

CPI will also be displaying several of its already popular data center solutions, including: Aisle Containment, F-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Cabinets, N-Series TeraFrame Gen 3 Network Cabinets and GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinets.

Also highlighted in the event are CPI’s Racks, Runway and Cable Management solutions, which will be used during the Ninth Annual Cabling Skills Challenge, where BICSI Installers and Technicians will compete for the title of Installer of the Year.

Stop by Booth 301 at the 2016 BICSI Winter Exhibition to check out CPI’s newest product releases, as well as other innovation solutions. Register to attend the event here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


Five Ways to Protect Your Technology Investment with Chatsworth Products’ Solutions in 2016

1/12/2016 9:05:16 AM

CPI Solutions By Business Need

Being on the front line of the IT infrastructure industry requires innovative minds, team work and determination to delight the customer on each and every occasion, no matter the size, scope and time frame of the project at hand.

To achieve this mission, Chatsworth Products (CPI) manufactures state-of-the-art IT infrastructure products and solutions that optimize and protects your technology investment. 

Here are five tips that we think will help you stay ahead of the game in 2016:

1. Have a strategy and get help from experts.

Whether you’re planning a data center or retrofitting one, CPI is prepared to help you meet your demanding project needs by providing an extensive library of free design tools and downloads, and expert services. These include:

  • BIM Drawings
  • MasterFormat™ Division 27 Specifications
  • Product configurator
  • Cable fill tables
  • CAD Blocks
  • Online Catalog for easy shopping on demand
  • Microsoft® Visio
  • One-on-one assistance
  • Field expert site visits
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis
  • OSHPD pre-approved products

2. Prepare for increasing densities. 
Increasing densities means more power usage and higher ambient temperature in the cabinet or rack. CPI’s eConnect® Intelligent Power Distribution Units (PDUs) support high cabinet densities, while providing energy consumption visibility and monitoring capabilities at very low operating costs. Key features include:

  • Secure Array that consolidates IP addresses of up to 32 PDUs 
  • High ambient temperature rating, ensuring reliability
  • Patent-pending Locking Outlet protects your power from sudden disruptions
  • Ability to ship pre-installed with cabinets, saving you time and money

3. Keep your computing safe. 

Security is especially important for colocation providers and large-scale data centers, where authorized personnel and vendors have access to the room. 

CPI offers Wire Cage Enclosures as a simple and economical way to partition your space and secure your equipment in shared facilities. Wire Cage Enclosures feature an open design made from a woven wire mesh that allows airflow to equipment, while providing physical security. 

 For enhanced security at the cabinet level, use CPI’s Electronic Lock Kits System 1000 and System 1500. Each Electronic Lock Kit includes a standalone electronic keypad lock and hardware for mounting the lock to a specific type of cabinet and door. Multiple access codes allow assignment of administrator and user rights.

4. Make cable management easy. 

The busy day-to-day activities of data center and IT managers are getting more demanding as the industry grows. 

Not only is it important to plan for the future, it is also crucial to have infrastructure products that are easy to handle. 

CPI offers a variety of Cable Runway and Tray Products, as well as Cable Management products that provide simple and effective pathway solutions to easily manage and protect cables, while maximizing network infrastructure uptime.

Use OnTrac® Wire Mesh Cable Tray to obtain point-to-point pathways for network cabling. Shaped Tray is the best choice for high-density cabling applications because it features flattened cross wires to provide a larger surface for supporting cables.

With CPI’s Evolution® Cable Manager, you’ll get an engineered solution for managing high-density cabling applications. Evolution Cable Manager allows you to organize cables by rack-mount unit. T-shaped cable guide design decreases deflection when loaded with cables, especially important when deploying Cat 6a cabling.

5. Be active in the climate change initiative. 

Climate Change has been the talk of 2015 and the trend should continue for years to come. With 196 countries being committed to minimizing carbon emissions, it will take governments and organizations to unite toward the same goal.

As the pioneer of Passive Cooling® Solutions, CPI has helped many data centers maximize cooling efficiencies without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions. CPI offers three levels of containment:

  • Cabling level
  • Cabinet level
  • Aisle level

Moreover, our solutions are in compliance with industry best practices of The Green Grid, AFCOM, ASHRAE, TIA, BICSI and more to fulfill its commitment to true energy efficiency. 

With a team of diligent and committed global sales force, expert technical support, reliable consultation services, state-of-the-art analysis and of course, world-class customized products and solutions, you can rest assured that with CPI’s products and solutions, your technology investment is protected.

For detailed information on all CPI’s Solutions, click here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Chatsworth Products Brings New, Cost-Effective EF-Series EuroFrame™ Cabinet to European Market

1/6/2016 7:35:40 AM

EF-Series EuroFrame CabinetChatsworth Products (CPI) recently released the EF-Series EuroFrame™ Cabinet, an innovative and cost-effective network equipment cabinet, specifically designed for the European market as a quick and easy-to-install storage solution. 

Despite being on a restricted budget, customers in Europe have been increasingly taking aesthetics and performance into consideration. The EuroFrame Cabinet is designed to minimize resources and deployment time. 

“The EuroFrame Cabinet solution will allow data center customers to reduce their IT spending, whilst providing adequate cable management, better control of thermal dynamics through specific in-cabinet geometries and maintaining a superior aesthetics look. It employs a simplified design with fewer technical features capable to address modern data center deployments,” said Luca Rozzoni, CPI Sr. Product Manager for Europe.

Key features include:

  • Allows for scalability and network upgrades
  • Features a static load rating of 1500 kg
  • Manages and protects cabling and equipment in a simple, affordable way
  • Provides open rack accessibility with security of the cabinet
  • Delivers thermal management to ensure uptime

The cabinet is available in several standard configurations, including 42 rack-mount units (U) and 47U, 600 mm and 800 mm widths and 1000 mm and 1200 mm depths, to allow flexibility to fit most data center designs.

Manufactured in Ellwangen, Germany, the EuroFrame Cabinet is the latest addition to CPI’s industry-leading server and network equipment storage solutions for data centers.

For more information about CPI’s EF-Series EuroFrame Cabinet, visit the product page

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

New Standard Wall-Mount Cabinet Protects, Secures IT Equipment at Smaller Worksites

12/21/2015 7:30:07 AM

Standard Wall-Mount CabinetChatsworth Products (CPI) recently released the new Standard Wall-Mount Cabinet, designed to protect and secure network and telecommunications equipment at remote or smaller locations. 

Big data centers and colocation facilities are generally well protected, but there are many instances where remotely installed equipment at smaller locations may pose vulnerability, according to Sam Rodriguez, CPI Sr. Product Manager of Cabinet & Thermal Solutions.

“Since these sites only contain a few small devices and no onsite installation crew, our innovative design allows a single person to quickly and safely install a series of small lightweight panels instead of a large bulky cabinet,” he adds.

Featuring a compact, strong design and easy assembly, the Standard Wall-Mount Cabinet supports the temperature thresholds of equipment by optimizing airflow through a basic, punched ventilation system. 

Key features include:

  • Unique slot-and-hook system offers swift assembly in less than 15 minutes
  • Six partially assembled panels ship in a “flatpack” carton for easy maneuvering around jobsites 
  • Vents on top and bottom provide airflow. Optional accessories fan kits or perforated door options are available for improved airflow
  • Hinged door is equipped with standard keyed lock, with an option upgrade to Electronic Locking System 1000
  • Pair of 19” EIA mounting rails are adjustable in depth
  • Available in a variety of sizes, styles and upgrades

Combine CPI’s Standard Wall-Mount Cabinet with thermal and cable management accessories to create a solution that fits your requirements.

For more information, visit the product page.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

CPI Helps Keep HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel Running Efficiently in the Data Center

12/15/2015 1:01:38 PM

Scripps Networks Interactive, one of the leading developers of popular lifestyle content for its home, food and travel brands, partnered with Chatsworth Products (CPI) to design a robust data center infrastructure solution that allowed their worldwide operations to run smoothly and efficiently.

Scripps Case StudyHeadquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Scripps Networks develops content for its popular television, Internet and magazine outlets in the United States and across the globe. The company’s media brands include HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country, Fine Living Network and Asian Food Channel.

To support its vast media empire, the company required a data center solution that would simplify fiber network and support up to 30kW per cabinet without creating hot spots.

To address these concerns, CPI provided Intermediate Distribution Frames, Two-Post Standard Racks and Evolution® Cable Management for Scripps Networks’ closets. Evolution fulfills high-density cabling requirements and organizes cables so that they can be easily traced from start to finish when performing moves, adds and changes, saving valuable time and money. Twenty-four fiber cables ran from each cabinet to the cross-connect to manage patching, allowing flexibility within the switches.

“It [Evolution Cable Management] is now in every single Intermediate Distribution Frame closet from Singapore to New York,” stated Patrick Gresham, Data Center Operations Manager of Enterprise IT Operations for Scripps Networks. 

In addition to the fiber network solution, Scripps Networks implemented CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions, which featured F-Series TeraFrame® Cabinet Systems with Vertical Exhaust Ducts, Evolution Cable Management and accessories. 

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CPI’s custom data center solutions helped to isolate and redirect hot air in the data center, ultimately resulting in superior equipment cooling performance, zero hot spots and reduced costs. Scripps Networks’ data center has now become a showpiece. To show how proud they are of the new design, the company put its brands like HGTV, Travel Channel and Food Network on the sides of the cabinets, showing how technology is supporting the everyday business of Scripps Networks.

Read the full story here.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Video: See How CPI’s CUBE-iT PLUS® Wall-Mount Solution is Ideal for Limited Floor Space

12/14/2015 6:53:10 AM CUBE-iT PLUS Cabinet System

Chatsworth Products (CPI) developed CUBE-iT PLUS® Wall-Mount Cabinet with practicality and effectiveness in mind. 

The cabinet's exceptional strength and sturdiness, makes it ideal for supporting communications equipment, such as a horizontal cross connect or a consolidation point, in a telecommunications room or a public space.

The three-part swing-out body enables easy access to the front and rear of equipment, while a large punch on the back of the rear panel allows you to feed cables through the wall.

The cabinet body includes one pair of adjustable depth 19" EIA threaded equipment mounting rails, and vents allow you to add accessory fans for optimal airflow.

In addition to being UL Listed, the CUBE iT PLUS received the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) Pre-Approval of Manufacturer’s Certification (OPM). This means the cabinet fulfills stringent building codes, including being ready to endure strong earthquakes.

See additional key features of CUBE-iT PLUS in the video below.


For more information on CUBE-iT PLUS Cabinet System, click here. Go here to learn more about all of CPI’s Wall-Mount Enclosed Systems

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Advances in Green Building Design Promotes LEED Certification Growth

12/10/2015 3:22:19 PM

Energy Efficiency Solutions

When designing a data center, it is important to consider how to mitigate the significant amount of energy required to cool increasing equipment densities. Efficient cooling is not only an ecofriendly choice, but also a smart one in today’s competitive business marketplace.

Green Building Beneficial for Building Technologies

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED-certified buildings save money and resources, and have a positive effect on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.

Over the years LEED has helped move forward building technologies, as well as integrated design and operating practices, which has led to a huge worldwide growth of the green building sector.

In response to this, Chatsworth Products (CPI) developed its Passive Cooling® Solutions, which provides equipment cooling performance in all elements of the data center mechanical plant, thereby reducing overall energy costs.

How CPI Can Help You Earn LEED Certification 

Data center facilities are especially nuanced in their design and energy requirements, which is why USGBC developed specific LEED standards for these highly energy-consuming facilities. They are so unique, in fact, that the rating scale to achieve LEED certification in data centers is very stringent.

LEED scoring is typically based on a percentage of fulfillment of specified requirements and it is direct CPI contribution that could make a difference in not missing out on vital LEED credits. 

CPI can contribute to achieving 12-20 credits in the areas of advanced energy metering, low-emitting materials, interior lighting and optimized energy performance.

LEED certification levels include:

  • Certified: 40-49 points earned 
  • Silver: 50-59 points earned 
  • Gold: 60-79 points earned 
  • Platinum: 80+ points earned 

In addition to the environmental benefits and recognition, the benefits of a LEED certification include:

  • Your data center is automatically recognized as environmentally friendly with proven low-cost operating structure  
  • Monetary paybacks that come with building a more energy-efficient facility 

Click to read more about CPI’s Passive Cooling Solutions. Be sure to also check out our case studies on BendBroadband and Hostirian to learn how we helped these companies reach sustainable solutions in their data centers. 

By CJ Castillo, Technology Writer

CPI Cable Management Accessories Support Growing Demand for Fiber Optic Cables

12/8/2015 10:27:51 AM

Cable Management AccessoriesHaving a secure and reliable network connection in data centers and telecommunications rooms is a top concern among IT managers and Chief Information Officers. Time is money when troubleshooting a network issue. To mitigate downtime, an organized cable system is essential.

As the adoption of fiber optic cable increases, so does the demand for cable management solutions that are tailored to address the unique requirements of fiber optic cable. 

Chatsworth Products (CPI) offers a variety of cable management accessories to help you successfully sustain and grow your cabling capabilities. By streamlining the management of cables and cords, it’s easier to optimize the signal quality and network speed of your data system.

Here are some key accessories for your existing cabling infrastructure and some tips for future growth:  

  • Fiber Segregation Kit for Evolution Vertical Cable Manager - Creates a separate pathway for fiber cables and patch cords inside Evolution Vertical Managers. The number of kits allowed per manager depends on the position of the Movable Mid-Section in double-sided managers and the width of the vertical cable manager. 

  •  Channel-Mounted Distribution Ring - Designed to mount to the upright channels of CPI Universal Racks. Made of high-strength, fire-retardant material with rounded edges to prevent damage to cable and wire insulation, while providing easy pull-through. The open-design "C" rings allow for easy adds, moves and changes, eliminating the need to feed through cable. 

  • 2” (50 mm) Diameter Fiber Management Spools - Use the 2" (50 mm) Diameter Fiber Management Spool MCS, MCS-EFX, CCS, CCS-EFX and VCS cable managers to support fiber and copper cables. The spools meet EIA/TIA bend radius requirements for efficient data transmission. 

  • Saf-T-Grip® - Used to strap together free hanging computer cable for a tangle-free installation. Strap is held in place by a loop that adheres to one cable. Simply peel the hook and loop sides apart to remove strap. 

  • Rack Radius Drop and Rack Radius Drop for Vertical Cabling Section -  Provides a transition from a horizontal cable run onto a rack, while maintaining the recommended bend radius.

Horizontal vs. Vertical Cable Managers 

Vertical Cable Managers by CPI provide easy cable management solutions for a single rack or between two bayed racks. A variety of configurations is available to address your cabling needs. Doors are included with select models to create a visually appealing installation.  

CPI also offers several styles of horizontal rack-mounted managers with varying options of cable support. Horizontal Cable Managers are available in a variety of cable guide styles, including simple bars and trays as well as rings and fingers. 

Plan for the Future

When installing cables, it’s important to plan for future growth. As such, make sure there’s enough space to accommodate all cables now and into the future. Ideally, you should use 50 percent of the maximum fill value for your pathway products.

CPI has available an easy-to-use Cable Fill Table that lists recommended and maximum cable fill values for all of CPI’s cable management and cable pathway products. The table lists usable area for each cable manager and pathway product so you can calculate cable fill for various types of cable. You can access the table here

For more information on CPI’s cable management accessories, click here. For more information on cable management products, go here

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Cable Pathway: Cable Runway vs. Wire Mesh Cable Tray

12/3/2015 10:00:32 AM

When considering the type of cable pathway that is needed to sustain and grow your network capabilities, there are several factors to consider. Things to keep in mind include, load capacity, grounding requirements, materials used, as well as the adaptability for future growth.

Two types of cable pathway include cable runway and wire mesh cable trays. Let’s examine the benefits of each, to help determine which solution is best for your infrastructure needs. 


Cable Runway

  • Made of steel for strength and support
  • Provides continuous support for the entire length of the cable
  • Open on the top, bottom and sides, allowing cables to easily enter and exit the pathway
  • Creates a smooth pathway turns by using Radius Bends, E-bends and Corner Brackets
  • Best for supporting backbone and horizontal cables between the point of entry and exit into telecommunications or equipment rooms
  • Can be the basic building blocks for creating cable pathways
Wire Mesh Cable Tray
  • Wire basket design is constructed of steel for strength and support
  • Provides point-to-point pathway for network cabling in data centers, network equipment rooms and office spaces
  • Installs quickly and can be cut to form smooth curved transitions around obstacles 
  • Allows to route cables under access floors or above acoustic ceilings to create hidden pathways for cables 
  • Open design allows to easily add cable drop-offs and can easily be modified 

Cable Runway and Tray Products
Chatsworth Products' (CPI) Cable Runway and Tray products provide simple and effective pathway solutions to easily manage and protect cables, while maximizing network infrastructure uptime. With a variety of options and accessories available, CPI Cable Runway and Tray products can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of each facility and are adaptable for future growth.
OnTrac® Wire Mesh Cable Tray
CPI's  OnTrac® Wire Mesh Cable Tray creates point-to-point pathway for network cabling in data centers, network equipment rooms and office spaces. 

Shaped Tray is the best choice for high-density cabling applications because it features flattened cross wires to provide a larger surface for supporting cables.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Easy-to-use pathway solution that supports large quantities of network cables
  • Features unique flattened cross wires, which increase cable support by providing a much larger contact surface for cables
  • Can be cut and formed to create smooth curved transitions around obstacles
  • Cable trays can be used above the drop ceiling or under access floors to create a hidden pathway for network cables
  • Available in multiple widths and depths to match cable fill requirements
  • Easy to splice and bond together
  • Support trays from the floor, ceiling, wall or the tops of racks and cabinets
  • Pre-Galvanized Finish is UL Classified

Find out more about CPI’s OnTrac Wire Mesh Cable Tray by visiting the product page or quickly compare CPI's wire mesh cable tray and runway products using this handy Quick Reference Guide.

CJ Castillo, Technology Writer

CPI’s Passive Cooling Solutions Support Lower Carbon Emissions, More Energy Savings

12/1/2015 1:10:40 PM

System Integration

Leaders of government and global companies are gathering in Paris this week for the U.N. Climate Summit in an effort to create a global climate agreement.

Many companies have pledged to reduce their own carbon emissions, increase investments in greenhouse gas emissions, deploy more clean energy and take other actions toward sustainability.

For years, Chatsworth Products (CPI) has been committed to providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions for the data center, which is one of the most energy-consuming business concerns.

Through CPI’s innovative airflow management techniques, all elements of the data center benefit from maximized 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.

In fact, CPI’s Passive Cooling Solutions help data centers achieve the internationally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification.

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 CPI’s Passive Cooling Solutions, click here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist