Cross-Connect Blog

Tech Tip: Why Does CPI Offer a Cabinet Specifically for Network Switches?

9/3/2015 12:24:04 PM

N-Series TeraFrame Network Gen 3 Cabinet - NF1U-114C-E62-1P_CABLED_PANLOFF_RGB72.jpgModular network switches used in data centers and computer rooms have special airflow requirements that are unique from those of most server equipment. 

In order to deploy network switches into a hot/cold aisle environment alongside server equipment or within a contained environment, the cabinet design must address the unique airflow requirements of the switch to keep hot and cold air isolated.

Additionally, cabinets that support network switches must have robust cable management and ideally will have extra space along both sides of the cabinet for managing network cables. N-Series TeraFrame® Gen3 Network Cabinet meets both requirements. It is designed specifically to house network switches within a data center that is adopting industry best practices for airflow management.

The flexibility of the N-Series TeraFrame is unique to the industry. It supports the deployment of devices of different sizes within one cabinet, eliminating the need for additional accessory kits. And, regardless of what type of switch is mounted in the cabinet, it provides complete airflow isolation. The N-Series is also compatible with Aisle Containment solutions when configured with perforated front and rear doors and a solid top panel. Dual slides (tracks) along the top of the cabinet provide maximum flexibility and attach overhead cable pathway and containment structures.

Key features include: 

  • Airflow isolation with a patent pending side intake duct that can be adjusted to accommodate any switch size on-site
  • A vertical exhaust duct option and compatibility with both hot and cold containment options
  • Spacious frame design, which provides additional space along both sides of the switch, ensures proper clearance for switches that require side airflow, like Cisco and other manufacturer switches
Find out more by visiting the product web page, or take a deeper dive and watch the below installation video.


Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Global Standard Pack Provides Vertical Managers and Rack in One Box, Saving Time and Money

9/1/2015 11:46:36 AM 57002P_CMYK300.jpg

Chatsworth Products' (CPI) Global Standard Pack can save customers up to 28 percent in costs by allowing them to purchase both structural support and cable management in one package.

Each pack includes a Standard Rack, single-sided Global Vertical Cabling Section (GVCS), Rack Installation Kit for Concrete Floors and hardware. Additional benefits include:

Complies with Industry Standards
The UL Listed Standard Rack complies with industry safety standards and bid specifications. In addition, composite cable management fingers on the GVCS are UL 94V-0 fire-rated. The fingers also have smooth, rounded edges to help meet EIA/TIA bend radius and prevent cables from tearing and stretching.

Less Time, Less Errors
Numbered rack-mount unit (U) spaces simplify equipment installation, so contractors and installers can specify mounting locations without measuring or counting holes. Additionally, integrated masked grounding studs provides quick attachment to the grounding system.

Perfect Alignment
Patented cable guide fingers spaced at 1U intervals create seamless cable transitions from the rack-mount space.

Hidden and Secured Cables
57002P_IN_A_BOX_CMYK300.jpgA sturdy snap-on, hinged cover is included for each cabling section, resulting in a closed, finished appearance.

Easy Customization
Customers can select packages with 3.65”W (92.7mm) or 6”W (150 mm) cabling sections. Two cabling sections can be used either on both sides of the rack or installed back-to-back for a double-sided system. Cabling sections have seven 2.5”-diameter pass-through ports. More vertical and horizontal cabling sections can be easily added.

Select the Global Standard Pack for small to medium size facilities in Telecommunications Rooms and Equipment Rooms to support the Main Cross-Connect, Intermediate Cross-Connect or Horizontal Cross-Connect and voice and network switching equipment.

Download the product data sheet for more details or visit our CPI Online Catalog.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Complimentary Webcast: Managing Change in Data Center Cabling and Systems

8/24/2015 11:47:34 AM

CIM WebcastChatsworth Products (CPI) will join Cabling Installation & Maintenance (CI&M) to present, “Managing Change in Data Center Cabling and Systems,” webcast on Sept. 17 at 1:00 pm EST. 

Sam Rodriguez, CPI’s Senior Product Manager of Cabinet & Thermal Solutions, will present, “Making Your Facility Seismic-Ready.” This presentation will focus specifically on equipment cabinets and how data center managers can prepare them for a seismic event. It also discusses cabinets that are built to be seismic-ready, as well as hardware that can be used to enhance existing cabinets’ seismic-preparedness. (Read his article in ICT Today magazine.) 

A seismic event is one change a data center administrator never wants to have to manage but for many, the possibility is an everyday reality. Data centers located outside of geographies typically associated with seismic activity are also well-served to keep their equipment seismic-ready (Read our most recent seismic blog post).                                                                     

Additional webcast presentations include “Managing Cabling System Changes in the Data Center” and “Cabling Performance Options for Multi-Generation Network Speeds.”  

Register today to attend the live CI&M webcast.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

CPI Vertical Cable Managers Provide Reliable Cat 6a and Fiber Support

8/24/2015 11:43:09 AM

Vertical cable managers are a key component of a basic IT equipment support solution. Selecting the best option depends on many factors including the type and amount of cable being managed, whether two or more racks will be bayed together, the amount of floor space available and much more.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) provides a comprehensive line of vertical managers (cabling sections) to complement two- and four-post open rack systems. Cabling sections can be single- or double-sided. Double-sided cabling sections are used alongside racks that support patch panels, fiber enclosures or a mix of active equipment and cable termination hardware to provide separate front and rear pathways for patch cords and premise cables. 

CPI Cable Management:

  • Provides critical Cat 6a and fiber support
  • Meets ANSI/TIA/EIA installation guidelines for Cat 6a cabling and fiber
  • Provides proper bend radii, ensuring maximum quality of data transmission
  • Meets high-density cabling requirements

CPI Vertical Cabling Sections at a Glance

  • Closed, single or double-sided and combination vertical cable management
  • T-shaped cable fingers with rounded edges organize cables
  • Cable openings align with each rack-mount unit on the rack and pass 48 patch cords
  • Double-sided versions have Movable Mid-Sections, allowing a 40/60, 50/50 or 60/40 front/rear split of the interior storage space
  • Includes a removable, hinged door with a two-point latch and single door knob
  • Front door style matches the TeraFrame® Family of Cabinets
  • Closed, single or double-sided vertical cable management
  • T-shaped cable fingers with rounded edges organize cables
  • Cable openings align with each rack-mount unit on the rack and pass 24 patch cords
  • Includes removable, hinged snap-on covers
  • Ships unassembled in compact packaging for easy shipping, handling and storage
  • Tool-less, snap-together design

MCS Master Cabling Section 
  • Closed, single or double-sided vertical cable management
  • T-shaped cable fingers with rounded edges organize cables
  • Cable openings align with each rack-mount unit on the rack and pass 24 patch cords
  • Includes removable, hinged latch-closure door(s)
  • Available with standard (MCS) and deeper extended fingers (MCS-EFX)
GVCS Global 
Vertical Cabling Section
  • Closed, single or double-sided vertical cable management
  • T-shaped cable fingers with rounded edges organize cables
  • Cable openings align with each rack-mount unit on the rack and pass 24 patch cords
  • Includes removable, hinged latch-closure door(s)
  • Available with standard (GVCS) and deeper extended fingers (GVCS- EFX)
  • Ships unassembled in compact packaging for easy shipping

VCS Vertical 
Cabling Section
  • Open, single or double-sided vertical cable management
  • Large side openings are edge protected
  • Spin-latch closures secure cables
  • Covers and snap-on T-Shaped Finger Snaps Cable Guide

CCS Combination 
Vertical Cabling Section 
  • Combination, double-sided vertical cable management
  • MCS-style front side and VCS-style back side
  • Front side includes a removable, hinged latch-closure door
  • T-shaped cable fingers with rounded edges organize cables
  • Cable openings align with each rack-mount unit on the rack and pass 24 patch cords
  • Back side has edge protected openings and spin-latch closures
  • Available with standard (CCS) and deeper extended fingers (CCS-EFX)


See CPI’s Cable Management Quick Reference Guide for more comparison features or visit the CPI Online Catalog to view more details, including price. 

Trust the experts at CPI to deliver the most comprehensive line of equipment support products in the industry, as well as provide the design tools you need to include them in your next project. For additional information, please contact Technical Support.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Tool Tip: How to Get a Closer Look at CPI Products

8/21/2015 8:48:56 AM

Online Catalog- Enlarged images

We live in an age of information abundance that allows anyone who has access to the Internet, the ability to research and compare thousands of products. Because of this, Chatsworth Products (CPI) is continually looking for ways to make product information more easily accessible so that customers can make an informed decision.

The CPI Online Catalog has several tools that help during the research phase of the product purchase. One of these includes product images. Customers want to see what they are buying. Each product in the online catalog magnifies to show greater detail. Also, many products have a 3D image that can be rotated and magnified (read more about 3D models in this blog post). Another valuable asset to understanding product detail is the product’s specification sheet which includes a detailed drawing with dimensions (see example).

The product comparison feature is also a popular addition to the CPI Online Catalog. You can select up to four products for a side-by-side comparison. Size, materials, color, shipping weight and price are a few of the comparison points.

For more detail on complex products, like cabinets, or to create a solution that includes several products in one order, the Product Configurator is the best tool for the job. The Configurator will guide you through a series of options that will result in a unique product with accessories that ships under one part number.

If you are researching a new solution or considering a new product, take advantage of these tools. Also, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our technical support staff are known for their courtesy and knowledge. They will help you navigate the myriad of product information you encounter during your purchasing process.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Easily Monitor Power Usage with eConnect® PDUs’ Intuitive, Rotating Display

8/21/2015 7:56:21 AM

Tracking power usage for rack-mounted equipment shouldn’t be a difficult task, even if you are not using web-based monitoring software. For some IT managers, it may be more convenient to manage power directly on the power distribution unit (PDU) itself.

eConnect DisplayCPI’s eConnect® PDUs provide detailed power data and control through a unique LCD display that’s easy to read, regardless of whether the PDU cord exits at the top or bottom of the cabinet. The display’s screen rotates 180° so that information is clear and easy to read even when the PDU is flipped.

The local display provides voltage, current, power (kW) and power factor, as measured at each breaker on the PDU. On single-phase PDUs and split-phase PDUs, there is also a summary of total voltage, current and kW for the PDU. On three-phase units, Line Input Current and a summary of total voltage and kW are shown. On Monitored Pro and Switched Pro models, individual outlet receptacle current can also be displayed.

If external sensors are connected to the PDU, the local display also provides temperature and humidity, as well as alarms. Additionally, the local display provides network setup details and can be used to enter the IP address of the PDU prior to deploying the PDU onto the network.

Find out more about how eConnect PDUs can help meet your power management challenges.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Easily Implement Scalable Environmental Monitoring System to Protect Critical IT Equipment

8/18/2015 2:11:43 PM

Protect Your Equipment

Environmental conditions within a data center can affect sensitive IT equipment if not properly monitored and managed. As a result, many data center managers require monitoring of both environmental conditions and energy consumption. The ability to do this does not necessarily require the implementation of an expensive and complex infrastructure management system.

Many companies rely on Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) System to provide continuous environmental, power and security monitoring in both data centers and equipment rooms. Additionally, it allows for interconnectivity with building management systems for an integrated view of all facility equipment, using a simple web interface.

CPI’s RIM products create a critical early warning system that monitors conditions and sends a notification when conditions change, so immediate action can be taken.

Remote Infrastructure ManagementThree models are available:

  • The RIM-750 is perfect for monitoring a single cabinet or small equipment room.

  • The RIM-1000 monitors a row of high-density cabinets in data centers or small computer rooms. In addition to monitoring external sensors, RIM-1000 can also monitor Modbus data from facilities equipment. Use multiple RIM-1000 appliances to monitor multiple sites from a single web-based interface.

  • The RIM Protocol Converter integrates facilities equipment with the building management system (BMS) or a network management system (NMS) by converting between SNMP, BACnet and Modbus protocols. It does not monitor external analog or digital sensors like the RIM-1000 and RIM-750.

For a detailed comparison of these products, download this product guide.  

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Reducing Time, Costs with Intelligent PDUs Topic of Data Center World Presentation

8/13/2015 7:58:02 AM

Chatsworth Products (CPI), industry experts in data center solutions, will be conducting a presentation on reducing time and costs by using intelligent rack power distribution units (PDUs) at the Data Center World National Harbor 2015 Conference.

CPI’s Senior Product Manager of Power, Electronics & Software, Ashish Moondra, will present, “Reduce Time and Costs While Enhancing Intelligent Rack PDU Reliability.” Moondra will discuss rising power densities and what organizations need to keep in mind when choosing an intelligent rack PDU solution. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 10:20 a.m. in room Baltimore B.

BTS Build To Suit Containment

Also, stop by Booth 511 to see CPI’s Build to Spec Kit Hot Aisle Containment Solution, which is ideal for retrofit applications over a mix of cabinets, including cabinets of varying heights, widths and depths. Additional products include eConnect® PDUs, N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet, F-Series TeraFrame Gen 3 Cabinet, Remote Infrastructure Management System, and Evolution Cable Management.

The Data Center World Conference is being held Sept. 20 – 23, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. To register for the event, click here.

If you are unable to attend and would like more information about CPI’s solutions, browse our website, or contact Customer Service.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

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

California’s San Andreas Fault is Well Known, But the Bigger Threat May Lie Just to Its North

8/10/2015 7:17:30 AM

Cascadia Subduction Zone

Last month, The New Yorker ran an article titled “The Really Big One,” written by Katherine Schultz, which described how the worst natural disaster to be recorded in U.S. history is yet to come, and may be caused by the Cascadia subduction zone. Sound familiar? Probably not. Many people are familiar with the San Andreas Fault, but Cascadia, a 1,000-kilometer-long subduction zone stretching from northern California to British Columbia, could be the cause of an earthquake of greater magnitudes than we’ve experienced before.

A subduction zone refers to a region of the planet where one tectonic plate is sliding underneath another. In this case, according to the USGS, it is the Juan de Fuca plate that is slipping beneath the North America Plate. As Juan de Fuca slips under the North America, the edge of North America is bulging upward.

Northwest Popular Location for Data Centers

An article in the Oregonian states that in recent years, Oregon has become a popular location for data centers due to its mild climate and inexpensive power. Facebook, Google and Amazon all have data centers in Oregon. Although power costs are always a top concern when planning a data center, companies looking at the Pacific Northwest must also consider the seismic risk.

Many large companies, such as Facebook, rely on Chatsworth Products (CPI) to help solve both efficiency and environmental challenges.

Z4-Series SeismicFrame Cabinet - Z4-11U-113C-C12P_SIDEBYSIDE_RGB72_300p.jpgCPI’s Z4-Series SeismicFrame® Cabinet was tested and certified to meet Telcordia Technologies GR-63-CORE, Zone 4 requirements. GR-63-CORE seismic testing includes a series of physical shaker table tests during which a loaded cabinet is placed through simulated earthquake conditions. Zone 4 testing includes the most severe test conditions. The SeismicFrame Cabinet displayed limited movement and survived the test without permanent structural or mechanical damage.  (See test video.)

Additionally, it features an industry-leading 1500 lb (680 kg) seismic equipment load rating, a wide range of cabinet sizes for deeper equipment and unobstructed interior space along the sides for thermal and cable management accessories.

As companies, agencies and governments prepare for what is considered inevitable, CPI offers expertise and protection for valuable IT assets. Contact one of our Field Applications Engineers for an onsite consultation.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager   

Norway-Based SpareBank 1 Achieves Lower PUE with CPI Hot Aisle Containment

8/5/2015 9:05:00 AM

Sparebank 1 - SPAREBANK_CONTAINMENT_DOOR_RGB72.jpgSpareBank 1, a Norway-based alliance of banking organizations was able to improve its data center infrastructure and lower its Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) with Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) flexible and innovative data center solutions.

SpareBank 1 wanted a state-of-the-art data center specifically tailored to its organizational needs. Additionally, they needed a solution that would fit into the existing environment and accommodate 200 kW of power and cooling to maintain the continuity of operations.

To meet this unique installation requirement and to create the most efficient solution possible, SpareBank 1 selected CPI’s Hot Aisle Containment (HAC) Solution, Two- and Four-Post Racks, Evolution® Cable Management and Accessories. CPI’s HAC Solution completely isolates hot exhaust air from IT equipment and removes it from the room, resulting in more efficient cooling units. More importantly, it helped the alliance achieve its desired PUE goal of 1.3.

“For the design of the solution, I like the interoperability of CPI products. I can pick and choose and assemble a solution,” stated Magnus Askautrud, Business Development Manager for Coromatic.

Click here to read the full case study.

CPI's German Manufacturing Location Benefits European Customers 

Additionally, to better serve the increasing demands of global and local customers, such as SpareBank 1, CPI has increased its European production capabilities by setting up a manufacturing location in Ellwangen, Germany.

At this prime location, CPI will manufacture the TeraFrame® and GlobalFrame® family of cabinets, as well as accessories. A product showroom has also been created and will be open to customers and channel partners in the region.

For more information, contact a local CPI Sales Representative.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Protect Your Cabling - Determine Cable Fill Values with CPI’s Automated Cable Fill Table

8/3/2015 7:26:01 AM

Velocity Cable Management

The care given to communications cable during installation and use is a primary factor in maintaining circuit performance. Tight bundling and improper support that deforms, stretches or adds tension to cables, can negatively affect this coveted circuit performance, while bulky, disorganized cabling can hinder airflow and cause system strain. Therefore, it is very important to establish a balance to your cable management, ensuring that cabling section width and corresponding cable fill capacity are carefully considered during deployment. 

CPI recommends using a 50 percent cable fill when selecting a cable management solution. This ratio of used space to remaining space will provide sufficient room for maintaining cable integrity. CPI understands that given the multitude of variables such as cable numbers, size and orientation, this may be a daunting calculation. This is why we have provided a tool that will do the work for you!

The CPI Cable Fill Table is an easy-to-use spreadsheet that lists usable cable pathway areas for various CPI solutions. Organized by product type, the Cable Fill Table allows you to adjust various values such as cable bundle size, usable space and cable fill ratio, and automatically calculates your input to determine which cable manager and pathway product is most suitable for your cabling needs. 

Further assisting you in navigating the multitude of CPI’s cabling solutions, the table calculates both the RECOMMENDED and MAXIMUM cable fill values for all of CPI’s cable management products, ruling out the products and managers that will not suit your needs, while providing you with a detailed range of appropriate solutions that will. 

The Cable Fill Table is available in two formats, portable document file (PDF) and Microsoft Excel. 

PDF Format                Excel Spreadsheet

The Cable Fill Table is also available on CPI’s Mobile App Suite. Download it now from the iTunes App Store.

Katie Salter, Technical Writer

Visit CPI at the 2015 BICSI Fall Conference and Exhibition in September

7/31/2015 7:12:58 AM

BICSIAs a longtime exhibitor and participant in BICSI events, you can count on seeing Chatsworth Products (CPI) at this year’s Fall show, being held Sept. 20 – 24 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center, Las Vegas.

CPI will be displaying a variety of its most innovative solutions at Booth 401 including:

  • Z4-Series SeismicFrame® Cabinet System features an industry-leading 1500 lb (680 kg) seismic equipment load with an additional 100 lb (45 kg) top load for cabling. It is UL Listed for its 3000 lb (1360 kg) static load and integrated grounding and bonding features  
  • eConnect Power Distribution Units (PDUs) – designed to withstand the high heat loads of any hot aisle environment and are available in more than 180 standard configurations, including high-density models 
  • N-Series TeraFrame Gen 3 Network Cabinet – a network cabinet engineered for high-density cable and thermal management, the frame design provides maximum flexibility for mounting equipment, managing airflow, organizing cable and power accessories 
  • Cable Runway – supports backbone and horizontal cables between the point of entry and exit into the telecommunications or equipment rooms and cross-connects on racks or cabinets

CPI looks forward to the opportunity to interact with BICSI attendees and help them meet their communications technology needs. For more information about the event or to register, click here. For questions about CPI products, contact Customer Service.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Tool Tip: CPI Online Catalog Provides Variety of Options for Sharing Products

7/30/2015 10:17:38 AM

Online Catalog - Find a Distributor

If you have had the opportunity to use the CPI Online Catalog you may have noticed that there is a large selection of products to choose from - more than 92,000 to be specific. The catalog’s intuitive filters help you manage your choices and select the right product for your application. 

But what can you do once you’ve found the product(s) you were looking for?

Once you’ve selected the products you need you have several options. Most of these require you to login to the catalog using your CPI Website Login. If you do not have one, you can easily create one at any time.

 Product sharing options include:   

  • Printing the product page - some of us prefer to have that piece of paper in hand

  • Emailing the product page – send the product page to yourself, a teammate or to CPI Customer Service

  • Adding to a cart – adding a product to a cart will allow you to save the product for future retrieval, continue to add additional products, email a group of products to yourself or others, or send your cart to a local CPI Distributor Partner

As you can see, the CPI Online Catalog provides you with many options to assist you with daily tasks whether it is purchasing a single product, creating a multi-product solution or preparing a proposal for a project.

Take advantage of these tools by using our CPI Online Catalog.

Video:Watch this short video demonstrating the options above.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Chatsworth Products Continues High Quality Standard with Renewal of ISO 9001 : 2008 Certification

7/28/2015 9:51:16 AM

Manufacturing Industry

Chatsworth Products (CPI) is committed to being a company of the highest quality in every aspect of its business. One key element of CPI’s ongoing quality program is its Quality Management System, which meets the standards set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for the design and manufacture of systems, components and products for the structural support of communications and information technology equipment.

CPI’s Quality Management System recently underwent thorough auditing and has been verified, once again, that the system fulfills the requirements for ISO 9001: 2008, allowing CPI to continue as a UL Registered firm.

“Our goal is to delight our customers with excellent products and services. An ISO Certified Quality Management System is a good start to achieve that. Robust processes in all steps, from sales through shipping, is the foundation for the CPI Quality System,” said Hakan Riggestad, CPI Quality Systems Manager.

Quality is a CPI Core Value and every employee owner takes responsibility for ensuring every product meets customer expectations. Find out more about CPI’s commitment to quality, or download the ISO Certificate.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager 

CPI Receives Patent for Vertical Exhaust Duct Technology

7/21/2015 6:47:09 AM

Case-Study-BendBroadband.jpgChatsworth Products (CPI) was recently awarded another patent for its Vertical Exhaust Duct, a key component of its data center equipment cabinet lines. 

The exhaust duct, which is mounted to the top of a cabinet, guides hot exhaust air from the cabinet to an overhead drop ceiling or ductwork to create a closed hot air return pathway to the cooling system. When combined with CPI’s additional airflow products, complete hot air isolation is achieved, which helps prevent equipment from overheating and allows the ability to significantly lower cooling costs.

First introduced in 2006 as CPI’s Passive Cooling® Solutions, CPI’s innovative airflow management techniques are so effective that customers find they can easily support heat densities up to 30 kW per cabinet without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions. Because CPI Passive Cooling Solutions are so effective and have zero points of failure, many customers have achieved Uptime Institute’s Tier IV certification and LEED® Gold certification.

CPI’s Vertical Exhaust Duct is available on these CPI cabinets:

The Vertical Exhaust Duct is one of CPI’s many patented products. For a complete list visit our Patent web page.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

U.S. Green Building Council Releases LEED v4

7/20/2015 1:14:47 PM

Energy Efficiency Solutions

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently updated the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), the world’s premier benchmark for high-performance green buildings to an updated version, v4. The new version is “bolder, more specialized and designed for an improved user experience,” states the USGBC.

Data centers are unique in their design and energy requirements, so as the USGBC worked with industry leaders to develop a data center-specific standard, they found it necessary to increase the rating scale from 100 to 110 possible credits with the following LEED certification levels:

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

Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) technologies can contribute towards achieving 12-20 credits in the areas of advanced energy metering, low-emitting materials, interior lighting and optimized energy performance towards these certification levels. 

Here are some updates of LEED v4:

  • Includes a focus on materials that goes beyond how much is used to get a better understanding of what's in the materials we spec for our buildings and the effect those components have on human health and the environment
  • Takes a more performance-based approach to indoor environmental quality to ensure improved occupant comfort
  • Brings the benefits of smart grid thinking to the forefront with a credit that rewards projects for participating in demand response programs
  • Provides a clearer picture of water efficiency by evaluating total building water use

Contact one of CPI experts to find out how CPI products and solutions can contribute to LEED certification. For more information on LEED v4, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


Tool Tip: CPI Online Catalog Provides Easy Access to Information, Tools

7/17/2015 8:48:52 AM

CPI Online Catalog Documents Tools Download

The CPI Online Catalog is designed not only to provide complete product information, but also to provide additional tools that many customers find helpful such as CAD, Visio and BIM files. These tools have been available on Chatsworth Products' (CPI) website for many years but now, in an effort to save our customers time, we have collected all files that are associated with a product and listed those on the catalog product page. 

Finding all of the documents and tools associated with a product is easy. 

Follow these four simple steps:

  1. Find the product on the CPI Online Catalog, using search or navigation. 
  2. Narrow down your selection by using the filters located on the right side of the page.
  3. Once you have identified the product you are interested in, such as a Standard Rack, you will see a "Documents & Tools" tab in the center of the page. Select that tab.
  4. Select the document or tool from the list provided. 

For the Standard Rack, you can download a cut sheet, specification sheet, installation instructions, Visio Shapes, CAD Blocks, and view a 3D Model. However, not all products have the same options available, so please contact CPI Technical Support if you need a tool that is not listed.

Video: Watch a short video demonstrating the above steps.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

The Basics of Premise Network Cable Management

7/16/2015 6:31:58 AM

Cable Management Illustration

The basic cable management solution features a two-post rack with cabling sections along both sides of the rack to provide a vertical pathway for premise cable and patch cords. Cabling sections in-between adjacent racks in a multiple rack bay must be larger (wider and/or deeper) to support cable from both racks.

Open two-post racks provide the most cost-effective and efficient use of floor space, but four-post racks are superior when supporting larger equipment, like modular network switches. Chatsworth Products (CPI) offers three styles of two-post racks, six styles of four-post racks and five styles of vertical cabling section in various sizes.

Vertical Cabling Section

CPI offers five styles of cabling section (vertical managers) to complement the two-post and four-post open rack systems. Cabling sections attach to the sides of the racks to provide a cable management space along the side of rack-mount equipment.

Cabling sections can be single or double-sided. Double-sided cabling sections are used alongside racks that support patch panels, fiber enclosures or a mix of active equipment and cable termination hardware to provide separate front and rear pathways for patch cords and premise cables.

Cable Runway

Use cable runway or cable tray to create a pathway for premise cables through the room. Premise cables typically enter the cabling sections from overhead cable runway (ladder rack) or cable tray. Be sure to provide radius drops where cable enters or exits the overhead pathway. Also, elevate cable runway 3" to 6" (80 mm to 150 mm) above racks to get the full benefit of the radius drop.

Cable runway or cable tray can be supported from the tops of racks with elevation kits or from the ceiling with threaded rods. Cable runway or cable tray can also be divided to allow cable segregation by media or use/application and tiered to increase capacity.

When selecting a rack solution, it is important to pick a height that provides enough overhead space for cable runway or cable trays. Always leave 3” to 6” (80 mm to 150 mm) of space between the top of racks and cable runway. Leave 12” (300 mm) between each tier of cable runway and 18” (460 mm) between the ceiling and the top tier of cable runway.

Horizontal Cable Management

Use jumper trays and  horizontal managers on the racks in between patch panels and network switches (as shown below) to guide patch cords between connections. Use cable spools inside the cabling sections to control patch cord slack. Loosely bundle cables with CPI’s Saf-T-Grip® Cable Management Straps.

Cable Fill Capacity

Cabling section width and the corresponding cable fill capacity must be carefully considered, especially when a cabling section is shared in-between adjacent racks. CPI recommends using a 50 percent cable fill when selecting vertical and horizontal cable management. This allows sufficient space for maintaining cable bend radius for patch cords. CPI’s Extended Fingers (- EFX) versions are recommended whenever angled-face patch panels are used. Use CPI’s Cable Fill Tool to compare cable fill values and select the correct size cabling section.

For an informative overview of CPI Cable Management, download this brochure.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

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