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White Paper: Keep Power Flowing Effectively in High-Heat Environments

8/29/2014 8:42:59 AM

Operating Temperatures Chart

Data Center power consumption continues to rise. The need to provide redundant power systems with high reliability and availability of compute resources is a major driving force for the increase in power utilization. 

As an added challenge, increased virtualization and use of high-density devices, such as blades and switches require a lot of power. 

One way to be more energy efficient and mitigate the ever-increasing power consumption costs, is to implement an effective airflow management strategy such as CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions. 

However, when airflow containment is utilized, the temperature in the rear of the cabinet or in the hot aisle also becomes significantly higher. 

Because power distribution units (PDUs) reside in the rear of the cabinets, the hottest place in a data center, it’s crucial to deploy a PDU capable of handling such high heat.

The latest white paper by Chatsworth Products (CPI), “Selecting Rack-Mount Power Distribution Units for High-Efficiency Data Centers,” describes the importance of selecting a PDU designed for high-heat environments and which features to look for when deploying power in the cabinet.

Download it now.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

CPI’s Thought Leader: Ian Seaton to Speak at Upcoming Conferences

8/27/2014 1:02:26 PM

Ian SeatonChatsworth Products (CPI) has many experienced employees who hold various industry certifications and participate on advisory boards and technical committees.

Ian Seaton, CPI’s Global Technology Consultant, is one of them.

With more than 30 years of experience, Seaton is a notable professional within the industry. He serves on the BICSI 002 Data Center Standard subcommittee as a working group leader and editor,  and contributes to the Green Grid Airflow Management Energy Calculator Committee. He is also a patent holder for airflow performance algorithms. 

Seaton recently retired from CPI but continues to act as a consultant, advising manufacturers and data center operators/designers on facility efficiency improvement opportunities.

Don’t miss the opportunity to watch him speak on airflow management at two upcoming conferences:

DatacenterDynamics Converged in Seattle – Sept. 4

Seaton will present on the impact of data center certifications, such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED to identify cost-saving opportunities and competitive advantages. 

Go here for more information.

BICSI in Anaheim, Calif. – Sept. 28 – Oct. 2

On Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m., Seaton will explain how to achieve an effective airflow strategy in a network cabinet. 

Also, while you’re at the show, visit CPI’s booth (310) to get a first-hand look at our two recently released products. 

Go here for more  information.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Magnitude 6 Earthquake Highlights the Importance of a Seismic Cabinet in Data Centers

8/25/2014 9:55:59 AM

Z4-Series SeismicFrame Cabinet - Z4-11U-113C-C12P_RIGHT_RGB72.jpgThe San Francisco Bay area was hit by a magnitude 6 earthquake recently, the strongest in 25 years. Media reports described fires being sparked, damaged buildings, power loss, and more. 

Mission critical facilities, particularly hospitals, can’t stop operating during such events. That’s why data centers and telecommunication rooms must have proper infrastructure to protect all networking equipment during an earthquake of such significant magnitude.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) offers a variety of products to help protect critical equipment from damage during seismic events. 

The new Z4-Series SeismicFrame® Cabinet, for example, delivers one of the market’s highest load rating for seismic frames (1,500 lb), an increased range of cabinet sizes to support deeper equipment and more unobstructed interior space along the sides for thermal and cable management accessories. 

In addition, the Z4-Series SeismicFrame Cabinet  meets Telcordia Technologies GR-63-CORE Zone 4 requirements. Physical shaker table tests during which a loaded cabinet was placed through simulated earthquake conditions were performed. The SeismicFrame endured the test without permanent structural or mechanical damage.

Benefits include:

  • Reduces risk of equipment damage due to seismic events
  • Minimizes excessive motion that may cause undue strain on cable connections
  • Increases chance of continued operations after seismic event
  • Helps installations meet seismic codes

For more information, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

New Laws Recognize Proven Efficiencies of Airflow Containment

8/21/2014 11:34:23 AM


Hostirian Cold Aisle ContainmentState and federal governments in the United States are increasingly requiring the use of airflow containment in data centers as a way to mitigate energy consumption in one of the most energy-consuming environments.

Properly managing airflow in the data center is a clear solution with proven cost benefits. When air recirculates and bypasses freely in the facility, server inlet temperatures change inadvertently, which not only damages equipment over time, but also takes away from cooling capacity. The way to alleviate this is to fully separate supply and return air with hot aisle, cold aisle, or cabinet-level containment.

California was the first U.S. state to recognize this, and the first to require high-density data centers to include some form of airflow containment in their infrastructure, through the Title 24 bill from the California Code of Regulations. 

To get to the point of drafting the new California building regulations, the state’s energy agency looked at what was happening in the industry across the country and in Europe, according to Joe Loyer, a mechanical engineer at the California Energy Commission.

“Data centers are trending towards energy efficiency not to be green, but to save money. Case in point: containment. Done with thought and planning, it absolutely works,” Loyer says. “The question is not whether containment saves energy and money, but how much money it saves and how soon the return of investment can be realized,” he adds.

The White House is also taking steps to make federal data centers more energy efficient. In March, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, a bipartisan bill that requires commercial and federal facilities — particularly data centers — to operate more efficiently.

With so many proven cost-savings and as more end users demand proven energy efficient solutions for their data centers, it is easy to assume airflow containment will gain a lot of traction in the industry. 

For more information on CPI's Airflow Containment Solutions, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist  


Add Power to Your Cabinet Before it Arrives

8/18/2014 12:55:17 PM

Blog-Power-in-CabinetsChatsworth Products (CPI) is making your life easier. 

For convenience and quick installation, CPI can pre-install eConnect® Power Distribution Units (PDUs) or basic power strips into your choice of cabinet so when it arrives, it is ready to go. 

CPI’s eConnect PDUs provide intelligent power distribution with optional network monitoring and controllable outlets.

This means:

  • No need for on-site installation 
  • One part number for easy ordering
  • Power and cabinet arrive at the same time
  • Fewer boxes to open, throw away or recycle
Racks Are Included

You can save time and hassle by ordering your CPI Rack System with PDUs as accessories so they arrive at the same time.

Use our Product Configurator to take advantage of this service.  Configure your racks or cabinets +power now

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Minimize Data Center Downtime with CPI’s New Environmental Monitoring System

8/15/2014 9:27:22 AM

Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM-1000) Chatsworth Products (CPI) has a new solution that helps data center managers protect equipment and prevent downtime.

With the new Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) System, data center managers can easily learn about critical environmental conditions, so they can take timely action.

Data center managers are able to get early-warning alarm notifications about critical conditions such as temperature, humidity and water leak detection of equipment located in a single server cabinet or row of cabinets.

The RIM System’s flexible, expandable design offers a variety of sensor inputs, with the capability to be remotely monitored and integrated with a Building Management System (BMS).

Two different configurations are available, in addition to a protocol converter: 

For a single cabinet or small equipment room, use the RIM-750

  • Easy-to-use mobile-friendly web interface displays sensor readings and trends
  • Monitors eight digital inputs and four temperature or temperature/humidity sensors and one zone of leak detection with up to 200 feet of Sensor Rope
  • Multiple alarm notification configurations including audible and visible indicators, email messaging and/or relay activation 

For a row of high-density cabinets or small computer room, use the RIM-1000

  • Configurable with expansion cards for a large number of sensor inputs
  • Provides one integrated view of all facility equipment and sends SNMP traps, email or SMS alarm notifications according to user-set thresholds
  • Stores data internally, so there is no need for additional equipment or software to store or access data

Use the RIM Protocol Converter to integrate existing Modbus equipment to the BMS

  • Multiple input and output protocols allow easy integration with a wide variety of equipment
  • Connects up to 32 devices (units, modules or nodes)
  • Communications with building management and network management systems

For more information about the RIM System and to download documentation, visit the product page.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

The (Stress-Free) Data Center Consolidation Checklist

8/13/2014 11:13:08 AM CPI-BLOG-BENDBROADBEND.jpg

Data center consolidation is an overwhelming event, to say the least. Not only is it complex and time-consuming, it’s also emotional for many data center folks who have grown attached to their spaces.

Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Sr. Data Center Consultant, Steven Bornfield, has helped many customers through the process of consolidation and states that one of the biggest challenges is that, many times, most data center layouts are outdated because they were generated when the space was built years before.

Bornfield recommends this basic checklist for a stress-free and successful data center consolidation:  


  • Make a list data center locations 
    • For each location, what is the power provided (total capacity and number of feeds)? 
  • Consider service feed uptime 
    • What is your UPS capacity, age, efficiency and load?
  • Cooling system – identify whether it is Direct Expansion (DX) or Chilled Water 
    • What is the capacity, load, age and efficiency?
  • Networks  
    • How many connections and providers?
    • What is the capacity and performance (uptime)?
  •  ID compute, storage, network devices 
    • What is your capacity (amount of storage, compute cycles and network 1-10-100GB)?
    • What is the function for each?
    • What is the age and planned end of life?
    • What software is loaded, what version and availability of licenses?
  • Current layout with what is installed in which cabinets  
    • Identify network connections at end cabinet or rack.
    • Ensure that the layout includes total space utilized and any additional spaces that might be available.

Be mindful that consolidation projects are unpredictable by nature. For instance, when this list is completed, it could highlight a space that might be better to keep, while another space might not be worth keeping even if it is the latest space build or has the newest equipment.

“When looking at the consolidation, it’s crucial to determine what the overall goal is,” Bornfield explains. “This goal needs to be discussed in-depth to single out the variables, and plan on how to best accomplish the goal.”

Our sales representatives are trained to assist you in selecting the right solution for your data center consolidation. Contact one near you.
Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

California Senator Visits Chatsworth Products’ Facility for First Hand Look at Energy Saving Solutions

8/7/2014 6:26:40 AM

Chatsworth Products (CPI) recently had the honor of hosting California State Senator Fran Pavley, who has been an active proponent of environmental and energy-efficiency policies at the state and federal levels. 

Senator Pavley toured the company’s manufacturing plant and showroom in Chatsworth, Calif., and participated in an overview presentation of CPI’s Passive Cooling® Technology, which is one of the most cost-effective and cooling-efficient thermal management strategies on the market to date. 

CPI Passive Cooling Technology has revolutionized the idea of “free cooling” within the data center. The energy-saving benefits are so substantial, California has recently revised its Building Energy Efficiency Standards, commonly known as Title 24, to require the use of airflow containment in data centers and computer rooms across the state. 

Senator Pavley represents the 27th State Senate District including portions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. She authored the first legislation in the world that regulates greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles, the California Clean Cars Regulation (AB 1493). In 2010, President Barack Obama implemented national clean car standards, modeled on AB 1493, also known as the "Pavley law." She is also the author of AB 32 (2006), which set a limit on statewide greenhouse gas emissions to spur clean technology innovation and reduce air pollution.


Senator Pavley (second from left) receives an explanation of CPI Passive Cooling Solutions from CPI Regional Sales Manager, Cindy Whitehead (far right), during the tour. Also pictured (left to right) are CPI employees Jose Blanco, Chatsworth Plant Manager; Joe Weber, Vice President of Internationals Sales; Nancy Latu, Global Human Resources Manager and Henry Stern, Principal Consultant, Energy & Environmental Policy for Senator Pavley.


Jose Blanco, CPI Plant Manager, describes the world-class manufacturing process to Senator Pavley.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Why CPI’s eConnect® PDUs Are Tops in Quality

8/4/2014 2:09:59 PM

ECONNECT-PDU-MAIN-RGB72.jpgChatsworth Products (CPI) is committed to bringing the best products and services to the market with the highest quality in every aspect of the business— quality products, quality people and quality services.

It wouldn’t be any different for eConnect® Power Distribution Units (PDUs), CPI’s intelligent answer for power management at the cabinet level. 

eConnect PDUs are designed to withstand the high heat loads of any hot aisle environment and is available in more than 180 standard configurations, including high-density models.

 eConnect PDUs were designed with quality in every aspect of their cycle:

Quality Product

  • Every eConnect PDU is tested before leaving the factory in Georgetown, Texas.
  • eConnect PDUs comply to safety standards by the International Electrotechnical Commission and are UL Listed.
  • Trained personnel conduct high potential (hipot) testing in-house in order to verify insulation in the finished product and that it meets UL standards.
  • CPI uses an automated tester for continuity, calibration and functional testing 
  • Visual Inspection: CPI’s quality assurance team gives the final cosmetic inspection of completed units prior to pack.
  • CPI is an ISO 9001 certified company.
Quality People

  • Power EmployeeAll new PDU employees are trained by the quality and manufacturing team in basic quality assurance and electrostatic discharge protection procedures 
  • New employees are placed in their required “in training” role under the supervision of an approved trainer
  • Employees are cleared from training only after passing both a written and practical exam given by PDU management.
Quality Service

  • CPI’s qualified team of professionals can help you with any questions or concerns regarding product installation or consultation services.

Fore more information on CPI’s eConnect PDUs, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Tech Tip: How to Make Changes to a Product in the Middle of the Configuration Process

7/31/2014 6:56:20 AM

BLOG_Configurator-tech-tipAll Chatsworth Products' (CPI) customers can create custom products and solutions according to their unique specification thanks to our intuitive product Configurator. 

This user-friendly configurator provides a total list price, rendered drawings and offers a selection of distributors or global resellers once the solution is created.

To make changes to a product while in the middle of the configuration process, it’s important to follow these simple suggestions to ensure you’ll get exactly what you want:

  • Do not use the Back arrow button from your Internet browser. Because the Configurator is a step-by-step process, hitting the back arrow button will not retrieve the information you provided on the previous page (Fig. 1). 
  • Instead, use the links located in the “Previous Selections” column on the left. If you hover over one of the selections, you can actually see the features you've chosen (Fig. 2). 
  • You can "jump" to any step you want and start from there, or just review what you did.
  • Make any edits you want and continue on through the design. 
  • You can also click on the “Previous” button, which will take you to the previous page of selections (Fig. 3).
  • Don’t forget to “retrace” your steps so the values are stored in the Configurator by clicking on the “Continue” button (Fig. 4).

Go here create your custom product or solution by CPI. To view an existing configuration, you must go to our eCatalog and retrieve your cart.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Go the Extra Mile and Use Chatsworth Products’ Cable Pathway Products

7/28/2014 1:28:26 PM

PATHWAY_APPLICATION_300.jpgA typical solution for those who need to manage smaller branch runs of cables in telecommunication/IDF environments is the J-shaped hook. J-shaped hooks are usually seen above the drop ceiling, where aesthetics are not a concern.

But the simplicity and lower price point of these cable hooks come with a huge price.

J-shaped hooks lack proper cable support and are more prone to creating a pinch point on your network cables, which affects cable performance over time. 

If you’re going to invest time and money to support your network cables, then why not go the extra mile and select a solution that has greater cost-benefit returns?

The labor requirements for installing J-shaped hooks are comparable to CPI's Cable Runway or Wire Basket Tray products when you consider the extra maintenance required for poorly managed cables.

CPI’s Universal Cable Runway and OnTrac® Wire Basket Tray products offer better cable support, greatly contributing to the performance and effectiveness of your network.

Both of CPI’s product offerings are more ideal for supporting network cables because:

  • They do not generate cable sagging
  • They can support larger weight load capacities
  • They are more aesthetically pleasing 

Universal Cable Runway and OnTrac Wire Basket Tray give you multiple supporting points and, as your cable density increases, you can add more cables to your runway.

For more information on CPI’s cable runway products, go here

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist  

5 Ways CPI Can Help Data Centers Achieve LEED Certification

7/24/2014 11:56:28 AM

 LEEDLeadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council recognizes best-in-class green building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects must meet prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. 

A LEED-certified data center is internationally recognized for being holistically sustainable and energy-efficient. Data centers can be LEED certified if they’re designed and equipped according to the Building Design and Construction framework.  

The newest version of the requirement includes the IT load and associated power and cooling energy use to the calculations. The new rating scale for data centers addresses unique challenges and allows for 110 possible points toward certification. Chatsworth Products (CPI) could contribute 12-24 credits toward this goal. 

Here are five ways Chatsworth Products (CPI) has helped many data centers around the globe achieve LEED certification:

  1. Use CPI’s GF-Series GlobalFrame® cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts, a solution that promotes “free cooling” within the data center. This solution, along with other initiatives, led the largest telecom in Brazil,  Telefonica Vivo,  to become the country’s first to achieve LEED Gold certification.
  2. By incorporating a design with redundancies in power and security, as well as the usage of CPI Aisle Containment products, F-Series TeraFrame® cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts and renewable energy sources, BendBroadband Vault achieved a power usage effectiveness (PUE) as low as 1.2, helping the company earn the LEED Gold stamp.
  3. Use CPI eConnect® PDUs to calculate IT energy closer to loads for more accurate PUE calculations and better define your energy-efficiency strategy.
  4. CPI Power Management Tool in conjunction with eConnect PDUs could contribute to 1 credit for Advanced Energy Metering toward LEED certification.
  5. Deploy CPI’s Aisle Containment products in conjunction with any number of various different effective economization technologies to reduce cooling energy budget by 40-90% and be eligible to earn up to 14 credits toward Optimizing Energy Performance category. 

Visit CPI’s Energy Efficiency page for more information.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

3 Fast Facts about the Enhanced Airflow of CPI’s F-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Cabinet System

7/21/2014 12:16:00 PM

F-Series TeraFrame Gen 3 CabinetsThe newest generation of F-Series TeraFrame® Cabinet features essential improvements in airflow for your data center.

Here are three fast facts about why CPI’s F-Series TeraFrame is one of the smartest ways to deploy airflow management: 

  1. A wider Vertical Exhaust Duct on 800 mm models improves airflow and allows for higher cabinet density.
  2. Two-Piece Top Panel is scalable to migrate to a Vertical Exhaust Duct at a later date; the front top panel remains, but rear section is replaced by the Vertical Exhaust Duct.
  3. The Vertical Exhaust Duct now has a power cord whip entry, which allows access through the duct panel (Bottom panel and air director included with Vertical Exhaust Duct configurations).

In addition to smarter airflow management, the F-Series TeraFrame Gen 3 also features an enhanced frame design, new sizes and panels and easier equipment rail adjustment. 

Click here for more details on all the features. 

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


CPI Plays Key Role in Mexico’s New Data Center Energy Efficiency Standard

7/16/2014 11:17:04 AM Mexico

Chatsworth Products (CPI) played a key part in the development of Mexico’s newest standard for the design, construction and operation of energy efficient data centers in the country. The new requirement went into effect on July 15.

Experts in multiple specialties, from infrastructure engineers, to data center operators to consultants and architects collaborated in the development of NMX-J-C-I-489-ANCE-ONNCCE-NYCE-2014. (Detailed information in Spanish can be found here.)

CPI participated in discussions and assessments of cabinets and enclosures, racks, cable runways and power distribution units (PDUs). Representing CPI, Victor Bañuelos, Technical Manager for Latin America, was able to provide valuable insight into the new classification of energy-efficient data centers as they relate to availability, energy efficiency and sustainability not only in terms of their design and construction, but also in terms of their daily performance. 

CPI’s pioneering solution—Passive Cooling®—plays a key role in energy-efficient data centers. For example, the standard dictates best practices in successfully achieving high energy efficiency in the data center through containment systems, such as cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts, and Hot and Cold Aisle Containment Solutions (HAC and CAC). This new set of requirements applies to new construction as well as retrofit applications. 

Our local CPI experts in Mexico can help you understand the design and implementation strategies of energy efficient data centers, while assisting you in selecting the products that will best fit your needs, including:

  • Build to Spec Kit HAC – A highly flexible and customizable solution that is ideal for retrofit and new applications.
  • CAC and HAC – Perfect for new constructions.
  • TeraFrame® and GlobalFrame® Cabinets – Compatible with any Passive Cooling strategy, these cabinets can include Vertical Exhaust Ducts and are adaptable to any design and configuration.
  • eConnect® PDUs – Intelligent PDUs distribute power to your equipment and come in a variety of configurations—Monitored, Monitored PRO, Switched and Switched PRO—to measure, monitor and report energy consumption at the cabinet level. 

For more information on how CPI’s energy efficient solutions, go here

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Must-See CPI Videos: Get the Skinny on How-Tos, New Solutions, Tech Tips and More

7/14/2014 12:51:59 PM



Do you know how to install a duct on a network cabinet? Have you actually heard and learned from a customer who has been able to optimize data center energy? How about getting product overview from an expert in a real-world environment?

Chatsworth Products (CPI) has more than 1,400 documents available to help you get relevant and up-to-date information on our products and solutions. 

To help you understand and use our products even further, CPI also creates useful videos. 

Follow us on our YouTube Channel to get the skinny on client applications, special events, how-to videos, case studies and more. 

How else would you know how simple it is to design and build a containment system on the fly? 

Do you have suggestions or requests for a video? Video suggestion. We’ll be glad to help.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Geek Out with GeekBeat TV and CPI’s Products

7/11/2014 11:37:35 AM

GeekBeatTV, one of the world’s most recognized news brand that enlightens, educates and entertains geeks all around on technology, gadgets and science just got better.

That’s because the company’s new telecommunication room and broadcast studio is now filled with Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) GF-Series GlobalFrame® Cabinets, OnTrac® Wire Mesh Cable Tray, Cable Runway and accessories.

With the company’s growth prospects and future plans, there was an urgent need for an upgraded telecom/broadcast room that could provide a safe and sturdy environment for equipment. 

GeekBeatTV wanted the best, so they turned to CPI.

“These products will make a huge difference in our working lives,” they stated.

The crew was so excited, they shot a step-by-step video of how the products will be set up in the room, with explanations for each of the unique features of CPI cabinets and cable management products.     

Check out the video below.


What California’s Title 24 Means for Your Data Center

7/10/2014 11:58:36 AM

Data Centers

Effective since July 1, California’s new Title 24 energy efficiency standards have brought into light some specific requirements for new or retrofit computer rooms and data centers of 20W/ft2 of equipment. This means the new standards can apply to small computer closets in offices to large data centers.

Many customers, particularly those located outside of the state, reached out to us, requesting more information on the topic.

Here’s a breakdown of the main requirements, technologies recommended and the benefits of this new set of standards. (You can also view the entire document here.)


  • Economizers are required in small computer rooms in buildings that have economizers (some exemptions apply)
  • Reheat is prohibited
  • Non-adiabatic humidification is prohibited
  • Fan-power limit of 27 watts/kBtuh of net sensible cooling capacity is required
  • Variable speed controls on all chilled water fan systems and all direct expansion (DX) systems of more than 5 tons serving computer rooms are required
  • Containment in new large, high-density data centers with air-cooled computers is required

The California Energy Commission suggests the use of the following technologies:

  • Variable speed drives or EC fan motors
  • CRAC or AC units with multiple stages of compression or variable capacity DX compressors
  • Containment products, strip curtains or blanking panels 
  • Direct evaporative cooling media or ultrasonic humidifiers


  • Improved IT performance – containment and temperature monitoring reduce hot spots that affect computer performance. 
  • Reduced noise – variable speed fans reduce noise. 
  • Improved comfort – without containment it is often necessary to overcool the space to avoid hot spots. With containment, room temperature can be raised, thus improving comfort for occupants. 
  • Improved monitoring – temperature sensors are often added along with variable speed fans. Variable speed fans also provide additional feedback that constant speed fans do not.
  • Redundancy – economizers provide backup cooling capacity most of the time should a compressor fail. Adding a VAV box to a small computer room that is already served by a split DX system, for example, provides redundancy should the split DX system fail.  

To view our containment solutions, click here

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


Chatsworth Products Steps into New Era with New Product Developments, Leadership

7/7/2014 11:38:02 AM

Mike CusterWhile continuing to focus on global growth, customer satisfaction and innovative product development, Chatsworth Products (CPI) welcomes Michael Custer as the company’s new president.

Custer first joined CPI in 1996 and most recently held the position of Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing with additional executive oversight responsibilities for International Operations, Supply Chain & Quality. He replaces Larry Renaud, who will remain CEO until his retirement in September.

Since its inception in 1991, CPI has strived to provide unparalleled product design and quality in the advancing field of data center management. Moving forward, CPI’s employee-owners and customers can expect to benefit from the yearly growth and expansion that CPI has experienced since it started. 

“CPI has remained fiercely independent through an extended period of industry consolidation and has preserved a uniquely strong best-in-class market position,” Custer says. “We’ve earned that position through an unmatched combination of high-availability solutions through our industry-leading distribution partners and high-touch customized solutions that always start with collaboration and the goal of delivering demonstrable benefits to our customers.”

CPI looks to a bright future with its new leadership and 100 percent commitment from all its employees to delight our customers with the best products and solutions for the data center.

For more information on CPI's core values and history, go here.


Calif.’s New Title 24 Goes into Effect

7/1/2014 9:49:00 AM


Properly managing airflow in the data center is no longer an option in California, it’s now a requirement.

As of today, July 1, the state’s Title 24 of the Building Efficiency Standards mandates that every newly constructed data center must have some form of airflow containment in place.

When air recirculates and bypasses freely in the facility, server inlet temperatures change inadvertently, which not only damages equipment over time, but also results in more electricity being spent on cooling. 

Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Aisle Containment Solutions can help companies comply with this new requirement.

“The performance specification for our aisle containment solutions is one of, if not, the best in the industry,” says Samuel Rodriguez, CPI Product Manager of Cabinet & Thermal Solutions.

With CPI Aisle Containment Solutions, it is possible to achieve “free cooling” in the data center by isolating, redirecting and recycling hot exhaust air. 

CPI’s full line of containment solutions is available in four standard configurations in hot aisle containment (HAC) or cold aisle containment (CAC) environments, each addressing the most pressing data center cooling needs, including ones that can be completely customized on site. 

For more detailed information about CPI Aisle Containment Solutions, visit our solutions page.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


CPI Passive Cooling® Helps New Data Center Plan for the Future

6/27/2014 11:44:48 AM


Telefonica Vivo - Case-Study-Telefonica-Vivo.jpgThe next 10 years look bright and cool for Telefônica Vivo’s data center.

As the largest integrated telecom in South America, the company needed a data center that would be robust enough to support all of the company’s mobile services for the next decade and beyond.

When Vivo learned about Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Passive Cooling® Solutions, the company didn’t have to look for a solution any more. CPI Passive Cooling Solutions allow companies to maximize their cooling efficiencies without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions. 

Vivo decided on CPI’s GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2  Cabinet Systems with Vertical Exhaust Ducts to isolate, redirect and recycle hot exhaust air.

GF-Series GlobalFrame Cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts are part of CPI Passive Cooling Solutions, which provide advanced thermal management with zero points of failure, thus delivering a Tier IV solution.

The end result was the Tier III status for design and construction from Uptime Institute that Vivo got for its data center. 

“Tier III is one hour of downtime in a year. And so far, we haven’t experienced any downtime,” Silvio Mendonça, Vivo’s Data Center Manager said.

Read this entire case study here.