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CPI's New Motive Vertical Cable Manager Draws Attention at BICSI Fall Conference

9/22/2016 8:00:00 AM

Motive Cable ManagerChatsworth Products (CPI) displayed the soon-to-be-released Motive Single-Sided and Double-Sided Vertical Cable Managers at the recent 2016 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition, prompting interest and excitement among the attendees. Motive’s unique, groundbreaking design offers a level of innovation and sophisticated engineering that is unprecedented in the industry.

Motive Cable Manager features a centralized track system, providing unlimited adjustability with versatile, direct-support for cable bundles using a host of new cable management accessories.

Advantages of Motive Cable Manager include:

Maximum Utilization of Space
Motive’s innovative track system and accessories allow for maximum use of interior space, providing more direct cable runs that are managed and supported precisely where needed.

Intuitive Tool-less Design
There is no need to search your toolbox. From the Accessory Rod, to the Half Spool to the Cable Bundle Swivel, all cable management accessories provide tool-less installation and adjustment. All adjustment points on Motive are highlighted in blue for easy identification.

Attention to Detail
Drawing from CPI’s extensive experience in cable management and its close relationship with contractors and end users, many design elements were included into Motive to enhance the user experience. For example, the front door features an integrated hook, providing a dedicated space for technicians to hang a test meter.

The front door also features a patent-pending innovative hinge and latch design. With its ability to open from the left or right, the door offers “slam” latch convenience that securely latches the door into place.

Motive Vertical Cable Manager will be available mid October, but in the meantime, visit our Facebook page to see some photos of the product from the BICSI Conference. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Duke Robertson, Product Manager, Open Systems

Chatsworth Products Announces New Headquarters Location

9/20/2016 9:09:23 AM

Chatsworth ProductsChatsworth Products (CPI) recently relocated its corporate office to Agoura Hills, Calif. The phone number remains unchanged. The relocation is consistent with the company’s focus on global growth, customer satisfaction and product innovation.

CPI's new corporate address: 

29899 Agoura Road, Suite 120
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

In addition to Agoura Hills, CPI has operating units in Chatsworth, Calif.; Georgetown, Texas and New Bern, N.C. Internationally, CPI has offices in Mexico, Canada, United Kingdom, China and United Arab Emirates.

For complete contact information visit our Locations page.

Our global presence is even stronger thanks to our partnership with a global network of distributors. Distributors provide added value by supplying you with a full breadth or products at a moment's notice. To learn more about our trusted distributors, resellers and contractors, visit our Partners page.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Chatsworth Products Adds High Outlet Density PDUs to Intelligent eConnect® Line

9/19/2016 8:00:00 AM

Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) popular eConnect® power distribution units (PDUs) have been enhanced to include 60 C13 outlet configurations on select models, making it the industry’s first intelligent PDUs equipped with highest outlet densities in a low-profile design.eConnect Locking Outlets

CPI’s 60 C13 Monitored eConnect PDUs include three-phase models that support up to 17.2 kW of power within North American markets and 22 kW of power within international markets.

“As the demand for IT resources continues to rise, more companies are deploying 48U and higher server cabinets to support more equipment within defined square footage. The release of 60 C13 Monitored eConnect PDUs allows data center operators to optimize their investment in the taller cabinets, while still benefiting from all the features of the intelligent eConnect platform,” stated Ashish Moondra, CPI Sr. Product Manager of Power, Software & Electronics.

Additionally, all eConnect PDUs now include a 1 gigabit Ethernet card, which enables users to connect at faster speeds and ensures compatibility of PDUs with newer network switches shipping today.

For more information about CPI’s eConnect PDU line, visit the product page. Also, compare models with the eConnect PDU Product Selector to find the best fit for you.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Ubiquitous Connectivity, Full Digitalization Plan for Schools and Libraries Underscore the Importance of Robust IT Infrastructure

9/14/2016 1:20:09 PM

Education Industry

The U.S. Department of Education is reimagining the role of technology in education. This year’s National Education Technology Plan envisions “equity, active use and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible.”

According to the Department of Education, schools and libraries need to be capable of supporting:

  • Ubiquitous high-speed Internet access in and out of school
  • Access to mobile devices that connect learners and educators to the Internet
  • High-quality digital learning content
  • Guidelines to safeguard students and ensure that the infrastructure is used to support learning

 Find Experts in the Subject

To support this digital transformation, a robust IT infrastructure is necessary. Everything from student record keeping, grade information and standardized test data relies on the optimal performance and function of a school system’s data center and premise network capabilities.

Furthermore, schools and libraries need an IT infrastructure system that accommodates a great variety of equipment, accepts cable routing from any direction, sustains high rack densities at allowable temperatures, supports intelligent power distribution and is ready for future demands.

In these subjects, Chatsworth Products (CPI) is an expert.

Start from the Top  

With so many different buildings, departments and classrooms, schools and universities require zone and wireless enclosures that provide easy access to equipment. 

By dividing the workspace into zones and prewiring each zone to a zone enclosure, it is easier to change connections in the future. Only the cables between the zone enclosure and the individual workspaces are moved, added or changed, eliminating disruption in other zones.

Do the Math: CPI Cabinet + Power = Solid Infrastructure

CPI provides a variety of cabinets, containment and enclosure systems to fit most applications. The TeraFrame® Family of cabinets, for example, is highly configurable and supports CPI Passive Cooling® Solution for optimal airflow and energy-efficient cooling.

For school districts and universities data centers with increasing density, an intelligent power distribution unit (PDU) that allows remote monitoring is crucial. With CPI Monitored eConnect® PDUs, it is possible to get detailed power measurements and even set up threshold alarm for power, temperature and humidity for each daisy chained PDU. [In fact, a school district in Tennessee has deployed TeraFrame and Monitored eConnect PDUs. Read about it here.]

For budgets that need to account for every cent, eConnect is ideal for schools and libraries as it provides Secure Array™ Technology, an IP linking consolidation feature that allows for a connection of up to 32 PDUs using a single IP address. This feature saves schools time and money because it reduces the number of IP ports, deploys fewer switches and routers, and decreases installation time.

Think Inside the Box, Out on the Wall

Class, conference rooms and library floors are usually busy areas with little floor space. CPI’s ThinLine™ II Wall-Mount Cabinet is a safe, space-saving cabinet for networking multiple systems in high-traffic areas.

The space-saving ThinLine II safely secures 19”EIA rack-mount network equipment with minimal intrusion into the room—perfect for tight areas and high-traffic places such as classrooms. Use ThinLine in schools, portable classrooms or small training rooms.

When equipment safety is a concern, CPI’s CUBE-iT PLUS® Wall-Mount Cabinet is ideal. The enclosure stores and secures telecommunications equipment in a horizontal cross connect or a consolidation point, thus providing easy access for cross connections and rerouting. It is ideal in campuses, and larger schools and libraries.

Proactive Planning: e-Rate Program Funds Broadband Connection

When it comes to education, proactivity is key. With the new school year in full swing, it is time to plan for next year’s budget allocation.

Every year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) assigns a billion-dollar funding program designed to upgrade internal connections and Wi-Fi infrastructure in U.S. grades K-12 and public libraries. 

With a core list of products covered by the e-Rate program in IT infrastructure—open racks, wall cabinets and cable management—CPI not only understands the market, but it has perfect solutions for any school, including:

  • Standard Two-Post Rack
  • Velocity® Standard Pack (Standard Rack + Velocity Vertical Manager)
  • Global Standard Pack (Standard Rack + Global Vertical Cable Manager)
  • Cable Runway Products
  • Standard Swing Gate Wall Rack
  • Cube-It PLUS® Wall-Mount Cabinet
  • ThinLine II Wall-Mount Cabinet

Graduating with Honors  

The learners of today will be tomorrow’s decision makers. In the age of the Internet of Things, students must have full equal access to technology in order to create, explore and investigate new frontiers.

Education enabled by technology requires a robust infrastructure that will provide the foundation to empower learners to make a better future. Count on CPI to be your partner in this endeavor. 

For more information on how CPI can solve critical concerns in the schools systems’ data centers, click here. Or contact your CPI Sales Manager to discuss your product needs.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Chatsworth Products Wins CI&M Innovators Award for the Second Consecutive Year at 2016 BICSI Fall Conference

9/13/2016 12:10:40 PM

2016 CI&M Innovators AwardFor the second consecutive year, Chatsworth Products (CPI) has received a Silver-level award by the judges of the Cabling Installation & Maintenance (CI&M) 2016 Innovators Awards, presented Monday night during the BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition being held in San Antonio this week. The award recognizes two outstanding features of CPI’s intelligent eConnect® Power Distribution Units (PDUs): Secure Array™ Technology and Click Secure Locking Outlets.

Ashish Moondra, CPI Sr. Sr. Product Manager of Power, Electronics & Software, accepted the award on behalf of CPI. 

Secure Array Technology

CPI’s Secure Array IP Consolidation enables users to link up to 32 PDUs under a single IP address using standard Ethernet cables, reducing installation time and costs or up to $400 per PDU. 

Additional features include outlet grouping, data logging, threshold alarms and PDU cloning. Adding a second IP address provides failover capability, which enables functioning PDUs to continue communicating if a PDU in the array loses connectivity.

Click Secure Technology

This patent-pending technology features locking outlets that securely fasten equipment to the PDU without the need for proprietary power cords, safeguarding power and eliminating the cost of additional accessories. Click Secure Technology by CPI is available on all eConnect PDUs with IEC outlets.

The CI&M Innovators Awards program reviews and recognizes the most innovative applications of cabling and communications technology products and systems within the structured cabling industry. The judging panel consisted of cabling and communications system specifiers, designers, integrators and managers with vast professional experience.

To learn more about all the features of eConnect PDUs, visit the product page. Then, try the Online Software Demo to test-drive the intuitive interface and functionality of eConnect.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

CPI’s Adjustable Rail QuadraRack® and ServerRack Now OSHPD Preapproved

9/12/2016 7:05:38 AM

Chatsworth Products (CPI) recently added the Adjustable Rail QuadraRack® and Adjustable Rail ServerRack to our list of Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) Pre-Approval of Manufacturer's Certification (OPM) products. OSHPD OPM is a voluntary program that focuses on health care facilities in seismically active regions in California. By using preapproved products, the time needed to gain OSHPD approval can be greatly reduced.ARQR

The Adjustable Rail QuadraRack features standard threaded mounting holes to support large modular network switches, routers and other equipment, while the Adjustable Rail ServerRack features standard square-punched mounting holes and supports rack-mount server and data storage equipment.

The feature-rich Adjustable Rail QuadraRack and ServerRack are available in multiple heights and depths, and offer the strength and stability of an enclosure in an open four-post mounting system that provides easy access to equipment and cabling.

Other key features include:

• Top-Mount Cable Waterfall Tray
• Rear Mounting Rails
• Marked and numbered rack-mount spaces
• Grounding and Bonding

Find out more about these products, or visit our OSHPD Pre-Approved Products page.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

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

9/7/2016 11:29:44 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Global Standard Pack Combines Performance, Convenience into One Solution

9/6/2016 7:01:31 AM

Power TimelineWhen you need to save time and money, and get the installation done quickly, consider Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Global Standard Pack. This bundle includes three fundamental products for small- to medium-size IT rooms: the popular Two-Post Standard Rack for reliable equipment support, the versatile Global Vertical Cabling Section (GVCS) for simple cable organizing and protection, and a Concrete Floor Installation Kit.

The Global Standard Pack can save you almost 30 percent in costs by allowing you to purchase both structural support for equipment and cable management in one convenient package.

The Global Standard Pack includes:

Two-Post Standard Rack 

CPI’s popular rack provides support of equipment and cabling in cost-sensitive applications where floor space is limited. The “55053,” as it’s known, features unmatched sturdiness and durability, and is the No. 1 storage solution for patch panels and network switches.

  • Numbered rack-mount spaces are printed on the equipment mounting channels, providing the installer an error-free way of positioning equipment 
  • Includes bonded assembly and a built-in attachment point for a ground (earthing) connection for easy and quick attachment to the grounding system
  • 1000 lb load rating
  • UL® listed

CPI Global Vertical Cabling Section (GVCS)

High-performance cables such as Category 6A, for example, are heavier and larger in diameter than their counterparts, so cable managers that will house these cables should be large enough to accommodate them.

The GVCS is an adaptable vertical cable management solution with a unique, two-piece design that reduces shipping size and cost.

Additionally, customers can select packages with 3.65”W (92.7 mm) or 6”W (150 mm) cabling sections. Two cabling sections can be used on either side of the rack or installed back-to-back for a double-sided system. 

  • Patented cable guide fingers spaced at 1U intervals create seamless cable transitions from the rack-mount space
  • Cable openings have rounded edges to protect cable, and will not deform or break
  • Cover snaps on and opens to the right or left for easy access to cables during moves, adds or changes

Rack Installation Kit for Concrete Floor 

Required hardware for securing rack to concrete floor is included so you can install it properly on the ground.

When your budget is limited and time is short, do not compromise quality and performance. CPI’s Global Standard Pack is the cost-effective solution to keep your equipment well stored and protected.

For more information and easy ordering through a distributor near you, visit the product the CPI Online Catalog.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Infographic: CPI’s 20 Years of Power Experience Ensures Your Technology Investment is Well Protected

9/1/2016 8:00:00 AM

Power TimelineChatsworth Products (CPI) has a proven reputation for high-quality IT infrastructure equipment such as server racks and cable management; however, CPI is also a power company, offering several groundbreaking power products and solutions to match any facility requirements.

CPI’s reputation in power began in 1998, when the company moved forward with its mission to provide a complete solution to not only organize and store IT equipment, but also deliver power to the equipment. It further crystalized in 2009, with the acquisition of Epicenter Inc., an industry-leading provider of data center products that addressed both the growing complexity of managing IT infrastructure spread and the increasing concerns regarding data center operating costs. Epicenter's patented solutions provided the capability for advanced data center performance measurement such as compute per watt.

Since then, CPI has been committed to providing advanced power products to solve critical data center applications. Take a look at the infographic highlighting our major power developments throughout our history.

July 1991 – 90 employees buy out the Dracon Division of Harris Corp. using an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), and founded CPI.

1992 - 2006 – As CPI grows, it develops a power product line to its offerings. The line of basic rack-mount power strips expands to include various combinations of outlets, metering plugs and surge protection, and models such as the transformer-spaced power strips.

1995 – CPI produces electronic KVM switches and becomes one of the only companies in the market to offer the product.

1998 – Epicenter, a provider of power and software products for data centers, is founded in San Jose, California. Its four founders brought in over 60 years of experience in the electronics industry.

1998 - 2009 – Epicenter solidifies its presence in the market by developing systems that provide capabilities for advanced data center performance measurement, such as compute per watt, patented KVM solutions, IP-addressable power distribution units (PDUs), as well as software that contains the early features of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions, as they are known today. Epicenter acquires numerous patents for data center management technology.

June 2006 – CPI adds Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) to its offerings. The new RIM-600 delivers flexible, scalable and affordable remote monitoring of cabinets.

June 2007 – CPI releases remote monitoring and automated access for the TeraFrame® Cabinet System, available with IP accessible Electronic Locking System.

January 2008 – CPI expands its data center solutions to include LCD/KVM Console that provides access to multiple computers using a single set of rack-mount peripherals.

2009 - 2010 – CPI’s leadership team makes the commitment to design and develop a new line of intelligent rack PDUs that will incorporate the 20 years of electrical, electronic and software development experience from Epicenter with CPI’s 20 years of mechanical innovation.

May 2009 – CPI acquires Epicenter. With the integration of Epicenter’s technology and power expertise, CPI further addresses customer needs with one of the most comprehensive data center power hardware and software in the market.

September 2009 – CPI announces new Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions, which include the components necessary to meter, monitor and control equipment and devices around the world from a single location. A complete personalized Enterprise Infrastructure Solution can be built using CPI’s Software Systems, KVM Systems and Power Management Products, along with Thermal Management and Cabinet and Enclosure Systems.

September 2012 – CPI introduces eConnect® PDUs as a new generation of power management solutions for enterprise data centers, featuring a low-profile design that reduces airflow disruptions, an ambient temperature rating of 149°F (65°C) and more than 160 standard configurations. This first generation of eConnect features the initial stages of Secure Array™ Technology, enabling users to link up to 16 PDUs under one IP address, reducing installation time and costs. With one of the highest temperature ratings in the industry and Secure Array technology, eConnect establishes a milestone in the PDU market, quickly becoming the ultimate connecting point between thermal innovation and intelligent power distribution.

February 2014 – CPI expanded its eConnect line of intelligent PDUs to include high-density PDUs in 50A and 60A 208V that meet power loads of up to 17kW per PDU, further addressing the market’s demand for high-density power solutions. Additionally, two new eConnect tools are developed: eConnect Software Demo and eConnect PDU Product Selector. The eConnect Software Demo links to eConnect PDUs installed in CPI’s Research, Development and Training Facility in Georgetown, Texas, and allows users to interact with each PDU model and learn about the individual features. The eConnect PDU Product Selector allows customers to compare up to four PDUs at once, and make selections based on product type, input voltage, input power range, outlet type and more.

August 2014 – CPI upgrades its environmental monitoring and security line to include RIM-750 and RIM-1000. Also, the option to add power to cabinets and racks at no additional cost becomes available. For convenience and quick installation, CPI preinstalls eConnect PDUs or basic power strips into cabinets before they ship. CPI’s Product Configurator allows customers to create personalized solutions.

March 2016 – CPI enhances its eConnect PDUs to include two new features: Secure Array IP Consolidation, now linking up to 32 PDUs under a single IP address, and Click Secure Technology. Patent-pending Click Secure Technology is available on all eConnect PDUs with IEC outlets and features locking outlets that securely fasten equipment to the PDU without the need for proprietary power cords, safeguarding power and eliminating the cost of additional accessories.

April 2016 – CPI offers a horizontal version of its popular eConnect PDUs. These new additions are available in the Monitored and Switched PDU functionalities, measure 2U x 19” EIA x 10.1 (89 x 486 x 257) and provide a variety of plug and outlet choices. Horizontal eConnect PDUs also support Secure Array IP Consolidation.

May 2016 – CPI announces global partnership with Sunbird Software, a leading innovator in DCIM software solutions that simplify how data center are managed. The companies collaborated to develop, test and certify a co-branded version of Power IQ® for eConnect that offers out-of-the-box compatibility with CPI eConnect PDUs, including automated data collection, power control, outlet naming and information presentation.

July 2016 –  CPI adds high outlet density configurations to the eConnect line of intelligent PDUs. Monitored models have up to 60 outlets, and Switched models have 48 outlets. CPI’s eConnect product line is the industry’s first intelligent PDUs to carry high outlet densities, while maintaining low-profile design.

2016 and beyond – CPI is committed to providing data center power solutions in the rack space and will continue to expand its power product offerings. 2016 will see additional introductions of high power systems to support the increase in rack density and expanded monitoring that maximizes the cost savings and utility of our Secure Array technology.  

To learn more about why you should choose Chatsworth Products for your power needs, visit our power product page.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

ENERGY STAR: Data Center Savings Recommendations

8/30/2016 8:00:00 AM

Energy Efficiency Solutions

Data Center operators are challenged with the balancing act of meeting green IT standards and saving energy, while keeping uptime through network redundancy.

One of these regulations comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which launched the ENERGY STAR program a few years ago to help homes, businesses and industries save money and protect climate through energy efficiency.

As a pioneer of energy-efficient technologies for data centers, Chatsworth Products (CPI) is committed to supporting you in every aspect of your data center energy-efficiency optimization—from cable management, to airflow containment to advanced power solutions.

The list below describes a few strategies recommended by ENERGY STAR to help data center and server rooms improve energy savings.

1. Server Virtualization
By consolidating multiple, independent servers to a single physical server, those servers can operate more efficiently, and reduce energy costs by up to 40 percent.

2. Decommissioning of Unused Servers
About a third of the equipment running in data centers consumes electricity without doing any computing.

Power IQ for eConnectBy deploying Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software such as Power IQ® for eConnect® by CPI, data center managers are notified of these “ghosts” servers and are able to proactively eliminate them. In combination with certain models of eConnect power distribution units (PDUs), it is also possible to monitor and switch servers at the outlet level.

3. Consolidation of Lightly Utilized Servers
A typical server’s utilization is about 5 to 15 percent, yet it draws full power. However, server consolidation increases the cabinet density, which in turn increases the potential for hot spots. Use CPI’s Monitored or Switched eConnect PDUs and Power IQ for eConnect to identify temperature changes at the rack level.

4. Invest in Technologies that Use Energy More Efficiently
In addition to energy-efficient servers, consider the IT infrastructure. CPI’s Aisle Containment Solutions isolate, redirect and recycle hot exhaust air, and provide “free cooling” in data center environments. Developed with built-in flexibility and high-quality engineering, CPI Aisle Containment Solutions easily adapt to challenges such as limited ceiling height and complex overhead pathways.

Complement your cabinets with eConnect PDUs, which feature a low-profile design and withstand high ambient temperature densities. [Did you know? CPI offers eConnect PDUs preinstalled in cabinets at no additional cost.]

5. Hot Aisle/Cold Aisle Layout
To avoid mixing hot and cold air, arrange your cabinets so that the fronts of the server racks face each, making the backs of the server racks face each other.

6. Properly Deployed Airflow Management Devices
ENERGY STAR recommends the use of blanking panels, which fill gaps between cabinets when a cabinet is omitted from the aisle/cabinet row. This avoids hot air returning to the aisle and improves operational efficiency.

It is good to expand this recommendation to other deployments. For example, further improve airflow containment with floor seals to prevent air from leaking from the bottom of the cabinet, aisle containment doors with automatic close system and filler panels to fill empty spaces between mounted equipment.

Finally, install grommets to seal areas where cables enter and exit plenums, racks and cabinets.

CPI Hot Aisle Containment7. Containment/Enclosures
Deploy containment solutions to further reduce mixing cold supply air with hot exhaust air. As mentioned, CPI offers Hot and Cold Aisle Containment, as well as Vertical Exhaust Ducts to help contain airflow at the cabinet level.

To see the differences of before and after applications of each deployment, be sure to contact us to request computational fluid dynamics analysis of your facility.

8. Server Inlet Temperature and Humidity Adjustments
To achieve and adjust temperature and humidity to optimal levels, install a series of temperature, humidity, power, pressure sensors throughout data center.

CPI offers Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) System, giving you the ability to remotely monitor, record and analyze valuable environmental security and safety conditions in your data center and equipment rooms. RIM-750 provides remote monitoring of environmental sensors for a single server cabinet or a small computer or telecommunications equipment room. RIM-1000 provides remote monitoring of sensors and devices in your data centers and equipment rooms.

Energy efficiency can only be improved if you address and monitor every aspect of the data center—from the aisle, to the cabinet, down to the device level. For that, count on CPI to be your partner in solving your most complex challenges with the most appropriate and readily available solutions. To learn more about our energy-efficiency solutions, click here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

CPI Adds Three New Courses Approved for BICSI Continuing Education Credits

8/22/2016 8:00:00 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Webcast: “Are You Facing Challenges Effectively Managing Data Center Energy Consumption and Utilization?”

8/17/2016 8:00:00 AM

Tune into the Cabling Installation & Maintenance (CI&M) webcast hosted by Chatsworth Products (CPI) on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 1:00 p.m. EDT to get an in-depth view of how to effectively manage data center energy consumption and utilization.

Ashish Moondra, CPI Sr. Product Manager of Power, Electronics & Software, will present “Are You Facing Challenges Effectively Managing Data Center Energy Consumption and Utilization?” Data centers are notorious consumers of electrical power. To gain a handle on CIM Webcastpower consumption and best economize that consumption, data center managers can benefit from examining consumption at the rack and port level. Technology developed during the past couple years has enabled this type of granular view.

This presentation describes the types of power-delivery systems that allow data center managers to track and manage their power consumption, enabling them to monitor and alter their equipment, as necessary, to achieve maximum power-consumption efficiency.

To register to attend, click here. For more information on CPI’s power products that help you efficiently manage data center energy consumption and utilization, visit the website.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

New, Tool-less Clik-Nut™ Cage Nut Reduces Labor and Installation Time by at Least 70%

8/15/2016 8:00:00 AM

 The recently released Clik-Nut™ Hardware Kit by Chatsworth Products (CPI) addresses the fundamental challenges of installing and removing traditional cage nuts. Standard cage nut hardware can be difficult and time-consuming to install or move. Installing cage nuts requires force that exceeds what can be reasonably applied by human fingers. Consequently, installers routinely suffer from pinched fingers, ripped or detached fingernails. CPI’s Clik-Nut Hardware Kit solves these issues. Clik-Nut Hardware Kit - 76453P_SINGLE_RGB72.jpg76543P_INSTALLED_OUTLINE.jpg

“Anyone who has ever used cage nuts will attest they are not easy to install or remove. They are difficult and painful to install without a specialty tool; the tool is always missing when you need it, and no tool works well for both installation and removal. The increasing number of requests to install these at the factory combined with general customer comments over the years motivated us to take a second look,” stated Sam Rodriguez, CPI Sr. Product Manager of Cabinet & Thermal Solutions.

The patent-pending, squeeze-and-release design eliminates the need for tools, resulting in easier and faster installation by at least 70 percent. To use, simply align the Clik-Nut with the desired mounting hole, squeeze and release the tab. The Clik-Nut will then be fastened in place and ready for equipment mounting.

Advantages of the new product include:

No tools required – squeeze-and-release design allows for easier, faster and safer installation
High payload capacity – same strength and reliability as standard cage nuts
Universal usability – fully compatible with .375” (9.5 mm) EIA square-punched holes

For more information and to request a free sample, click here.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Online Demos Now Available for CPI Remote Infrastructure Management Products

8/10/2016 2:15:14 PM

RIM-1000 Software Demo - BLOG-RIM-1000-SOFTWARE.jpgSelecting the right environmental monitoring software requires research. Chatsworth Products (CPI) has made the process easier by adding online software demos for its Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) System.

RIM provides real-time monitoring of critical conditions, allowing data center managers to resolve environmental problems in equipment rooms and data centers before they cause downtime.

CPI’s RIM System monitors, records and analyzes environmental, security and safety conditions of equipment in a single server cabinet or row of cabinets, providing data center managers flexibility and ease-of-mind.

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

Two different configurations are available:


  • Suitable for a single cabinet or small equipment room
  • Web-accessible with an easy-to-use mobile-friendly web interface that 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 

Visit the RIM-750 product page to access the online demo.


  • Monitors a row of high-density cabinets or small computer room
  • 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

Visit the RIM-1000 product page to access the online demo.
Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Attend CPI’s Educational Data Center Design Tutorial at BICSI

8/8/2016 8:00:00 AM

Chatsworth Products (CPI) will be conducting a three-hour tutorial on data center design at the 2016 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition Sept. 11 – 15 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Ian Seaton, CPI Global Technology Consultant, will instruct “Data Center Temperature Design Tutorial” on Monday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST. The informative three-hour session will provide attendees with steps on how to apply ASHRAE environmental guidelines for data communications equipment, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) flow charts and BICSI-002 best practices to an actual design project. The tutorial is worth three BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs), and all participants should come prepared with a laptop to work through examples.

In addition to the presentation, CPI will be showcasing its latest data center solutions in Booth #605 in the exhibit hall. Stop by to check out:

  • Clik-Nut™ Hardware Kit – reduces installation time by at least 70 percent, while maintaining the same strength and reliability as a standard cage nut
  • Adjustable Cable Runway – features unique, movable Cross Members, creating a flexible point-to-point pathway for network cabling
  • Two-Post Rack – supports equipment and cabling with unsurpassed strength, stability and durability
  • Cable Management – manages and maintains the cables and cords that provide the support, reliability and flexibility needed to sustain and grow network capabilities

Everyone who visits the CPI booth will also receive a FREE sample of the new Clik-Nut Hardware Kit.

For more details about CPI’s data center products and solutions, visit the website for the complete product offering. For more information on the BICSI Fall event and to register for CPI’s tutorial, click here.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

OSHPD vs. Seismic Rated: Protecting Equipment in Seismic Areas

8/4/2016 11:02:25 AM

Data centers located in seismic areas require special infrastructure to support and protect equipment. With so many products and seismic certifications in the market today, it is important to understand a few basic differences.  

For example, Chatsworth Products (CPI) offers a variety of products that hold the Office Statewide Health Planning & Development’s (OSHPD) preapproval of manufacturer's certification (OPM), so that the stringent installation and permit processes in seismic regions can be expedited. This is the case with the popular Two-Post Standard Rack.

CPI also offers a variety of seismic-rated products, such as the Seismic Frame® Two-Post Rack, that are reinforced to perform better under earthquake conditions, as they provide additional bracing. 

Seismic Frame Two-Post RackSeismic Frame® Two-Post Rack

Use CPI’s Seismic Frame Two-Post Rack when seismic design criteria specifies that equipment must remain operational when subject to earthquakes even though some small amount of repairable secondary physical damage may occur.

An earthquake can easily damage or destroy nonseismic racks and equipment that are not carefully braced. CPI’s Seismic Frame Two-Post Rack resists the swaying motion caused by earthquakes to reduce the amount of vibration transferred through the rack to equipment, making it less likely to be damaged during a seismic event, which means faster network recovery.

CPI’s Seismic Frame Rack is a robust, fully welded frame that provides strong equipment support in areas that have seismic activities. Other features include:

  • Independently seismic-tested and certified; meets industry-recognized Telcordia® Technologies Inc. GR-63-CORE Network Equipment Building Systems (NEBS) Zone 4 requirements
  • 1,000 lb (453.6 kg) load rating for seismic areas
  • Two mounting-hole terminal block included for easy connection with the Telecommunications Grounding Busbar
  • Supports 19” EIA-310-D compliant rack-mount equipment

Two-Post Standard Rack with Integrated GroundingOSHPD-Preapproved Two-Post Standard Rack

The CPI Two-Post Standard Rack meets the requirements for California’s OSHPD, which governs health care construction, renovation and seismic safety of hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. When products are OSHPD approved, it allows design engineers at all levels to specify solutions and know the product will meet the minimum requirements for structure, support and anchorage.

CPI Two-Post Rack with OSHPD preapproval guarantees that the supports and attachments to the building structure are properly addressed for seismic requirements. Features include:

  • 3”D (80 mm) or 6”D (150 mm) mounting channel
  • 1000 lb (453.6 kg) static load rating
  • Integrated grounding features
  • 19” EIA rack-mount width

When selecting infrastructure products for a data center in earthquake environments, it is crucial to get the most protection for the equipment. Choose racks that not only meet seismic requirements, but also provide exceptional quality and performance. 

To get more details on CPI’s Seismic Two-Post Rack, click here. To learn more about CPI’s Two-Post Rack, click here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Entertainment Company Takes Office Redesign to Next Level with Chatsworth Products Solutions

8/1/2016 11:16:03 AM

BrandStarBrandStar, a small entertainment production company of 26 years, produces TV programming for Lifetime®, Fox Business and History Channel. The company recently completed a renovation of its office space, including a complete update of the IT infrastructure and technology systems, resulting in a more energy-efficient environment. The new high-tech facility will enable greater efficiency and increased productivity. Now, BrandStar can stay focused on growing its business.

The Background

Brandstar needed to move its 22,000-square-foot office into a smaller, 11,500-square-foot space that needed complete renovation. As a fully integrated firm and production studio, Brandstar not only required state-of-the-art technology in order to increase productivity and growth, but also wanted a collaborative work environment to keep employees happy. 

The Challenge

As the company equipped the office with the latest media, computing and security devices, there needed to be a convergence of all the cabling back to a central location—a functional and efficient IT room that needed to support the day-to-day business demands of today and tomorrow.

For example, IT equipment and cabling needed to be well organized for rapid moves, adds and changes, as well as to be protected from the heat from server fans. Additionally, the IT infrastructure to house this complex networking system also needed to integrate the cables and servers seamlessly, in a functional and organized manner. 

The Solution

Chatsworth Products (CPI) presented a solution that included a Two-Post Standard Rack, Evolution® Vertical and Horizontal Cable Managers and a Basic Vertical Mount Power Strip.

Two-Post Standard Rack - Features a small footprint, making it the best choice in many telecommunications and equipment rooms where floor space is limited. Additionally, it has integrated grounding and bonding, which reduces labor and saves time.

Evolution Vertical Management - Vertical configuration manages premise cables, patch cords and jumper cords on the side of open rack systems. Its solid construction supports large bundles of heavy cables needed in high-density applications. Vertical managers support various optional cable management accessories to divide the interior space and manage cable slack properly.

Evolution Horizontal Management - Horizontal configuration is used above and below patch panels and network switches to organize and store cables on CPI open racks. Horizontal managers also include plastic T-shaped cable guides to organize patch cords and jumper cords as the cords enter and exit.

Vertical Power Strip - CPI Power Strips provide basic, reliable power distribution into racks and cabinets, allowing you to share a single power connection with multiple pieces of equipment. 

The Result

The renovation resulted in a fully integrated, digital office environment that allowed the company to work smarter. The new IT room keeps “the nervous system” of this technology in an organized and secure manner that will serve the company for years to come.

Brandstar can now enter the next level of growth knowing that its technology investments are well protected and secured with CPI’s cable and power management solutions.

Is your business prepared for growth? Visit the CPI Online Catalog to find a solution that will keep your IT equipment secured and protected so you can focus on growing your business.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

eConnect® Meets All Market Demands for Intelligent PDUs

7/27/2016 11:21:45 AM

According to research and analysis firm IHS, the global rack power distribution (PDU) market growth forecast for 2016 is being driven by demand for the following features: high power ratings, intelligent capability, environmental and security, power provisioning, capacity planning and remote control. eConnect® PDUs from Chatsworth Products (CPI) meet all of these needs.

The global rack PDU market is forecasted to grow 5.6 percent year-over-year to reach almost 1 billion in 2016, IHS says. Users are seeking products with more intelligent features such as remote control and switching, enterprise reporting and monitoring capabilities, according to IHS.

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Here are a few features of eConnect PDUs and how they fit into this market trend:

Demand for higher power ratings

High-density environments require more input power from the PDU. Extending three-phase connections to the rack boosts the amount of power you can deliver through each PDU, increasing rack density. Increasing voltage, allows lower amperage circuits, which use smaller conductors, to deliver more power. eConnect features configurations the meet high voltage requirements, including three-phase 380-415 volts input, 220-240 volts output, and three- and six-branch circuits of up to 30 amperes. 

Shift toward more intelligent products 

As data centers become more complex, all networked devices need to be monitored for temperature and power. From Monitored, Monitored Pro, Switched and Switched Pro models, eConnect PDUs provide local LCD display and remote monitoring or switching features. 

Remote monitoring includes voltage, amperage, power, power factor, energy for the unit and breakers on all models. You can also add two external temperature and humidity sensors to each PDU. Monitored Pro and Switched Pro models provide monitoring  of voltage, amperage, power and energy at the outlet level. Switched and Switched Pro models also provide remote control (on/off/cycle) of each outlet.

Demand for environmental and security features

Increased temperatures in data centers improve cooling system efficiencies and lower cooling cost, but the exhaust temperature is also increasing. To prevent equipment failure due to overheating, it is necessary to deploy PDUs with high ambient temperature rating. eConnect PDUs are rated to operate in temperatures as high as 149°F (65°C). [Pro tip: Gain better insight into your rack environment by monitoring temperature and humidity with CPI Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM-1000) system].

On the security aspect, eConnect supports network protocols with integrated security and various user authentication methods including HTTP/HTTPS, SNMP v1/v2/v3, RADIUS and LDAP integration and Secure Socket Layer (SSL). There are both user and admin account permission levels. 

Additionally, eConnect features patent-pending Click Secure Locking Outlets, which click straight cords into place and prevent accidental disconnections.

Need for power provisioning, capacity planning and remote control

Using intelligent PDUs move power measurements closer to equipment. By measuring power at the rack or device level, operators can identify underutilized or overutilized capacity.  PDUs with special switching capabilities such as eConnect Switched Pro, also allow remote outlet control (ON/OFF) capability for every outlet, so that unused outlets can be turned off when not in use. By integrating intelligent PDUs with a DCIM software solution, like Power IQ® for eConnect, operators can track power use over time and report costs of activities.


The modern data center requires intelligent products that not only meet the minimum market requirements but exceed expectations in reliability, capability and quality. In this case, eConnect PDUs are the ideal solution for any high-density environment.

Curious about eConnect? Try our Online Software Demo to test the intuitive interface and functionality of eConnect PDUs. For more information on all the different models of eConnect, visit the product page.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Chatsworth Products to Participate in Two Upcoming Events in Latin America

7/25/2016 11:34:02 AM


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

August - Data Center Summit, Costa Rica

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

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

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

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

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

September - DatacenterDynamics Converged, Mexico City

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

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

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

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

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

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Contractor Reviews and Commends CPI’s Adjustable Cable Runway

7/19/2016 2:14:03 PM

Adjustable Cable Runway ProductChatsworth Products’ (CPI) Adjustable Cable Runway has been a hit among contractors and consultants. The absolute flexibility and customization of the design have impressed those who are in the highly specialized field of data center construction and networking.

CPI’s Adjustable Cable Runway features movable, tool-less 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.

“There is no downtime to tear everything down and move everything around,” says Avery Aragaki, Partner at Aspen Technologies, a provider of telecommunication and networking services for businesses.

During a recent visit to CPI’s Research, Development and Training Center (RD&T), Aspen Technologies was able to get hands-on interaction with the Adjustable Cable Runway.

Here are some advantages Aspen Technologies highlighted:

Movable Cross Members – Simplifies moves, adds and changes (MAC). Contractors do not have to waste time taking the cable pathway apart during MACs.

Tool-less accessories – Provides significant labor cost reductions. Installers will benefit from improved installation efficiencies, including faster time to deploy and reduced labor costs 

Complements other CPI Cable Runway Systems – Adapts to any data center or computer room setup. There is no added cost to update older cable runway systems when deploying the Adjustable Cable Runway 

As an added benefit, the Adjustable Cable Runway allows data centers and facilities to meet ANSI, TIA and EIA installation standards for copper and fiber cabling, while promoting proper bend radii, helping to preserve data transmission integrity and prevent signal degradation. It is also designed with insight into key Grounding and Bonding practices.

For your next cable pathway projects, consider CPI’s Adjustable Cable Runway. Our trusted contractors attest to it. Learn more about the Adjustable Cable Runway here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist