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Visio Shapes Now Available for N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet

12/18/2014 3:10:47 PM

N-Series TeraFrame Gen 3 Network CabinetChatsworth Products (CPI) now has Visio shapes for its recently redesigned N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet.

Visio shapes are one of the many design tools CPI provides free of charge to registered CPI website users. CAD blocks and BIM models are also available.

The N-Series TeraFrame features a highly flexible frame and ducting that provides a universal solution to meet the unique thermal and cable management requirements for network switching equipment. The internal duct can be configured to support side airflow or front to rear switch airflow patterns. Additionally, the duct is designed to simultaneously support equipment of different sizes.

Visit our Visio shapes library to see our full selection.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

CPI Regional Sales Manager Obtains BICSI Data Center Design Consultant Designation

12/16/2014 9:26:12 AM

BICSI Logo.jpgRobb Jones, Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Sales Manager for Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington states, is the first CPI employee to earn the BICSI Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC) designation. Jones passed the DCDC test in half the time allotted to take it.

Released in 2011, the DCDC test was created to recognize the individuals who have demonstrated both the knowledge and ability to apply it over the multiple facets within data center design. Candidates for the designation are individuals involved in the planning, implementing and making of critical decisions regarding data centers. BICSI recommends this credential for Data center, IT, facility or project managers, architects, engineers, designers, consultants and those planning to enter careers in the data center design, construction or maintenance fields.

Congratulations to Robb Jones on this achievement!

CPI is proud to employ individuals with such high credentials. Additionally, several CPI employees, including Jones, possess the RCDD certification. See the complete list here.

Shannon Erdley, Creative Writer/Public Affairs Specialist

Free Virtual Event: Best Practices for a Healthy Data Center

12/12/2014 1:29:07 PM

Shands Data CenterJoin CPI and Anixter on Tuesday, December 16 for the opportunity to engage with leaders in data center thermal management during a free virtual event titled "Thermal Efficiency: Best Practices for a Healthy Data Center". 

New facilities need to have flexible designs to support future growth over the next decade with minimal capital investment. 

One of the best ways to reduce operational expenses is to design a highly efficient data center cooling system. At this live webinar, you will learn about various cooling and containment technologies, modern design trends, as well as best practices that mitigate risk and save money by keeping a data center’s thermal management system healthy, including:

  • Airflow design and management best practices
  • Fine tuning the data center’s breathing through temperature and pressure adjustments
  • Monitoring the airflow’s circulation throughout the facility by using environmental sensors and active control.
Agenda (CST): 
12:45 p.m. Virtual environment opens 

1:00 p.m. Video presentation begins
1:30 p.m. Real-time panel discussion with industry experts (see list below), live Q&A from audience
2:00 p.m. Virtual trade show opens

Panelists include: Robert Sullivan, Ph.D. Independent Consultant, Thomas McKinney, Forsythe Data Centers and Jason dePreaux, IHS Technology

All attendees will earn (1) BICSI CEC credit. 

Register today.
Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Webinar: Build an Aisle Containment Solution without Replacing Cabinets

12/4/2014 3:10:53 PM

CPI Aisle ContainmentResearch suggests that most data centers use an average of four times the power for cooling than the IT load requires. With power requirements only going up; by some estimates, 30 to 50 percent of data centers will run out of power and cooling within the next year. 

Learn how to make the most of the power already being supplied to your data center with solutions that optimize airflow, reduce operating costs and eliminate the need to purchase additional CRAC units. 

Don’t miss this eye-opening webinar on power and cooling on Dec. 18 at 10:30 am Central Standard Time.

Chatsworth Products’ (CPI), Field Application Engineer, Tom Cabral, will delve into topics such as:

  • Benefits of isolation
  • Highlights of CA Title 24
  • The case for containment
  • Methods of containment…is one better than another?
  • Hot Aisle vs. Cold Aisle
  • A detailed study of containing an active data center

Register today.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

CPI Updates Cable Runway Radius Bend and E-Bend

11/25/2014 9:21:32 AM

Radius BendChatsworth Products (CPI) just updated two of its signature Cable Runway products—Radius Bend and E-Bend—to include additional widths to fit all the available widths of CPI’s Cable Runway.

CPI Cable Runway Bends and Radius Drops maintain gradual bends so that cable signal quality is preserved, as per Category 5/5e/6 requirements.

Cable Runway E-Bends create a 90-degree gradual sweep for horizontal plane cable runway runs. CPI Cable Runway Radius Bend are used to maintain a gradual cable bend for cascading cable runs. 

Both products are now available in widths ranging from 4” (100 mm) to 36” (910 mm).

Visit the product page for more information. An updated cable fill document and Cable Pathway Quick Reference Guide are also available.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


CPI 2014 Holiday Hours

11/21/2014 12:28:56 PM

Happy HolidaysThe employee owners at Chatsworth Products (CPI) are thankful for a fruitful year among customers, partners, suppliers, and co-workers.

As the holiday season approaches, please take note of our holiday schedule.

Holiday schedule for CPI U.S. operations:

  • Nov. 27–28: Closed
  • Dec. 23: Last shipping day
  • Dec. 31–Jan.1, 2015: Closed
  • Jan. 2, 2015 – All functions resume 

Holiday schedule for CPI European operations:

  • Dec. 24, Noon –Jan. 5, 2015: Closed
  • Dec. 19: Last shipping day
  • Jan. 6, 2015 – All functions resume

CPI Customer Service and Technical Support teams will be available to assist you Dec. 26, 29 and 30. Please contact us at 1-800-834-4969 during this time.

From all CPI employee owners, we wish you a happy holiday season. We look forward to many new and encouraging opportunities with you in the New Year!

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

New CPI Vertical Cable Manager Size Addresses Growing Cable Needs

11/17/2014 12:37:42 PM

Cable_Ring_for_GVCS.jpgYou can now support and organize larger bundles of high-performance cables with the newly available 10-inch wide Global Vertical Cabling Section (GVCS) and cable rings.

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.

CPI’s Cable Rings create a separate cable path on back of the GVCS to organize cables for a neat, professional installation. The rings can be added to the back of the single-side managers to create a front and rear pathway for cables.

For more information on the GVCS and Cable Rings, download the cut sheet.
Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist 

CPI's Mobile Apps Just Got More Convenient

11/13/2014 1:25:47 PM

CPI'S Mini Catalog AppChatsworth Products’ (CPI) offers two mobile apps to assist our customers who are on the go in selecting or accessing information about our products. 

For added convenience, you can now push your list of selected products from the Mini Catalog App to the bill of material (BOM) feature on the Mobile App Suite.

This way you only have to submit one BOM list with all the products you need.

The Mini Catalog App for iPads is one of our most popular tools for information on accessories, cable management, grounding and bonding, etc. 

Whether you have an Apple or Android device, use the CPI Mobile App Suite to determine cable fill, select server or wall-mount cabinets, identify the best power distribution unit (PDU) and create bills of material (BOM) for cable pathway.

For more information on CPI’s mobile apps, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Chatsworth Products Participates in Clean Technology Event

11/11/2014 10:26:51 AM

CPI Energy Efficiency Solutions

Chatsworth Products (CPI) recently participated in a panel discussion on the advancements of clean technology innovation at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN). 

Business leaders and proponents of clean technology shared their views on ways to create a cleaner and more stable environment. 

Representing CPI at “Advancing Cleantech Innovation in the San Fernando Valley” was Jose Blanco, Plant Manager at our California manufacturing facility. Also included in the panel were California State Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), Andrew McAllister, California Energy commissioner; and others.

As a pioneer in energy-efficient solutions for the data center, CPI is proud to have become an industry leader in the topic. Our Passive Cooling® Solutions, the most cost-effective and cooling-effective thermal management solution on the market, continue to push the envelope when it comes to effectively reducing data center energy costs.

During the eight years Blanco has worked at CPI, he has continued to highlight the value of education, experience, environmental responsibility and has pushed the capacities in manufacturing to meet the energy challenges of the new millennium. 

CPI also participates on standards committees and recommends accepted industry best practices of The Green Grid, AFCOM, ASHRAE, TIA and more to fulfill its commitment to true energy efficiency. To learn more about our energy efficiency solutions, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Get a $300 Discount off the Industry-Leading Gartner Conference with CPI's Code

11/6/2014 9:39:31 AM Gartner Conference 2014

Chatsworth Products (CPI) will participate in one of the industry’s top events, Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference 2014, Dec. 2-5 in Las Vegas.

The event focuses on today’s most important infrastructure and operations topics, trends and technologies. 

As such, CPI will display its latest cutting-edge solutions—the N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet with a Vertical Exhaust Duct and Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) System products.

Taking equipment management one step further, the N-Series TeraFrame supports the deployment of different sized devices within one cabinet without the need for additional accessory kits, while providing complete airflow isolation. Optimum cooling and airflow are achieved with the Vertical Exhaust Duct, which isolates, redirects and recycles hot exhaust air from the cabinet.

On the environmental monitoring front, CPI will display its new RIM-1000, RIM-750 and RIM Protocol Converter, which give users the ability to remotely monitor, record and analyze environmental security and safety conditions in data centers and equipment rooms.

Promo Code: DC33SP47 

By using CPI’s exclusive promo code DC33SP47, you will be able to get a $300 discount off the event registration fee.  

Go here to register for the event using CPI’s promo code. 

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


Swedish Data Center Professionals Visit CPI’s RD&T Center

11/3/2014 7:46:22 AM

BLOG-Swedish-Visit.jpgChatsworth Products’ (CPI) Research, Development & Training (RD&T) Center in Georgetown, Texas, recently had the pleasure of hosting a group of IT professionals from a Swedish association of physical computer environment, EKO.

The group visited the country to learn about data center design trends and best practices. The RD&T Center offers visitors the ability to observe real-world data center thermal testing and allows CPI to perform top-notch in-house product testing. 

In addition to visiting CPI’s RD&T Center, the group visited Anixter’s headquarters in Glenview, Ill., and data centers from United Airlines, Digital Reality and Orlando Health, all of which include CPI products.

Their last stop was Orlando and a visit to the Orlando Health data center, where CPI cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts are installed.  

“The visit to Orlando Health appeared to be well received. A lot of the discussion centered around how they were operating the space and some of the design challenges,” CPI Senior Data Center Consultant, Steven Bornfield, who accompanied the group, said.

CPI invites you to visit our RD&T Center, speak with our staff and get a hands-on look at our products. For more information, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Join Us for Special Webinar on Airflow Management November 13

10/30/2014 9:16:47 AM Cabling Installation and Maintenance CIM

Chatsworth Products, (CPI) will participate in the Cabling Installation and Maintenance Webcast: "Achieving Effective Airflow Management in Challenging Networks," next Thursday, November 13 at 1pm Eastern.

Webcast Description:

A data center truly is an ecosystem of interrelated and interdependent technologies, the performance of each one affecting the others in some way. Professionals administering these data centers are tasked with the challenge of maintaining balance within this ecosystem. This webcast seminar, produced by Cabling Installation & Maintenance, addresses three elements of the data center ecosystem—fiber-optic infrastructure for the network’s computing functions, thermal management within such a computing environment, and the supply of power to network-computing devices throughout a facility.

Ian Seaton, CPI Global Technology Consultant, will be conducting a presentation on how to maintain efficient airflow, while also realizing the advantages of non-standard-breathing networking equipment.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

See How eConnect® PDUs Can Contribute to Data Center Availability

10/27/2014 12:09:30 PM

CPI Power Management ProductsChatsworth Products’ (CPI) eConnect® Power Distribution Units (PDUs) play an important role in supporting data center availability.

eConnet PDUs have certain features that make power management at the rack level intuitive, effective and reliable, all of which are crucial in Tier III operations and beyond.

According to Victor Bañuelos, Technical Manager for Latin America and an Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designer, Tier applications, particularly in Tier III and IV, data center designers must ensure that all mechanical and electrical systems are concurrently maintainable or fault-tolerant. This means that an alternate power feed should be present in case of main circuit failure or maintenance events. 

At the rack level, IT equipment must be connected to two different and independent power sources for redundancy. Although Uptime Institute Tier system does not address equipment and technology specification, the following features of CPI eConnect PDUs will help users avoid failures, achieve overall data center reliability and properly prepare for maintenance operations without disturbing the system’s uptime:

  • Monitored and Switched models that increase the level of control when managing energy and planning capacity, reducing the risk of overloads, unbalanced circuits, unwanted or unauthorized connections
  • Accurate metering energy and temperature/humidity parameters that provide an extra layer of reliability and system insight, allowing users to take actions remotely via a web browser
  • Up to 20 units that can share a single Ethernet connection, while providing a second (backup) network connection
  • If a linked unit goes off line, the other linked units remain communicating, ensuring continuous and seamless power distribution
  • Low-load alarms that can indicate power line issues or voltage disruption on servers
  • Outlet grouping feature allows users to get insight into total current use for several pieces of equipment, as well as cycle power for redundantly powered devices via a web interface
For more information on eConnect PDUs, visit the product page.
Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Is Your Data Center Ready for a Challenge from the White House?

10/23/2014 11:40:21 AM


Blog - Better Buildings Challenge

The federal government is challenging data centers across the country to become at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020, the White House announced in a blog post recently.

In 2013, U.S. data centers consumed about 100 billion kilowatts (kW) per hour of energy, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). By being 20 percent more efficient, cost savings would be about $2 billion. 

The effort is part of the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, which also includes commercial and industrial facilities. 

The challenge is intended to get participating data centers to either improve energy efficiency by at least 20 percent and showcase one specific project within 10 years, or have a single data center with an IT load of 100 kW or greater improve energy consumption by 25 percent within five years.

So far, 19 data centers have accepted the challenge.

CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions Can Help 

Energy efficiency is a top priority at Chatsworth Products (CPI). Our industry-leading Passive Cooling Solutions offer innovative airflow management techniques, helping data centers maximize their cooling efficiencies without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions. 

Benefits Include:

  • Saves up to 40 percent on total data center energy costs.
  • Lowers construction costs relative to active cooling solutions.
  • Reduces data center cooling costs up to 90 percent.
  • Permits chilled water temperatures to be increased, providing means for more hours of economization under high IT loads.

For more information on CPI's approach to energy efficiency in data centers, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist  

International News: CPI’s N-Series TeraFrame Cabinet and More Will be at CISCO Live Cancun

10/21/2014 12:44:34 PM

Chatsworth Products (CPI) will display its N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet, F-Series TeraFrame Gen 3 and GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinets and Hot Aisle Containment (HAC) Solution at Booths J1 and J3 during Cisco Live Cancun, Nov. 3-6.

The N-Series Network Cabinet has a unique frame design that allows you to mount various sizes and models of switches, whether Cisco, Juniper or other, in the same cabinet. 

Simply put, CPI designed the cabinet to meet the minimum physical and airflow requirements, according to manufacturers’ published hardware and installation guides. [Cisco recently verified full compatibility with the Catalyst 6807-XL switch.]

Each year, Cisco Live brings together the brightest minds in IT and communications, offering a unique combination of technical education and cutting-edge insight from industry experts. CPI is proud to be part of this elite group of professionals.

For more information on Cisco Live, go here. To learn more about the N-Series Network Cabinet, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

CPI Adds New Wall-Mount Cabinet Selector to its Mobile App Suite

10/17/2014 9:15:26 AM

CUBE-iT Plus Cabinet SystemChatsworth Products (CPI) recently added a wall-mount selector tool in its popular Mobile App Suite.

CPI’s Wall-Mount Cabinets create accessible locations for equipment where space is limited or does not exist. This simple tool will help you select two of CPI’s top systems — ThinLine II or Cube-it Plus® — based on your needs. 

  • ThinLine II - safe, space-saving cabinet for networking multiple systems in high-traffic areas.
  • Cube-iT Plus® Cabinet System - features exceptional strength and rigidity in a swing-out wall-mount and floor-supported enclosure.

Once you make your selection, you will be provided with the cabinet’s complete spec sheet and given the option to add your product to a Bill of Material (BOM), email it to yourself or to CPI Technical Support.

Mobile App Suite is a suite of design tools developed by CPI to help IT and telecommunications professionals determine cable fill, select server and wall-mount cabinets, identify the best power distribution unit and create BOMs for cable pathway, while on the go. 

For more information, or to download our App Suite, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Protecting Critical Networks During Earthquakes

10/14/2014 2:35:10 PM

Z4-Series SeismicFrame CabinetA 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit the coast of El Salvador on Oct.14, near the municipality of Intipuca. Power in the city was down and a local hospital suffered light structural damages.

The International Building Code (IBC) states that hospitals and emergency management agencies are considered Risk Category IV facilities, and must continue to be operational, especially during and after an earthquake, because: 

  • They require direct access to the network at all times for patient records
  • Life support and monitoring devices must remain operational
  • Communications equipment must remain operational
  • Access to network for data is essential to remain functioning
  • Communications services are critical for monitoring and planning 

Consequently, components that will be attached to a Category IV building and that are required to keep operating in such building should have a special seismic qualification from an accredited institution.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) has designed and tested its seismic products to the highest performance, ensuring functionality in the case of even the most severe earthquake.

The Z4-Series SeismicFrame® Cabinet delivers:

  • Market-leading seismic load rating of 1500 lb
  • Multiple size options, including 1200 mm D cabinets to support deeper equipment, like modular network switches and high-density server applications
  • Simplified installation that only requires floor anchorage eliminating the requirement for costly engineering calculations for external bracing
  • Increased chance of continued operation after seismic event
  • Seismic code compliant
As seismic events continue to draw attention on a global scale, preparing for the next seismic event is especially important for data centers that cannot afford to be offline or are not backed up at a secondary location. To reduce risk and minimize equipment damage, seismic protection is necessary.

For details, visit the product page

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Use CPI Short Finger Cable Manager if You Have Fewer Cables to Manage

10/14/2014 8:00:00 AM

 Finger Cable Manager - 39120R_RGB72.jpgDeploying the right cable management accessories makes maintenance, troubleshooting, moves, adds and changes a lot easier. 

A Finger Cable Manager, for example, attaches to the equipment mounting rail to create a pathway for cables next to the rail. It includes plastic T-shaped cable guides (fingers) that organize cables by rack-mount space (U). 

Chatsworth Products (CPI) recently added a shorter version of its Finger Cable Manager, for those with fewer cables to manage.

The Finger Cable Manager, Short, is less deep than the original manager, uses less space alongside the cabinet and passes up to 24 cables per U space through openings. 

Main features include:

  • Smaller manager for applications with fewer cables
  • Attaches to the equipment mounting rail within the cabinet, adjusts in depth with the rail
  • Requires a smaller rail setback than the original manager allowing more rail-to-rail space for supporting equipment in some applications
  • T-shaped cable guides with openings for 24 patch cords that align with each U space in the cabinet
  • Hinged cover that hides and protects cables in 27.6”W (700 mm) and wider cabinets

For more information about the Short Finger Cable Manager, download the F-Series TeraFrame® Data Sheet, GF-Series GlobalFrame® Data Sheet. An updated Cable Fill Table is also available.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

CPI Celebrates Employee Ownership Month in October

10/9/2014 6:32:31 AM

ESOPOctober is employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) month, and as a 100% employee-owned company, Chatsworth Products (CPI) is proud to be celebrating this year’s motto “We Own Our Future”. 

Through its ESOP structure, all employees of CPI become beneficial owners. Such ownership, combined with CPI's inclusive and participatory culture, motivates employees to think and act like owners, creating a strong commitment to the attainment of an ultimate and core purpose: delighting the customer.

Our pride of ownership and the mutual trust and respect we feel for one another is reflected in the company's motto, "We're All in This Together".

Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ to get updates and see photos of our in-house celebrations. For more information on our Employee Ownership history, go here

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Cabling Update: New TIA Standards on Physical Protection of Network and Data Security in the Works

10/8/2014 9:18:38 AM

Vertical Cable ManagementIn an effort to help customers and contractors make a decision on the level of security that needs to be considered in the facility, a committee from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is working on the TIA-5017, a new standard designed to consolidate and integrate existing security measures included in the TIA TR-42 premise cabling standard.

Not all buildings are the same, nor do they have the same functions, so it’s important to address the physical protection of their unique network and data systems, according to TIA

TIA-5017 includes a risk assessment guideline to help users of the standard to evaluate their facility risk, and choose an appropriate level of security. As such, the new standard has detailed cabling infrastructure provisions for surveillance systems, and dedicated security cabling requirements that may be necessary to intensify generic cabling used for data, voice, and building automation systems.

TIA-5017 will also address:

  • Unauthorized connections or disconnections of cables or equipment in the network
  • Recommendations for distributed antenna system cabling infrastructure including cabling topology, architecture, design and installation practices, test procedures and components

To achieve all of these requirements successfully, proper cable management practices are a must. Chatsworth Products (CPI) offers a variety of vertical and horizontal cable management products and solutions to help you achieve the critical support, reliability and flexibility needed to successfully sustain and grow your network capabilities.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist