9/30/2014 8:00:00 AM
Chatsworth Products (CPI) provides architects, engineers and other design professionals with an extensive library of building information modeling (BIM) files for drafting and designing an ideal installation.
To ensure the highest quality design tools for your projects, CPI introduces new and updated Revit Models from Autodesk Seek®, built to meet the most recent BICSI Standards , Autodesk Seek RMCSG and other standards.
These new models will include schedule files to allow the architect or building owner to populate the model with the needed information to the proper planning and use of the equipment in the BIM environment.
Take a look at our growing library of free BIM models here.
9/26/2014 9:17:47 AM
When it was time to get a data center rejuvenation, Nu Skin®, a billion-dollar maker of skin care and nutrition products, tested multiple cabinet platforms.
With a data center that was undersized, undercooled and underpowered, the company needed a top-performing solution. Not only that, Nu Skin needed to solve the data center’s inefficient cooling.
And as a pioneer in Passive Cooling® Solutions, CPI knew how to solve these issues.
A custom strategy for Nu Skin’s data center included:
- CPI’s N-Series and F-Series TeraFrame® Cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts
- Hotlok® grommets
- Ladder Rack
- Cable management
- Custom fascia
Together, these solutions helped cut downtime by 56 percent, increase productivity by 41 percent and drop energy consumption by 23 percent.
All the details of this success story can be found here.
9/24/2014 8:00:00 AM
As servers that support ASHRAE’s Thermal Guidelines for Data Center Processing Environments allowable classes A3 and A4 are deployed, CPI Passive Cooling® will continue to remain a critical component in overall system efficiency.
CPI Passive Cooling provides airflow management that isolates and removes hot exhaust air from the data center. Isolating and removing hot exhaust air from the data center is the catalyst for optimizing cooling. Keeping hot and cold air separated allows operators to reliably increasing room temperature which ultimately provides access to more free cooling hours.
As Ian Seaton, CPI's Global Technology Consultant, recently explained in the Upsite Technologies blog, "How A-4 Servers Could Impact the Future of Data Center Airflow Management," deployment of A4 servers may eventually result in the elimination of the traditional mechanical plant in data centers, but airflow management, like CPI Passive Cooling, will continue to play a critical role in realizing efficiencies.
For more information on CPI's Passive Cooling Solutions, go here.
9/22/2014 12:46:56 PM
Chatsworth Products (CPI) will host, for the first time, an interactive workshop at one of the world’s largest data center events, DatacenterDynamics Mexico, Oct 1-2, in Mexico City.
Join Victor Bañuelos, CPI’s Technical Manager for Latin America, Accredited Tier Designer by Uptime Institute and Certified Data Center Design Professional, to get a hands-on approach to “Building a High-Density Computer Room.” Bañuelos is one of the most respected and knowledgeable industry experts in Latin America.
The workshop will be a “live” exercise using computer fluid dynamics software to help attendees visually understand the effect of the data center architecture on availability and efficiency. Airflow isolation and Passive Cooling® techniques will also be demonstrated.
If you’re able to make it to the event, you won’t be disappointed.
For more information about DatacenterDynamics Mexico, go here. For more information on CPI Passive Cooling Solutions, go here.
9/17/2014 12:49:05 PM
Designed to protect and store network equipment in seismic-prone areas, Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) innovative Z4-Series SeismicFrame® Cabinet leads the market with a 1500 lb equipment load capacity.
This market-leading performance was verified by the stringent shaker tests required by Telcordia Technologies GR-63-CORE. To get a GR-63-CORE certification, an enclosure, for example, is loaded to maximum capacity and mounted on a shaker table. The shaker table simulates an earthquake (up to 8.3 on the Richter scale) and shakes the enclosure front-back, side-side and up-down at different levels of intensity. The enclosure must keep all the equipment operational during and after the test to pass.
See it for yourself:
Additionally, this robust cabinet has a frame design that is very similar to non-seismic data center cabinets, eliminating the need for extra bracing along the sides, which can interfere with airflow, cable or power management.
Available in multiple size options, including a unique model with a narrow width to accommodate deeper equipment while maintaining a small footprint, CPI’s Z4-Series SeismicFrame is a complete solution for data centers that want to prevent downtime during and after seismic events, without compromising cable, thermal and power efficiency.
For more information, visit the product page.
9/15/2014 11:36:00 AM
Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Technical Manager for Latin America, Victor Bañuelos, is one of the 366 professionals around the world who’s an Accredited Tier Designer by Uptime Institute (UI).
Bañuelos has been a thought leader in the region, delivering keynote presentations at well-known industry events. He recently shared some thoughts on what the Tier classification means for data centers in an insightful interview:
What does it mean to be an Uptime Institute (UI) Certified Professional?
Bañuelos: It means the Certified Professional understands and applies the UI’s TIER Standard to help companies and individuals that design, build and operate data centers to achieve high levels of availability that will be translated into very short or null downtime, as well as huge money savings.
How can CPI customers and end users take advantage of this?
Bañuelos: CPI's field applications engineers and tech support team add value to the products we manufacture, by giving customers the best industry recommendations and practices in order to optimize their operations.
What are the top solutions that CPI offers that can help end users achieve availability?
Bañuelos: Passive Cooling® Solutions from CPI are cutting-edge solutions that achieve continuous cooling at any TIER level by optimizing airflow and avoiding any hot spots in the computer room. Although the products are not part of the components to be evaluated during the certification process, they will help the customer increase the uptime to the highest levels. The complete portfolio of power strips and power distribution units (PDUs), including the innovating and leading technology of CPI eConnect® PDUs, add to this achievement.
What is the most misunderstood topic/question you get asked regarding data center availability?
Bañuelos: Most people are wrapped in confusion about what redundancy really means. Understanding the basic concept of the standard is quite easy. The challenge is agreeing on how to incorporate redundancy into the overall project, from design to implementation.
For more information on how CPI can help in your data center energy efficiency and availability, go here.
9/12/2014 11:18:42 AM
When you’re one of the nation’s top teaching hospitals, known for high-tech quality care, comprehensive research and academic programs, having an efficient and reliable IT operation is at the top of the priority list.
That was the case for University of Florida’s (UF) Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla.
When it was time to increase its data center capabilities, UF Health Shands Hospital needed a solution that would provide more power and cooling for the hospital’s growing operations.
Because of the unique design of the room configuration, UF Shands chose Chatsworth Products (CPI) to create a custom cabinet and aisle containment solution.
It included a self-supported CPI Hot Aisle Containment (HAC) Solution to address different heights, widths and depths of the ceiling and cabinets and to accommodate vendor-supplied storage solutions.
“We’re the first data center in the state of Florida to have a free-standing Hot Aisle Containment Solution,” exclaimed Brad Kowal, Associate Director of Computer Operations for UF Health Shands Hospital.
CPI’s latest generation of cabinets with enhanced frame design and airflow capabilities were also deployed, including the F-Series TeraFrame® Cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts and N-Series TeraFrame Network Cabinets. Accessories to improve airflow isolation, as well as cable runway and trays, completed the cutting-edge solution.
Thanks to CPI, the hospital’s new data center is now running effectively with efficient cooling, zero hot spots and increased per-cabinet densities.
To read the full story, click here.
9/10/2014 12:42:08 PM
Customization is key for to the future of data centers, according to Intel’s data center group general manager, Diane Bryant.
As the data center industry grows exponentially and new technology emerges, it is vital to redesign the architecture of data center solutions, Bryant recently said during Intel’s Developer Forum 2014.
"Today's infrastructure is just not capable of handling this explosive growth opportunity," ZDNet, publisher of the latest technology news, quoted Bryant as saying.
Because of Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) technical know-how, flexibility and customization capabilities, we welcome the future with open arms.
Among our custom solutions and services, we can provide:
- Excellence and know-how on energy efficiency solutions, specific for your own needs
- Timely answers to any questions you might have from our seasoned technical support specialists
- Custom product configuration complete with accessories. Most configurations include a bill of material, parts list, product documentation, a rendered image and line drawings in PDF and DXF formats. (Pro Tip: Configure your favorite cabinet with power preinstalled to save time and money.)
- Built-in flexibility that can adapt to unique facility designs such as limited ceiling height, uneven cabinet heights and complicated overhead pathways with our Build to Spec Kit Hot Aisle Containment Solution
- Manufacturing capability to develop customized racks and cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts, such as the 9-foot tall ones made for the largest telecom in Brazil, Telefonica Vivo. (Go here to read more case studies on our customized solutions to data centers across the globe.)
Let CPI guide you toward the future. Contact us today.
9/8/2014 12:51:44 PM
Two Chatsworth Products (CPI) experts will deliver unique presentations on airflow management and seismic considerations for networking and telecommunications equipment during the highly regarded BICSI Fall Conference and Exhibition in Anaheim, Calif. Sept 28 - Oct. 2.
CPI’s Global Technology Consultant, Ian Seaton, will explain how to achieve an effective airflow strategy in a network cabinet on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 10: 30 a.m.
On that same day, at 3 p.m., Samuel Rodriguez, Product Manager for Cabinets & Thermal Solutions, will present “Considerations for Supporting Technology Equipment in Seismic Environments.”
At the show floor, CPI will be at Booth 310 showcasing two recently released CPI cabinets—N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet System and the Z4-Series SeismicFrame® Cabinet System, as well as other solutions.
CPI will also be exhibiting at the Critical Facilities Summit Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, in Charlotte, N.C. Stop by Booth 505 to learn how to prevent equipment downtime with CPI’s new Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) System, or get hands-on interaction with eConnect® Power Distribution Units (PDUs), CPI’s intelligent power solution for high-efficiency data centers, and more.
For more information, or to register for the BICSI Fall Conference, go here. For more information on Critical Facilities, or to register, go here.
9/4/2014 12:42:12 PM
You need to setup equipment network in a small space. You also need easy access to cables and equipment. Quality and cost effectiveness are a no-brainer, too.
Chatsworth Products (CPI) provides solutions to meet these requirements.
Whether you’re in a small IT or telecom room, a small office or server room, CPI offers several Wall-Mount Open Systems to suit your needs.
The EasySwing Wall-Mount Rack is available in three heights and four depths to support 85 lb (38.6 kg) of 19" EIA rack-mount equipment. It opens 180° to the right or left, with a locking latch pin to secure the gate in a closed position. It features 19" EIA threaded equipment mounting rails. Cable management straps are included.
The Fixed Wall-Mount Rack is available in three heights and three depths to support 200 lb (90.7 kg) of 19" EIA rack-mount equipment. Double-sided mounting channels support single- or double-sided shelves. UL Listed.
CPI’s strongest wall-mount rack, the Heavy-Duty Wall-Mount Equipment Rack, holds up to 350 pounds. It is available in two heights and two depths and supports 19" EIA rack-mount equipment. The rack’s 24-inch depth allows larger equipment to be mounted on the wall.
For more information or to view all of CPI’s Wall-Mount Open Systems, go here.
8/29/2014 8:42:59 AM
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.
8/27/2014 1:02:26 PM
Chatsworth 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:
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.
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.
8/25/2014 9:55:59 AM
The 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.
- 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.
8/21/2014 11:34:23 AM
State 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
8/18/2014 12:55:17 PM
Chatsworth 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.
- 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
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.
8/15/2014 9:27:22 AM
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.
8/13/2014 11:13:08 AM
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?
- 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.
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.
8/4/2014 2:09:59 PM
Chatsworth 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:
- 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.
- All 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.
- 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.
7/31/2014 6:56:20 AM
All 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.