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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:

  • RMR Industrial Enclosure – protects technology equipment in harsh environments, delivering innovation, configurability, quality and value with a breadth of integrated system components
  • 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

Participate in Live Webinar on Power Distribution for High-Density Data Centers and Earn One BICSI Credit

7/13/2016 12:12:06 PM

Corning Webinar

Join Chatsworth Products (CPI) in a live webinar sponsored by Corning’s See the Light® Training Program to discuss important power distribution considerations for high-density data centers. One BICSI credit is available upon completion.

"Power Distribution Considerations for High-Density Data Center Environments,” will take place on Wednesday, July 20, from 12 - 1 p.m., CDT, and will be presented by Ashish Moondra, CPI's Sr. Product Manager of Power, Electronics & Software.

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. 

Furthermore, increased server utilization drove power requirements to change. Optimal power monitoring not only warns technicians when equipment is nearing a threshold, but helps operators contain energy consumption costs, visualize activity and optimize rack space.

This webinar will discuss the physical, electrical, networking, management and security considerations to deploy an effective intelligent power management solution that enhances availability within high-density environments in a cost effective manner. 

To register for the live webinar, click here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Manage your Data Center Health with These Power IQ® for eConnect® Features

7/11/2016 8:19:55 AM

Through simple, intuitive and user-configurable screens and dashboards, Power IQ® for eConnect® collects data and turn it into information on the health, power and cooling conditions of the data center.

By being able to view the condition of their existing infrastructure resources, data center mangers can make informed decisions and proactively prevent downtime.

Here are four features that help data center managers do just that: 

Health Map

The Health Map provides a red-green-yellow indication of the health of cabinets, UPSs, CRACs, RPPs and other data center equipment. 

For example, users can get a cabinet’s load, capacity, sensor condition and alerts that would cause the cabinet to go into critical condition. This pane also allows users to compare the load of the cabinet with thresholds to see whether they have been violated. It is also possible to drill down further to see the actual contents of the cabinet by rack, unit space, sensors, etc. 

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Furthermore, data center managers are able to look at individual rack power distribution units (PDUs) to see their load, in-line current or see if there are any warning conditions. (Pro tip: eConnect PDUs have out-of-the-box compatibility with PowerIQ).

Cooling Chart

This dashboard provides a number of ASHRAE ranges, allowing data center managers to measure the temperature of the inlet at the cold aisle and compare that to the recommended ranges. A custom functionality allows users to set customized ranges so they can benchmark them with other companies. 

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Power Capacity and PUE Gauge

Through this pane, users can learn about real-time PUE and current power capacity utilization at any level within the hierarchy (PDU, rack, row, busway, room, etc.).

Any measurement within the data center can be trended over time, from active power, current, energy, carbon footprint, energy cost, etc. Then, the data can be exported and used for future deployment strategies.

CPI Software

Power Capacity “Days of Supply” Forecast

With this tool, it is possible to project future capacity needs so data center managers can plan according to capacity supply. It captures loads, trends them and indicates how many days of energy capacity supply the data center has. 

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Furthermore, Power IQ features a drag-and-drop technology that allows users to easily create new dashboards according to their needs and preferences. A variety of widgets such as floor map, PUE gauge, PUE chart, trend chart, health bar chart are available. 

View all these functionalities and other in more details in this comprehensive video, or click here to learn more and take Power IQ for a spin. 

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Ensure Your IT Infrastructure is Well Grounded

7/5/2016 9:56:57 AM

Blog_GB_Campaign_ArtworkChatsworth Products (CPI) offers a comprehensive line of grounding and bonding products that protect your equipment and contribute in maximizing the system’s electrical performance.

Our line of UL® Listed grounding and bonding products is designed to provide protection and help prevent transient voltages from damaging sensitive electronic equipment. These products ensure optimal equipment performance, and help you meet job requirements and manufacturer’s standards. 

Grounding Busbars: Present in Every Computer Room

Because they are the central point for ground connections and conduct substantial current of electricity, grounding busbars are an essential element of telecommunication rooms. 

CPI’s Grounding Busbars are made with high-quality materials and include different sizes and hole patterns that accommodate industry standards, such as ANSI/TIA-607-B Telecommunications Bonding and Grounding (earthing) for Customer Premises. 

Use busbars in conjunction with CPI ground wires, jumpers and straps for a superior permanent ground path, which results in a more stable and thorough electrical connection. 

Save Installation Time with Integrated Grounding and Bonding

CPI has many unique product offerings, such as racks and cabinets with integrated grounding and bonding so that installers can save time, labor and even U space.

In a reality where density and virtualization increase, it’s crucial that racks and cabinets include features that will ease the installation process. A selection of racks and cabinets features integrated ground studs and easy paint assembly for bonding, so installers don’t need to worry about removing paint or dealing with fallen metal flakes. 

Key benefits of integrated grounding and bonding include:

  • Bonded assembly – paint cutting assembly hardware added to bond components saves you time 
  • Integrated ground studs inside rack channel– allow for quick and easy attachment of standard ground lugs on the racks or cabinets without using any unit space 
  • Ground Jumper Kit (ordered separately) – allows easy attachment to Telecommunications Grounding System 

Here is a list of the main grounding and bonding products needed in a telecommunications or computer room:

  • A busbar with sufficient connections for equipment and the telecommunications grounding system.   
  • Rack Ground Jumper Kit to bond each rack and cabinet to the busbar
    • Save time: Make it easy by using a CPI Rack/Cabinet with integrated bonding
  • Vertical Rack Busbar Kits to get direct ground contact for rack-mount equipment
  • Antioxidant Joint Compound to improve connectivity of aluminum joint connections

The overall success of the telecommunications system heavily relies on a proper bond to the electrical grounding system. Uneven electric current is a significant contributor to data disruption and damage to equipment. In minor events, data disruption occurs or devices are reset. In major ones, damage to equipment and system downtime can happen.

When planning your next telecommunications room, consider CPI’s grounding and bonding products to provide a comprehensive and safe solution. 

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Hot Aisle Containment and Better Power Management Linked to Lower Data Center Energy Use

6/30/2016 12:14:51 PM

Case-Study-BendBroadband.jpgIn the first comprehensive energy analysis of data centers in nearly 10 years, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that U.S. data centers are becoming much more energy efficient. Strategies such as hot aisle containment, improved power management and more efficient servers and switches are linked to the scenario.

Energy use in data center across the U.S. started to plateau in 2010 and is expected to remain at the same pace through 2020, according to the report. Data centers still account for about 2 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption.

Among the reasons for these improvements, is the fact that cooling and power strategies have gotten better.

“In the past, most data centers blasted air conditioning indiscriminately to keep equipment from getting overheated—this is grossly inefficient,” Berkeley Lab researcher Arman Shehabi, one of the authors of the report, says. “Now there are more advanced cooling strategies, such as hot aisle isolation, economizers, and liquid cooling, which all make the cooling process far less energy intensive.”

Another good practice to scale back energy use is to shut down idle servers, and consolidate the ones that are not being fully utilized. Intelligent power distribution units (PDUs), power management software as well as better hardware help address this challenge. A PDU with switching capability, for instance, can be scheduled to turn off and turn on non-mission critical equipment.

The result of this report underscores Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) concept of Passive Cooling® and intelligent power management in the data center. Our breakthrough solutions for cooling and power in the data center attest to it.

Aisle Containment Solutions by CPI are available in four standard configurations, each offering a unique and versatile approach to addressing your most pressing data center cooling needs: 

For reliable and smart power management, consider CPI’s intelligent eConnect® PDUs, which are designed to withstand the heat loads of any hot aisle environment and are available in more than 330 standard configurations. We also preinstall eConnect in CPI cabinets at no additional costs, saving you installation time.

Benefits include:

  • Models with switching capabilities allow you to turn equipment on and off
  • Monitoring at the device level provides true power in values for each device, which can be matched to workloads using software.
  • Secure Array™ IP Consolidation reduces the costs associated with multiple IP addresses and enhance system reliability through advanced failover technology
  • Select models feature built-in web interface with many key DCIM software that accepts SNMP v1, v2 and v3

“The idea that electricity use is doubling every five years is still commonly believed to this day,” Shehabi says. “In fact there have been tremendous strides in efficiency. But there are still tremendous opportunities in the near term,” he adds. 

When looking for improvement opportunities in your next data center project, consider CPI’s advanced cooling and power management solutions. Visit our case study page to see how CPI has helped many companies solve their energy efficiency challenges.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

The Internet of Things Requires Data Centers to Revisit Airflow Management Strategies

6/27/2016 1:17:13 PM

Passive Cooling AirflowIn the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), the increasing need for reliable networks has driven smaller data centers to consolidate or in some cases, move to colocation providers where a single server rack may support numerous pieces of equipment. 

As a result, power loads continue to increase. A few years ago, for example, an average cabinet within a medium to large data center could deliver 3-4 kW of power. Today, the same cabinet is capable of delivering between 8-15 kW.

Maintaining high power loads at optimum equipment temperatures, all while keeping energy consumption down, is challenging but possible. In fact, according to a 2014 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), if only half of the savings potential for data center efficiency were realized, energy consumption in U.S. data centers could be cut by as much as 40 percent. This means there’s still a lot of room for improvement.

The Solution: CPI Passive Cooling®

Through efficient airflow management, it is possible to effectively and economically maintain electronic equipment operating at optimum temperatures.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) has proven this with its Passive Cooling Solutions, which provide equipment cooling performance in all elements of the data center, thereby reducing overall energy costs.

The Vertical Exhaust Duct placed at the top of each cabinet allows for the hot exhaust air from the back of equipment to rise. As it rises, it increases speed, forming a low-pressure area along the back of the cabinet, which pulls hot exhaust air from other servers into the stream.

Air flows through the Vertical Exhaust Duct to the ceiling plenum, drawing the hot air out of the cabinet and allowing for cool air to come in. Benefits of CPI Passive Cooling include:

  • Supports extreme heat loads—30 kW and above
  • Delivers uniformly cold intake air temperatures to all equipment
  • Allows increased room temperature and higher set-points on cooling equipment and chilled water temperatures, for more free cooling hours using low-cost economizers.
  • Increases CRAC cooling capacity two to three times, allowing use for higher equipment densities   and energy cost savings.

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As the IoT stimulates increase in equipment power densities at the rack level, the entire infrastructure within the data center must be reassessed. To get more insight into what organizations need to consider to achieve thermal efficiencies in their data centers, be sure to view a recent presentation given by Luca Rozzoni, CPI Sr. Product Manager for Europe, at the 2016 BICSI UK & Ireland.

With CPI Passive Cooling Solutions, you can maximize your cooling efficiencies without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions. For detailed information on CPI Passive Cooling and energy efficiency, visit our website.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Seven Reasons to Choose Chatsworth Products

6/22/2016 9:57:47 AM


For the past 25 years, it has been our mission to address today’s critical IT infrastructure needs with products and services that protect your ever-growing investment in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Our distributors, resellers and end-users have trusted us to be their business partners in getting a competitive advantage unparalleled in the industry. 

Next time you need to address your data center with top products and services, think Chatsworth Products (CPI). Here are seven reasons to choose us:

1. Customization and customer focus

CPI’s engineering and manufacturing models enable the flexibility to create and alter products that solve unique problems and requirements such as equipment installation, airflow, power, cooling limitations and more.

2. Quality products and solutions

CPI delivers innovation, configurability, quality and value with a breadth of integrated system components covering virtually all physical layer needs of today’s IT infrastructure.

3. Global manufacturing and availability

CPI operates from multiple sites worldwide, including offices in Mexico, Canada, China, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, with manufacturing locations in the United States, Europe and Asia. Additionally, CPI’s products are readily available through a global network of industry-leading distributors.

4. High quality

Our products deliver reliable, structural support that exceeds customer expectations through innovation, functionality and performance. CPI products are known for their unsurpassed strength, durability and easy installation.

5. Exceptional service and support 

Our specialists can help you in selecting the right CPI products for your needs, to on-site visits to evaluate requirements to help you design the precise lay out for your data center, and much more.

6. Free online resources and tools

CPI offers several resources and tools to help you easily and efficiently plan and design projects to meet your deadlines and requirements. These tools include CPI Online Catalog, Product Configurator, BIM Models, CAD Blocks, CPI Mobile Apps and more.

7. Proven expertise

From the Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel in Abu Dhabi, to Telefônica Vivo, the largest integrated telecom in South America, to Oregon’s greenest multitenant data center, CPI has provided complete solutions that not only protect technology investments, but help companies achieve industry recognition, and meet today’s standards for green IT.

We are happy to delight our customers with quality products and services. As one happy peer puts it, “the Chatsworth name speaks for itself.”

To find out other reasons why you should choose CPI to protect your IT investments, download the brochure. For more information about CPI, visit the website

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Lifetime® Show Features Chatsworth Products’ Cable Management Solutions in IT Room with ‘Wow’ Factor

6/16/2016 11:32:37 AM

OfficeSpacesChatsworth Products (CPI) was recently featured in OfficeSpaces™, a Lifetime® network show that explores how to create well-designed office spaces. The show reveals the step-by-step renovation of BrandStar, an entertainment company that wanted to renovate its outdated office. CPI was brought in to provide the needed cable management support, reliability and flexibility for the company’s new high-tech IT room.

“The nervous system" of the entire building was renovated in the episode aired on May 26. As an entertainment company, BrandStar needed a highly functional and effective infrastructure capable of supporting all the cabling for voice, video and data systems.

CPI made it all possible with horizontal and vertical Evolution® Cable Managers and Cable Runway products.

“So this is the nervous center of your whole building right here.  And we are the bones to that nervous center,” explains Tom Cabral, CPI’s Product Application Specialist, RCDD, as he demonstrates why cable managers are paramount to ensuring the IT system works efficiently.

CPI Evolution Cable Manager is a great product for applications such as these because it features:

  • High-quality construction and design
  • Proper cable bend radii to ensure maximum performance of data transmission
  • Decreased potential cable damage
  • Easy cable moves, adds and changes
  • Prevention of tangled cords

OfficeSpaces and CPI share the same view in that a well-designed office should stimulate growth and employee productivity. 

“It looks great first of all. Second of all, it’s very functional. This is very well thought out, done neatly and organized. This is going to serve for years to come.” Cabral concludes.

Here’s the video showcasing the IT room installation and CPI’s vision in supporting the technology needed in the new high-tech office design with a “wow” factor. 

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist 

Chatsworth Products’ Solutions Are the Heart of Uruguay’s Biggest Data Center

6/14/2016 9:20:20 AM

Antel Data Center

The second smallest country in Latin America has achieved a big status in the IT industry. Uruguay now boasts one of the largest and most advanced data centers, being fourth in the continent to hold the coveted Tier III certification by Uptime Institute. Chatsworth Products (CPI) played a major role in this achievement.

Uruguay’s telecommunications giant, Antel, wanted to ensure the future and growing IT needs of the country’s population and businesses, stated Horacio Andrés Tolosa, Antel’s President, during his speech at the data center's opening ceremony. The company also wanted to be able to offer improved cloud and collocation capacity to its users.

With the help of CPI's expertise, Antel approved the design and construction of a world-class data center that is among the top on the planet. In fact, only 34 data centers today can claim a Tier III status for design and construction.

Antel Data CenterSince the beginning of the project, CPI’s Latin American team provided design consultancy, delivering seminars and training on concepts such as Passive Cooling®, Kyoto Cooling, data center architecture, security, networking, power and cooling, software, application, in addition to all of the infrastructure pieces that make up the data center, including:

“This project amplifies the solution options that CPI offers, showcasing our expertise in custom design and production, data center consultancy and the quality of our products, which gave Antel the reason to select the best brand in the market,” said Victor Bañuelos, CPI’s Technical Manager, CDCDP®, Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designer and head of the project.

This investment will allow the company to save 40% in IT costs, 85% in operations and maintenance and 20% in energy, according to a company press release.

“We have the best place in Latin America to hold information and this is a great opportunity for the development of the IT industry in Uruguay,” Carolina Cosse, Minister of Industries, Energy and Mining, said in a speech at the opening ceremony.

Contact one of CPI's data center professionals to find out how CPI can help you achieve the ultimate data center solution, or click here for more information.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Contractor Finished Project on Time, Within Budget Thanks to CPI Support, Quality Products

6/7/2016 6:34:54 AM


Data center networking and storage network solution provider, QLogic, was expanding to a new office in Irvine, Calif., and needed dedicated space for its growing telecommunications equipment, so it contacted network and construction expert, PacifiCom, to help with the project. 

Sturdy cable support, product availability and aesthetics were very important to QLogic, so PacifiCom recommended Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) OnTrac® Wire Mesh Cable Tray in Glacier White and Two-Post Racks with integrated grounding.

“CPI products are exceptionally built and have the looks to match. And most of our distributors stock the day-to-day components regularly.” Mike Ryan, Sales Manager at PacifiCom says.

A big challenge was to install and level 300 ft of the cable tray around the ceiling space, but feedback from PacifiCom’s technicians who installed it were positive.

“They appreciate the flexibility/accessories CPI offers to install products in environments with less than ideal situations. Other manufacturers have limited installation parameters and do not fit all applications,” Aldo Andrade, PacifiCom’s sales representative explains.

As always, CPI’s support team worked closely with PacifiCom in the project, expediting orders and ensuring the budget would remain intact. 

“Phone calls and emails were returned in timely manners and system design assistance was amazing,” Andrade added.

As a result, the project was complete on time and within budget. And PacifiCom and CPI have customers that are more than satisfied. 

Below is a suggested solution set for similar applications that you can order directly from our CPI Online Catalog:

The CPI Online Catalog contains all of CPI’s standard products. Use the catalog to create a cart and send it to one of our many global distributor partners for immediate ordering.  

Create your own success story using CPI products. Visit the CPI Online Catalog today.

Here are a few pictures of the finished project:


Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

U.S. Government Requesting Lower PUE, DCIM Implementation in Federal Data Centers

6/6/2016 7:52:08 AM

Hostirian Cold Aisle ContainmentThe U.S. government recently requested lower Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) for its data centers by deploying data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software, as part of cost savings and improvements referenced in its Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI). This is part of a broader plan implemented in 2011, which requires all federal data centers be consolidated to cut costs and improve efficiencies.

In March, federal Chief Information Officer, Tony Scott, introduced the following criteria:

  • All new data center builds or expansions will be halted unless approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  • A move to shared services or colocation facilities where possible
  • Adoption of cloud services whenever possible
  • A minimum PUE of 1.5 for existing facilities and 1.4 or even lower in new builds
  • Use of DCIM software to help improve overall efficiency and drive server utilization

Simply put, federal data centers must demonstrate improved power, space and cooling over time. As a result, IT government managers will likely look for products that provide this information thoroughly. These latest government actions validate the industry trend as a whole.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) provides a three-pronged approach that can help not only IT government, but any data center manager achieve an effective system. 


Data centers can lower their Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) by isolating hot/cold air through Aisle Containment

CPI offers four configurations of Containment (Build to Spec Kit Hot Aisle Containment (HAC), Cabinet Supported HAC, Frame Supported HAC and Cabinet Supported Cold Aisle Containment) with high seal for minimal inside/outside pressure difference, which allows optimization of fan speeds to minimize energy use.

Benefits of CPI Aisle Containment include:

  • Reduces cost
  • Eliminates hot spots 
  • Supports heat and power densities up to 30kW per cabinet
  • Effectively uses 100% of supplied air
  • Reduces waste of chilled bypass air 
  • Improves CRAC efficiencies due to higher supply-to-return temperature differences
  • Allows increased room temperature and higher set points on cooling equipment

Monitoring at the rack/device level 

CPI eConnect® power distribution units (PDUs) provide reliable power distribution and monitoring of power and environment. Featuring one of the highest temperature ratings in the market, eConnect PDUs are a future-proof solution for the consolidation and high optimization of servers (higher heat in racks). 

Benefits include:

  • Monitoring at the device level provides true power in values for each device, which can be matched to workloads using software.
  • Secure Array™ IP Consolidation reduces the costs associated with multiple IP addresses and enhance system reliability through advanced failover technology.
  • Select models feature built-in web interface with many key DCIM software that accepts SNMP v1, v2 and v3.

DCIM Software

A real-time interactive data center health map of critical infrastructure including CRACs, UPSs, floor PDUs, racks, rack PDUs, IT devices, etc. improves uptime by letting data center managers being aware of incidents before they become problems.

CPI offers Power IQ® for eConnect, which not only provides a relative measure of facility power versus overall IT equipment power, enabling efficiency identification and improvement, but also includes crucial features such as:

  • User configurable dashboard
  • Smart rack view
  • Cooling chart
  • Power capacity forecast charts
  • PUE gauge
  • Power and energy analytics
  • Failover simulation chart


According to the OMB, the federal government owned more than 10,000 data centers and server rooms in 2015. By 2018, 25% of all tiered and 60% of all nontiered data centers are required to be closed. Agencies are also required to prioritize the closure of data centers that are unable to meet applicable PUE targets and/or pose management or security challenges due to age.

The trend is undeniable. Power efficiency and cooling are and will remain top priorities for years to come, especially as the smaller data centers consolidate or move to more robust colocation spaces. 

Whether you are designing a new data center or enhancing an existing one, look for manufacturers that provide solutions based on your specific needs, especially ones that can help you:

  • Maximize efficiency of data center cooling and energy consumption
  • Keep equipment connected with efficient power distribution
  • Monitor conditions such as power, environment and security

To learn more about solutions for a highly efficient data center, click here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist