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Chatsworth Products Introduces Highly Advanced, Tool-Less Vertical Cable Management Solution

10/24/2016 7:41:49 AM

Motive Vertical Cable ManagerOnce again, Chatsworth Products (CPI) takes cable management to a new level with the new Motive™ Vertical Cable Manager.

Featuring a breakthrough design and set of tool-less accessories unprecedented in the data center industry, Motive Vertical Cable Manager has been drawing great attention in the cable networking industry. 

Motive Vertical Cable Manager features an integral track system and set of tool-less accessories that provide unlimited adjustability and direct-support for cable bundles anywhere within the cable manager, allowing for maximum use of interior space.

The unique design of the accessories provide numerous cable segregation configurations that allow for direct support of cables with optimal airflow through the cable manager, preparing networks for higher wattage in Power over Ethernet (PoE). Watch video overview.

Key advantages include:

  • Maximum utilization of space – Central track system provides unlimited adjustability with versatile direct support for cable bundles, while allowing maximum use of interior space.
  • Intuitive, tool-less design – Accessories attach to the cable manager, enabling support and management of cables, as well as quick attachment, removal and adjustment.
  • Effortless deployment – Superior form and functions provide quick and easy moves, adds and changes through intuitive design and tool-less adjustability.
  • Support of current and future cabling needs – Versatile configurability and fiber-friendly design mitigate poor cabling practices regarding cable slack, bend radii and cable organization.

“Motive Vertical Cable Manager is a perfect example of CPI’s ingenuity and close relationship with customers to understand their needs to develop innovative solutions that are unparalleled in the industry,” states Duke Robertson, CPI Product Manager of Open Systems.

Visit the product page for more details.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Beijing Bans Data Centers with PUE Above 1.5

10/19/2016 1:52:55 PM

GT-SERIES GLOBALFRAME GEN2 CABINETData centers in Beijing must now operate with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rate below 1.5, according to a recent report by Environment 360, a publication of Yale University. With most data centers in China operating with a PUE of 2.2, the new mandate is causing many companies to relocate.

The value of being “green” has clear environmental and financial reasons, and data centers across China are becoming aware of it, as the Cross-Connect blog reported here. More recently, Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) experts discussed the issue at the America Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

Years of experience in energy-efficient solutions

In 2006, CPI developed Passive Cooling®, which is still the most cost- and cooling-effective thermal management breakthrough on the market today.

Through the patented Vertical Exhaust Duct system, enhanced cooling of equipment without the need for additional fans is possible. This results in a more efficient use of available cool air and better overall heat transfer away from equipment, all of which help in achieving lower PUE.

The recommended solution

The GT-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinet System was specifically designed to help companies in the Asia Pacific market reduce overall energy costs and meet green standards, particularly when configured with the Vertical Exhaust Duct.

Advantages of the cabinet include:

  • Vertical Exhaust Duct Configuration – captures and removes hot exhaust air from the cabinet to optimize efficiency for high density applications.
  • High Load Rating – supports up to 1300 kg (2866 lb) of equipment.
  • Cable Openings – brush-covered cable openings in the top panel provide easy access for overhead cabling.
  • Perforated Doors – the standard configuration has 78 percent perforated front and rear doors to support front-to-back airflow.
  • Lockable Side Panels – allows easy installation and locks with a key.

Click here for more information on the GT-Series GlobalFrame Gen 2 Cabinet. For more information on CPI’s energy-efficient solutions, go here.

Raissa Carey, Technical Writer

Chatsworth Products Expands into Industrial Space with New RMR® Industrial Enclosures

10/17/2016 8:00:00 AM

For more than 25 years, data center professionals around the globe have trusted Chatsworth Products (CPI) to protect their technology investments. Now, CPI is taking its expertise into the industrial space with the introduction of RMR® Industrial Enclosures.
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RMR (pronounced “armor”) enclosures are advanced storage solutions engineered with cutting-edge sealing technology, certified protection ratings and extensive equipment mounting options. RMR enclosures are UL Type 12 Listed and IP 55 Classified, which verify that equipment is protected from the intrusion of foreign object such as dirt, dust, lint and fibers, as well as noncorrosive liquid ingress such as light dripping and splashing.

The enclosures are available in three configurations:

• RMR Modular Enclosure
• RMR Fixed Wall-Mount Enclosure
• RMR Swing Wall-Mount Enclosure

RMR enclosures deliver innovation, configurability and quality in features that include:

• UL Type 12 and IP 55 protection ratings
• Rapid product modification and kitting
• Complete solution under one part number
• Formed-in-place foam gaskets for optimal sealing
• Multiple equipment mounting options and accessories to support IT equipment, electronics and controls

RMR enclosures can be easily configured and ordered through the CPI Product Designer, a simple digital tool that allows you to quickly select the size, features and accessories needed for a specific application. CPI Product Designer will generate bills of material, drawings, 3D models and sales documents automatically under one part number.

To learn more about CPI’s RMR Industrial Enclosures, visit the website.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

CPI Reaches Silver Milestone, Celebrates Employee Ownership

10/13/2016 1:39:46 PM

CPI Celebrates Ownership

Since its doors opened in 1991, Chatsworth Products (CPI) has maintained an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) structure, where all employees become beneficial owners. This unique culture not only inspires employees to build high-quality products, but also to continually delight customers through unrivaled customer service and technical support.

CPI was founded by a small group of individuals who were committed to delivering high-quality products to the rapidly growing information technology (IT) market. Today, CPI has engineering, manufacturing and sales offices across the United States and around the globe. This forward-thinking spirit is what motivates CPI to delight its customers by responding rapidly with tailored standard and custom solutions that give them a higher return on investment.

The products CPI develops make up the data centers of many reputable corporations globally, including Scripps Networks Interactive (HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channels) in the United States, telecom firm Telefonica Vivo in Brazil, Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel in Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai Tobacco in China, to name a few.

This year, CPI is celebrating 25 years of providing quality products and solutions that protect valuable technology investments around the world. And this month, CPI is one of more than 10,000 companies celebrating National ESOP Month.

During ESOP month, CPI employees will be participating in team-building activities and competitions that will encourage education about what it means to be an employee-owned company.  

“It’s about empowering our employees to think and act like owners,” says Amanda Siek, CPI’s Human Resources Business Partner Manager.  “Recognizing that our greatest achievements come from working as a team, learning from one another and bringing out the best in each other,” she adds.

The employee ESOP events happening this month include:

  • ESOP Trivia Games
  • Big Wheel Team Races
  • Theme Days
  • Special Luncheons
  • Pumpkin Carving Contest
  • Halloween Costume Contest

CPI is proud to be a member of ESOP. To learn more about CPI’s ESOP structure, visit our employee ownership page.

Shannon Ryan, Digital Marketing Administrator

Efficient Data Center Cooling and Climate Management in the Age of the IoT

10/13/2016 8:00:00 AM

Inside Networks Magazine Sep 2016

With the continuous advancement of cloud computing and the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT), modern enterprise data centers are having to push limits to provide uninterrupted service of the highest quality. Data center managers have to be more proactive than ever, restructuring their strategies to allow for greater capacity and expansion across the various areas of IT infrastructure.

According to a recent report by Data Centre Market Insights, power usage, space and the right data center design are still crucial concerns for data center managers. About 40 percent of data center managers stated that they are trying to improve everything from data center capacity, to better utilization of infrastructure resources.

A few strategies to successfully address the above concerns are:

Aisle Containment
Power Management
Environmental Monitoring

For more detailed information, read CPI’s article in Inside Networks.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Take Advantage of These Training Opportunities on October 20

10/11/2016 2:14:38 PM

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October 20 will be a busy day for Chatsworth Products (CPI). Two different courses on power will be presented for 1 BICSI credit each, as well as a webinar on advancements of cabling and pathway solutions.

Take a look at the below schedule and course descriptions:

Live Event: Power Containment in Dollars & Sense” – 1 BICSI Credit 

This in-person presentation discusses monitoring power use at the rack- and device-level, and maintaining good airflow management practices to help 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.

Corning Optical Communications 
Tysons Corner, VA  
Time: 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT 

Click here to register.

Webinar: "Power Distribution Considerations for High-Density Data Center Environments” – 1 BICSI Credit 

In this webinar, Matthew Burkle, CPI Sales Engineer for Power Products, 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. Free coffee e-gift cards will be sent to the first 50 attendees following the presentation.

Time: 10:30 a.m. CDT 

Click here to register.

Webinar: Cabling and Pathway Solutions for High-Density, High-Speed Data Center Applications”  

In this webinar hosted by Cabling Installation & Maintenance (CI&M), Duke Robertson, CPI Product Manager of Open Systems, will review common challenges encountered when installing ladder-style cable runway over a row of racks or cabinets. The presentation will detail challenges with cross members as well as time-consuming modification processes, as well as discuss more recently developed technology that provides users with flexibility in the form of movable cross members, drops, and dividers. 

Time: Noon CDT 

Click here to register.

CPI offers a variety of courses that have been approved by BICSI CECs throughout the year. Go here for more details on all our seminar and training offerings.

Raissa Carey, Technical Writer

Chatsworth Products Receives Showstopper Award at NECA 2016 Boston

10/10/2016 2:02:32 PM

Show Stopper AwardChatsworth Products (CPI) received the Showstopper Award for its Adjustable Cable Runway during the NECA Convention, which took place Oct. 7-10 in Boston. Sam Rodriguez, CPI Sr. Product Manager of Cabinet & Thermal Solutions, accepted the award on behalf of CPI. 

The award, determined by a panel of contractor judges, is a spotlight for some of the biggest innovations seen at their trade shows. Only 20 products receive this indicator of success out of the many competitors present, and the winning manufacturers are able to leave knowing their product will be a welcome addition to the marketplace.

The contractors who judged the products praised CPI’s Adjustable Cable Runway on its excellent design. The Runway provides the ultimate cable pathway customization, constructing a flexible point-to-point pathway for network cabling in data centers, and features unique, movable Cross Members, which allow components and accessories to be installed at various points along the runway to simplify the alignment of cabling. 

Adjustable Cable Runway Features include:

  • Movable Cross Members provide ultimate cable pathway customization
  • Tool-less accessories promote quick and easy deployment
  • Load rating of 132 lb/ft (196 kg/m) when the runway is supported every 5 ft (1.5 m)
  • Bonded construction. Thread-forming screws cut through paint to form an electrical bond between Stringers and Cross Members
  • Meets ANSI/TIA/EIA installation guidelines
  • Available assembled or unassembled

To learn more about the Adjustable Cable Runway, click here.

Shannon Ryan, Digital Marketing Administrator

National Manufacturing Day: Chatsworth Products Welcomes High School Students at RD&T Center

10/7/2016 1:34:22 PM

High Schools Visit CPI on Manufacturing DayChatsworth Products’ (CPI) had the pleasure of welcoming students from Georgetown and East View High Schools on National Manufacturing Day.

About 60 students visited CPI’s Research, Development & Training Center (RD&T) and manufacturing plant located in Georgetown, Texas, to get an inside look at how state-of-the art manufacturing is done.

“The interaction with manufacturing provides students with a glimpse of future employment possibilities and even entrepreneurship for some,” says Downie Grim, CPI Plant Manager.

It is in this 10,200 square-foot facility that a team of talented engineers, designers and product managers conceptualize and develop some of the most advanced solutions for the IT infrastructure market. 

The engineering designs are then taken to the manufacturing floor, where a crew of highly technical operators carefully cut, assemble, weld, paint and pack products, assuring that each component meets the highest industry quality standards and certifications. 

“The value we place on safety, quality and delivery will provide future growth for our company,” adds Grim. “As the decision makers of tomorrow, students can benefit from learning the role manufacturing has in the local and national arena,” he concludes.  

Headquartered in the United States, CPI operates from multiple sites worldwide, including offices in Mexico, Canada, China, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. CPI’s manufacturing facilities are located in the United States, Asia and Europe.

To view pictures of the visit, click here. For more information on CPI’s RD&T Center, go here.

Raissa Carey, Technical Writer

Chatsworth Products Releases Update for 2016 Mini Catalog App

10/5/2016 9:25:28 AM

Catalog App for iPadChatsworth Products’ (CPI) popular Mini Catalog App has been updated to include recently launched products:

  • Clik-Nut Hardware Kit
  • Wire Cage Enclosures
  • Adjustable Cable Runway
  • eConnect® PDUs with Locking Outlets
  • Horizontal eConnect PDUs
  • Power IQ® for eConnect 
  • Standard Wall-Mount Cabinets

In this update, the CPI Mini Catalog App has kept the same designs and features you know and love, including the ability to create a bill of material (BOM) list, search pages by keyword or part number, link to product documents and bookmark pages. 

The BOM list and document links can be conveniently emailed to your contact list, or for more assistance, can be sent to CPI's Technical Support or Sales Team. 

For added convenience, you can also push your BOM list to CPI’s Mobile App Suite, giving you the ability to combine lists from both apps. 

The Mini Catalog App does not require a network connection to function, making it handy on jobs sites or locations without a wireless network.CPI will continue to update the Mini Catalog App as new products and solutions become available.

Visit CPI's Support & Downloads page to download the newest version to your Apple iPad.

Shannon Ryan, Digital Marketing Administrator

CPI's Tool-Less Clik-Nut™ Cage Nut Saves Installation Time

10/3/2016 10:41:54 AM

Clik-Nut Cage Nut

If you’ve ever used standard cage nuts, you understand the challenge.

Placing cage nuts into square-punched holes requires simultaneous compression and push/pull force that exceeds human finger strength. 

Even with the specialty installation tools that are available in the market today, installers routinely suffer from pinched fingers and ripped or detached fingernails. Furthermore, there are no tools that work well for both installation and removal of cage nuts.

Basically, when it’s time to install or remove cage nuts, those who execute the task get frustrated. Until now.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) recently introduced Clik-Nut™ Hardware Kit, which features a patent-pending, squeeze-and-release design that eliminates the need for tools, thus resulting in easier and faster installation but at least 70 percent.

Advantages include:

  • No tools required - Easier, faster and safer installation
  • High payload capacity - Same strength and reliability as standard cage nuts
  • Universal usability - Fully compatible with square-punched holes
  • Squeeze-and-release design - Installation time can be reduced by at least 70 percent

Whether it’s a sound technician who mounts sound equipment on portable panels or an IT professional who routinely assembles equipment on server racks, Clik-Nut can save valuable installation time in environments that need to be reconfigured often.

Go to the CPI Online Catalog to watch how Clik-Nut is easy to use. Then, create a cart and email it to a distributor near you.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Take Power IQ® for a Spin and Experience Robust Yet Simplified Data Center Monitoring

9/29/2016 9:12:28 AM

Chatsworth Products (CPI) invites you to test drive the full-featured power monitoring software, Power IQ® for eConnect®, so you can experience its robust yet simplified monitoring capabilities.

Power IQ allows data center managers to optimize power efficiencies and collect metrics such as Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), power capacity and temperatures at the cold aisle. At a moment’s notice, data center managers can get clued in to how much power they’re using and take proactive actions.

Energy Efficiency Practices

Power IQ for eConnect also supports energy saving practices. With Power IQ, data center managers can be notified of “ghosts” servers, and be able to eliminate them. In combination with certain models of eConnect power distribution units (PDUs), it is also possible to monitor and switch servers at the outlet level.

See the benefits of Power IQ software for yourself. 

Click here to test drive CPI’s full-featured power monitoring software.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Chatsworth Products to Introduce New RMR® Industrial Enclosures at NECA

9/26/2016 11:32:53 AM

RMR Free-Standing Environmental Enclosure - RMR_FREE-STANDING_RIGHT_RGB72.jpgChatsworth Products (CPI) will officially introduce its new RMR® Industrial Enclosures at NECA, being hosted at the Boston Convention & Exposition Center, Oct. 7 – 10. CPI will be in booth 827.

RMR, pronounced “armor,” is a storage solution engineered specifically for technology, automation and control equipment in harsh industrial environments. CPI RMR Solutions deliver innovation, configurability and quality in features that include:

  • NEMA Type 12 and IP 55 protection rating
  • Formed-in-place foam gaskets for optimal sealing
  • Multiple equipment mounting options to support IT equipment
  • User-configurable modifications (size, openings, color)
  • Kitted with accessories to match job requirements

Don’t forget to stop by our booth 827 to get hands-on interaction with CPI RMR Industrial Enclosures, as well as a few of its latest robust solutions, including:

  • eConnect® Power Distribution Units
  • Adjustable Cable Runway
  • Standard Wall-Mount Cabinet
  • Four-Post Rack
  • Evolution® Cable Management

Free Admission

Interested in attending NECA? Use this free admission code: “16EXH” and be sure to visit CPI’s booth. For more information about NECA Show and to register for the event, visit the website.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

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

9/22/2016 8:00:00 AM

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

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

Advantages of Motive Cable Manager include:

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

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

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

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

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

Duke Robertson, Product Manager, Open Systems

Chatsworth Products Announces New Headquarters Location

9/20/2016 9:09:23 AM

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

CPI's new corporate address: 

29899 Agoura Road, Suite 120
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

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

For complete contact information visit our Locations page.

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

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

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

9/19/2016 8:00:00 AM

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

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

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

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

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

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

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

9/14/2016 1:20:09 PM

Education Industry

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

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

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

 Find Experts in the Subject

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

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

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

Start from the Top  

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

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

Do the Math: CPI Cabinet + Power = Solid Infrastructure

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

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

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

Think Inside the Box, Out on the Wall

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

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

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

Proactive Planning: e-Rate Program Funds Broadband Connection

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

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

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

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

Graduating with Honors  

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

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

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

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

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

9/13/2016 12:10:40 PM

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

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

Secure Array Technology

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

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

Click Secure Technology

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

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

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

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

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

9/12/2016 7:05:38 AM

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

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

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

Other key features include:

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

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

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

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

9/7/2016 11:29:44 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Global Standard Pack Combines Performance, Convenience into One Solution

9/6/2016 7:01:31 AM

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

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

The Global Standard Pack includes:

Two-Post Standard Rack 

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

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

CPI Global Vertical Cabling Section (GVCS)

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

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

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

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

Rack Installation Kit for Concrete Floor 

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

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

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

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist