7/24/2014 11:56:28 AM
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council recognizes best-in-class green building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects must meet prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.
A LEED-certified data center is internationally recognized for being holistically sustainable and energy-efficient. Data centers can be LEED certified if they’re designed and equipped according to the Building Design and Construction framework.
The newest version of the requirement includes the IT load and associated power and cooling energy use to the calculations. The new rating scale for data centers addresses unique challenges and allows for 110 possible points toward certification. Chatsworth Products (CPI) could contribute 12-24 credits toward this goal.
Here are five ways Chatsworth Products (CPI) has helped many data centers around the globe achieve LEED certification:
- Use CPI’s GF-Series GlobalFrame® cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts, a solution that promotes “free cooling” within the data center. This solution, along with other initiatives, led the largest telecom in Brazil, Telefonica Vivo, to become the country’s first to achieve LEED Gold certification.
- By incorporating a design with redundancies in power and security, as well as the usage of CPI Aisle Containment products, F-Series TeraFrame® cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts and renewable energy sources, BendBroadband Vault achieved a power usage effectiveness (PUE) as low as 1.2, helping the company earn the LEED Gold stamp.
- Use CPI eConnect® PDUs to calculate IT energy closer to loads for more accurate PUE calculations and better define your energy-efficiency strategy.
- CPI Power Management Tool in conjunction with eConnect PDUs could contribute to 1 credit for Advanced Energy Metering toward LEED certification.
- Deploy CPI’s Aisle Containment products in conjunction with any number of various different effective economization technologies to reduce cooling energy budget by 40-90% and be eligible to earn up to 14 credits toward Optimizing Energy Performance category.
Visit CPI’s Energy Efficiency page for more information.
7/21/2014 12:16:00 PM
The newest generation of F-Series TeraFrame® Cabinet features essential improvements in airflow for your data center.
Here are three fast facts about why CPI’s F-Series TeraFrame is one of the smartest ways to deploy airflow management:
- A wider Vertical Exhaust Duct on 800 mm models improves airflow and allows for higher cabinet density.
- Two-Piece Top Panel is scalable to migrate to a Vertical Exhaust Duct at a later date; the front top panel remains, but rear section is replaced by the Vertical Exhaust Duct.
- The Vertical Exhaust Duct now has a power cord whip entry, which allows access through the duct panel (Bottom panel and air director included with Vertical Exhaust Duct configurations).
In addition to smarter airflow management, the F-Series TeraFrame Gen 3 also features an enhanced frame design, new sizes and panels and easier equipment rail adjustment.
Click here for more details on all the features.
7/16/2014 11:17:04 AM
Chatsworth Products (CPI) played a key part in the development of Mexico’s newest standard for the design, construction and operation of energy efficient data centers in the country. The new requirement went into effect on July 15.
Experts in multiple specialties, from infrastructure engineers, to data center operators to consultants and architects collaborated in the development of NMX-J-C-I-489-ANCE-ONNCCE-NYCE-2014. (Detailed information in Spanish can be found here.)
CPI participated in discussions and assessments of cabinets and enclosures, racks, cable runways and power distribution units (PDUs). Representing CPI, Victor Bañuelos, Technical Manager for Latin America, was able to provide valuable insight into the new classification of energy-efficient data centers as they relate to availability, energy efficiency and sustainability not only in terms of their design and construction, but also in terms of their daily performance.
CPI’s pioneering solution—Passive Cooling®—plays a key role in energy-efficient data centers. For example, the standard dictates best practices in successfully achieving high energy efficiency in the data center through containment systems, such as cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts, and Hot and Cold Aisle Containment Solutions (HAC and CAC). This new set of requirements applies to new construction as well as retrofit applications.
Our local CPI experts in Mexico can help you understand the design and implementation strategies of energy efficient data centers, while assisting you in selecting the products that will best fit your needs, including:
- Build to Spec Kit HAC – A highly flexible and customizable solution that is ideal for retrofit and new applications.
- CAC and HAC – Perfect for new constructions.
- TeraFrame® and GlobalFrame® Cabinets – Compatible with any Passive Cooling strategy, these cabinets can include Vertical Exhaust Ducts and are adaptable to any design and configuration.
- eConnect® PDUs – Intelligent PDUs distribute power to your equipment and come in a variety of configurations—Monitored, Monitored PRO, Switched and Switched PRO—to measure, monitor and report energy consumption at the cabinet level.
For more information on how CPI’s energy efficient solutions, go here.
7/14/2014 12:51:59 PM
Do you know how to install a duct on a network cabinet? Have you actually heard and learned from a customer who has been able to optimize data center energy? How about getting product overview from an expert in a real-world environment?
Chatsworth Products (CPI) has more than 1,400 documents available to help you get relevant and up-to-date information on our products and solutions.
To help you understand and use our products even further, CPI also creates useful videos.
Follow us on our YouTube Channel to get the skinny on client applications, special events, how-to videos, case studies and more.
How else would you know how simple it is to design and build a containment system on the fly?
Do you have suggestions or requests for a video? Video suggestion. We’ll be glad to help.
7/11/2014 11:37:35 AM
GeekBeatTV, one of the world’s most recognized news brand that enlightens, educates and entertains geeks all around on technology, gadgets and science just got better.
That’s because the company’s new telecommunication room and broadcast studio is now filled with Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) GF-Series GlobalFrame® Cabinets, OnTrac® Wire Mesh Cable Tray, Cable Runway and accessories.
With the company’s growth prospects and future plans, there was an urgent need for an upgraded telecom/broadcast room that could provide a safe and sturdy environment for equipment.
GeekBeatTV wanted the best, so they turned to CPI.
“These products will make a huge difference in our working lives,” they stated.
The crew was so excited, they shot a step-by-step video of how the products will be set up in the room, with explanations for each of the unique features of CPI cabinets and cable management products.
Check out the video below.
7/10/2014 11:58:36 AM
Effective since July 1, California’s new Title 24 energy efficiency standards have brought into light some specific requirements for new or retrofit computer rooms and data centers of 20W/ft2 of equipment. This means the new standards can apply to small computer closets in offices to large data centers.
Many customers, particularly those located outside of the state, reached out to us, requesting more information on the topic.
Here’s a breakdown of the main requirements, technologies recommended and the benefits of this new set of standards. (You can also view the entire document here.)
- Economizers are required in small computer rooms in buildings that have economizers (some exemptions apply)
- Reheat is prohibited
- Non-adiabatic humidification is prohibited
- Fan-power limit of 27 watts/kBtuh of net sensible cooling capacity is required
- Variable speed controls on all chilled water fan systems and all direct expansion (DX) systems of more than 5 tons serving computer rooms are required
- Containment in new large, high-density data centers with air-cooled computers is required
The California Energy Commission suggests the use of the following technologies:
- Variable speed drives or EC fan motors
- CRAC or AC units with multiple stages of compression or variable capacity DX compressors
- Containment products, strip curtains or blanking panels
- Direct evaporative cooling media or ultrasonic humidifiers
- Improved IT performance – containment and temperature monitoring reduce hot spots that affect computer performance.
- Reduced noise – variable speed fans reduce noise.
- Improved comfort – without containment it is often necessary to overcool the space to avoid hot spots. With containment, room temperature can be raised, thus improving comfort for occupants.
- Improved monitoring – temperature sensors are often added along with variable speed fans. Variable speed fans also provide additional feedback that constant speed fans do not.
- Redundancy – economizers provide backup cooling capacity most of the time should a compressor fail. Adding a VAV box to a small computer room that is already served by a split DX system, for example, provides redundancy should the split DX system fail.
To view our containment solutions, click here.
7/7/2014 11:38:02 AM
While continuing to focus on global growth, customer satisfaction and innovative product development, Chatsworth Products (CPI) welcomes Michael Custer as the company’s new president.
Custer first joined CPI in 1996 and most recently held the position of Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing with additional executive oversight responsibilities for International Operations, Supply Chain & Quality. He replaces Larry Renaud, who will remain CEO until his retirement in September.
Since its inception in 1991, CPI has strived to provide unparalleled product design and quality in the advancing field of data center management. Moving forward, CPI’s employee-owners and customers can expect to benefit from the yearly growth and expansion that CPI has experienced since it started.
“CPI has remained fiercely independent through an extended period of industry consolidation and has preserved a uniquely strong best-in-class market position,” Custer says. “We’ve earned that position through an unmatched combination of high-availability solutions through our industry-leading distribution partners and high-touch customized solutions that always start with collaboration and the goal of delivering demonstrable benefits to our customers.”
CPI looks to a bright future with its new leadership and 100 percent commitment from all its employees to delight our customers with the best products and solutions for the data center.
For more information on CPI's core values and history, go here.
7/1/2014 9:49:00 AM
Properly managing airflow in the data center is no longer an option in California, it’s now a requirement.
As of today, July 1, the state’s Title 24 of the Building Efficiency Standards mandates that every newly constructed data center must have some form of airflow containment in place.
When air recirculates and bypasses freely in the facility, server inlet temperatures change inadvertently, which not only damages equipment over time, but also results in more electricity being spent on cooling.
Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Aisle Containment Solutions can help companies comply with this new requirement.
“The performance specification for our aisle containment solutions is one of, if not, the best in the industry,” says Samuel Rodriguez, CPI Product Manager of Cabinet & Thermal Solutions.
With CPI Aisle Containment Solutions, it is possible to achieve “free cooling” in the data center by isolating, redirecting and recycling hot exhaust air.
CPI’s full line of containment solutions is available in four standard configurations in hot aisle containment (HAC) or cold aisle containment (CAC) environments, each addressing the most pressing data center cooling needs, including ones that can be completely customized on site.
For more detailed information about CPI Aisle Containment Solutions, visit our solutions page.
6/27/2014 11:44:48 AM
The next 10 years look bright and cool for Telefônica Vivo’s data center.
As the largest integrated telecom in South America, the company needed a data center that would be robust enough to support all of the company’s mobile services for the next decade and beyond.
When Vivo learned about Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Passive Cooling® Solutions, the company didn’t have to look for a solution any more. CPI Passive Cooling Solutions allow companies to maximize their cooling efficiencies without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions.
Vivo decided on CPI’s GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinet Systems with Vertical Exhaust Ducts to isolate, redirect and recycle hot exhaust air.
GF-Series GlobalFrame Cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts are part of CPI Passive Cooling Solutions, which provide advanced thermal management with zero points of failure, thus delivering a Tier IV solution.
The end result was the Tier III status for design and construction from Uptime Institute that Vivo got for its data center.
“Tier III is one hour of downtime in a year. And so far, we haven’t experienced any downtime,” Silvio Mendonça, Vivo’s Data Center Manager said.
Read this entire case study here
6/25/2014 11:53:43 AM
Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Technical Manager for Latin America, Victor Bañuelos, recently became an Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designer. Only 366 elite design engineers from 54 countries have received such accreditation.
As a global data center authority, Uptime Institute created the Tier Classification System to provide data centers with a consistent method to compare typically unique, customized facilities based on expected site infrastructure performance, or uptime. (More information on this topic can be found here.)
With Uptime Institute’s Tier Designer Accreditation Bañuelos will be able to:
• Help CPI's customers save money by minimizing lost design due to misunderstood Tier criteria
• Optimize schedule by designing a data center project with the Tier objective in mind
• Properly apply the Tier concepts to deliver on-time, on-budget, and Tier Certified projects
Bañuelos has been a thought leader in the region, delivering keynote presentations at well-known industry events. He recently spoke at the 2014 BICSI CALA District Andino Conference and Exhibition in Colombia about the cost-savings benefits of Passive Cooling® in the data center.
In addition, Bañuelos provides training to data center professionals at CPI’s state-of-the-art office, training facility and demo space known as CPI's "Centro de Diseño y Alta Tecnología" (CDAT), located in the heart of Mexico City.
6/20/2014 8:52:42 AM
Chatsworth Products (CPI) newly redesigned N-Series
TeraFrame® Gen3 Network Cabinet addresses the unique airflow requirements of
the switch to keep hot and cold air completely isolated from each other.
Another central concern of this design was to include robust
cable management with extra space along both sides of the cabinet for network
To that end, it is very important to organize patch cords so
that they do not block airflow into the switch. With switches that use
front-to-rear airflow, patch cords can exit both sides of the switch and are
managed along the sides of the cabinet.
For switches that have side airflow, patch cords must be
managed so that they do not block inlet airflow along the right side of the
switch. Patch cords must be routed to the left side or up and down, and then
over using rack-mount horizontal cable managers, so that inlet airflow is not
Another consideration is ensuring proper access to hot swappable switch
modules, like the fan trays. Do not to block fan trays or other modules
with cable connections.
Instead, consider using additional horizontal managers and
jumper trays to route cables from one side of the cabinet to the other to avoid
For more information on CPI’s ultimate network cabinet, go here.
6/18/2014 11:10:09 AM
Telefonica Vivo, the largest telecom in Brazil uses CPI’s GF-Series GlobalFrame® Cabinet System with custom made Vertical Exhaust Ducts in its state-of-the-art data center.
CPI’s GlobalFrame supports high-density applications using CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions, which isolate, redirect and recycle hot exhaust air, all while reducing operating costs.
This proven efficiency helped Vivo’s data center earn the country’s first LEED Gold Certification and Tier 3 status for design and construction.
“We measure our data center today and it’s more efficient than what the CFD said. The PUE on the CFD was 1.7 and in use it’s 1.5, which is very impressive in Brazil’s standards. The combination of everything we did in the data center, plus increasing the temperature by one degree Celsius to 24 Celsius helped us get this PUE and it gave us points toward the LEED certification process,” said Silvio Mendonça, Vivo’s data center manager.
To read this entire success story, go here.
6/16/2014 11:27:47 AM
Chatsworth Products (CPI) is not only known for its top-quality IT infrastructure products, but also for being a leading provider of tools that help you configure, choose, order and learn about the products you need.
If you’re in search for effective power management products at the cabinet level, nothing beats CPI’s intelligent power distribution units from the eConnect® line.
Here’s how you can get started:
- PDU Selector Tool: A user-friendly tool that allows you to select the best eConnect PDU for your application by narrowing down options based on your requirements. You can compare up to four PDUs at once, and then email or print the results.
- CPI Mobile App Suite: Available for Apple and Android devices, CPI’s App Suite includes an eConnect Selector tool. The app will present you with a few questions based on functionality, voltages, amps, etc., to provide you with the best solution. Then, it builds a part number and provides you with the basic product description and cut sheet.
- Product Configurator: While configuring your CPI cabinet, the configurator lets you create a bundled solution with an eConnect PDU or power strip already pre-installed. This cuts installation time and makes your life easier.
For more information on CPI’s comprehensive line of power management products, be sure to read the new Power Management Catalog.
6/12/2014 10:08:32 AM
Chatsworth Products (CPI) helped Telefônica Vivo, the largest telecom in South America, consolidate its seven data centers into one highly energy-efficient facility in Brazil.
But this story is not only about top-quality cabinets and excellence in technical support and customization capabilities.
This story is also about CPI’s global distribution partners -- in this case, Anixter and the determination and product knowledge of David Otaki, Anixter’s major account manager in Brazil.
Here’s the inside scoop:
Vivo’s data center managers were going to buy cabinets from another manufacturer, so all Otaki was able to do was get was a quick 30-minute meeting with them. On that day, as he waited in the meeting room, he saw a sign on a table that read: “Sustainability: Vivo embraces this Initiative.”
When Vivo’s team asked if Otaki offered any cabinets with the specs they needed, he answered as he pointed to the table sign:
“Yes, we do have cabinets that meet these specifications, but I didn’t come here to sell cabinets.”
“We sell sustainability, and I’d like to show you how Vivo can increase its energy efficiency in its data center by 20 percent.”
Find out more about our distributor partners or read the complete case study.
6/10/2014 1:30:39 PM
If you’ve worked in the data center industry for some time, then you’ve most likely heard about the many benefits of raising the room temperature in your facility. If you haven’t, you’ll soon hear about the unnecessary cooling costs that result from data centers over supplying cool air to keep servers with inlet temperatures below 80⁰F.
There are proven benefits of raising the temperatures in the data center to save on energy usage. Most data centers give little attention to a best practice that can influence the effectiveness of turning the thermostat up.
Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Global Technology Consultant, Ian Seaton, recently told Upsite Technologies that establishing full control over airflow management is crucial. This means that before you do anything with the temperature, you should block any openings in the data center between the supply air area and return air area. These include cable access ports in floor tiles, unused or open rack mount units or any open space between hot and cold aisles.
“With all these holes plugged, the variation in server inlet temperatures throughout the data center should be no more than a range of 5⁰F (2-3⁰ is achievable with discipline and well-engineered products),” Seaton explains.
CPI offers a wide range of well-engineered, top-quality racks and accessories to help you block and control air leakage, including:
- Snap-In Filler Panels - used to fill open rack-mount spaces (U) in cabinets that store rack-mount computer servers and equipment
- KoldLok® Raised Floor Grommets – used to minimize any air loss from unsealed cable openings in access floor environments
- Vertical Exhaust Duct – used to fully isolate return air from the source air, thus eliminating any possible hot air recirculation in the data center
For more information on how to get the most of your energy efficiency efforts, go here.
6/4/2014 1:06:13 PM
InformationWeek just published an exclusive look inside six modern data centers in the United States to show the future of computing.
Capital One’s 240,000 sq ft data center in Richmond, Va., was one of them. The facility is LEED Gold certified and a little more than 70% virtualized with sections of high-density blocks of servers, storage and networking in the same racks.
As you can see in the picture from the article, the new facility is filled with Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinets in Glacier White. The new data center features hot aisle/cold aisle containment, redundant power systems, hardware inventory with RFID tracking technology and an “active-active” data center strategy, which means it communicates with another data center located on the other side of the city as a backup during maintenance or brief outages, according to the article.
The GF-Series GlobalFrame Gen 2 Cabinet System is an industry-standard server and network equipment storage solution that features perforated doors to support front-to-rear airflow for hot aisle/cold aisle or aisle containment applications.
Here are a few features of the cabinets that Capital One relied on to make its state-of-the-art data center:
- Complies with the UL2416 Listing
- Supports up to 3,000 pounds (1360 kg) and has been tested to four times weight capacity
- 78 percent perforation on doors to maximize airflow
- Front-to-rear rail depths were increased to support deeper equipment
- Front-door hinge designed for quick and effortless door removal and installation
- Top and bottom panels include snap on plastic grommets to seal cable openings
For a complete list of features, visit the product page.
6/3/2014 11:48:43 AM
Some may argue that the end of cubicles is near.
And although that might be an exaggeration, it is true that the number of mobile workers continues to rise tremendously. In fact, a recent Gartner report says enterprises are bringing more core IT functions in line with their mobile strategy, which means IT infrastructure will need to become much more flexible.
This means companies must have a flexible workspace where it is easy to deploy new technologies, add workers and move workstations as required.
So how can you create a workspace that can be reconfigured quickly?
The design goal is to create a network where cable and connection adaptations are quick, easy and cause minimal disruption to the work environment.
Chatsworth Products (CPI) has Wall-Mount, Zone and Wireless Solutions that can help you get your network more flexible and prepared for future changes. Here are three ways to do it:
1. Use CPI Wall-Mount Racks and Cabinets to create more space for equipment inside or outside of the telecommunications room.
2. Use CPI Zone Enclosures to pre-wire the work area with enough connections for future growth.
3. Use CPI Wireless Enclosures to secure the Wireless LANs in the work area.
For more information, go to the Zone Cabling and Wireless Enclosures page.
5/29/2014 10:03:38 AM
Chatsworth Products (CPI) offers a variety of user-friendly design tools to help IT professionals plan their infrastructure successfully.
Whether you need help selecting a product, meeting industry codes or figuring out your cable fill values, CPI has the tool you need (Some require log in to the CPI website).
Here they are:
Configure a custom product complete with accessories, including power or even an electronic lock. Once built, the CPI Configurator will give you a total list price, rendered drawings and offer a selection of global distributors or resellers.
MasterFormat™ 2004, a product of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), is the most widely used standard for most commercial and institutional building projects in the United States and Canada. MasterFormat's Division 27 specifically addresses communications construction, providing specifications and instructions for areas such as data, voice, audio, video, cabling, enclosures, grounding and bonding.
Determine the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of your data center cost savings when combining CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions with other cooling strategies such as water-side economizers or evaporative air-side economizers.
The PUE is the ration between the amount of power entering a data center and the power used to run the computer infrastructure within it. This means overall efficiency is improved as the quotient decreases toward 1.
- Reduce the OSHPD approval cycle when planning installations in seismically active regions by obtaining the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) Pre-Approval (OPA) numbers for several CPI products.
CPI continuously submits equipment anchorage load calculations to OSHPD to obtain additional OPA number designations for CPI products. Prior to receiving the OPA number designation, anchorage drawings can be useful if you are in the process of designing data centers in seismically active regions.
- The CPI Cable Fill Table lists recommended and maximum cable fill values for all of CPI’s cable management and cable pathway products. The table lists usable area for each cable manager and pathway product, so you can calculate cable fill for other types of cable.
For a complete list of tools and resources visit our Support and Downloads page.
5/23/2014 9:07:05 AM
As you may know, Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) eConnect® PDUs have been uniquely designed to meet the quality, connectivity and configuration standards that you know and trust from CPI.
But few people know about a feature that can quickly help data center professionals detect when a server gets unplugged or goes offline: the low-load alarm.
Low-load alarms give users the ability to set a low voltage threshold, so an alarm is triggered when there’s a voltage disruption on your servers.
Many manufacturers are more concerned with the power overload aspect of a PDU, but eConnect features alarms for both sides of the spectrum.
Here’s what CPI’s Sr. Product Manager of Power, Electronics & Software, Anderson Hungria, says about low-load alarms:
5/22/2014 2:22:34 PM
The most effective way to take your thermal management strategy to a whole new level is to add accessories to your cabinet system that are proven to improve airflow distribution.
Chatsworth Products (CPI) has a number of accessories to complement your cabinet's functionality.
Here are a three accessories and their application:
Attaches to the top panel of the N-Series and F-Series TeraFrame®, and GF-Series GlobalFrame® families of cabinets, they provide a closed pathway for hot air to an overhead drop ceiling. Vertical Exhaust Ducts come in various heights to adapt easily to your ceiling specific height. Select this top panel style when configuring your cabinet. (Pro tip: for improved performance of the channeled hot air, use them with an Air Dam to block airflow around the sides of the equipment mounting space.)
Attaches to equipment mounting rails to create a seal between adjacent panels and equipment, blocking most airflow between panels.
Read the data sheet.
Perfect to prevent loss of cold air through the cable openings in access floor tiles, while protecting cables from damaging.
Read the data sheet.
For details on more cabinet accessories, visit the product accessory page.