Cross-Connect Blog

Benefits of Open Frame Server Racks

11/24/2015 2:39:48 PM

When it comes to organizing and setting up equipment in a computer room or data center, it is important to make the best use of the space available. For this reason, open frame server racks are a great solution to help stay organized in a cost-effective manner. Here are five benefits of open frame server racks and why you should consider them for you equipment storage needs.

  1. Cost
    Open frame server racks are a cost-effective way to manage equipment, compared to enclosed racks. The cost of producing and shipping are less than those of closed cabinet or server racks.

  2. Quick installation
    Not having to worry about installing doors or side panels makes the installation of open server racks a much easier task.

  3. Airflow
    Enclosed racks can create an environment for heat to build up. Open frame server racks, on the other hand, allow for unrestricted airflow, preventing heat build-up.

  4. Easy access
    The open design allows for easy access to equipment and cabling.

  5. Better cable management
    It can be a challenge trying to manage cords and cables with an enclosed server rack, but with an open frame rack, cable management is much easier as you can run the cables without any obstacles from doors or panels.

CPI QuadraRack Four-Post Rack

1521XP_BOTH_RGB72.jpgThe QuadraRack® 4-Post Frame provides a sturdy, cost-effective solution for supporting large rack-mount communications equipment, such as routers and voice or network switches, in telecommunications and equipment rooms and other network facilities. 

The QuadraRack offers the strength and stability of an enclosure in an open mounting system that provides easy access to equipment and cabling. For more information on the QuadraRack Four-Post Rack be sure to read our data sheet.

CPI Cable Management Solutions

Our line of Cable Management Solutions are designed to manage and maintain the cables and cords that provide the critical support, reliability and flexibility needed to sustain and grow your network capabilities. 

Our solutions will help you:

  • Streamline the management of your cables and cords to optimize the signal quality and network speed of your information exchange.
  • Organize cables so that they can be easily traced from start to finish when performing moves, adds and changes, saving you valuable time and money.
  • Fulfill high-density cabling requirements while maintaining proper bend radius and slack management for maximum network performance.

For more information, be sure to check out our CPI Online Catalog and our cable management brochure.

CJ Castillo, Technology Writer

Worst Examples of Cable Management and How to Prevent Them

11/19/2015 12:46:21 PM

Cables here, cables there, cables everywhere! If you dread walking into your server room to troubleshoot a network issue because of bad cable management or worse, dread having to give higher-ups a tour of your facilities, then it’s about time to straighten up your cable management system.

Before we discuss solutions to help you get more organized, let’s look at some examples of horrible cable management. Be warned: some of these examples may just make you cry; we know we did.

Let’s play a game, can you find the hidden equipment in this mess?

Cable Management Nightmare
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Just looking at this green mess is bringing out Hulk-like feelings.

Cable Management Nightmare
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Not sure why, but this one has us craving pasta.

Cable Management Nightmare
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Try walking down this without crying, we dare you.

Cable Management Nightmare
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You could say this guy is really buried in his work.

Cable Management Nightmare

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Now that we have looked at some terrible examples of cable management, here are some things you can do now to avoid joining the terrible cable management hall of fame photos we just shared.

Proper cable management will not only support existing infrastructure, but will also allow for future growth. 

Consider these tips for your next project:

  • Before purchasing or installing cable products, determine the amount of cabling and connections required. Be sure to allow room for access and growth.
  • Be sure to follow industry standards, such as ANSI/TIA and ISO/IEC, as well as any federal, state or local regulations. This will help ensure a safe, failure-free installation that will minimize system downtime.
  • Plan for change by organizing cable properly and labeling cable that may need to be quickly and easily identified. Also, try to avoid blocking access to equipment inside and outside the racks.
  • Be sure to use sweeping 90-degree bends when transitioning from the pathway support to the racks.
  • Density is very important in data center cabinets and racks, so keep in mind how many rack spaces are being utilized with horizontal wire managers.
  • Select a vertical cable manager that can accommodate all of the cable feeding from the horizontal managers. Use waterfalls and spools to help manage multiple cables and to help with maintaining proper bend radius on copper and fiber cables. Also, Velcro cable supports are reusable and a safe way to secure the cable without damaging it.
  • Do not overfill your managers, which can cause kinks and make moves, adds and changes difficult. CPI recommends using a 50% cable fill when selecting vertical and horizontal cable management. This allows sufficient space for maintaining cable bend radius for patch cords.

Evolution Cable Management on Two-Post RackCPI offers both vertical and horizontal cable management solutions.  If you are upgrading your current infrastructure or designing a new installation, you can trust the experts at CPI to deliver the most comprehensive line of cable management products in the industry.

Our cable management manages and maintains the cables and cords that provide the critical support, reliability and flexibility needed to sustain and grow your network capabilities.

CPI Cable Management solutions will help you:

  • Streamline the management of your cables and cords to optimize the signal quality and network speed of your information exchange.
  • Organize cables so that they can be easily traced from start to finish when performing moves, adds and changes, saving you valuable time and money.
  • Fulfill high-density cabling requirements while maintaining proper bend radius and slack management for maximum network performance.

For more details on CPI’s Cable Management products and services, be sure to view our line of Cable Management products. To read more about CPI’s Cable Management solutions in the real world, be sure to check out our case studies from Lucent Technologies, Pacific Sun and Sun Microsystems.

CJ Castillo, Technology Writer

2015 CPI Holiday Schedule

11/17/2015 7:21:39 AM

Happy Holidays from CPIAs we enter into the holiday season, Chatsworth Products (CPI) would like to take a moment to extend a warm sentiment of gratitude to you, our valued customer and business partner. We appreciate your loyalty and are honored to have the opportunity to serve you. 

As this year comes to an end, we look forward to sharing and developing future business opportunities with you in 2016.

Holiday Schedule for US Operations:

  • Nov. 26-27 - Closed
  • Dec. 23 - Last shipping day
  • Dec. 24-25 - Closed
  • Dec. 28 –30 - Customer Service, Quotations & Technical Support available
  • Dec. 31-Jan. 1 - Closed
  • Jan. 4, 2016 - All functions resume

Holiday Schedule for Europe Operations:

  • Dec. 24, Noon –Jan. 1 - Closed
  • Jan. 4, 2016 - All functions resume

CPI Customer Service, Quotations and Technical Support Teams will be available to assist you Dec. 28th through Dec. 30th. Please contact us at 1-800-834-4969.  

From all CPI employee owners, we wish you and yours a very safe and happy Holiday Season and a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Getting the Most of Your Power Monitoring Data

11/12/2015 12:13:05 PM

eConnect Software As any IT manager knows, monitoring power consumption of IT is key to maintaining an efficient data center. There are many tools available to help with this task, such as intelligent power distribution units (PDUs). It is important to get the most out of your PDUs to ensure power management is effective and reliable.

According to Ashish Moondra, CPI Senior Product Manager of Power, Electronics & Software, the most important  metrics to monitor on a PDU are:

  1. Amperage readings at the branch circuit level: Monitoring at the branch circuit level will ensure availability of all connected equipment.
  2. Power and energy consumption at the outlet level: Monitoring at the outlet level will help you get the actual visibility of how much energy your IT equipment is consuming.
  3. Power and energy consumption at the entire PDU level: Monitoring based on individual power consumption, is useful for data centers needing to charge and bill users for power usage.  

CPI’s Switched Pro eConnect® PDUs

Whether you need to connect a few pieces of equipment or need to support high- density computing with multiple blade servers in every cabinet, Switched Pro eConnect® PDUs provide reliable power distribution with remote per-outlet power monitoring and control. 

In addition, they provide local and remote power monitoring for the PDU and remote monitoring and control for each outlet on the PDU. This is especially useful in data center and equipment room cabinets and racks to remotely control power to each outlet, to remotely monitor power use by each piece of equipment, and to help balance power loads for all attached equipment.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Optimized for high-density applications with a low-profile design, universal tool-less mounting and use in ambient air temperatures up to 149ºF (65ºC)
  • Connect any combination of up to 20 networked PDUs together and access all PDUs through a single IP address using the built-in web interface
  • Remote control of individual outlets by turning outlets on, off or cycling power
  • Continuous power monitoring at each breaker and each outlet
  • Local display with an interactive screen that displays combined power measurements
  • Remote monitoring and outlet control through a network connection using a web browser
  • Easy network setup using the local display to enter the IP address for fast deployment onto your network
  • Low-profile design that fits in the zero U space at the side of your equipment cabinet and does not block access to equipment mounting rails or exhaust airflow from equipment

Learn more about CPI’s eConnect PDUs by reading the Switched Pro PDU Data Sheet. Also, try out our eConnect Software Demo, which links to eConnect PDUs installed in CPI's Research, Development and Training Facility in Georgetown, Texas.

CJ Castillo, Technology Writer

Webinar: Early Containment Planning in the Data Center

11/11/2015 8:29:04 AM Corning Webinar

Chatsworth Products (CPI) and Corning invite you to join a live, one-hour training session titled "Early Containment Planning in the Data Center" on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 1 pm Central.

Sam Rodriguez, CPI's Sr. Product Manager for Cabinet and Thermal Solutions, will discuss containment planning in the data center. He’ll provide a basic review of containment strategies, pros and cons of each containment type, important factors to consider when planning, and the long term impact of taking a best practice approach when making product selection.  

Topics include:

  • Overview of strategies
  • Challenges and best practices
  • Planning considerations
  • Impact of containment

This webinar is worth 1 BICSI CEC.

Register now for this webinar.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Factors to Consider When Selecting a Colocation Data Center

11/5/2015 12:46:22 PM

Hostirian Colocation SolutionWhen it comes to choosing a data center colocation facility, whether it be your primary site or part of your disaster recovery plan, there are several factors to consider. The selection of such a facility is a strategic one and very important for your business and data operations.

Factors to consider for your primary or secondary colocation site include ensuring the site is easily accessible by your IT staff, according to Mission Critical Magazine.

However, when searching for a colocation site for your disaster recovery plans, it is important to have plenty of distance between that site and your primary data center. During times of disaster, if there is a power outage or worse, the distance will help ensure your data is safe, stays online and won’t affect business operations.

Other factors to consider when selecting a colocation center include:

  • Power – How many backup generators are available, does the location have reliable access to power, including overall access to the power grid?
  • Security – What type of security does the location have to keep unauthorized personnel away from the data center?
  • Geographic stability – Is the data center capable of withstanding climate and seismic activity, or is the site in a stable location?

Securing Your IT Equipment is Critical

In addition to considering the location of your data center, you must also think about how you will store and protect your IT assets and maintain uptime.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) has colocation cabinets to protect equipment, as well as containment strategies for colocation centers.

Wire Cage Enclosures from CPI 

Our Wire Cage Enclosures create a security partition around your equipment in shared facility spaces. These wire cage enclosures feature an open design made from a woven wire mesh that allows airflow to equipment, while providing physical security. All cage assembly hardware is inside the cage, so panels cannot be tampered with from the outside. Features include:

  • Support posts have welded base plates that allow direct floor anchoring. Panels bolt directly to support posts, utilizing the heaviest assembly hardware in the industry. 
  • The open 2” x 1” rectangular mesh design allows free circulation of air to support the existing cooling system, lighting design and the fire suppression system within the secured area.
  • Available in Glacier White finish to match your F-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Cabinets, N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinets and GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinets.
Custom Colocation Cabinets

CPI offers both standard and custom cabinets for colocation applications. We recently created custom 2-bay cabinets to meet the needs of colocation provider, Hostirian. The cabinets were used in conjuction with CPI's Cold Aisle Containment Solution (show in photo above). When asked about CPI's products and solutions, Ken Cox, Vice President of Operations of Hostirian said, "I couldn’t be happier with the overall solution. The racks feel more solid—we asked for locking half cabinets, and we got it. We wanted a specific size, and we got that. It was a reasonable price for a custom job. Everybody I’ve talked to has said this is the nicest data center they’ve seen and the nicest one in town.”

CJ Castillo, Technology Writer

Seismic Frame® Two-Post Rack Provides Complete Solution, Easy Setup

11/3/2015 3:13:25 PM

Seismic Frame Two-Post RackMany IT professionals who manage network equipment in seismic regions rely on Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) seismic-rated racks and cabinets to store and protect their equipment. They know that CPI’s products have passed the most stringent seismic tests with industry-leading seismic load ratings.

To best support and manage equipment, CPI’s Seismic Frame® Two-Post Rack is designed with a variety of features and accessories that provide a complete solution that allows for easy installation and management of equipment and cabling.

The rack itself supports up to 1,000 lb (453.6 kg) of either 19” or 23” wide equipment with two pairs of mounting rails that can be spaced 6” (150 mm) or 3” (80 mm) apart. The rails are available with either threaded or square-punched holes and are also marked and numbered for speedy installation.

Accessories for Complete Solution

The Vertical Cable Section accessory is designed specifically to manage cabling for the Seismic Frame Rack. The manager provides a double-sided, front and rear cable pathway with large cable pass-through ports located on the back of each manager that align with the ports in the side of the frame. Spin-open plastic latches secure cables inside the managers. Each manager includes one Single-Sided Cable Management Fingers Kit to organize cables by rack unit.

The Top-Mount Cable Waterfall Tray, which attaches to the top of the Seismic Frame Rack, guides patch cords and jumper cables side-to-side or rack-to-rack. The tray is 6”W x 5.2”D (152 mm x 132 mm) with adjustable radius bends that align with the tops of side-mounted vertical cable managers.

To further reduce installation time, the rack ships fully assembled and includes a Two Mounting Hole Ground Terminal Block for bonding to the Telecommunications Grounding Busbar.

A Floor Drilling Template is also available to help you quickly and easily locate and drill holes for Seismic Frame Two-Post Rack floor anchors.

Find out more by visiting the product page or watching this video overview. 

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

CPI Electronic Locks Provide Enhanced Security over Standard Locks

10/29/2015 8:00:00 AM

The demand for cabinet level security has increased for data centers, telecom closets and facilities that house sensitive and confidential data, especially in the health care, government and financial service sectors. To protect your information, Chatsworth Products (CPI) provides Electronic Lock Kits (ELS) that offer enhanced security over standard mechanical and combination locks. Electronic Locking Kits, 1000 and 1500

ELS eliminate the need for keys and provide greater security for cabinets. Access codes can be changed quickly without replacing or rekeying the lock. Each lock can be programmed with multiple access codes and supports three levels of administrative rights, which allows access only rights to different staff members. 

ELS are available in two models:

System 1000: basic lock that supports three access codes
System 1500: enhanced solution that supports 22 access codes and has an optional dual-code mode, which requires two codes to be entered to open the lock

Both models are battery powered and include a low-battery warning LED and external battery override in case the battery fails. CPI's F-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3, GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 and ThinLine II Wall-Mount Cabinets can be factory-installed with ELS, making compliance to the new industry regulations easier, while giving you the peace of mind that your investment is being secured, and customers' data is safe.

Electronic Lock Kits are made with the quality you know and trust from CPI. For more information, visit the product webpage. To configure a custom TeraFrame or GlobalFrame Cabinet with ELS installed, use CPI's online Product Configurator.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Flexible, Mobile Workforce Challenges Traditional Network Cabling Strategies

10/27/2015 6:27:38 AM

Today’s mobile workforce needs a flexible workspace where it is easy to deploy new technologies, add workers and move workstations as required. The key to a flexible workspace is careful distribution design.

The challenge is to create a workspace that can be reconfigured quickly. The design goal is to create a network where cable and connection changes are quick, easy and cause minimal disruption to the work environment.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) Wall-Mount, Zone and Wireless Solutions provide three easy ways to improve your designs so that the network is more flexible and prepared for future changes.

Wall-Mount Racks and Cabinets
Wall-mount racks and cabinets allow you to create locations for equipment where space is limited or does not exist. Store and secure equipment on the wall inside or outside of the telecommunications room, and connect remote groups of users to the network. CPI offers several styles of fixed and swing gate Wall-Mount Racks and Cabinets.

Zone Enclosures
Zone enclosures let you pre-wire a work area so that connections to the rest of the network are close to network users. Zone enclosures make connection changes within the zone easier and less disruptive because only the cables within a zone are moved, added or changed. CPI Zone Enclosures include consolidation point enclosures and telecommunications enclosures that fit under a raised access floor or within a drop ceiling. CPI also offers Multi-User Telecommunications Outlet Assembly (MUTOA) floor boxes for the work area.

Wireless Enclosures
Wireless enclosures secure access points close to network users. Access points create Wireless LANs that connect wireless network users with radio signals, eliminating the need to connect users with cables. Wireless enclosures protect access points and secure network connections. CPI offers several styles of wall-mount and drop ceiling Wireless Enclosures, including several NEMA-rated models that can be used in warehouses, industrial environments and outdoors.

Find out more about how CPI can provide the products you need to create a flexible workspace by visiting our product page or downloading the solution brochure.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Public School System Relies on CPI to Meet High Demands of Technology-Driven Generation

10/22/2015 5:51:54 AM

Chatsworth Products (CPI) provides solutions for every type of business and industry, including school systems. Many public schools across the US use our IT infrastructure support products to store and protect equipment essential to the everyday tasks of both staff and students.

Tennessee’s Oak Ridge City Schools are pushing the technology envelope not only by providing computer resources expected by today’s technology-driven generation, but also by providing every student a Microsoft Surface tablet.

This endeavor compelled the district’s technology department to create an infrastructure capable of handling all of the critical systems used to operate not only these devices, but other forms of communications and data storage. Various telecommunications closets that were scattered in several sites were consolidated into one new, dedicated and reliable data center that is planned to serve well until 2022.Oak_Ridge

CPI worked with the district to determine the right solution to fit their needs. The school district was very conscious of high heat generated by computer equipment and the strain it can put on the school’s budget, so the F-Series TeraFrame Cabinet System with Vertical Exhaust Ducts was selected to take advantage of CPI’s Passive Cooling® Solutions.

Additionally, to withstand the heat loads of this high-density environment, which included high-tech fiber cabling throughout, Oak Ridge Schools needed a reliable power distribution unit (PDU) with remote monitoring capabilities.

The district selected CPI’s Monitored eConnect® PDUs, to monitor and measure voltage, current, power and power factor in each cabinet. eConnect PDUs were designed to withstand high heat loads of any hot aisle environment, with an ambient temperature rating of 149°F (65°C). This way, if power requirements for equipment go up, the eConnect PDUs will be able to withstand the high temperatures within the cabinets.

Many CPI customers, such as Oak Ridge, enjoy the complete solution CPI offers. “It’s nice to have a single-vendor solution, so we don’t have to worry about someone else’s PDU fitting and the compatibility with the cabinet. It’s a good package to go along with the cabinet,” stated Robert Carneim, PhD, Supervisor of Instructional Technology at Oak Ridge Schools.

Now with a solid and redundant data center in place, Oak Ridge Schools are technologically prepared to attempt becoming top in the nation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

To learn more about Oak Ridge Schools and this successful project, read the full case study.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Safely Transport a Fully Loaded Cabinet in to Your Data Center

10/20/2015 6:39:53 AM

Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) F-Series TeraFrame® Cabinet System is widely known as an ideal solution for optimizing cooling within the data center. However, there is lesser known member of the TeraFrame family who is built to tackle the heavy-duty jobs.

The F-Series TeraFrame HD Cabinet System is designed not only to secure and protect up to 3000 lb of computer, data storage and network equipment, but also to safely allow the transport of the equipment from a factory integration site, directly to a customer’s data center or computer room.

The TeraFrame HD has been fully tested and certified by a third party to meet test standards, which simulate typical stresses experienced by freight in transit. Find out more about this in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Each F-Series TeraFrame HD includes heavy-duty casters with roller bearings for superior long-term performance under load, a shock pallet and a re-usable cushioned carton for protection during shipment.

The cabinet can also be ordered with a Vertical Exhaust Duct for high-density applications. The top panel includes large, brush-covered cable openings that will handle large bundles of cables, while preventing hot air recirculation.

CPI will install thermal and cable management accessories in an F-Series TeraFrame HD Cabinet prior to shipping the cabinet to an integrator’s facility. Contact CPI Technical Support for assistance. Be sure to designate exact placement of accessories and spacing for the mounting rails.

Find out more about how you can save time and money with this heavy-duty storage solution.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

How Important is Temperature Rating When Selecting a PDU?

10/15/2015 6:01:14 AM

eConnect in Oak Ridge Data Center - OAKRIDGE_ECONNECT_INSTALLED_RGB72.jpgPower distribution units (PDUs) are usually installed in the back of cabinets behind hot air exhaust from equipment, which is potentially the hottest part of every data center. Depending on the expected ΔT from servers ranging from 25°F to 30°F (13°C to 20°C), the heat at the rear of cabinets or hot aisle containment can reach 110°F to 140°F (43°C to 60°C). In this type of environment, there are very few devices that can continuously operate reliably and efficiently.

CPI eConnect® PDUs currently have the highest ambient operating temperature rating of any PDU in the market. eConnect PDUs have been specially designed and tested for continuous operation in ambient air temperatures up to 149°F (65°C) to exceed the anticipated temperatures in a typical contained aisle.

To keep the product safely operational at such high temperatures, strategically placed air vents, a larger power supply, high temperature components and other elements were included in the design. eConnect PDUs comply to safety standards by the International Electrotechnical Commission and are UL Listed.

Additionally, the eConnect’s streamline design minimizes the space it occupies within the cabinet. On units with multiple breakers, the outlets are arranged in an alternating pattern, so you distribute load more evenly as you plug in equipment. For intelligent PDUs, the LCD display is centrally located so that it is easy to read when the PDU is installed. It is possible to access the unit remotely using a web browser for setup, monitoring and control. IP consolidation allows access of up to 20 PDUs through a single Ethernet connection and IP address. Alternately, the PDU supports SNMP so that it can be monitored with third-party monitoring software.

Find out more about power in the data center by reading CPI White Paper, “Selecting Rack-Mount Power Distribution Units For High-Efficiency Data Centers”.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Earn Two BICSI CECs for Attending CPI’s Presentation at the 2015 Seattle Technology Trade Show

10/13/2015 8:00:00 AM

GraybarJoin Chatsworth Products (CPI), on behalf of our distributor partner, Graybar for the 2015 Seattle Technology Trade Show, Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the DoubleTree Hotel- Seattle Airport.

CPI’s Global Technology Consultant, Ian Seaton will be presenting, “Using ASHRAE Environmental Guidelines to Determine Ideal Operating Temperature and Lowest TCO.” Seaton will review the latest ASHRAE environmental guidelines for data centers and compare best practices in facilities with and without economizers. He’ll also cover characteristics and associated costs of different economizers in various conditions, server acquisition and lifecycle, forecasting the IT load and how all of it affects your TCO. Be sure to attend this seminar from 11:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m., and earn two BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs).

In addition to the training seminars, there will be manufacturer product exhibits, a complimentary breakfast, buffet lunch and hors d’oeuvres and beverages in the evening.

The training seminars begin at 8:00 a.m. and run until 12:30 p.m., and the manufacturer exhibits will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. This event is in support of Graybar Cares Program, which is sponsoring Northwest Harvest. Please join us in our efforts to help families in need!

Click here to pre-register for the event, or contact your local CPI or Graybar Sales Representative.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

CPI Celebrates Employee Ownership during ESOP Month

10/8/2015 8:00:00 AM


ESOP LOGOSince our doors opened in 1991, Chatsworth Products (CPI) has maintained a unique 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 our customers through unrivaled customer service and technical support.

October is National ESOP Month, and CPI, one of over 10,000 ESOP organizations, is celebrating. This year’s ESOP motto is, “Flying as a Team Gives Our ESOP Wings.” Throughout the next few weeks, CPI has a number of fun activities planned across all of our facilities, including: 

  • Puzzle Word Search & Trivia Game 
  • Luau
  • Special Luncheons
  • Halloween Costume Contest
  • Pumpkin Carving Contest
  • Tricycle Race

CPI is proud to be a member of ESOP. To learn more about CPI’s ESOP structure, visit our employee ownership page. Follow us on Facebook to see some photos of this month's activities.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

CPI to Present on Data Center Thermal Management Strategies at BICSI Mainland Europe Conference

10/2/2015 1:33:36 PM

Sparebank 1 - SPAREBANK_CONTAINMENT_DOOR_RGB72.jpgJoin Chatsworth Products (CPI) for an informative session on how to enhance thermal management and maximize data center performance during the BICSI Mainland Europe Conference & Exhibition on Tuesday, Oct. 20 2015, at the NH Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in The Netherlands.

Luca Rozzoni, CPI Senior Product Manager for Europe, will present, “Resourceful Thermal Management Strategies for Data Centers.” Rozzoni will discuss what organizations need to consider to achieve thermal efficiencies in data centers, as well as how to mitigate risks, reduce power usage and increase floor space with thermal management strategies, such as passive cooling. The presentation will take place at 4:10 pm.

To register to attend the BICSI event, click here

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Managing Change in Data Center Cabling and Systems Webcast Now Available for On-Demand Viewing

10/1/2015 6:44:33 AM

CIM WebcastIf you missed the “Managing Change in Data Center Cabling and Systems,” webcast hosted by Cabling Installation & Maintenance (CI&M) last month, no worries, you can now view it at your convenience.

The webcast examines technologies and product characteristics that enable data centers to remain both dependable and flexible. It consists of three separate presentations titled:

  • Making Your Facility Seismic-Ready
  • Cabling Performance Options for Multi-Generation Network Speeds
  • Design, Build and Test MPO-based Fiber Links for Higher Data Rate Applications

Sam Rodriguez, CPI’s Senior Product Manager of Cabinet & Thermal Solutions, presented, “Making Your Facility Seismic-Ready.” This presentation focused specifically on equipment cabinets and how data center managers can prepare them for a seismic event. It also discussed cabinets that are built to be seismic-ready, as well as hardware that can be used to enhance existing cabinets’ seismic-preparedness. (Read his article in ICT Today magazine.)

Take advantage of this free one-hour opportunity to expand your knowledge, and earn one BICSI credit.

Watch the webcast.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Tech Tip: Selecting the Right Horizontal Cable Manager

9/29/2015 6:38:16 AM

Evolution Cable Management on Two-Post RackChatsworth Products (CPI) offers a wide variety of horizontal cable managers that range from full-featured Evolution® Cable Managers (shown) to horizontal ring panels and jumper trays. These products can be used above and below patch panels and network switches to organize and store cables. 

Many of CPI's horizontal managers feature T-shaped cable guides to organize patch cords and jumper cords as the cords enter and exit the manager to make individual equipment connections. Snap-on covers give the installation a clean finish. All managers are high quality construction and design, helping ensure maximum performance and decreased cable damage.

How to Select Horizontal Cable Management

If you are using flat-faced patch panels or network switches that cable from above or below, horizontal cable management will complete the support pathway for patch cords between the cabling section and the exact connection point (port) on the patch panel or switch. Alternately, horizontal management can be used to create rack-to-rack pathways for patch cords.

Select a style of horizontal cable management that complements the cabling section (vertical manager). Generally, it is good practice to plan 1U of horizontal cable management for every 2U of connectivity. Cable fill should equal at minimum, half of the ports supported by the cable manager. This method assumes that patch cords enter from both sides of the rack. Capacity should equal port density when cables enter from one side of the rack only. 

CPI Horizontal Managers at a Glance

 Evolution® Use with Evolution Cable Management g1 Single-Sided, g2 Double-Sided and g3 Combination Vertical Cable Managers. Features a snap-on cover and top and bottom cable openings for patch cords. Patch cords can pass front-to-rear through three rear openings. Single-sided versions available in 1U, 2U and 3U high
 Velocity® Use with Velocity Cable Management single-sided and double-sided vertical cable managers. Features a snap on cover and top and bottom cable openings for patch cords. Cable can pass front-to-rear through two rear openings. Single-sided versions available in 1U, 2U and 3U high.

Universal Horizontal Cable Manager UHCM is designed for use with CCS and MCS vertical cabling sections. It has a snap-on cover and features top and bottom cable openings for patch cords. Patch
cords can pass from front-to-rear through a rear opening. Single and double-sided versions available in 1U, 2U and 3U high.

A deeper version is available for use with double-sided MCS vertical cabling sections when the cabling sections are center-mounted on 3”D (80 mm) racks. It has a snap-on cover and features top and bottom cable openings for patch cords. Patch cords can pass through a rear opening. Single-sided only versions in 1U, 2U and 3U high.
19” Horizontal Wire Management Panel Designed for use with VCS vertical cabling sections. Open ring-style managers with 1.5” (38 mm) standoff from from the rack. Includes cable spools to control cables as they exit the vertical manager. Cover available as an accessory. Single-sided versions only in 1U and 2U high.

Rack Cabling Managers Small ring-style managers attach to a flush rack-mount panel. Only 1.5”D (38 mm). Excellent for use within cabinets and enclosures. Single-sided version only in 1U and 2U high. 

Large Horizontal Ring Panel  Large 6”D (150 mm) manager that attaches to a flush rack-mount panel. Use above or below large network switches that have vertical modules. Single-sided only
version, 2U high. 

Jumper Trays Use open trays to create rack-to-rack pathways for patch cords. Also used below switches or fiber patch panels to catch patch or jumper cords. Two depths - 3” or 6” (80 mm or 150 mm). Single-sided only versions, 2U high.


See CPI’s Cable Management Quick Reference Guide for more comparison features or visit the CPI Online Catalog to view more details, including price. 

Trust the experts at CPI to deliver the most comprehensive line of equipment support products in the industry, as well as provide the design tools you need to include them in your next project. For additional information, please contact Technical Support.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

CPI Passive Cooling Solutions Help Data Centers Meet Green Standards and Achieve Recognition

9/24/2015 8:52:03 AM

BendBroadband Green Data CenterBuilding architects and engineers who incorporate green design principles help their customers reap energy savings and enhanced performance. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, benefits of green design include lower operating costs, improved occupant productivity and optimized life-cycle economic performance.

Chatsworth Products (CPI), an innovator of quality data center solutions, provides all the tools and products necessary to achieve a green data center, which can also earn industry design recognition.

CPI's Passive Cooling® Solutions can 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.

CPI Passive Cooling Solutions help data centers achieve the internationally recognized, highly coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Additionally, Uptime Institute awards data center tier certifications for IT infrastructure. There are four certifications available, four being the most prominent.

BendBroadband, a provider of cable, phone and internet services in Bend, Ore., has been ranked Oregon’s greenest Uptime Institute Tier III colocation data center because of CPI’s Passive Cooling Solutions. In addition to Tier III certification in Design and Facility, the BendBroadband data center is LEED Gold certified, making it only one of five data centers in the world to acquire two of the industry’s most prestigious honors.

To achieve its green, energy efficient, nationally recognized data center, BendBroadband implemented CPI’s Aisle Containment Solution and F-Series TeraFrame® Cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts, which recycle and redirect hot exhaust air from the cabinets. This solution has also lowered the data center’s power usage effectiveness to a 1.2.

Find out more information about CPI’s free design tools and energy efficient solutions. To read the BendBroadband case study, click here.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

CPI Receives Cabling Installation & Maintenance 2015 Innovators Award During BICSI Fall Conference

9/22/2015 2:20:40 PM

CPI Receives AwardChatsworth Products (CPI) was awarded a Silver-level award by the judges of the Cabling Installation & Maintenance (CI&M) 2015 Innovators Awards program for its custom data center solution for University of Florida (UF) Health Shands Hospital. The award was presented Monday night during the BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition being held in Las Vegas this week.

Steven Bornfield, CPI Sr. Data Center Consultant, accepted the award on behalf of CPI. Patrick McLaughlin (shown on left), CI&M Chief Editor, and Alan Bergstein, CI&M Group Publisher (shown on right), presented the award. 

The CI&M 2015 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.

“On behalf of the Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovator Awards, I would like to congratulate Chatsworth Products on their Silver–level honoree status,” said  Alan Bergstein. “This competitive, unbiased program celebrates the most innovative projects in the structured cabling industry. We are pleased to celebrate Chatsworth Products’ Silver status and recognize their contribution to the structured cabling industry.”

UF Health Shands Hospital features a custom CPI Hot Aisle Containment SolutionF-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Cabinetswith Vertical Exhaust Ducts, N-Series TeraFrame® Network Cabinets and accessories.

Download CPI’s UF Health Shands Hospital case study for complete solution details.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

CPI Data Center Cooling Solutions Featured in Green Building & Design Magazine

9/17/2015 2:41:48 PM

Blog Article on GBD Magazine 
Architects and engineers whose projects include data centers, should extend the same green design principles used throughout the building into the data center. This is essential, considering the potential energy savings that can result from efficient design.

Green Building & Design (GB&D) Magazine recently ran an article describing how Chatsworth Products (CPI) helped Seattle-based wireless provider TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), overcome the problem of limited power availability and become one of the most efficient data centers in the Pacific Northwest. TCS earned two ASHRAE awards and averages a PUE of 1.15.

The article explains CPI’s “hot aisle/cold aisle” method. This entails aligning two long rows of cabinets, so the intake sides of the two rows are facing each other, then delivering conditioned “cold” air into the intake side “cold” aisle that has been created and venting the hot air out of the opposite exhaust of the “hot aisle.” From a thermodynamics perspective, it was pretty rudimentary compared to the high-tech HVAC acrobatics that LEED designers are used to.

Read the full article or the case study.

Green Building Defined

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes green building (also known as sustainable or high performance building) as the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle, from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. The common objective is that green buildings should be designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:

  • Efficiently using energy, water and other resources
  • Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
  • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation

History of the Green Building Movement

As far back as the early nineteenth century, building designers were considering and implementing environmental improvements but according to the EPA, the modern green building movement gained momentum during the 1970s oil crisis. This crisis spurred research to improve energy efficiency and resulted in key milestones such as the Energy Star Program launched in 1992, the founding of United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1993 and the launch of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in 1998, to name a few.

Today, green building practices are widely implemented on many levels and often result in both environmental and cost savings benefits. According to the EPA’s “Why Build Green” web page, economic benefits can include:

  • Lower operating costs
  • Improved occupant productivity
  • Optimized life-cycle economic performance

It is easy to see how these benefits translate into the data center environment and why so many organizations are reaping the rewards of progressive design and implementation. CPI’s Technical Staff assists customers with implementing solutions to meet very specific requirements. Thorough planning and CFD modeling helps ensure high performance results. Give CPI the opportunity to make your data center a success by contacting a local CPI Sales Manager.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager