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CPI Adds New Wall-Mount Cabinet Selector to its Mobile App Suite

10/17/2014 9:15:26 AM

CUBE-iT Plus Cabinet SystemChatsworth Products (CPI) recently added a wall-mount selector tool in its popular Mobile App Suite.

CPI’s Wall-Mount Cabinets create accessible locations for equipment where space is limited or does not exist. This simple tool will help you select two of CPI’s top systems — ThinLine II or Cube-it Plus® — based on your needs. 

  • ThinLine II - safe, space-saving cabinet for networking multiple systems in high-traffic areas.
  • Cube-iT Plus® Cabinet System - features exceptional strength and rigidity in a swing-out wall-mount and floor-supported enclosure.

Once you make your selection, you will be provided with the cabinet’s complete spec sheet and given the option to add your product to a Bill of Material (BOM), email it to yourself or to CPI Technical Support.

Mobile App Suite is a suite of design tools developed by CPI to help IT and telecommunications professionals determine cable fill, select server and wall-mount cabinets, identify the best power distribution unit and create BOMs for cable pathway, while on the go. 

For more information, or to download our App Suite, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Protecting Critical Networks During Earthquakes

10/14/2014 2:35:10 PM

Z4-Series SeismicFrame CabinetA 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit the coast of El Salvador on Oct.14, near the municipality of Intipuca. Power in the city was down and a local hospital suffered light structural damages.

The International Building Code (IBC) states that hospitals and emergency management agencies are considered Risk Category IV facilities, and must continue to be operational, especially during and after an earthquake, because: 

  • They require direct access to the network at all times for patient records
  • Life support and monitoring devices must remain operational
  • Communications equipment must remain operational
  • Access to network for data is essential to remain functioning
  • Communications services are critical for monitoring and planning 

Consequently, components that will be attached to a Category IV building and that are required to keep operating in such building should have a special seismic qualification from an accredited institution.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) has designed and tested its seismic products to the highest performance, ensuring functionality in the case of even the most severe earthquake.

The Z4-Series SeismicFrame® Cabinet delivers:

  • Market-leading seismic load rating of 1500 lb
  • Multiple size options, including 1200 mm D cabinets to support deeper equipment, like modular network switches and high-density server applications
  • Simplified installation that only requires floor anchorage eliminating the requirement for costly engineering calculations for external bracing
  • Increased chance of continued operation after seismic event
  • Seismic code compliant
As seismic events continue to draw attention on a global scale, preparing for the next seismic event is especially important for data centers that cannot afford to be offline or are not backed up at a secondary location. To reduce risk and minimize equipment damage, seismic protection is necessary.
 

For details, visit the product page

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


Use CPI Short Finger Cable Manager if You Have Fewer Cables to Manage

10/14/2014 8:00:00 AM

 Finger Cable Manager - 39120R_RGB72.jpgDeploying the right cable management accessories makes maintenance, troubleshooting, moves, adds and changes a lot easier. 

A Finger Cable Manager, for example, attaches to the equipment mounting rail to create a pathway for cables next to the rail. It includes plastic T-shaped cable guides (fingers) that organize cables by rack-mount space (U). 

Chatsworth Products (CPI) recently added a shorter version of its Finger Cable Manager, for those with fewer cables to manage.

The Finger Cable Manager, Short, is less deep than the original manager, uses less space alongside the cabinet and passes up to 24 cables per U space through openings. 

Main features include:

  • Smaller manager for applications with fewer cables
  • Attaches to the equipment mounting rail within the cabinet, adjusts in depth with the rail
  • Requires a smaller rail setback than the original manager allowing more rail-to-rail space for supporting equipment in some applications
  • T-shaped cable guides with openings for 24 patch cords that align with each U space in the cabinet
  • Hinged cover that hides and protects cables in 27.6”W (700 mm) and wider cabinets

For more information about the Short Finger Cable Manager, download the F-Series TeraFrame® Data Sheet, GF-Series GlobalFrame® Data Sheet. An updated Cable Fill Table is also available.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

CPI Celebrates Employee Ownership Month in October

10/9/2014 6:32:31 AM

ESOPOctober is employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) month, and as a 100% employee-owned company, Chatsworth Products (CPI) is proud to be celebrating this year’s motto “We Own Our Future”. 

Through its ESOP structure, all employees of CPI become beneficial owners. Such ownership, combined with CPI's inclusive and participatory culture, motivates employees to think and act like owners, creating a strong commitment to the attainment of an ultimate and core purpose: delighting the customer.

Our pride of ownership and the mutual trust and respect we feel for one another is reflected in the company's motto, "We're All in This Together".

Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ to get updates and see photos of our in-house celebrations. For more information on our Employee Ownership history, go here

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


Cabling Update: New TIA Standards on Physical Protection of Network and Data Security in the Works

10/8/2014 9:18:38 AM

Vertical Cable ManagementIn an effort to help customers and contractors make a decision on the level of security that needs to be considered in the facility, a committee from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is working on the TIA-5017, a new standard designed to consolidate and integrate existing security measures included in the TIA TR-42 premise cabling standard.

Not all buildings are the same, nor do they have the same functions, so it’s important to address the physical protection of their unique network and data systems, according to TIA

TIA-5017 includes a risk assessment guideline to help users of the standard to evaluate their facility risk, and choose an appropriate level of security. As such, the new standard has detailed cabling infrastructure provisions for surveillance systems, and dedicated security cabling requirements that may be necessary to intensify generic cabling used for data, voice, and building automation systems.

TIA-5017 will also address:

  • Unauthorized connections or disconnections of cables or equipment in the network
  • Recommendations for distributed antenna system cabling infrastructure including cabling topology, architecture, design and installation practices, test procedures and components

To achieve all of these requirements successfully, proper cable management practices are a must. Chatsworth Products (CPI) offers a variety of vertical and horizontal cable management products and solutions to help you achieve the critical support, reliability and flexibility needed to successfully sustain and grow your network capabilities.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist 


Positive Comments on LinkedIn Reveal Another Satisfied Customer

10/6/2014 11:57:17 AM

Telecity Case StudyOne of the core missions of Chatsworth Products (CPI) is to delight our customers. From the superior quality of our products, to the unique customization capabilities and cutting-edge product innovation, we go all out to make sure our customers will always remember CPI’s excellence in products and services.

Recent positive comments from one of our followers at CPI’s page on LinkedIn underline this commitment to delight each and every customer. 

Don West is a systems administrator and has vast experience with data center free cooling, and here’s what he had to say about CPI...

CPI: When did you first hear about CPI?

West: I first learned about CPI when Onramp moved into an old office  in 1998. The small telecommunications style data center was configured with CPI Two-Post racks and Ladder Racks. I repurposed some of the gear left behind and purchased more to create a data center space for Onramp and our customers.  

CPI: How do CPI products differentiate from others in the market?

West: The quality of the engineering and workmanship are apparent in all the products. Attention to detail in the protection of the products during the shipping process is one such detail that is easily missed.  

CPI: How was your experience with our experts, employees or tech support?

West: The few times I interacted with CPI, the support was excellent. I was able to speak with engineers about design changes required to protect network gear from heat buildup while using TeraFrame® cabinets with solid rear doors and chimneys. I found the team to be receptive to suggestions, and they followed up when further research was required.

CPI: Do you have any specific results from before using our cabinets/products to after?

West: I would not attempt to place loads greater than 10KW in a rack unless I had engineered solutions from CPI. Once we implemented the TeraFrame cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts and blanking panels, customers were able to load 25 kW-plus per rack, and the exhaust was directed to the return air plenum, maximizing the efficiency of the data center cooling systems.

We have various case studies highlighting much (but not all) of what CPI does so well— exceptional customer service. How about you—how was your experience with CPI? Let us know, and we'll share it with the rest of the world!

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


New High-Quality BIM Files from Autodesk Seek Available

9/30/2014 8:00:00 AM

BIM FilesChatsworth Products (CPI) provides architects, engineers and other design professionals with an extensive library of building information modeling (BIM) files for drafting and designing an ideal installation.

To ensure the highest quality design tools for your projects, CPI introduces new and updated Revit Models from Autodesk Seek®, built to meet the most recent BICSI Standards , Autodesk Seek RMCSG and other standards.

These new models will include schedule files to allow the architect or building owner to populate the model with the needed information to the proper planning and use of the equipment in the BIM environment.

Take a look at our growing library of free BIM models here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


Billion-Dollar Company Deploys CPI Cabinets and Improves Downtime by 56 Percent

9/26/2014 9:17:47 AM

NuSkin_TF_WHT_ROW_RGB72.jpgWhen it was time to get a data center rejuvenation, Nu Skin®, a billion-dollar maker of skin care and nutrition products, tested multiple cabinet platforms.

With a data center that was undersized, undercooled and underpowered, the company needed a top-performing solution. Not only that, Nu Skin needed to solve the data center’s inefficient cooling.

And as a pioneer in Passive Cooling® Solutions, CPI knew how to solve these issues.

A custom strategy for Nu Skin’s data center included:

  • CPI’s N-Series and F-Series TeraFrame® Cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts
  • Hotlok® grommets 
  • Ladder Rack
  • Cable management
  • Custom fascia

Together, these solutions helped cut downtime by 56 percent, increase productivity by 41 percent and drop energy consumption by 23 percent.

All the details of this success story can be found here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


Upsite Technologies: Could A-4 Servers Affect the Future of Data Center Airflow Management?

9/24/2014 8:00:00 AM

CPI Physical Security Solutions

As servers that support ASHRAE’s Thermal Guidelines for Data Center Processing Environments allowable classes A3 and A4 are deployed, CPI Passive Cooling® will continue to remain a critical component in overall system efficiency.

CPI Passive Cooling provides airflow management that isolates and removes hot exhaust air from the data center. Isolating and removing hot exhaust air from the data center is the catalyst for optimizing cooling. Keeping hot and cold air separated allows operators to reliably increasing room temperature which ultimately provides access to more free cooling hours. 

As Ian Seaton, CPI's Global Technology Consultant, recently explained in the Upsite Technologies blog, "How A-4 Servers Could Impact the Future of Data Center Airflow Management," deployment of A4 servers may eventually result in the elimination of the traditional mechanical plant in data centers, but airflow management, like CPI Passive Cooling, will continue to play a critical role in realizing efficiencies.

For more information on CPI's Passive Cooling Solutions, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


International News: CPI to Host Interactive Workshop at DatacenterDynamics Mexico

9/22/2014 12:46:56 PM

CPI Aisle Containment SolutionsChatsworth Products (CPI) will host, for the first time, an interactive workshop at one of the world’s largest data center events, DatacenterDynamics Mexico, Oct 1-2, in Mexico City.

Join Victor Bañuelos, CPI’s Technical Manager for Latin America, Accredited Tier Designer by Uptime Institute and Certified Data Center Design Professional, to get a hands-on approach to “Building a High-Density Computer Room.” Bañuelos is one of the most respected and knowledgeable industry experts in Latin America.

The workshop will be a “live” exercise using computer fluid dynamics software to help attendees visually understand the effect of the data center architecture on availability and efficiency. Airflow isolation and Passive Cooling® techniques will also be demonstrated.

If you’re able to make it to the event, you won’t be disappointed. 

For more information about DatacenterDynamics Mexico, go here. For more information on CPI Passive Cooling Solutions, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


CPI’s New Seismic Cabinet Protects Equipment With Industry-Leading 1500lb Load Capacity

9/17/2014 12:49:05 PM

Z4-Series SeismicFrame Cabinet - Z4-11U-113C-C12P_RIGHT_RGB72.jpgDesigned to protect and store network equipment in seismic-prone areas, Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) innovative Z4-Series SeismicFrame® Cabinet leads the market with a 1500 lb equipment load capacity.

This market-leading performance was verified by the stringent shaker tests required by Telcordia Technologies GR-63-CORE. To get a GR-63-CORE certification, an enclosure, for example, is loaded to maximum capacity and mounted on a shaker table. The shaker table simulates an earthquake (up to 8.3 on the Richter scale) and shakes the enclosure front-back, side-side and up-down at different levels of intensity. The enclosure must keep all the equipment operational during and after the test to pass.

See it for yourself:


Additionally, this robust cabinet has a frame design that is very similar to non-seismic data center cabinets, eliminating the need for extra bracing along the sides, which can interfere with airflow, cable or power management.

Available in multiple size options, including a unique model with a narrow width to accommodate deeper equipment while maintaining a small footprint, CPI’s Z4-Series SeismicFrame is a complete solution for data centers that want to prevent downtime during and after seismic events, without compromising cable, thermal and power efficiency.

For more information, visit the product page.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


Chatsworth Products’ Accredited Tier Designer Shares His View on Data Center Availability

9/15/2014 11:36:00 AM

Data_CenterChatsworth Products’ (CPI) Technical Manager for Latin America, Victor Bañuelos, is one of the 366 professionals around the world who’s an Accredited Tier Designer by Uptime Institute (UI).

Bañuelos has been a thought leader in the region, delivering keynote presentations at well-known industry events. He recently shared some thoughts on what the Tier classification means for data centers in an insightful interview:

What does it mean to be an Uptime Institute (UI) Certified Professional?

Bañuelos: It means the Certified Professional understands and applies the UI’s TIER Standard to help companies and individuals that design, build and operate data centers to achieve high levels of availability that will be translated into very short or null downtime, as well as huge money savings.

How can CPI customers and end users take advantage of this?

Bañuelos: CPI's field applications engineers and tech support team add value to the products we manufacture, by giving customers the best industry recommendations and practices in order to optimize their operations. 

What are the top solutions that CPI offers that can help end users achieve availability? 

Bañuelos: Passive Cooling® Solutions from CPI are cutting-edge solutions that achieve continuous cooling at any TIER level by optimizing airflow and avoiding any hot spots in the computer room. Although the products are not part of the components to be evaluated during the certification process, they will help the customer increase the uptime to the highest levels. The complete portfolio of power strips and power distribution units (PDUs), including the innovating and leading technology of CPI eConnect® PDUs, add to this achievement.

What is the most misunderstood topic/question you get asked regarding data center availability?

Bañuelos: Most people are wrapped in confusion about what redundancy really means. Understanding the basic concept of the standard is quite easy. The challenge is agreeing on how to incorporate redundancy into the overall project, from design to implementation.

For more information on how CPI can help in your data center energy efficiency and availability, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist 


CPI Solves Hospital’s Unique Facility Design with Custom Hot Aisle Containment Solution

9/12/2014 11:18:42 AM

Shands Hospital ContainmentWhen you’re one of the nation’s top teaching hospitals, known for high-tech quality care, comprehensive research and academic programs, having an efficient and reliable IT operation is at the top of the priority list.

That was the case for University of Florida’s (UF) Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. 

When it was time to increase its data center capabilities, UF Health Shands Hospital needed a solution that would provide more power and cooling for the hospital’s growing operations.

Because of the unique design of the room configuration, UF Shands chose Chatsworth Products (CPI) to create a custom cabinet and aisle containment solution.

It included a self-supported CPI Hot Aisle Containment (HAC) Solution to address different heights, widths and depths of the ceiling and cabinets and to accommodate vendor-supplied storage solutions.

“We’re the first data center in the state of Florida to have a free-standing Hot Aisle Containment Solution,” exclaimed Brad Kowal, Associate Director of Computer Operations for UF Health Shands Hospital. 

CPI’s latest generation of cabinets with enhanced frame design and airflow capabilities were also deployed, including the F-Series TeraFrame® Cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts and N-Series TeraFrame Network Cabinets. Accessories to improve airflow isolation, as well as cable runway and trays, completed the cutting-edge solution.

Thanks to CPI, the hospital’s new data center is now running effectively with efficient cooling, zero hot spots and increased per-cabinet densities.

To read the full story, click here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


CPI Welcomes the Future with Exceptional Customization Competence

9/10/2014 12:42:08 PM

TelecityGroup Uses F-Series TeraFrame

Customization is key for to the future of data centers, according to Intel’s data center group general manager, Diane Bryant.

As the data center industry grows exponentially and new technology emerges, it is vital to redesign the architecture of data center solutions, Bryant recently said during Intel’s Developer Forum 2014. 

"Today's infrastructure is just not capable of handling this explosive growth opportunity," ZDNet, publisher of the latest technology news, quoted Bryant as saying

Because of Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) technical know-how, flexibility and customization capabilities, we welcome the future with open arms. 

Among our custom solutions and services, we can provide:

  • Excellence and know-how on energy efficiency solutions, specific for your own needs
  • Timely answers to any questions you might have from our seasoned technical support specialists
  • Custom product configuration complete with accessories.  Most configurations include a bill of material, parts list, product documentation, a rendered image and line drawings in PDF and DXF formats. (Pro Tip: Configure your favorite cabinet  with power preinstalled to save time and money.)
  • Built-in flexibility that can adapt to unique facility designs such as limited ceiling height, uneven cabinet heights and complicated overhead pathways with our Build to Spec Kit Hot Aisle Containment Solution
  • Manufacturing capability to develop customized racks and cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts, such as the 9-foot tall ones made for the largest telecom in Brazil, Telefonica Vivo. (Go here to read more case studies on our customized solutions to data centers across the globe.)

Let CPI guide you toward the future. Contact us today.


CPI’s Experts to Address Networking, Seismic Concerns for Telecommunications Equipment at BICSI

9/8/2014 12:51:44 PM

N-Series TeraFrame Gen 3 Network CabinetTwo Chatsworth Products (CPI) experts will deliver unique presentations on airflow management and seismic considerations for networking and telecommunications equipment during the highly regarded BICSI Fall Conference and Exhibition in Anaheim, Calif. Sept 28 - Oct. 2.

CPI’s Global Technology Consultant, Ian Seaton, will explain how to achieve an effective airflow strategy in a network cabinet on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 10: 30 a.m. 

On that same day, at 3 p.m., Samuel Rodriguez, Product Manager for Cabinets & Thermal Solutions, will present “Considerations for Supporting Technology Equipment in Seismic Environments.” 

At the show floor, CPI will be at Booth 310 showcasing two recently released CPI cabinets—N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet System and the Z4-Series SeismicFrame® Cabinet System, as well as other solutions.

CPI will also be exhibiting at the Critical Facilities Summit Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, in Charlotte, N.C. Stop by Booth 505 to learn how to prevent equipment downtime with CPI’s new Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) System, or get hands-on interaction with eConnect® Power Distribution Units (PDUs), CPI’s intelligent power solution for high-efficiency data centers, and more. 

For more information, or to register for the BICSI Fall Conference, go here. For more information on Critical Facilities, or to register, go here.


CPI’s Quality Wall-Mount Systems Offer Airflow, Easy Access

9/4/2014 12:42:12 PM

 Wall-Mount Open SystemsYou need to setup equipment network in a small space. You also need easy access to cables and equipment. Quality and cost effectiveness are a no-brainer, too.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) provides solutions to meet these requirements.

Whether you’re in a small IT or telecom room, a small office or server room, CPI offers several Wall-Mount Open Systems to suit your needs. 

EasySwing™ Wall-Mount Rack

The EasySwing Wall-Mount Rack is available in three heights and four depths to support 85 lb (38.6 kg) of 19" EIA rack-mount equipment. It opens 180° to the right or left, with a locking latch pin to secure the gate in a closed position. It features 19" EIA threaded equipment mounting rails. Cable management straps are included.

Fixed Wall-Mount Equipment Rack

The Fixed Wall-Mount Rack is available in three heights and three depths to support 200 lb (90.7 kg) of 19" EIA rack-mount equipment. Double-sided mounting channels support single- or double-sided shelves. UL Listed.

Heavy-Duty Wall-Mount Equipment Rack

CPI’s strongest wall-mount rack, the Heavy-Duty Wall-Mount Equipment Rack, holds up to 350 pounds. It is available in two heights and two depths and supports 19" EIA rack-mount equipment. The  rack’s 24-inch depth allows larger equipment to be mounted on the wall. 

For more information or to view all of CPI’s Wall-Mount Open Systems, go here

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


White Paper: Keep Power Flowing Effectively in High-Heat Environments

8/29/2014 8:42:59 AM

Operating Temperatures Chart

Data Center power consumption continues to rise. The need to provide redundant power systems with high reliability and availability of compute resources is a major driving force for the increase in power utilization. 

As an added challenge, increased virtualization and use of high-density devices, such as blades and switches require a lot of power. 

One way to be more energy efficient and mitigate the ever-increasing power consumption costs, is to implement an effective airflow management strategy such as CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions. 

However, when airflow containment is utilized, the temperature in the rear of the cabinet or in the hot aisle also becomes significantly higher. 

Because power distribution units (PDUs) reside in the rear of the cabinets, the hottest place in a data center, it’s crucial to deploy a PDU capable of handling such high heat.

The latest white paper by Chatsworth Products (CPI), “Selecting Rack-Mount Power Distribution Units for High-Efficiency Data Centers,” describes the importance of selecting a PDU designed for high-heat environments and which features to look for when deploying power in the cabinet.

Download it now.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


CPI’s Thought Leader: Ian Seaton to Speak at Upcoming Conferences

8/27/2014 1:02:26 PM

Ian SeatonChatsworth Products (CPI) has many experienced employees who hold various industry certifications and participate on advisory boards and technical committees.

Ian Seaton, CPI’s Global Technology Consultant, is one of them.

With more than 30 years of experience, Seaton is a notable professional within the industry. He serves on the BICSI 002 Data Center Standard subcommittee as a working group leader and editor,  and contributes to the Green Grid Airflow Management Energy Calculator Committee. He is also a patent holder for airflow performance algorithms. 

Seaton recently retired from CPI but continues to act as a consultant, advising manufacturers and data center operators/designers on facility efficiency improvement opportunities.

Don’t miss the opportunity to watch him speak on airflow management at two upcoming conferences:

DatacenterDynamics Converged in Seattle – Sept. 4

Seaton will present on the impact of data center certifications, such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED to identify cost-saving opportunities and competitive advantages. 

Go here for more information.

BICSI in Anaheim, Calif. – Sept. 28 – Oct. 2

On Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m., Seaton will explain how to achieve an effective airflow strategy in a network cabinet. 

Also, while you’re at the show, visit CPI’s booth (310) to get a first-hand look at our two recently released products. 

Go here for more  information.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


Magnitude 6 Earthquake Highlights the Importance of a Seismic Cabinet in Data Centers

8/25/2014 9:55:59 AM


Z4-Series SeismicFrame Cabinet - Z4-11U-113C-C12P_RIGHT_RGB72.jpgThe San Francisco Bay area was hit by a magnitude 6 earthquake recently, the strongest in 25 years. Media reports described fires being sparked, damaged buildings, power loss, and more. 

Mission critical facilities, particularly hospitals, can’t stop operating during such events. That’s why data centers and telecommunication rooms must have proper infrastructure to protect all networking equipment during an earthquake of such significant magnitude.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) offers a variety of products to help protect critical equipment from damage during seismic events. 

The new Z4-Series SeismicFrame® Cabinet, for example, delivers one of the market’s highest load rating for seismic frames (1,500 lb), an increased range of cabinet sizes to support deeper equipment and more unobstructed interior space along the sides for thermal and cable management accessories. 

In addition, the Z4-Series SeismicFrame Cabinet  meets Telcordia Technologies GR-63-CORE Zone 4 requirements. Physical shaker table tests during which a loaded cabinet was placed through simulated earthquake conditions were performed. The SeismicFrame endured the test without permanent structural or mechanical damage.

Benefits include:

  • Reduces risk of equipment damage due to seismic events
  • Minimizes excessive motion that may cause undue strain on cable connections
  • Increases chance of continued operations after seismic event
  • Helps installations meet seismic codes

For more information, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

New Laws Recognize Proven Efficiencies of Airflow Containment

8/21/2014 11:34:23 AM

 

Hostirian Cold Aisle ContainmentState and federal governments in the United States are increasingly requiring the use of airflow containment in data centers as a way to mitigate energy consumption in one of the most energy-consuming environments.

Properly managing airflow in the data center is a clear solution with proven cost benefits. When air recirculates and bypasses freely in the facility, server inlet temperatures change inadvertently, which not only damages equipment over time, but also takes away from cooling capacity. The way to alleviate this is to fully separate supply and return air with hot aisle, cold aisle, or cabinet-level containment.

California was the first U.S. state to recognize this, and the first to require high-density data centers to include some form of airflow containment in their infrastructure, through the Title 24 bill from the California Code of Regulations. 

To get to the point of drafting the new California building regulations, the state’s energy agency looked at what was happening in the industry across the country and in Europe, according to Joe Loyer, a mechanical engineer at the California Energy Commission.

“Data centers are trending towards energy efficiency not to be green, but to save money. Case in point: containment. Done with thought and planning, it absolutely works,” Loyer says. “The question is not whether containment saves energy and money, but how much money it saves and how soon the return of investment can be realized,” he adds.

The White House is also taking steps to make federal data centers more energy efficient. In March, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, a bipartisan bill that requires commercial and federal facilities — particularly data centers — to operate more efficiently.

With so many proven cost-savings and as more end users demand proven energy efficient solutions for their data centers, it is easy to assume airflow containment will gain a lot of traction in the industry. 

For more information on CPI's Airflow Containment Solutions, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist