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eConnect® PDUs Enable Oak Ridge Schools to Pursue STEM Status

February 17, 2015

Oak Ridge School IT

Oak Ridge Schools, some of Tennessee’s most praised learning institutions, are known for their excellence and advanced academics within the educational system. 

To help the students in their academic endeavors, the schools wanted to provide one Microsoft Surface tablet to each of their students, to be used as learning tools. 


To successfully accomplish this 1:1 initiative, the school system needed a robust infrastructure that would support the increasing demand for power and high-density, reliable servers.

To withstand the heat loads of this high-density environment, which included high-tech fiber cabling throughout, Oak Ridge Schools needed reliable power distribution units (PDUs) with remote monitoring capabilities.


Oak Ridge Schools turned to Chatsworth Products (CPI) to deliver intelligent PDUs, server cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts and cable runway to support all the cabling they would need for the next few years.

With CPI’s Monitored eConnect® PDUs, Oak Ridge Schools would be able 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. 

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 (STEM).

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

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist
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