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April 14, 2009

We often receive questions from folks in the industry about our products and solutions. Bill Watts, CPI Sr. Data Center Architect, responds to one.

Question: Is there a need to "balance" the air volume with the chimney solution when racks utilize different kW? Can I use chimneys on some cabinets and allow other cabinets to function without chimneys?

February 26, 2009

Recently one of our customers, who are planning to install CPI cabinets in a new data center, was wondering if Air Dam Kits are really necessary to their overall cooling strategy. Ian Seaton, CPI Marketing Technology Manager, explains the importance

February 02, 2009

Power requirements at the cabinet level are becoming more demanding from a standpoint of equipment density of a single cabinet and the power input requirements of this equipment. In the past, one (or two, if redundancy is to be considered) single-phase power strips would satisfy most power needs. With the advent of sophisticated network switching, blade server technology, built in power supply redundancy ...

January 16, 2009

With all this talk about data center cooling, obviously where most of the power consumption is, what is being considered for smaller telecom rooms? IE, 1-4 Cisco 3750's in one TR. When you have 100 rooms of this size on a campus, power is still a concern. What mitigating factor, aside from turning down the A/C, is there available? Is anyone looking into it?

November 21, 2008

Humidity is an often discussed topic in Central Texas. Most days the humidity is at a comfortable level and we go about our day in relative comfort. On some days though you may hear comments like, “I feel like I’m in Houston the humidity is so high,” which is equivalent to saying I’m out of my comfort zone and I’m not happy about it. Similarly, if the equipment in our data centers could speak, they might make Houston-related comments too. Conversely, if humidity levels are too low it is an uncomfortable situation as well.

July 25, 2008

For customers using Microsoft® Visio for equipment layouts and creating network diagrams, CPI has teamed up with NetZoom, Inc. to create shapes of popular CPI products. These shapes are compatible with Visio versions 5/2000/2002/2003/2007 and available to you free of charge.

July 18, 2008

CPI’s Brian Donowho, along with Corning Cable Systems’ Alan Ugolini, wrote an article that was recently published in Business Management Magazine titled “Streamlining the Data Center with High Density Cabling Solutions”. The article describes the dynamics of the enterprise data center.

June 13, 2008

What is LEED®? The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is a third party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It is one of

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