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IT/OT Collaboration: Protecting Networking Equipment in Diverse Manufacturing Environments Image

By: David Knapp Product Marketing Manager; Sam Rodriguez Sr. Product Manager - Industrial Enclosure Systems

As more organizations continue to pursue the promise of intelligent, data-driven business decisions, the importance of properly deploying and managing the physical networks that connect manufacturing environments to the rest of the organization intensifies. This may seem like the exclusive role of the Information Technology (IT) department at first glance, but the entire organization, including those in Operational Technology (OT) are key stakeholders as well. 

This is especially true for systems control/automation engineers, manufacturing engineers, maintenance engineers or facilities managers with specific, first-hand knowledge that can help IT and the rest of the organization realize the potential of data-driven decisions. These specialists know what data to capture, where to best capture it and how to manage the facility where the physical network that collects and connects that data must be built and maintained. 

This paper, then, provides key considerations to help drive meaningful IT/OT collaboration for those actively engaged in the design, deployment and continuous maintenance of the data capture network in the manufacturing environment.
How 5G Will Impact Physical Networks and What You Should Do To Protect Equipment Image

By: Tom Cabral Products Application Specialist; David Knapp Product Marketing Manager

Fifth generation (5G) digital cellular networks have arrived. Carriers are beginning to deploy the first phases of 5G to provide enhanced download speeds, and a strong buildout is expected going forward. 

5G will initially bring slightly faster speeds than 4G LTE but will eventually bring up to 20 times the speeds of current 4G for certain applications. That will rival current landline speeds. However, 5G is not just a speed upgrade. It is a fundamental change in network architecture, a shift to more software-defined networking, and designed not just for fast downstream data, but for much faster and higher capacity upstream data as well. 

It is also important to understand that 5G is not a carrier-only upgrade. 5G will impact all physical networks, including enterprise-owned premise networks. If you are responsible for ensuring availability and speed of the network to business users, it is important to be aware of what 5G enables and how it may impact your network. 

This white paper, by Chatsworth Products (CPI), summarizes the impact of 5G on the physical network, and highlights advancements in equipment storage and remote monitoring that will help to protect your network as you prepare to upgrade.
Cable Management Solutions for Rack Systems Image

Chatsworth Products

The care given to communications cable during installation and use is the primary factor in maintaining high circuit performance. Industry standards recognize this fact and recommend installation and management practices that will minimize changes in the physical properties of cable.

Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) Cable Management Solutions support and protect cables to help maintain cable performance. This guide will help you understand how to specify the right Cable Management Solution for CPI Rack Systems including freestanding two-post and four-post racks.
The Basics of Selecting Rack-Mount Power Distribution Units (PDUs) and Power Strips Image

By: David Knapp Product Marketing Manager

Almost every Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) equipment rack used to store compute, storage or network equipment requires a rack-mount Power Distribution Unit (PDU) or power strip  to distribute power to equipment. But, if you are unfamiliar with electrical power distribution systems or even the differences in industry jargon, selecting a PDU or power strip can be challenging.

This white paper, by Chatsworth Products (CPI), presents an overview of the basics of selecting PDUs and power strips. It covers the key questions to ask about the site, rack and equipment to help simplify the selection process and quickly identify the right PDU or power strip. It concludes with additional resources that will help you select the right PDU or power strip for your application.
Importance of Cabinet-Level Electronic Access Control for Data Security and Regulatory Compliance Image

By: David Knapp Product Marketing Manager; Ashish Moondra Senior Product Manager - Power, Electronics & Software; Raissa Carey Public Relations Specialist and Technical Writer

The importance of physical security for protecting data is generally well understood, but how often does your organization assess the level of physical security for protecting data? And, are you compliant with regulations that address data security?
This white paper, by Chatsworth Products (CPI), presents an overview of data security regulations and compliance requirements, makes an argument for extending physical security to the rack level, recommends the use of electronic locking and access control systems at the rack level, and explains how CPI’s cabinet ecosystem provides a solution that is more cost effective and easier to deploy and operate than others in the market.
Additional Considerations When Selecting Rack-Mount Power Distributions Units (PDUs) and Power Strips Image

By: David Knapp Product Marketing Manager

Rack-mount power distribution units (PDUs) and power strips are a well-established solution for distributing power into Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) equipment racks. If you are responsible for selecting or advising selection of these critical components, be sure to review the impact of phase, level of redundancy, functionality on monitoring and reporting capabilities and the ability to integrate other rack-level monitoring hardware through the PDU in your overall consideration.
Considerations for Intelligent Power Management within High-Density Deployments Image

By Ashish Moondra Sr. Product Manager Power, Electronics & Software

As data centers deploy virtualization and consolidate equipment for more efficient computing, the average rack power density is constantly rising. While an average cabinet supported 3 - 4 kW a few years ago, today that power load is considered in low-density environments. It is certainly not uncommon to have cabinets drawing 9 - 15 kW and in several cases, even higher than that.

This paper discusses the electrical, physical and management considerations for effective cabinet-level power management within such high-density scenarios. It presents six key considerations when deploying intelligent power distribution units into high-density cabinets and also covers the management of cost and security associated with the deployment of intelligent PDUs.

Four Technologies That Will Affect Your Enterprise Network, And How To Support Them In Your Premise Networks Image

By David Knapp Product Marketing Manager Chatsworth Products and Duke Robertson Product Manager, Open Systems Chatsworth Products

Business IP traffic is projected to have a combined annual growth rate of 21 percent between 2016 and 2021. That involves a 20 percent growth in public Internet traffic, a 10 percent growth in managed (LAN/WAN) traffic, and a 41 percent growth in mobile data traffic.

As a Network Engineer, responsible for ensuring availability and speed of the network to business users, there are a number of technologies you should consider when planning any upgrades to your enterprise network.

This white paper, by Chatsworth Products (CPI), summarizes these technologies and their impact on the physical premise network, and highlights some advancements in cable management and equipment storage that will help you with network upgrades.

Extending the Network Into Nontraditional Spaces: An Enclosure Selection Guide for IT Systems Administrators That Support IoT Image

By David Knapp Product Marketing Manager Chatsworth Products and Sam Rodriguez Sr. Product Manager, Enclosure and Thermal Solutions Chatsworth Products

As an IT systems administrator, you will need to extend the network to connect IoT and business systems. This means placing equipment in nontraditional spaces such as warehouses, manufacturing floors and outdoors. To specify equipment for nontraditional spaces, you will need to learn about special industrial enclosures, cooling systems and cable entry methods that protect equipment from exposure to dust and liquid.

This white paper, by Chatsworth Products (CPI), will help you understand the basics of specifying equipment enclosures for nontraditional spaces such as warehouses, manufacturing floors and outdoors.

Key Elements of a Successful Data Center Cabinet Ecosystem Image

By David Knapp Product Marketing Manager and Ashish Moondra Sr. Product Manager Power, Electronics & Software

As your data center becomes more complex, the need for cohesive white space management increases. That process begins with a focus on the data center cabinet (rack) and gaining an understanding of how the subsystems in the cabinet form an ecosystem to support Information and Communications Technology (ICT) equipment.

By integrating the data center cabinet with hardware and software into a single platform, data center managers can truly gain visibility and understanding of the different dynamics within the data center to make informed decisions. 

This white paper describes the key elements of a cabinet ecosystem and shows how selecting an integrated solution will help simplify white space management.

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