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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remote Management of Data Center Power White Paper Image

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


With the shift of enterprise-owned Information and Communications Technology (ICT) equipment into multitenant data center (MTDC)/colocation sites and the anticipated growth of remote/edge sites1,7, basic control of power for remotely located ICT equipment is becoming an important consideration in overall power management strategy. Laboratory environments face a similar challenge with the need to reboot equipment regularly during testing.

Those responsible for remotely located ICT equipment or a laboratory environment stand to benefit from remote power control. Intelligent rack power distribution units (PDUs) with remote power control (Figure 1) offer a simple, cost-effective solution, with a generally short return on investment.

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.
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.

How Cabinet Perforation Impacts Airflow Image

By: Travis North Thermal Design Manager


When choosing a cabinet door for your data center it is essential to ask yourself what level of perforation will be needed. Opinions on this subject are extensive, and some experts will tell you that for high-density heat loads of 30 kW and above, you need 80% perforation, while others will say only 64% perforation is needed. Data center technology develops at a rapid pace and every day new discoveries are uncovered, which is why there is more to this question than just a single number. 

This study will give you the tools to identify what level of cabinet perforation best suits your specific application and will show that for a large cross sectional area, using a perforation of 64% does not impact airflow and there is no loss in performance even at extreme density loads of 30 kW and above.

Data Center Optimization: A Guide to Creating Better Efficiency and Improving Rack Heat Density in Air Cooled Facilities Image

By Bill Kleyman Cloud, Virtualization and Data Center Architect Contributing Editor Raissa Carey


The modern data center has changed. There are new demands around cloud computing, big data and infrastructure efficiency. With private cloud technologies and the rapid growth in data leading the way within many technological categories (the Internet of Things), working with the right data center optimization technologies has never been more important.

IT administrators must understand how to control their resources, align with the business and create greater levels of efficiency.

In this white paper, we explore new concepts around emerging data center demand, where energy efficiency and cooling optimization fit in and modern best practices around your data center.

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