Cross-Connect Blog

Attend BICSI-Certified Training at Louisville Slugger Field on April 15 - Register Now!

3/29/2010 1:13:36 PM

Earn Credits and Watch the Game! Seating is Limited!

CPI's F-Series TeraFrame CabinetChatsworth Products, Inc. has teamed up with Accu-Tech, Corning Cable Systems, and Quiktron to host a full day of BICSI-certified training in Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday, April 15, 2010.

The event is being held at Louisville Slugger Field which is located at 401 East Main Street - home of the Louisville Bats minor leagues baseball team. The seven credit hour (CEC) class will be located in the Jack Daniels Bar.

The event kicks off at 9 am with Corning Cable Systems OTDR & Fusion Splicer Equipment. This hands-on training and lecture discusses the proper equipment for testing and splicing applications, interpreting OTDR traces, splicer technology, and terminations. Attendees will earn four BICSI CEC’s for this session that runs until 1 pm. Lunch will be served.

From 1-2 pm Quiktron will conduct a one hour/one CEC training on A/V Connectivity Basics.

CPI’s Marc Malone will wrap up the training portion of the day with a two hour/two CEC’s class on The Cabinet’s Place in the Data Center for Thermal Management. Best practices will be presented for data center design and optimum thermal management performance; including room space equipment organization, managing cable distribution, deploying open access floor tiles, and using the cabinet as an airflow management tool.

Louisville BatsPlease join us at 6 pm in Suite 1 to watch the Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians, complete with food and beverages. Game time is at 7:05 pm.

Seating is limited so RSVP by Thursday April 8 to or 800-227-0628, ext. 106. Jeff Steen, Area Vice President, Corporate and Strategic Account Sales

New DVR Security Enclosures Protect Your Digital Video Recorders

3/24/2010 7:34:08 AM

DVR Security EnclosuresChatsworth Products, Inc. now offers DVR Security Enclosures to protect digital video recorders (DVRs) and other electronic security equipment from accidental damage, theft or vandalism that may occur when the enclosure is located outside the equipment room.

The enclosures are available in small, medium and large sizes; constructed of heavy-duty steel and feature a hinged, locking front door with optional plexiglass window. The top is also removable to provide easy access to equipment. Additional features include:

  • Vented sides and fan kit accessories for increased ventilation
  • Grommeted cable knockouts for cable access
  • Easy installation on countertop, shelf or wall (wall mounting available for large enclosure only)
  • Tapped Rail Kit for installing 19"W rack-mount equipment (large enclosure only)

For additional product information and downloadable specification sheets, please visit Kim Ream, Sr. eCommerce Specialist

Take Advantage of Free Exhibit Hall Passess at FOSE and ISC West; Stop By and See Us

3/18/2010 1:05:03 PM

FOSE.jpgFOSE, March 23-25, Washington, DC

FOSE, one of the largest technology solution shows for government business will take place March 23-25 in Washington, DC. Located in booth 2435, CPI will join over 400 other exhibitors at this industry leading conference and exposition. During FOSE, CPI will exhibit a variety of new and existing products that are designed to solve government customer’s data center, IT equipment room and/or security needs. Attendees will be able to interact with CPI’s innovative Rack and Cabinet Systems, Thermal Management Solutions, Cable Management Products, Wall-Mount Systems, Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions and Power Management Products.

For more information or to gain free exhibit hall admission, visit and register using code VEN0166.


ISC-WEST.jpgISC West, March 24-26, Las Vegas

CPI will be releasing new security products and solutions at the upcoming International Security Conference & Expo West (ISC West).

ISC West, the event that connects the entire security industry will run March 24-26 in Las Vegas, NV. This show allows security end-users, system integrators, dealer/installers and manufacturers from around the world to discover the latest security offerings. During ISC West, CPI will exhibit a variety of exciting new and existing products that are designed to enhance the physical security of technology equipment by providing support, organization and monitoring solutions to suit today’s evolving security needs. Join CPI at booth 3135 to learn about these essential security products and solutions including Cabinet and Rack Systems, Cable Management, Wall-Mount Systems, Shelves and Accessories, Cable Runway and Tray, Zone Cabling and Wireless Enclosures, Power Management and Electronic Locks and Monitoring Solutions.

Visit for more information or to register for free exhibit hall admission. Nicole McLawhorn, Public Relations and Advertising Specialist

Need an Extra Hand? Use the Carton

3/17/2010 9:15:39 AM

Happy St. Patrick's Day! EasySwing Wall-Mount RackDo you find it hard to measure and mark mounting hole placement when installing wall-mount racks? Well, you don't need the "Luck O' the Irish" to solve this frustrating problem! Installation of this open frame product is a so easy.

We understand your working in tight spaces and usually never have enough hands for these types of installs. Simply remove the EasySwing™ Wall-Mount Rack from its carton and use the template printed on the packaging to mark your mounting positions. This product ships fully assembled and flat. Just unfold and mount to the wall.  

Carton-Template.jpgLightweight and easy to install, use the EasySwing Wall-Mount Rack for mounting network, communications, and security equipment in a telecommunications or equipment room where floor space is limited. The durable all-steel construction supports 85 lb of equipment. 

View CPI’s full line of Wall-Mount Products for the best fit for your next applicaton. Hope you enjoy your holiday! Sarah Gaskins, eMarketing Specialist

Watch Video for Quick Analog KVM Switch Overview

3/11/2010 7:17:35 AM

CPI currently offers several keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) switching solutions that include both analog and KVM over IP  products. A KVM switch is a hardware device that allows a user to control multiple computers from a single KVM unit.

Our analog products include CenterPoint™ KVM Switch/Console, CenterCade KVM Switch and CenterView KVM Console. These products provide a simple, compact and cost-effective solution for small and medium-sized computer rooms.

Analog KVM benefits include:

  • The ability to access up to 16 computers from a single switch (256 with expansion switches)
  • Uses only 1 RMU of space in 19"W EIA racks
  • The ability to view remote computers from your desk
  • Active port monitoring using multiple processors
  • The ability for two users to simultaneously view different  computers
  • Password protection

Two-minute product overview video:

For additional information download our Analog KVM Product Information Sheet or visit our Website. Kim Ream, Sr. eCommerce Specialist

Coming to Austin’s SXSW Music and Film Festival? Stop by our Georgetown Facility for a Visit

3/9/2010 7:02:43 AM

SXSW Austin TexasAustin, Texas is about 26 miles south of CPI’s Georgetown Manufacturing Facility and Research, Development and Training Center. Often, CPI customers who visit our RD&T Center during the day will head to downtown Austin in the evening for its vibrant music scene, festivals and outdoor activities. The city’s slogan, "The Live Music Capital of the World", is a reference to the thousands of musicians and live music venues within the area.

The South by Southwest (SXSW®) Conference and Festival kicks off this Friday, and is expected to draw more than 11,000 people from around the globe. It will feature more than 2,000 bands on 80 stages as well as give exposure to new film talent. SXSW also happens to be the highest revenue-producing special event for the Austin economy, with an estimated economic impact of at least $104 million in 2009. This year the festival takes place from March 12 – March 21 and the entire Austin area will be saturated with film and music gurus, hopefuls and die hard fans.

So if you are in the area, or interested in swinging by our Georgetown location on your way to the festival, please contact us at 512.868.6070 to schedule a visit. For more information on the festival, feel free to check out the website at You won’t want to miss out. Lindsay Klein, RD&T Coordinator

Calling all Data Center World Attendees; Don’t miss these valuable conference sessions

3/4/2010 6:26:16 AM

Data-Center-World-30-Years.jpgAre you attending AFCOM’s Data Center World Conference in Nashville, TN, March 7-11? If so, don’t miss these highly informative session opportunities presented by CPI. In addition, make sure to stop by CPI’s booth 313 for a sneak peak of our exciting product solutions.

CPI Delivered Sessions:

Tuesday, March 9, 1:15 pm (FG 13)
Power Management: Where to Measure and What is the ROI

As energy prices continue to grow in conjunction with greater energy demands, it is becoming more and more important to implement efficient power management practices within the data center. Delivered during the Facilities/Greening Track, this session by CPI’s Ted Behrens will provide vital methods for measuring power along with tips for driving more efficient decisions within today’s IT environment.

Wednesday, March 10, 9:15 pm (P18)
Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions for Achieving Simplified Data Center Operations & Optimum Performance

As companies expand and locate data centers across the world, the ability to manage these infrastructures remotely becomes essential. Presented by CPI’s Ian Seaton, this session will introduce advanced Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions that offer the components necessary to access, monitor and control equipment and devices around the world from a single location, while also supplying the ultimate equipment protection and thermal results.

We look forward to seeing you at Data Center World!

In addition, we will be tweeting from the show, so make sure to follow us at Nicole McLawhorn, Public Relations and Advertising Specialist

New Opportunity to Register for Cruise Sweepstakes

3/3/2010 6:28:30 AM

Register to win a cruiseIn last week's blog post we announced the first winner of our Cruise Sweepstakes. Those of you who have already registered but didn't win, you have another chance to win! Every time we post a new Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions video to the sweepstakes page, you can register.

We posted a new video on Monday that gives an overview of our KVM Over IP Products. Just watch the new video, get the new code found at the end of the video and enter it in the form found at the bottom of the sweepstakes page. You will then be entered in the next drawing being held in May. We expect to post new videos each month, so stay tuned ... you'll have more chances to enter. Register now. Kim Ream, Sr. eCommerce Specialist