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Desktops on the Chopping Block: Hewlett-Packard Announces Major Changes to Business Model

6/27/2011 6:00:48 PM

HP-Logo.gifLate last week, Hewlett-Packard (HP), one of the world's largest information technology companies, shook up the industry by announcing plans to evaluate "strategic alternatives" to its overall business model - most notably, its Personal Systems Group (PSG), and with it, the possible jettisoning of a major component of the company, the personal computer (PC) business (not to mention a number of PC off-shoots including its latest forays into the touchscreen tablet and mobile software industries).

So why walk away from a segment of business that produced approximately $41 billion revenue in 2010? According to Leo Apotheker, HP President and CEO, the move represents more than just restructuring financial focus to increase value, it's about the future.

"In March [2011] we outlined a strategy for HP, built on cloud, solutions and software to address the changing requirements of our customers." Which customers exactly? "Enterprise, small and midsize business and the public sector."

Yet this emphasis on enterprise is nothing new for HP - already one of the world's largest providers of servers, switches and other high-volume data storage solutions. Much like Dell, who has also made recent commitments to more IT-focused business goals, HP's move is less about navigating uncharted waters than it is about priority.

And when it comes to priority, Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) places ours squarely on addressing your HP-related equipment storage needs with a variety of unique HP solutions for the data center and beyond. This includes cabinets, racks, wall-mounts and more, all designed with an emphasis on ease-of-use, high quality and adaptability.

And therein lies the key: adaptability. For as we've seen in recent days, weeks and months, if there's one thing the IT industry demands, it's change.

Now where can I find one of those HP TouchPad tablets? Ever since the announcement, I've heard they're a steal! Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist 

Patents: Who Wants Them and Why They Matter

6/27/2011 6:00:09 PM

Just yesterday, Google announced plans to purchase the mobile division of Motorola for $12.5 billion. In an official statement from Google CEO Larry Page, he points out that "our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google's patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies."

Suffice it to say, this is big news from an even bigger company with far-reaching implications. Yet beyond the major players and major buzz it has created for the tech industry, at the heart of the matter lays an important and longstanding factor: patents.

As Google's statement highlights, a company's patent portfolio is not only a representation of its legally-earned intellectual proprietary rights, it's a point of pride that speaks to the inventiveness and innovation of a company's best minds. As such, the quality of a company's patent portfolio can go a long way towards measuring that company's value, not only in and of itself, but to the industry it serves.

BLOG-PATENTS-AUG11.jpgA look at the CPI patents on display at our Georgetown, TX facility

Here at Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI), we're proud to say that our patent portfolio is strong, continuing to grow, and consists of a variety of superior IT infrastructure storage products that have come to define our marketplace. Exclusive CPI patents include innovations in Vertical Cable Management Rack (U.S. Patent #7,119,282), Co-location Server Cabinet (U.S. Patent #6,185,098) and Air Diverter for Directing Air Upwardly in an Equipment Enclosure (U.S. Patent #7,542,287) just to name a few. 

In fact, you can review our complete list of approved and pending patents here, while being assured that CPI continues to actively pursue patents on even more forward-thinking and difference-making products and solutions (such as thermal and power management) for our customers. Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist

A Data Center Summer Blockbuster, Featuring Plenty of Cool Characters

6/27/2011 5:57:03 PM

"Cool" - some guys have it, some guys... not so much. But the CSC Data Center Guy? Well, let's just say he takes "cool" to a whole new level - especially when he's talking about the Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) F-Series TeraFrame® Cabinet in this special video profile, created by our distributor partner Communications Supply Corporation (CSC). Have a look...


Need a moment to cool off? We thought so. After all, vanquishing the forces of evil (hot air in the data center!) can take a lot out of a guy. But thanks to the CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions featured in the video above, CPI's F-Series TeraFrame is able to do just that.

Using a variety of thermal management accessories, including the star of the show (okay... besides the Data Center Guy), our Vertical Exhaust Duct helps allow maximized cooling efficiencies without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or risky liquid cooling - the kind of things that can skyrocket your budget in a hurry.

Of course, the beauty of passive cooling is its effectiveness at a fraction of the long-term cost - up to a 90% reduction of data center cooling costs to be exact!

But don't take our word for it. Look, listen and then feel the difference for yourself. You can say the CSC Data Center Guy sent you! Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist 

Tech Tips: Understanding Power Usage Effectiveness - PUE

6/27/2011 5:56:47 PM

In today's data center industry, higher operating and energy costs are driving the industry to target new levels of true energy efficiency. One such method of measuring that efficiency, Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), gives data center managers a better picture of IT power usage versus total power consumption. Once captured and analyzed, understanding your PUE can lead to:

  • Reduced power consumption & energy costs
  • Maximized IT load
  • Minimized infrastructure, cooling & overhead costs
  • Improved data center efficiency
With the preferred method of measuring PUE in terms of source energy consumption (kWh), we also understand that there are multiple locations at which to measure IT load power consumption, including the output of UPS, output of a floor-level PDU and at the input of servers or output of a rack-mounted PDU.
Because dedicated data centers and mixed-use data centers have slightly different measurement points, all energy required to operate the data center must be included in the PUE calculation, such as cooling, lighting and all support structure (fire, security and BMS systems). Furthermore, if another power source other than electricity is being used, that amount should be sub-metered and converted into the same units for total energy calculation.This white paper  from the Green Grid explains in detail.
If we look even closer, PUE measurement breaks down to four main categories, illustrated here:PUE-Chart.jpg
While each category of measurement provides a different level of accuracy and need for monitoring devices, the highest level can only be achieved with server level metering capabilities. Furthermore, CPI even offers a PUE Calculator to help you tabulate power usage effectiveness - depending upon the amount of source data you're able to provide, our calculator will provide PUE across multiple categories.  


At CPI, we're committed to improving energy efficiency and providing our customers with the latest innovations in power management. That's why we offer rack-mounted PDUs that provide outlet level monitoring and control - giving you the best overall solution for accurate PUE measurement.

Likewise, other CPI products that can also reduce overall energy consumption, improve efficiency and ultimately lower your PUE include the Vertical Exhaust Duct for cabinets utilizing CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions, our Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM-600) device for accurate temperature and humidity monitoring, CPI's Scalable Enterprise Management Application (SEMA) Software and of course, our intelligent PDUs, giving you on-site or remote-based power management down to the device level. Anderson Hungria, Senior Product Manager, Chatsworth Products, Inc.

Industry News: Dell Opens New Solution Center in Round Rock, Texas

6/27/2011 5:56:42 PM

While its name has long been synonymous with personal computers, Dell's reputation for successful technology products extends well beyond the desktops and laptops that fill college dormitories and home offices. Servers, switches and other large enterprise networking gear that bear the Dell logo are all staples of the IT industry.dell_logo_400.png

Earlier this year, the company solidified its commitment to the business sector with the announcement of a $1 billion investment in technology solutions and services. Now, a major part of that investment comes to fruition with Dell's most recent announcement - the opening of a brand new Solution Center in Round Rock, Texas - the first of its kind in North and South America.

Part of a global network of 22 planned Solution Centers across the world, the Round Rock Solution Center will utilize a spacious 10,000 square foot facility in the heart of Dell's corporate headquarters to showcase a variety of business applications, including IP development, IT architecture and engineering using Dell's hands-on "proof of concept" approach.

Steve Schukenbrock, President of Dell Services, says the Round Rock Solution Center "emphasizes Dell's evolution to a services and solutions company providing our customers with broad-based capabilities and expertise that will help them succeed." A part of that evolution? Dell's recent strides in cloud computing capabilities, which visiting customers will also be able to "test drive" during their Central Texas trip.

Of course, no visit to the Austin, TX area is complete without live music, BBQ, and a visit to the Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) Research, Development & Training Center (RD&T). For those headed into town to visit Dell and explore new IT solutions, we warmly welcome all to make the five minute drive north from Round Rock to Georgetown, TX to our RD&T center - where you'll have the opportunity to explore our entire line of IT infrastructure. Did we mention that our infrastructure storage solutions are highly compatible with Dell IT solutions?

RDT-Main.jpgCPI's RD&T Center in Georgetown, TX

So if you're interested in a visit (and why not, you'll be in town for all the right reasons!), stop by and say hello - but first, give us a call at 512-868-6070, shoot us an email or fill out this brief Customer Support Form and indicate RD&T inquiry - we'll do the rest! Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist

International News: CPI's Sundeep Raina featured in Network Middle East Magazine

6/27/2011 5:56:23 PM

Network-Middle-East-Magazine-July-2011-cover.jpgSince opening a Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) international office in Dubai three years ago, CPI's presence in the Middle East has grown an astounding 380% by way of regional sales. That's thanks in large part to the international support of our Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) regional sales and technical team - and especially the localized efforts of Sundeep Raina, Regional Sales Manager - Middle East, and Rohit Bhargava, Technical Support Manager - Middle East. Together, Sundeep and Rohit, assisted by the entire CPI EMEA team, have secured many impressive projects in the region, including the data center facilities of the prestigious Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, home to one of horseracing's most well-known international events, the Dubai World Cup.

With such success, the Middle East IT and data center market have taken notice. In its current July 2011 issue, Network Middle East magazine, one of the region's foremost authorities on the IT market, features an excellent profile of CPI and in particular, Sundeep Raina. The article, which you can read on page 43 of the digital version of the magazine here, offers Sundeep's unique perspective on business in the Middle East, as well as highlighting CPI's integral role in working with "networking giants including Cisco and Juniper Networks to research and develop infrastructure cabinets and systems that optimise the flow of hot and cold air in data centres."Sundeep-Raina-profile-NME.jpg

We congratulate Sundeep on this well-deserved recognition and overview of CPI's success in the Middle East. Of course, our presence in Dubai is just one of many international markets where CPI has made great strides over the years, which includes other burgeoning regions such as Canada, Europe, Latin America, China and beyond. Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist

CPI Helps BendBroadband Achieve First-Ever Tier III-Rated KyotoCooling Data Center in U.S.

6/27/2011 5:56:15 PM

If you hadn't noticed, the innovative data center cooling technique known as KyotoCooling® has been generating a lot of buzz in the United States lately - and for good reason. Not only is Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) joining the State of Montana at the first-ever KyotoCooling Conference in the U.S. this October 25-26, 2011, we'll be presenting alongside another champion of this thermal management solution, Bob Mobach, RCDD-NTS and Practice Director of Data Center Infrastructure at US Logicalis, Inc.

Mr. Mobach's presence at the Montana conference is a direct result of his engineering work on another KyotoCooling-outfitted data center, the BendBroadband Vault facility located in Bend, Oregon. BendBroadband was recently awarded with the first-ever Tier III certification by the Uptime Institute for a KyotoCooling facility in the U.S. - an achievement that pairs nicely with the facility's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification as outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Additional-Site-Footage.mpeg.Still001.jpgA look at the KyotoCooling cells outside the BendBroadband facility

While we congratulate BendBroadband on this prestigious honor, we're also proud of the fact that the data center facility achieved certification while running at a whopping 37.5kW loadbank per cabinet (650kW overall) using the energy-wheel air exchange of KyotoCooling paired with CPI cabinets and CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions - namely, our Vertical Exhaust Ducts for enhanced hot air isolation at the cabinet level. The stunning glacier white cabinet design rounds out the energy-saving and aesthetic allure of this facility (seen below).

Data-Center-Footage.mpeg.Still004.jpgAnd just like it is for the State of Montana's new data center in Helena, Montana (which you can tour in October), the BendBroadband facility in Oregon made the expert choice to rely on KyotoCooling's best thermal management partner, Chatsworth Products. To understand why both solutions work so well in tandem, be sure to read this article.

Of course, with the recent announcement of BendBroadband's Tier III certification, we're even more excited to introduce you to the KyotoCooling facility that started it all here in the U.S., the State of Montana's official data center in the capital city of Helena.

CPI recently had the chance to visit both facilities, and we can't wait to share our detailed case studies with you. In the meantime, we're sure you'll join us in congratulating BendBroadband on their achievement, and better still, joining Mr. Mobach, CPI and the State of Montana as we show you why KyotoCooling is here to stay - and here to save you plenty in energy savings! Register to attend the KyotoCooling conference in Helena this October. Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist

Sound Off: What People are Saying About the Data Center Efficiency Technical Seminar Series

6/27/2011 5:56:02 PM

Back in April, Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) launched the Data Center Efficiency Technical Seminar Series for 2011. In partnership with EDI, Ltd., Stulz, Corning Cable Systems and StarLine, the seminars have spanned the country (San Francisco Bay Area, Denver, Boston, Seattle and Dallas) and covered a variety of best practices for data center efficiency (design strategies, economics of airflow management, economization, power distribution and cabling).

BLOG-SEMINAR-DALLAS-JULY11.jpgDuring our first five events, there's been plenty of positive feedback from the 300-plus attendees. Here's what they've been saying:

"Excellent seminar - extremely informative. The hot and cold issues were very well presented - the presenters were really good, clear, concise and to the point. The timing was just right as well - not too long - covered everything really well in a good amount of time." - Derek Howe, Director of New Technology, Devine Technology Partners


"I've probably attended 100 data center seminars over the years and most were almost worthless - CPI's was outstanding. A lot of new and relevant information was presented - actually the best I've ever been to. I got more out of this than any I've ever attended. I really learned a lot and appreciated the group of presenters and CPI." - Leonard Campbell, President, Excel Lan Communications


"The seminar was extremely educational - very well put together. I particularly enjoyed the mechanical side of the presentations. The speakers were thorough, smart and provided exactly what I was looking to gain from the event." - Rick McKittrick, Infrastructure Engineer, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)


On June 22, we marked the end of the first half of the seminar series with a giveaway of global proportions - drawing one lucky winner from our Dallas, TX attendee list to take home a brand new GF-Series GlobalFrame™ Cabinet from CPI - surely our biggest door prize in recent memory. That honor went to Mark Guajardo, Project Manager at Facility Solutions Group (FSG) out of Dallas (seen below).


BLOG-SEMINAR-WINNER-JULY11.jpgWith an impressive eight more events planned for the fall of 2011, there's still plenty of time to register for one of these BICSI and AIA-credit earning (and free) events in your area - especially for those in the telecom and ACE communities. Starting in September, we'll be making our way to Chicago, Washington D.C., Southern California, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Ft. Lauderdale, New York and Atlanta. Be sure to register on the info page, mark your calendars and make plans now - who knows, you might just walk away with a global-sized door prize! Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist