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Chatsworth Products to Display Top Solutions at Premier European Data Center Event

2/11/2015 9:09:37 AM

DataCenterDynamics at CeBIT

Don't miss the unique opportunity to network with top senior IT professionals and learn about today’s most advanced network infrastructure solutions during the inaugural DatacenterDynamics Converged at CeBIT event, March 16-20, at the Deutsche Messe in Hannover, Germany.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) will be displaying a comprehensive data center solution comprised of cabinets with smart airflow management, open racks, cable managers and power distribution units (PDUs). Learn about:

  • The new N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet, which supports and protects switches, regardless of size, model or airflow requirements. 
  • The GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinet System, which features new size and finish options, enhanced panels and doors and smarter airflow management. 
  • Two-Post Rack, featuring a small footprint, this open rack provides unrestricted airflow for maximum ventilation and easy access to cables for moves, adds and changes.
  • Evolution® Cable Management, an effective solution for managing high-density cabling applications on CPI Rack Systems.
  • eConnect® PDUs, designed to withstand the heat loads of any hot aisle environment, they can establish basic connections to equipment, provide remote access with monitoring and switching capabilities, and include high-density models.

Visit CPI on Stand C32/4, Hall 12 in the Infrastructure Partner Pavilion to see the full range of innovative data center products and solutions. 

For more information about the event, visit the event website.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

UK-Based Aviation Company's Communications Room Redesign Results in Savings

1/6/2015 7:27:54 AM

Menzies Aviation Case Study - MENZIES_STAFF_RGB72.jpgMenzies Aviation, a leading global provider of passenger, ramp and cargo services in the United Kingdom, stored all of its important and confidential information in a communications room that needed reconstruction to optimize airflow and improve cooling inefficiencies. 

The main challenge in Menzies Aviation’s communications room was the low plenum ceilings. In some instances, structural beams passed a mere 300 mm above the tops of cabinets. The beams supported trusses, so there was sufficient space for airflow above the finished ceiling plenum, but the space between the tops of the cabinets and the finished ceiling was limited.

This affected Menzies Aviation’s ability to regulate air efficiently, so they needed to deploy an effective cabinet and duct solution to maintain a standard volume but fit in the restricted overhead space.

Menzies Aviation partnered with Impact Data Solutions (IDS), a designer and installer of IT equipment, to help remodel the communications room. After assessing the needs of the communications room, IDS professionals recommended using passive cooling technology, making Chatsworth Products (CPI), the pioneers of Passive Cooling® Solutions, the best choice for the project.

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To accommodate the limitations of the building’s design and the low plenum ceiling in the communications room, CPI designed custom GF-Series GlobalFrame® Cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts, split rear doors, solid side panels and vented front doors.

With this solution, Menzies Aviation was able to maximize its cooling efficiencies without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions.

Now Menzies Aviation’s server room is running on free air cooling, and they are looking to achieve better efficiencies, while increasing their infrastructure footprint with ease. 

"Working closely with the CPI team enabled us to fine tune a small delivery window, which was essential in the success of this project."
- Robbie Williams, CEO Director of IDS 

Visit CPI's Case Study library for the complete story and additional photos, or take a look at other installations.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

International News: CPI to Host Interactive Workshop at DatacenterDynamics Mexico

9/22/2014 12:46:56 PM

CPI Aisle Containment SolutionsChatsworth Products (CPI) will host, for the first time, an interactive workshop at one of the world’s largest data center events, DatacenterDynamics Mexico, Oct 1-2, in Mexico City.

Join Victor Bañuelos, CPI’s Technical Manager for Latin America, Accredited Tier Designer by Uptime Institute and Certified Data Center Design Professional, to get a hands-on approach to “Building a High-Density Computer Room.” Bañuelos is one of the most respected and knowledgeable industry experts in Latin America.

The workshop will be a “live” exercise using computer fluid dynamics software to help attendees visually understand the effect of the data center architecture on availability and efficiency. Airflow isolation and Passive Cooling® techniques will also be demonstrated.

If you’re able to make it to the event, you won’t be disappointed. 

For more information about DatacenterDynamics Mexico, go here. For more information on CPI Passive Cooling Solutions, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Company News: CPI Employees in the U.K. to Run in the Mud for Charity

4/10/2014 1:12:43 PM

The EMEA Office is MovingMeet Duke Robertson, Lisa Eyres, Begoña Frutos and Ian Cathcart.

On April 26, these four “Data Center Super Heroes” will participate in a Tough Mudder course to support Help for Heroes.

Help for Heroes is a charity that assists those who have been wounded, injured or sick, and helps them to recover and return to the armed forces or transition to civilian life. 

The event is a 12- mile course features 20 obstacles within the course filled with hills, valleys and fields from the the Culden Faw Estate. One of the obstacles, for example, is the “Hold your Wood,” where the team has to carry a heavy wood log through a section of the course.

Let’s support our Data Center Super Heroes team by cheering them on! If you want to meet them in person, be sure to visit CPI's new office in the U.K. 

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Events Around the Globe: Look for CPI’s Latest Solutions for Today’s Data Center

2/11/2014 2:30:08 PM

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Chatsworth Products (CPI) will participate in several international events in the next few months. As a trusted provider of products and services that optimize, store and secure technology equipment, CPI’s global presence in key industry events is one of our top priorities.

From effective containment solutions, such as our highly flexible Build To Spec (BTS) Kit Hot Aisle Containment (HAC) Solution or the newly designed N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet, to the new high-density eConnect® power distribution units (PDUs), we strive toward excellence by showcasing the latest solutions for the modern data center.

Here’s a list of a few key international events where you can find more information about CPI’s products and services:

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Chinese New Year: CPI Welcomes the Year of the Horse

2/3/2014 2:55:34 PM


Chinese New Year 2014

As Chinese communities around the world celebrate the annual Spring Festival, or the Chinese New Year, Chatsworth Products (CPI) also has much to celebrate.

This February marks two years since we opened a new office in Shanghai. Our new facility in the APAC region offers our customers in the region a complete CPI experience with a showroom, training center, conference rooms and more. Our team in China has had many successes, including helping Shanghai Tobacco's data center become a model for sustainability.

This facility embodies what CPI does best: to provide high-quality products and services to delight our customers. And while our staff members in China break to celebrate the new Year of the Horse, here are some facts about this millennial event:

  1. People born in the the Year of the Horse are believed to be active and independent like a horse. Successful businesses should act like the horse: Persevere in the face of any obstacles.
  2. CPI was founded in July of 1991, the year of the Sheep. 
  3. The Spring Festival lasts 15 days. On the first day, people set off fireworks and firecrackers to scare evil spirits away and welcome good fortunes.
  4. A new haircut on the New Year is believed to stop evil spirits from recognizing the person and following them into the new year.
  5. The second day of the New Year is the birth of all dogs, so people honor them with special treats. 
  6. Most of the decorations and garments are red, which symbolizes fire and is believed to keep away evil spirits. 
  7. If you were born in the year of the Horse, your best partners are those who were born in the years of the Tiger, Goat or Dog. Rabbits and Pigs are best matches for those born in the year of the Sheep.

From all of us at CPI, “Kung Hei Fat Choi!” (May you have good fortune!)

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Virtual Event: See CPI’s Latest Solutions at the Data Centre Infrastructure Summit 2013

11/11/2013 2:30:40 PM


If you’re looking to improve efficiency and reduce your data center costs, then you should attend Anixter’s Data Centre Infrastructure Summit on 13 Nov. from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. GMT. 

Learn about the latest trends, technologies, and best practices for data centers, and see what the market’s best, most secure and efficient solutions are. Chatsworth Products (CPI) will be showcasing its pioneering Aisle Containment Solutions and the new eConnect™ line of PDUs, as well as useful videos and product resources.

Interact with CPI’s experts, who will be available on live chat to answer questions and help you reach your goals.

Registration is free, and you can attend from the comfort of your chair. 

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

CPI to Showcase eConnect PDUs at DatacenterDynamics Converged Toronto

11/8/2013 8:00:00 AM

ECONNECT-PDU-MAIN-RGB72.jpgChatsworth Products (CPI) will highlight the power of its eConnect™ PDU line at the DatacenterDynamics Converged Toronto, to be held at the Allstream Centre on Nov. 13. 

CPI's eConnect PDUs are a new generation of intelligent power distribution products that connect you to your evolving enterprise data center. Designed to withstand the heat loads of any hot aisle environment and available in more than 160 standard configurations, eConnect PDUs are UL Listed in the United States and Canada, and CE marked for use in the European Union.

“We carefully engineered eConnect PDUs so that they have the highest ambient temperature in the market (65C/149F) and are easily integrated into any industry DCIM or software, in addition to featuring a low-profile design and top-notch reliability,” says Anderson Hungria, CPI’s senior product manager for Power and Electronics. 

Other benefits of CPI’s eConnect PDUs include:

  • One of the market’s shortest lead times
  • Capacity from 1.4kW to 23kW per PDU
  • IP Consolidation up to 20 PDUs

For more information about CPI’s eConnect PDUs, visit the product web page here.

DatacenterDynamics Converged Toronto will focus on virtualization, cloud infrastructure architectures, DCIM, IT automation and capacity planning, among other key topics. 

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

International News: CPI’s Solutions to be Highlighted at Cisco Live 2013, DCD Converged Mexico

10/22/2013 8:00:00 AM



Some of the brightest minds in IT will gather in Cancun, Mexico, for Cisco Live 2013, to be held Nov. 5-7 at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Cancun.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) will highlight its innovative Passive Cooling Solutions -- the most cost-effective and cooling-effective thermal management solution on the market. The ability to isolate, redirect and recycle hot exhaust air has revolutionized the idea of “free cooling” within the data center.

Victor Bañuelos, CPI’s Technical Manager for Latin America, will give a presentation and answer questions about Passive Cooling at the Cisco Campus Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 1:00 p.m. 

CPI will showcase a Hot Aisle Containment (HAC) solution, which includes six F-Series and N-Series TeraFrame® and GF-Series GlobalFrame®, as well as all the accessories. Cisco’s on-site Network Operations Center (NOC) will be contained inside the HAC.

eConnect Monitored PDUThroughout the event, attendees will also be able to view CPI’s eConnect PDUs and MegaFrame® Cabinets being used to house some of Cisco’s equipment. Made of anodized extruded aluminum, MegaFrame® Cabinets are perfect for high-profile applications and major installations. 

CPI and Corning Cable Systems will be at Booth S6 displaying an N-Series TeraFrame with Corning’s fiber optic cables and systems installed.

DatacenterDynamics Converged Mexico 

As one of the most popular colocation destinations, there is growing need for reducing infrastructure, energy and operation costs in data centers in Latin America. The importance of human factor in data centers and the challenges of the market in the region will be discussed this week during the Datacenter Dynamics Converged, to occur Oct. 23-24 in Mexico City.

CPI will be at booth 37 demonstrating its GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinet and accessories. In addition, Bañuelos will present, “Enfriamiento Pasivo o Líquido” (Passive Cooling or Liquid) on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 12:50 p.m.

CPI participates in a variety of industry trade shows, informational seminars and other special events throughout the year. These global happenings are a great way to meet the folks at CPI and see our products first-hand. To find out what is happening in your area, contact your local CPI Sales Manager.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

International News: CPI to Participate in 2 DatacenterDynamics Converged Events in Asia

10/11/2013 12:14:46 PM

 F-Series TeraFrame Gen 3 CabinetsLast year, IT investment growth in Southeast Asia was higher than in any other region, according to a DCD Intelligence APAC report. The APAC region will be the central stage of two DatacenterDynamics Converged events, to be held on Oct. 24 in Singapore and on Dec. 12 in Beijing.

Individuals, businesses and government agencies interested in cutting-edge data center products and solutions will have the opportunity to interact with Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) F-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Cabinet System. The third generation TeraFrame features an enhanced frame design, new sizes and panels, easier rail adjustment and smarter airflow management. TeraFrame will be featured in Glacier White, CPI's new standard color.

Additionally, a line-up of international speakers, expert panels and best-practice case studies will provide industry leaders with valuable insight into the data center industry in the region.

Another highlight of the event in Singapore will be Starline Track Busway's booth, where attendees will be able to see CPI's 7' Two-Post Standard Rack being used to mount the company's busbar project.

CPI is always ready to help you in your data center projects, wherever they may be. Don’t hesitate in contacting our regional technical experts, who can assist you in selecting the right CPI products to meet your needs.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

10 Facts About Being 100% Employee-Owned

10/9/2013 2:06:29 PM

October is Employee Ownership Month and Chatsworth Products Inc. (CPI) is proud to have retained a successful Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) structure throughout the years. This unique culture is both inspiring and rewarding. As company owners, our core values are based on shared risks, responsibility, and accountability. Our pride of ownership and the mutual trust and and respect we feel for one another is reflected in the company's motto: "We're All in This Together."

Here are 10 Facts about ESOPs and CPI:

10. Employees only receive their first stock allocation after they have been employed for a complete plan year AND worked at least 1,000 hours in that plan year.

9. Distributions of shares occur after employees have terminated from the company as a fully vested employee in accordance with the Distribution Policy.

8. CPI has three manufacturing plants in the United States located in Chatsworth, Calif., New Bern, N.C., and Georgetown, Texas; and office locations in Canada, Latin America, EMEA and APAC regions. Go here to contact a representative in your area.

7. ESOPs are regulated by the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

6. There are more almost 11,000 ESOP companies in the United States today, covering 10.3 million employees.

5. CPI sustains a long-term 100% employee-owned structure by being a profitable, flexible and efficient business.

4. The ESOP concept was created by Louis Kelso, an economist, corporate lawyer, author and banker.

3. CPI is in the select 30% to 40% of all ESOPs that are 100% employee-owned.

2. The ESOP concept was developed in 1956.

1. CPI’s Core Purpose is “To Delight the Customer.”

Here's a quick video of this great company!

Have you ever been an ESOP participant? If so, then share your experience with us in the comment box below.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Groundbreaking Temperature Monitoring Tool Targets Carbon Footprint Reduction in Data Centers

9/23/2013 9:47:59 AM

Cambridge-based start-up Alquist was recently awarded 1 million pounds (about $1.6 million) from the U.K.’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to test its prized Celsius temperature monitoring system tool on the data centers of two giant firms. 

Using laser technology and fiber optics, the Celsius Tool creates high-definition maps of server racks and power transmission equipment, offering thousands of real-time sensing points. The readings should then help data center operators improve airflow and air conditioning settings in the room. 

The DECC funding will help in fine-tuning the Celsius Tool and provide hard evidence of actual savings. According to Alquist, mid-size data centers can target 10-30% reduction in electricity bills and can reduce carbon emissions by up to 2,000 tons annually. 

But while the Celsius tool is a revolutionary device that should help the IT industry tremendously, carbon footprint reduction is only achieved tackling the problem in many fronts, including proper aisle containment and thermal management. 

Telecity Group

Case in point: London-based data center colocation provider Telecity Group plc, which has been able to realize a 20% reduction on power and cooling costs using Chatsworth Products’ Passive Cooling® Solutions. These solutions are designed to reduce operational costs by isolating hot exhaust air from cool supply air, maximizing cooling unit efficiencies.  

With expected savings of up to 90% on energy costs and up to 40% on data center cooling costs, it’s no surprise aisle containment is becoming the new standard solution for data centers. 

To get further insight on how to use containment to rescue lost power and cooling, be sure to read the latest white paper from CPI’s Global Technology Manager and thermal management guru, Ian Seaton, titled “Extend the Life of Your Data Center.”

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

The Holistic Data Center: Chatsworth Products Delivers Valuable Tips to Professionals in Peru

8/30/2013 6:26:22 AM

Chatsworth Products (CPI) recently co-hosted a two-day seminar with its global distributor, Anixter, and provider of end-to-end fiber optic and copper products, Corning Cable Systems, to present the latest and most cost-effective market solutions to data center professionals in Peru. 

Víctor Victor Bañuelos presentationBañuelos, CPI’s Technical Manager for Latin America, presented “Data Centers with High Availability and Efficiency.” Among other important topics, Bañuelos discussed the real costs of poor data center project management; benefits of having a holistic data center design; how to balance the relationship between hardware, software and the rack; and how to carry out the successful implementation of power and cooling.

Attendees were especially interested in CPI’s Passive Cooling® Solutions and how they can truly take old data centers into the future. Proper thermal management has become a vital step toward energy efficiency and cost savings in the data center, and CPI’s Passive Cooling® Solutions provide superior equipment cooling performance while greatly reducing data center cooling energy costs.

“I like to joke that there is a common belief among data center managers in Latin America that they are doing great job, until they learn about CPI’s Passive Cooling Solutions,” Bañuelos says. 

Seminar participants were especially amazed at how a holistic data center design helps companies save millions in energy costs, thus impacting their ROI in a very positive way. With CPI’s racks and cabinets, energy savings in air conditioning can reach 95%, while total data center infrastructure savings could be up to 50%. 

With the expertise of CPI and the help of its local distributor, Anixter, data center professionals in Peru were able to get a better understanding of how to improve their data centers successfully and, in turn, realize millions in savings.

To learn more about CPI’s Passive Cooling® Solutions and how they can add more computing power and years of extended life out of your data center cooling capacity, go here.  

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Customers in the EMEA to Greatly Benefit from New, Improved UK Facility

8/28/2013 2:08:27 PM

The EMEA Office is Moving

In its pursuit to serve customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa better, Chatsworth Products (CPI) has recently moved to a bigger office, located at Cavendish House, in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire.

Customers, distributors and partners in the region will benefit from the bigger facility, which showcases a working data center with CPI’s latest state-of-the art products, including Cabinets, Racks, Cable Management Systems, Cable Runway and eConnect power distribution units (PDUs).

In addition, the new facility includes a fully equipped training room where customers can “plug and play” with CPI products and learn about the new technologies involving effective data center infrastructure management (DCIM). In a bigger working space, CPI employees are able to operate more effectively to boot.

“CPI has successfully grown its EMEA business over the last 18 months, and we are delighted that we now have a state-of-the art demonstration and training facility to further showcase our products and services,” Seamus Ryan, director of sales in the EMEA, stated.

The UK facility is open to end users, consultants and CPI contractor partners in the EMEA region who want to select and review the latest data center solutions.

Be sure to visit and tour the new facility at Cavendish House, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

How Does CPI Ladder Rack Stack Up? Recent Runway Project in UK Shows How

9/17/2012 8:46:53 AM

If seeing is believing, there’s a good chance that what you’re about to see speaks volumes about CPI Cable Runway and its ability to adapt to unique data center environments.

Commonly referred to as Ladder Rack, CPI Cable Runway supports backbone and horizontal cables between the point of entry and exit into telecom or equipment rooms and cross-connects on racks and cabinets.

As one of CPI’s most popular and versatile products, Cable Runway is also adept at handling a variety of Category 5e/6/6a and fiber cabling with 132 lb/ft (18.25 kg/m) maximum load with runway supported every 5 feet (1.5 meters).

Durable rectangular steel construction also means even the longest, most dense cabling runs are well supported, while additional radii and bends help maintain cable signal integrity around turns and drops.

Speaking of turns and drops, feast your eyes on these images from a recent runway project in the United Kingdom, spearheaded by CPI Sales Manager in the UK and Ireland, Ben Parker. Note the unique configurations for the multi-tiered runway brackets, which CPI helped suggest for the client, and see how they illustrate how a variety of runway accessories such as radius drops and runway bends help craft the runway into one cohesive unit.

UK CPI Runway ProjectCPI UK Runway ProjectIn this second image above, notice where the end of the runway turns to the left using a CPI runway bend to help change direction and re-route the cabling.

Of course, if you're in the UK or Ireland and would like sales assistance, be sure to send Ben Parker a note, and like always, CPI Technical Support is standing by at 800-834-4969 or via email to help configure your next cable pathway project. Get in touch today! Jeff Cihocki, Global eContent Specialist

CPI Goes for the Gold in IT Infrastructure Storage

7/25/2012 1:03:01 PM

2012 Summer Olympics in LondonIt’s been four years in the making, but the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games have finally arrived. And while we’ve already told you about the impressive tech behind this year’s event, it’s now time to witness the spectacle of the Opening Ceremonies and watch the Olympic flame burn bright for the next two weeks.

In the midst of all this hoopla, we can’t help but wonder… just how would Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) fare in a competition to determine the world’s best IT infrastructure storage?

 Track & Field & CPI Cable PathwayTrack & Field

In any race to the finish line, you’re going to need a clear path to victory. In the data center, that race is won with a well-planned, well-maintained and highly efficient network of cable pathway support systems.

For those who value speed, CPI Cable Runway and the recently updated OnTrac® Wire Mesh Cable Tray expertly handle high volumes of high bandwidth cabling at the point of entry and exit into any telecom or equipment room… even those spaces with obvious hurdles such as sprinkler systems in the ceiling! Our runway and tray are flexible enough to cut, bend and adjust to any obstacle with a few simple splices.

 Weightlifting & CabinetsWeightlifting

It takes brains and brawn to successfully hold your own in today’s high tech world. Thankfully, CPI’s complete line of cabinets and enclosure systems are built solid to withstand even the densest of data centers. That includes our TeraFrame® Family of Cabinets, constructed of welded steel and able to hold up to 3,000 lb (1360 kg) static load. Not to be outdone, the GF-Series GlobalFrame® packs a 3,000 lb (1360 kg) load rating too!

Talk about two powerhouses – these cabinet solutions don’t even mind the heat, both sporting the ability to be configured with Vertical Exhaust Ducts when they need to let off some steam – or in this case, the detrimental hot exhaust air from the computer equipment they excel at housing.

 Swimming & RIM-600Swimming

In the dog days of summer, a dip in the pool is a great way to keep cool, not to mention a pretty nifty method for earning yourself a record eight gold medals if you’re U.S. swimming superstar Michael Phelps. But everyone knows computer equipment and water just don’t mix, which is why CPI’s Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM-600) System gives you the ability to remotely monitor, record and analyze environmental security and safety conditions in the data center. That includes keeping a close watch on temperature, humidity, smoke, motion, and definitely water.

So how’d we do?! Good enough to medal? Stand atop the podium? Set a few new world records along the way? Tell us what you think of CPI products when the going gets tough and the tough need new data center storage! Jeff Cihocki, Global eContent Specialist

Photos From the Field: CPI Cable Runway A Cut Above the Rest

7/11/2012 7:25:03 AM

Earlier this summer, we invited you to submit your best photos of CPI products and solutions in the field. Everything from newly installed cabinet enclosures with vertical exhaust ducts to retrofitted installations were encouraged, and so far, every picture's been worth a thousand words (don't worry, we'll keep it much shorter here!).

This month’s photo submission comes to us from the United Kingdom, where Robbie Williams from Impact Data Solutions posted the image you see below to CPI’s Facebook page and said the following:

Customer submitted photo of CPI products in action“This is a triple tier CPI Runway solution, which is supported from the top of the racks. We hit an issue in that two rows required suspension from the ceiling – so we improvised and turned that custom bracket on its head – worked a treat!”

Glad to hear it, Robbie! And while we love hearing directly from our customers on stories just like this, we're also proud of the fact that CPI offers a wide range of standard product support kits (such as threaded ceiling kits) that work well in a number of different configurations and scenarios.

In the shot, you’ll also notice CPI’s Evolution™ Cable Management in its vertical configuration.

What use of CPI products have you recently accomplished? Snap a photo, share it and tell us about it on the Facebook page or via email! Jeff Cihocki, Global eContent Specialist

Celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with Special Website Scavenger Hunt

5/21/2012 7:38:34 AM

For an extended holiday weekend in early June, the United Kingdom and our fellow CPI employee owners in the UK will gather together to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years of leadership under Queen Elizabeth II of the British Monarchy.

While nationwide festivities will include royal pageants, parades and celebratory concerts, Chatsworth Products is honored to help commemorate this special occasion with a “crowning” display of good cheer – our very own CPI UK website scavenger hunt!

Available to UK residents only, here’s how it works:

  • 1.)  Grab your best inspector’s magnifying glass and head over to our CPI United Kingdom homepage, which features fully "localised" and translated content in the Queen’s English.
  • 2.)  Look for this crown emblem on the CPI UK websiteOnce you’ve arrived, scour the website and search for up to five unique and individual webpages on the CPI website containing the official Queen’s Diamond Jubilee emblem hidden somewhere on the page. It will look exactly like this (image at right):
  • 3.)  Once you’ve located at least one webpage containing the emblem you see here, you’ll need to validate your finding by clicking here and filling out a brief verification form. Please note that the more emblems you locate and verify (up to five total) will increase your odds of winning. Find only one emblem, receive one entry. Find all five and receive five entries in the sweepstakes.
  • 5.)  Winners will be notified via email

Are you ready to accept the challenge and be crowned a winner? Good luck! Jeff Cihocki, Global eContent Specialist

CPI Data Center Power and Cooling Efficiency Seminar Goes North of the Border

5/2/2012 8:34:17 AM

After great turnout and positive feedback in St. Louis and Houston just a few weeks back, the Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) Data Center Power and Cooling Efficiency Seminar: 2012 is rolling north to visit three Canadian cities in the span of a week, including:

  • Toronto – June 5
  • Ottawa – June 7
  • Calgary – June 12

Canadian flagThese free seminar events offer professional accreditation with BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs) and American Institute of Architects (AIA) Learning Units (LUs). Toronto and Ottawa include five BICSI CECs and two AIA LUs. Calgary offers six BICSI CECs and one AIA LU.

Each stop will feature a mix of presentations and discussions on everything from the economics of airflow management, the benefits of overhead power distribution and cabling high port-count switches in the data center, with a contingent of experts led by CPI and featuring some of the most well-respected names in the industry, including:

  • Corning Cable Systems
  • Universal Electric – Starline
  • Interstitial Systems
  • TileFlow
  • Cool IT Systems
  • Logicalis

To get complete details on presentations, location info and registration, visit our Canada Data Center Power and Cooling Efficiency Seminar: 2012 webpage today.

You can also check out a pair of photo albums from this week’s 2012 BICSI Canadian Conference and Exhibition in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In the exhibit hall, we displayed CPI’s new Cold Aisle Containment at our CPI booth, while Monday night, April 30, we co-hosted a special evening of entertainment with Anixter and Corning Cable Systems entitled the “EDGE® of an Evolution® World Tour Party” that featured CPI's own band, Bent Metal. Jeff Cihocki, Global eContent Specialist 

European Data Center Uses Sea Water for Cooling, CPI for Storage

4/19/2012 7:09:12 AM

Take this next story with a grain of salt – it is after all the perfect way to describe the contents of the sea water used by a new data center in Helsinki, Finland for its geographically opportunistic method of thermal management.

Owned and operated by an international IT services company, the data center is located in the waterfront Suvilahti district of Helsinki, where it uses water from the nearby Baltic Sea to help cool equipment inside.

According to Janne Puranen, Project Sales Manager at Coromatic (who delivered much of the installation’s IT infrastructure), "this data center uses a new type of hot-aisle technique, which combines a very high energy efficiency and usability. The extra heat created by its servers will be transferred to the district heating network to provide heat and warm water for 4500 new apartments in the city.”

Helsinki Data Center, feat. CPI Adjustable QuadraRack and GVCSWe’re proud to report that the data center (pictured at right) is supported by a series of CPI’s Adjustable QuadraRack™ with Evolution™ Cable Management, marking one of our first infrastructure projects in the Finnish market. This news comes not long after another Nordics-based and CPI-featuring project, that of the Baltic Data Center in Lithuania, which you can read more about here.

Of course, you can always access a variety of helpful information on all of CPI’s Rack Systems, including two- and four-post, and those created specifically for seismically-active regions. Jeff Cihocki, Global eContent Specialist