How to Properly Manage Network Switch Equipment in Cabinet Spaces
by Nicole McLawhorn, Public Relations/Advertising Specialist, Chatsworth Products, Inc. Printed in Thermal News Magazine, Winter 2007/2008
The heart of your network infrastructure is based on the survival of your core network switches. When employing side-to-side airflow, network switches located in cabinets positioned in a hot aisle/cold aisle layout run the risk of re-consuming hot exhaust air, causing elevated intake temperatures which ultimately results in equipment failure. Network switches, specifically Cisco 6500 and 9500 series, utilize this side-to-side airflow pattern by drawing cold air in through the right side of the chassis and releasing hot air out of the left side. The hot exhaust air from one switch will repeatedly flow into the air intake of the adjacent switch, creating problems, especially when these switches are installed in a typical cabinet.