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Tech Tip: Why Does CPI Offer a Cabinet Specifically for Network Switches?

September 03, 2015

N-Series TeraFrame Network Gen 3 Cabinet - NF1U-114C-E62-1P_CABLED_PANLOFF_RGB72.jpgModular network switches used in data centers and computer rooms have special airflow requirements that are unique from those of most server equipment. 

In order to deploy network switches into a hot/cold aisle environment alongside server equipment or within a contained environment, the cabinet design must address the unique airflow requirements of the switch to keep hot and cold air isolated.

Additionally, cabinets that support network switches must have robust cable management and ideally will have extra space along both sides of the cabinet for managing network cables. N-Series TeraFrame® Gen3 Network Cabinet meets both requirements. It is designed specifically to house network switches within a data center that is adopting industry best practices for airflow management.

The flexibility of the N-Series TeraFrame is unique to the industry. It supports the deployment of devices of different sizes within one cabinet, eliminating the need for additional accessory kits. And, regardless of what type of switch is mounted in the cabinet, it provides complete airflow isolation. The N-Series is also compatible with Aisle Containment solutions when configured with perforated front and rear doors and a solid top panel. Dual slides (tracks) along the top of the cabinet provide maximum flexibility and attach overhead cable pathway and containment structures.

Key features include: 

  • Airflow isolation with a patent pending side intake duct that can be adjusted to accommodate any switch size on-site
  • A vertical exhaust duct option and compatibility with both hot and cold containment options
  • Spacious frame design, which provides additional space along both sides of the switch, ensures proper clearance for switches that require side airflow, like Cisco and other manufacturer switches
Find out more by visiting the product web page, or take a deeper dive and watch the below installation video.


Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

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