You can install the switch in the following types of cabinets and racks, assuming an external ambient air temperature range of 0 to 104°F (0 to 40°C):
Standard perforated cabinets
Solid-walled cabinets with a roof fan tray (bottom to top cooling)
Standard open racks
If you are selecting an enclosed cabinet, we recommend one of the thermally validated types, either standard perforated or solid-walled with a fan tray.
We do not recommend that you use racks that have obstructions (such as power strips), because the obstructions could impair access to field-replaceable units (FRUs).
General Requirements for Cabinets and Racks
The cabinet or rack must also meet the following requirements:
Standard 19-inch (48.3 cm) (two- or four-post EIA cabinet or rack, with mounting rails that conform to English universal hole spacing per section 1 of ANSI/EIA-310-D-1992). For more information, see Requirements Specific to Perforated Cabinets.
The minimum vertical rack space requirement per chassis is two RUs (rack units), equal to 3.5 inches (8.8 cm).
The width between the rack-mounting rails must be at least 17.75 inches (45.0 cm) if the rear of the device is not attached to the rack. For four-post EIA racks, this measurement is the distance between the two front rails.
Four-post EIA cabinets (perforated or solid-walled) must meet the following requirements:
The minimum spacing for the bend radius for fiber-optic cables should have the front-mounting rails of the cabinet offset from the front door by a minimum of 3 inches (7.6 cm).
The distance between the outside face of the front mounting rail and the outside face of the back mounting rail should be 23.0 to 30.0 inches (58.4 to 76.2 cm) to allow for rear-bracket installation.
Requirements Specific to Standard Open Racks
If you are mounting the chassis in an open rack (no side panels or doors), ensure that the rack meets the following requirements:
The minimum vertical rack space per chassis must be two rack units (RUs), equal to 3.5 inches (8.8 cm).
The distance between the chassis air vents and any walls should be 2.5 inches (6.4 cm).
Requirements Specific to Perforated Cabinets
A perforated cabinet has perforations in its front and rear doors and side walls. Perforated cabinets must meet the following requirements:
The front and rear doors must have at least a 60 percent open area perforation pattern, with at least 15 square inches (96.8 square cm) of open area per rack unit of door height.
The roof should be perforated with at least a 20 percent open area.
The cabinet floor should be open or perforated to enhance cooling.
The Cisco R Series rack conforms to these requirements.
Cable Management Guidelines
To help with cable management, you might want to allow additional space in the rack above and below the chassis to make it easier to route all of the fiber optic or copper cables through the rack.