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How to decide which direction to install a Cisco switch within a rack or cabinet for optimal air circulation

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Applies to

  • Cisco N9332PQ
  • Cisco N9372PXE
  • Cisco N9372TXE
  • Cisco N9396PX
  • Cisco N9396TX
  • Cisco Nexus 3132Q-V
  • Cisco Nexus 3232C
  • Cisco Nexus 5596UP
  • Cisco Nexus 56128
  • Cisco Nexus 5672UP
  • Cisco Nexus 92300YC


Cisco provides switches in two configurations:

  • Standard-airflow: This option provides front-to-back airflow, with ports aligned with the hot aisle (port-side exhaust).
  • Reversed-airflow: This option provides back-to-front airflow, with ports aligned with the cold aisle (port-side intake).


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