Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm wondering because we're moving our rack to a co-location but we have LOTS of space behind our rack so I mount our switches on the backside for easier cabling. But i've seen a lot of pictures where the switches are mounted on the front. Is this because access from the back of the rack is mostly limited in datacenters? Sounds like a PITA.

share|improve this question
switches sometimes their air vents backside, so installing them at the back of the rack may decrease cooling efficiency. – petrus Mar 11 '11 at 12:31
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Full access to the rack is of course a must in order to put devices in and properly cable them, but the standard setup is to have switches mounted on the front for easier inspection and patching; having to go around the cabinet, open it and look inside only to see if a switch light is blinking is a lot more troublesome than glancing at it from the front, even if you have full access from every direction.

With proper internal cabling, a switch on the front is no pain at all.

share|improve this answer
Thanks man. I'll try my best to manage the cabling in a sane way. – LonelyLonelyNetworkN00b Mar 11 '11 at 13:16

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.