Frequently asked questions about Rack Cooling
August 05, 2020
What network switches will the Vertiv Geist SwitchAir work with?
Vertiv Geist offers a variety of SwitchAir configurations to fit most switch models. Check our SwitchAir Finder or talk with a sales representative.
How does Vertiv Geist SwitchAir work to keep my switches from overheating?
Vertiv Geist’s SwitchAir creates a barrier between switch air intakes and hot exhaust air in the back of server racks, while also guiding cool air from the cold aisle to the switch intakes.
What is the difference between Passive and Active SwitchAir devices?
The Passive SwitchAir product works by simply creating a channel for cold air to flow to switch intakes. The Active SwitchAir product works in a similar fashion but use fans to force cold air through the channel.
Will there be downtime while installing the SwitchAir product?
In most cases, you will be able to install the SwitchAir product in your rack without unplugging your network switches.
Are mounting screws and cage nuts included with the SwitchAir?
No, mounting screws and cage nuts must be purchased separately.
What is the suggested distance between front and rear rails for SwitchAir installation?
The SwitchAir was designed to be installed assuming a rail distance of 29in / 73.7cm.
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Network switches, load balancers and routers typically sit at the top and back portion of the rack, away from the cold aisle airflow at the front of the cabinet. This placement makes it difficult for cold air to flow from the front of the rack to the air intakes of the network switch equipment, increasing chances of failure over time. SwitchAir helps prevent failure by channeling cool air from the front of the rack to the air intakes regardless of where the equipment is mounted.