Does anyone know of a FIPS 140-2 Compliant Communication Rack?


We are upgrading our network and we were told to purchase a 19" 12U-20U FIPS 140-2 compliant comm rack. I have searched and searched, but I find no information about communication racks being FIPS compliant. This will hold cisco and dell equipment.

Is there such a thing as a FIPS 140-2 compliant communications rack or did someone mispeak? If there is, does anyone have a source or product number I can use to get the search started?

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FIPS 140-2 compliance is a U.S. Government computer security standard.  Here is a link to the Wikipedia describing the standard.

The only time this will come up in terms of networking, is when they are talking about encryption or security on network devices.

I am doing some more searching to see if I can come up with any other compliance standards for network racks that they may have been talking about.

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I don't think the rack itself is an issue. ALL the equipment in the rack needs to be FIPS compliant, like the routers you plan to install. I'm not aware of any Dell equipment that meets the requirement, so I'd stick with Cisco myself, like the Cisco 2851. Remember, ALL equipment, so hardware firewalls, switches, and network interfaces on all the servers need to be compliant.

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