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QLogic 5802V Switch - Which way to mount in rack

I am installing a new QLogic 5802V into our ESXi rack. The rail kit call the back of the switch (the part with the power supplies) the front, and the area with fiber ports, the back. This seems backwards to me. I've always seen the front as being the part with all of the ports. To confuse me even further, the QLogic Install Guide for the 5802V says that you can have the air flow front to back or back to front.

I am mounting the switch in a rack with hosts and SANs. Power and fiber are in the back. I'm assuming that the portion of the fiber switch with ports should be in the back of the rack, but then the power cables would be in the front....

What is best practice in this situation?
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Paul Wagner
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Paul Wagner
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
In my own experience "best practice" is largely a matter of personal opinion.  But:  From a maintenance and operation viewpoint the industry standard in a RETMA rack is face panels to the front, controls at the front, power always at the back, connectors wherever they land (with the obvious exception of crosspoint plugboards which must face front.)
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Paul WagnerFriend To Robots and RocksAuthor Commented:
Thanks @DrKlahn

That's pretty much the direction we were going.
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