Cisco 6509/6513 cable management...

Dantzig, Brian bdantzig at
Tue Sep 21 19:53:58 UTC 2010

On Tue, 21 Sep 2010, Positively Optimistic wrote:

> Do any of our fellow nanog members have experience with cable
management on
> 6509/6513 cisco switches?   We're upgrading infrastructure in some of
> facilities,..  and until it came to cable management, the switches
seemed to
> be a great idea...   8 48port blades..  pose a challenge.. or a
> Pictures are welcomed...   off-list contact would be great.
> Thanks

If you can choose your rack equipment, you should look at Ortronics
Might Mo 10. It is very stable and has plenty of cable management
options. They are kind of a cross between a two post and a cabinet.
Basicaly the side cannel is 16.25 inces deep. Unfortunatly, the 6500 has
slot spacing that doesn't line up with rack U's so most cable management
will not work perfectly. The Might Mo can handle the density but make
sure you use the largest vertical channels you have room for. You
probably are not interested in doors but in locations where this is
desired, the doors over the vertical channels hinge both wasy and remove
easier than anything I've seen.

You probably want to look at the air baffles since the 6509/6513 have
right to left airflow rather than front to back. One fo the features in
the Mighty Mo 10 is the ventilated side channels and available baffles.
The airflow can actualy be one of your biggest challenges if you have
6509/6513's in adjacent cabinets. The warm air from one can blow into
the input of the switch to the left.

You could also look at using the WS-C6509-V-E chassis with front to back
airflow and built in cable management.

Brian Dantzig
Senior Network Engineer
Medline Industries, Inc.
bdantzig at

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