AFCO Systems Solves Data Center Cooling and Space Dilemma with HDS 10 Network Switch Enclosure Designed for Cisco Nexus 7018 Switch

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New HDS 10 High Density Switch Enclosure Uses Patented Airflow Design to Better Cool Enterprise-Class Switches. Reduces Data Center Floor Space Requirements by 25 Percent

Data Center professionals often struggle with the challenges of providing adequate cooling for enterprise-class network switches without giving up precious floor space in their data centers. Typical enclosures for this class of switches require a large footprint to aid airflow for cooling. AFCO Systems (, an expert in enclosure airflow management, has solved this footprint problem with its HDS 10 Data Center Enclosure using a bottom-to-top airflow design. The HDS 10 is designed for the Cisco Nexus 7018 and has been verified to perform as required. More information about the AFCO Systems HDS 10 is available at

“Air movement into and out of the switch chassis is what it’s all about in dissipating the heat generated by such industrial class switches,” notes AFCO Systems CEO Mike Mallia. “AFCO’s enclosure complements Cisco’s sophisticated design to create an effective cooling result.”

The new switch enclosure, engineered for the Cisco Nexus 7018 Switch, utilizes AFCO Systems’ advanced airflow management technology to provide the necessary cooling with a 25 percent smaller footprint in the data center compared to other cabinets. The bottom-to-top cooling effectiveness provides data center managers with an extra level of confidence in maintaining switch performance and reliability. Data center trends like the use of Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), I/O virtualization, and unified infrastructures are driving higher density switches that have increasing heat loads. Additionally, next generation modular network switches, like the Cisco Nexus 7018, require cooling and cabling solutions that the AFCO Systems HDS 10 is specifically designed to manage.

The enclosure is designed to accept cabling from overhead and/or under floor feeds. It uses a series of vertical and horizontal cable managers, in a dedicated cable management chamber, that help route and secure each connection efficiently while minimizing the cabling’s impact on airflow.

“The AFCO Systems HDS 10 is designed to easily fit into existing or new data centers. The key to its flexibility is its 30” width and our patented adjustable base-plate which delivers controlled airflow cooling from directly beneath the enclosure,” notes Mallia. “This bottom-to-top cooling design allows the HDS 10 to dissipate the heat generated by enterprise-class network switches more effectively and efficiently than traditional techniques.”

The AFCO Systems HDS 10 comes fully assembled with switch installation instructions. Its ease of installation and small footprint guarantee a fast and effective deployment of data center network switches.

About AFCO Systems
AFCO Systems is a global leader in the design and manufacture of scalable enclosure technology for mission-critical data center environments. It has one of the largest globally installed bases of engineered enclosures for high-density server, storage, and network switch applications. AFCO Systems serves the blue-chip customers operating Tier III and Tier IV data centers across industries including financial services, media, manufacturing and education.

AFCO Systems’ Sigma-T™ technologies allow data center managers and IT executives to measure, manage, monitor, and maintain their overall energy efficiency in accordance with ASHRAE standards. Its patented systems control supply-air delivery at the enclosure level, providing cost-effective data center cooling management. AFCO Systems’ services include data center planning and consulting using CFD modeling.

The company is headquartered in Farmingdale, NY with global operating capabilities for its installations in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit or call 631-249-9441.

©2010 AFCO Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. AFCO Systems, Sigma-T™ are registered trademarks of AFCO Systems, Inc. All other trademarks belong to their respective companies.


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