I have an ASA 5510 device mounted in an APC rack with the face-plate forward so that the network cables plug into the back. It appears to me that the front of the device has both an intake fan and an exhaust fan all in the front. Most if not all normal server equipment intakes air in the front and then exhaust air in the rear for proper removal. Because of this funky cisco fan layout the front of the device tends to push out hot air into the front of the rack resulting in less than optimal cooling.
I would like to know what experience people have had to most efficiently cool the ASA 5500 series hardware in a rack configuration. Would it be better to place the rear of the device to the front of the rack? Does anyone know how the fans are organized?