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Press Release -- May 8th, 2012
Source: Huawei

Huawei Launches New Data Center Switches with Industry’s Largest Switching Capacity to Build Scalable, Virtualized and Converged Data Center Networks

[Las Vegas, USA, May 8, 2012]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider today launched its innovative CloudEngine series switches at Interop 2012. The CloudEngine series switches provide the industry’s largest single-frame switching capacity of up to 48T and support high-density switching of 100GE, 40GE, 10GE and GE interfaces, as well as virtualization and computing, storage and network convergence. This enables the sustainable development of enterprise data centers over a 10 year span.

Committed to providing a better way for enterprises to tap into the opportunities presented by the rise of cloud computing and ICT convergence, Huawei’s CloudEngine series switches provide stable, reliable and secure services to help customers build scalable, virtualized and converged data center fabric architectures.

“The deployment of Cloud-based services brings with it extreme network challenges in the areas of traffic growth, service scale and manageability. With the announcement of the Cloud Fabric Architecture and CloudEngine 12800 series, Huawei is addressing the needs of this environment by providing customers a solid reference architecture and a highly scalable, converged and fully virtualized platform. This innovative approach will provide mid market through high end enterprise customers the foundation for a customizable network environment managed with a single fabric interface,” said Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst, ZK Research.

Drawing on the the company’s extensive R&D experience and decade-long involvement in contributing to industry standards, the CloudEngine series is Huawei’s next-generation switch family designed for cloud computing data centers. Its standard, open and easy-to-integrate product interface will enhance the user’s experience while lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO). As a leader in the global ICT industry, Huawei plays an active role in the research and development of data center network standards. Currently, Huawei participates in 148 international standards organizations, including IEEE and IETF, and has submitted over 25,000 standard proposals.

Scalable, Virtualized and Converged Data Center Fabric Architecture

The CloudEngine series switches provide stable, reliable, secure and high-performance services by incorporating innovations in functionality and design. Feature highlights include:

  • Highly scalable, the CloudEngine series provides high bandwidth of up to 2Tbps per slot and switching capacity of 48Tbps which is three times the industry’s highest level, and can support evolution from GE/10GE servers to 40GE/100GE servers over a 10 year span, helping customers protect their investment. Non-blocking CLOS fabric architecture and large distributed buffers efficiently process traffic bursts resulting from cloud-computing applications such as data access and parallel computing. The CloudEngine series also incorporates improved power and cooling with innovative front-to-rear ventilation channel design to improve heat dissipation.
  • Enhancing device management and network reliability, the CloudEngine series incorporates the Cluster Switch System (CSS) feature to virtualize multiple switches into one logical switch, as well as the Virtual System (VS) feature to virtualize one switch into multiple independent logical devices. Together, the innovative use of CSS and VS turns the network into a resource pool so that network resources can be allocated on demand.
  • The CloudEngine series also supports virtual machines by allowing network adminstrators to build large-scale Layer 2 networks with over 500 nodes based on TRILL , allowing for fast migration and flexible service deployment. Combined with the usage of the nCenter, network management system, the CloudEngine series is able to achieve over 10 times the virtual parallel processing capability compared to the industry average.
  • The Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support provided by the CloudEngine series allows enterprises to establish a converged network by deploying SAN based network traffic over an enhanced Ethernet network. The CloudEngine series also combines Priority Flow Control (PFC) with Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS) to ensure non-blocking transmission.

The Huawei CloudEngine series switches comprise CE12800 core switches, as well as CE6800 and CE5800 TOR switches.

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