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14 May 2012

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

Las Vegas, USA : 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[1] 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[2], 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.
About Huawei Enterprise Business Group
Huawei Enterprise Business Group (“Huawei Enterprise") is one of the three business groups of Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Leveraging Huawei’s strong R&D capabilities and comprehensive technical expertise, Huawei Enterprise provides a wide range of highly efficient customer-centric ICT solutions and services to global vertical industry and enterprise customers across government and public sector, finance, transportation, electric power, energy, commercial businesses, and ISPs. Huawei Enterprise’s innovative and leading solutions cover network infrastructure, unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), cloud computing & data center, enterprise information security, and industry application solutions.
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[1] Available for the Huawei CloudEngine 12800.
[2] Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL), standard by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

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