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S9700 Series Terabit Routing Switches

Energy-efficient 100 GE platform for high-performance L2/L3 switching and routing in large-scale campus environments; becomes a fully programmable Agile Switch with Huawei X1E card upgrade.

Carrier-grade reliability - redundant hardware and software design; continuous hot backup and forwarding of all L3 routes, control plane and data plane information. Expandability - backplane and line cards support up to 8 x 40 GE or 96 x 40 GE ports; advanced Cluster Switching System (CSS) technology enables inter-chassis aggregation for efficient scalability. Intelligent management and security features - support for virtual firewalls and NAT; Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) for secure VPN access; highly granular NetStream traffic and usage statistics; intelligent wireless Access Controller. Energy efficient hardware and operations - variable-current chips dynamically adjust power according to traffic load including idle mode; rotating ventilation channel dissipates heat efficiently.

S9700 Series switches are available in 3 compact chassis models.


  • S9700-01-Front
  • S9700-02-Front_looking-down
  • S9700-03-Front_left 30°down 15°
  • S9700-04-Front_right-30°down-15°
  • S9700-08-Rear_looking-down

S9700 Series Switches provide highly scalable gigabit access for terminals in enterprise campus networks; also ideal for resilient server support and aggregation in large-scale data centers.

Typical Deployment Scenarios

S9700 Switches Used as a Core Switch and Aggregation Node in a Large-scale Campus Network

S9700 Switches Used as Aggregation Nodes and for Virtualization in a Data Center

Highlights – Features and Benefits

Advanced, high-performance electronics with comprehensive scalability and management features make S9700 Series Switches ideal for next-generation data centers and enterprise campus networks.

Build a more agile, converged network and provide new services faster with Huawei’s S9700 Agile Switch

  • Native wireless Access Controllers (ACs) let you build a wireless network without additional AC hardware; Each S9700 Switch provides 2,048 APs and can support up to 32,768 users. Support wireless communications at Tbit/s line speeds to accommodate high-bandwidth applications and alleviate bottlenecks associated with independent AC devices.
  • Unified user management features authenticate both wired and wireless users, ensuring responsive and consistent experiences for every user. Authentication methods include 802.1X, MAC, and Portal authentication; visual interfaces simplify monitoring and management – including automated processes – and support user-centric management based on domains, user groups, or timeframes.
  • Huawei’s exclusive Packet Conservation Algorithm for the Internet (iPCA) provides constant, end-to-end monitoring of every network node for every service, quickly detecting temporary interruptions and faulty ports.
  • Super Virtual Fabric (SVF) technology virtualizes the physical network of core switches, aggregation switches, and APs into a virtual “super switch,” adding flexibility and further simplification to managing the network.

Advanced architecture for industry-leading performance

The S9700 is designed for a 100G platform and provides a maximum of 8.64 Tbit/s switching capacity, which can be smoothly expanded to 18.56 Tbit/s to support high-density GE/10 GE line-speed forwarding.

  • High-performance upstream line cards; 8 x 40 GE and 48 x 10 GE
  • Up to 96 x 40 GE ports or 576 x 10 GE ports, bringing enterprise campus networks and data centers into the era of the all-10 GE core network.
  • 100G Ethernet standard to meet future requirements from bandwidth-intensive applications (such as multimedia conferencing and data access), eliminating the inconvenience of frequent upgrades.

Intelligent virtualization through CSS technology

S9700 Series Switches support switch fabric and service port clustering through Cluster Switching System (CSS) technology. CSS technology virtualizes multiple physical switches into one logical device that offers higher reliability, switching efficiency, flexibility, and easier management.

  • High reliability: Through hot backup of routes, all control plane and data plane information is backed up and forwarded continuously at Layer 3, significantly improving device reliability and performance. Inter-chassis link aggregation can also be used to eliminate single-point failures and prevent service interruption.
  • Flexibility: Service ports can be used as cluster ports to connect cluster members through optical fibers, substantially expanding clustering distance.
  • Easy management: The member switches in a cluster are managed using the same IP address, which simplifies network device and topology management, improves operation efficiency, and reduces maintenance costs.

Full-service Ethernet switching platform

S9700 Switches support distributed Layer 2 and Layer 3 MPLS VPN functions, including Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS), Hierarchical VPLS (HVPLS), and Virtual Leased Line (VLL), meeting enterprise VPN access requirements.

  • Supports Layer 2 and Layer 3 multicast protocols
  • Multicast replication among VLANs at the line rate
  • Independent multicast Quality of Service (QoS) queues, giving priority to services requiring minimal delay, such as voice and video.

High-performance IPv6 service support

Both the S9700 hardware and software platforms support IPv6, at the IPv6 Ready Phase 2 (Gold) designation.

Supported features include IPv4/IPv6 dual stack, various tunneling technologies, IPv6 static routes, RIPng, OSPFv3, BGP+, IS-ISv6, and IPv6 multicast to meet the requirements of independent IP and IPv4/IPv6 integrated networks.

  • Distributed storage
  • Backup and disaster recovery
  • Snapshots of incremental data
  • Fast snapshot backups

Excellent security design

Integrated firewall card supports virtual firewalls and Network Address Translation (NAT) multi-instance, allowing multiple VPN customers to share the same firewall.

The S9700 performs Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) on access users, according to pre-defined policies. In addition, the S9700 supports 802.1x, portal, guest VLAN, and dynamic user access authentication.

For strengthened defenses, install a Huawei a Huawei next-generation firewall card in the S9700 Switch to add robust Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), anti-spam, web security, and application control functions.

Innovative energy-saving design

The S9700 uses a rotating ventilation channel, improving heat dissipation efficiency. In addition, it uses a variable-current chip to dynamically adjust the power according to traffic conditions:

  • Ports hibernate when not transmitting traffic or consuming power
  • IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) provides low power idle mode for the PHY line card, switching lower speed (and power) during low link utilization.

Item S9703 S9706 S9712
Switching capacity 2.88/5.76 Tbit/s 6.72/14.72 Tbit/s 8.64/18.56 Tbit/s
Packet forwarding rate 2160 Mpps 2880/5040 Mpps 3840/6480 Mpps
Service slots 3 6 12
Wireless network management Native AC
AP access control, AP region management, and AP profile management
Radio profile management, uniform static configuration, and centralized dynamic management
Basic WLAN services, QoS, security, and user management
Deployment of ACs on different network layers
User management unified user management
802.1x, MAC address, and Portal authentication
Traffic- and time-based accounting
User authorization based on user groups, domains, and time ranges
VLAN Supports adding access, trunk, and hybrid interfaces to VLANs
Supports the default VLAN
Supports VLAN switching
Supports QinQ and selective QinQ
Supports MAC address-based VLAN assignment
MAC address Supports automatic learning and aging of MAC addresses
Supports static, dynamic, and blackhole MAC address entries
Supports packet filtering based on source MAC addresses
Supports MAC address limiting based on ports and VLANs
STP/ERPS Supports STP (IEEE 802.1d), RSTP (IEEE 802.1w), and MSTP (IEEE 802.1s)
Supports BPDU protection, root protection, and loop protection
Supports BPDU tunnel
ERPS (G.8032)
IP routing Supports IPv4 routing protocols, such as RIP, OSPF, BGP, and IS-IS
Supports IPv6 dynamic routing protocols, such as, RIPng, OSPFv3, ISISv6, and BGP4+
Multicast Supports IGMP v1/v2/v3, IGMPv1/v2/v3 snooping
Supports MSDP, MBGP
Supports prompt leave
Supports multicast traffic control
Supports multicast querier
Supports suppression on multicast packets
Supports multicast CAC
Supports multicast ACL
MPLS Supports basic MPLS functions
Supports MPLS OAM
Supports MPLS TE
Reliability Supports LACP and E-Trunk
Supports VRRP and BFD for VRRP
Supports BFD for BGP/IS-IS/OSPF/static route
Supports NSF, and GR for BGP/IS-IS/OSPF/LDP
Supports TE FRR and IP FRR
Supports Ethernet OAM (IEEE 802.3ah and 802.1ag) (Hardware level)
Supports ITU-Y.1731
Supports DLDP
QoS Supports traffic classification based on Layer 2 headers, Layer 3 protocols, Layer 4 protocols, and 802.1p priority
Supports actions of ACL, CAR, re-mark, and schedule
Supports queue scheduling algorithms, such as SP, WRR, DRR, SP+WRR, and SP+DRR
Supports congestion avoidance mechanisms, such as WRED and tail drop
Supports H-QoS
Supports traffic shaping
Configuration and maintenance Supports console, telnet, and SSH terminals
Supports the network management protocols, such as SNMPv1/v2c/v3
Supports file uploading and downloading using FTP and TFTP
Supports BootROM upgrade and remote upgrade
Supports hot patches
Supports user operation logs
Security and management Supports 802.1x authentication and Portal authentication
Supports NAC
Supports RADIUS and HWTACACS authentication for login users
Supports command line authority control based on user levels, preventing unauthorized users from using commands
Supports defense against DoS attacks, TCP SYN Flood attacks, UDP Flood attacks, broadcast storms, and heavy traffic attacks
Supports ping and traceroute functions based on ICMP packets
Supports remote network monitoring
Value-added services Supports firewall
Supports NAT
Supports NetStream
Supports IPSec
Supports load balancing
Supports wireless AC
Supports IPS
Interoperability Supports VBST (Compatible with PVST/PVST+/RPVST)
Supports LNP (Similar to DTP)
Supports VCMP (Similar to VTP)
Energy saving Supports IEEE 802.3az: Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
Dimensions (W x D x H) 442 mm × 476 mm × 175 mm 442 mm × 476 mm × 442 mm 442 mm × 476 mm × 664 mm
Chassis weight (empty) < 15 kg < 30 kg < 45 kg
Operating voltage DC: –38.4 V to –72 V AC: 90 V to 290V
Power supply capability of the equipment 2200W 4400W 6600W
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