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CloudEngine 5800 Series Data Center Switches

Huawei CloudEngine 5800 series (CE5800) switches are next-generation, high-density Gigabit Ethernet switches designed for data centers and high-end campus networks. The CE5800 hardware has an advanced architectural design with the industry's highest density of GE access ports. The CE5800 is also the first Gigabit Ethernet access switch to provide 40GE uplink ports. Using the Huawei VRP8 software platform, CE5800 switches support Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) and have a high stacking capability (up to 16-member switches in a stack system). In addition, the airflow direction (front-to-back or back-to-front) can be changed. CE5800 switches can work with CE12800 switches to build an elastic, virtualized, high-quality fabric that meets the requirements of cloud-computing data centers.
CE5800 switches provide high-density GE access to help enterprises build a scalable data center network platform for cloud computing. They can also be used as aggregation or access switches for enterprise campus networks.

High-density GE Access

  • Each CE5800 switch provides 48*GE line-speed ports, which makes future data center expansion easy.
  • The CE5850 is the first GE access switch to provide 40GE uplink ports. CE5850 switches can work with CE12800 switches to build a high-performance data center network that provides 40GE access. The two 40GE uplink ports on CE5850 back up each other to improve system reliability.
  • The CE5810 has models with 48*GE and 24*GE ports that can be flexibly deployed in racks with different server port densities to meet different cabling requirements in data center equipment rooms.

Highly Reliable, High-performance Stacking

  • The industry's first 16-member stack system
    A stack system of 16 member switches has a maximum of 768*GE access ports that provide high-density server access in a data center.
    Multiple switches in a stack system are virtualized into one logical device, making it possible to build a scalable, easy-to-manage data center network platform.
    A stack system separates the control plane from the data plane. This eliminates the risk of single-point failures and greatly improves system reliability.
  • Long-distance, highly reliable stacking
    CE5800 switches can use either 10GE or 40GE ports as stack ports. A stack system can be established with switches in the same rack or different racks, and even over long distances.
    The 40GE ports of the CE5850 can set up large-capacity stack channels that enable multiple CE5800 switches to constitute a non-blocking stack system.

Vertical Virtualization Simplifies Management

  • The CE5800 supports Super Virtual Fabric (SVF), which can virtualize multiple homogeneous or heterogeneous physical switches into one logical switch to simplify network management and improve reliability.
  • SVF implements vertical extension of heterogeneous switches and virtualizes multiple leaf switches into remote cards of the spine switch, making it easier to install cables in equipment rooms and manage devices. The CE5810 functions as the leaf switch.
  • Huawei's SVF is the first in the industry to implement local forwarding of leaf switches. When horizontal traffic is the mainstream traffic in a data center, SVF improves forwarding efficiency and reduces network delay.

Model SVF Spine SVF Leaf
CE6850-48S4Q-EI -
CE6810-48S4Q-EI -
CE5810-48T4S-EI -
CE5810-24T4S-EI -

Large-scale Routing Bridge, On-demand Scalability

  • The CE5850 supports the TRILL protocol and can be used on a large Layer 2 TRILL network with GE/10GE servers. A TRILL network can contain more than 500 nodes, enabling flexible service deployments and large-scale Virtual Machine (VM) migrations.
  • The TRILL protocol uses a routing mechanism similar to IS-IS and sets a limited Time-to-Live (TTL) value in packets to prevent Layer 2 loops. This significantly improves network stability and speeds up network convergence.
  • On a TRILL network, all data flows are forwarded quickly using Shortest Path First (SPF) and Equal-cost Multi-path (ECMP) routing. SPF and ECMP avoid the suboptimal path selection problem in STP and increase link bandwidth efficiency to 100 percent.
  • The CE5850 supports up to 16 TRILL-based Layer 2 equal-cost paths, greatly improving links' load balancing capabilities. The network has a fat-tree architecture that enhances expansion.

Fast VM Migration, Policy Mobility

  • The CE5800 works with Huawei's nCenter automated network management platform to permit network policies to be dynamically deployed on the CE5800. nCenter also supports online VM migration.
  • nCenter delivers network policies through high-speed RADIUS interfaces. Its online VM migration is 10 to 20 times the rate of other industry platforms, enabling large-scale VM migrations.
  • nCenter is based on open APIs and is compatible with all major virtualization platforms including VMware.

Programmable Network Device, Flexible Customization

  • The CE5800 uses the Open Programmability System (OPS) embedded in the VRP8 software platform to provide programmability at the control plane.
  • The OPS provides open APIs. APIs can be integrated with mainstream cloud platforms (including commercial and open cloud platforms) and third-party controllers. The OPS enables services to be flexibly customized and provides automatic management.
  • Users or third-party developers can use open APIs to develop and deploy specialized network management policies to implement extension of fast service functions, automatic deployment, and intelligent management. The OPS also implements automatic operation and maintenance, and reduces management costs.
  • The OPS provides seamless integration of data center service and network in addition to a service-oriented, Software-Defined Network (SDN).

Zero-Configuration Deployment, Automatic O&M

  • The CE5800 supports Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP). ZTP enables the CE5800 to automatically obtain and load version files from a USB flash drive or file server, freeing network engineers from onsite configuration or deployment. ZTP reduces labor costs and improves device deployment efficiency.
  • ZTP provides built-in scripts for users through open APIs. Data center personnel can use the programming language they are familiar with, such as Python, to provide unified configuration of network devices.
  • ZTP decouples configuration time of new devices from device quantity and area distribution, which improves service provisioning efficiency.

Flexible Airflow Design Saves Energy

  • Flexible front-to-back/back-to-front airflow design
    The CE5800 uses a front-to-back/back-to-front airflow design that isolates cold air channels from hot air channels. This design meets heat dissipation requirements in data center equipment rooms.
    Air can flow from front to back, or back to front when different fans and power modules are used.
    Redundant power modules and fans can be configured to ensure uninterrupted service transmission.
  • Energy-saving technologies
    The CE5800 has energy-saving chips and can measure system power consumption in real time. Fan speed can be adjusted dynamically based on system consumption. These energy-saving technologies reduce O&M costs and contribute to a greener data center.

Clear Indicators, Simple Maintenance

  • Clear indicators
    Port indicators clearly show port status and port speeds.
    State and stack indicators on both the front and rear panels enable operators to maintain the switch from either side.
    CE5800 switches support remote positioning. Operators can turn on remote positioning indicators on the switches they want to maintain, so that they can find switches easily in an equipment room full of devices.
  • Simple maintenance
    The management port, fans, and power modules are on the front panel, which facilitates device maintenance.
    Data ports are located at the rear, facing servers. This simplifies cabling.

Item CE5850-48T4S2Q-HI CE5850-48T4S2Q-EI CE5810-48T4S-EI CE5810-24T4S-EI
Ports 48*10/100/1000BASE-T, 4*10GE SFP+, and 2*40GE QSFP+ 48*10/100/1000BASE-T, 4*10GE SFP+, and 2*40GE QSFP+ 48*10/100/1000BASE-T and 4*10GE SFP+ 24*10/100/1000BASE-T and 4*10GE SFP+
Forwarding performance 252 Mpps 252 Mpps 132 Mpps 96 Mpps
Airflow design Front-to-back or back-to-front
Device virtualization iStack
N/A SVF (Leaf)
Network virtualization TRILL NA
VM awareness nCenter
Traffic analysis NetStream
VLAN Adding access, trunk, and hybrid interfaces to VLANs
Default VLAN
MAC address table Dynamic learning and aging of MAC addresses
Static, dynamic, and blackhole MAC address entries
Packet filtering based on source MAC addresses
MAC address limiting based on ports and VLANs
IP routing IPv4 routing protocols, such as RIP, OSPF, BGP, and IS-IS
IPv6 routing protocols, such as RIPng, OSPFv3, IS-ISv6, and BGP4+
IPv6 IPv6 Neighbor Discovery (ND)
Path MTU Discovery (PMTU)
TCP6, ping IPv6, tracert IPv6, socket IPv6, UDP6, and Raw IP6
Multicast IGMP, PIM-SM, MSDP, and MBGP
IGMP snooping
IGMP proxy
Fast leave of multicast member interfaces
Multicast traffic suppression
Multicast VLAN
Reliability LACP
BPDU protection, root protection, and loop protection
Smart Link and multi-instance
VRRP, VRRP load balancing, and BFD for VRRP
BFD for BGP/IS-IS/OSPF/Static route
QoS Traffic classification based on Layer 2 headers, Layer 3 protocols, Layer 4 protocols, and 802.1p priority
Actions of ACL, CAR, re-marking, and scheduling
Queue scheduling algorithms, including PQ, WRR, DRR, PQ+WRR, and PQ+DRR
Congestion avoidance mechanisms, including WRED and tail drop
Traffic shaping
Configuration and maintenance Console, Telnet, and SSH terminals
Network management protocols, such as SNMPv1/v2c/v3
File upload and download through FTP and TFTP
BootROM upgrade and remote upgrade
802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
Hot patches
User operation logs
Security and management 802.1x authentication
Command line authority control based on user levels, preventing unauthorized users from using commands
DoS, ARP, and ICMP attack defenses
Port isolation, port security, and sticky MAC
Binding of the IP address, MAC address, interface number, and VLAN ID
Authentication methods, including AAA, RADIUS, and HWTACACS
Remote Network Monitoring (RMON)
Dimensions (W x D x H) 442 mm x 420 mm x 43.6 mm 442 mm x 420 mm x 43.6 mm 442 mm x 420 mm x 43.6 mm 442 mm x 420 mm x 43.6 mm
Weight (fully loaded) 8.8 kg 8.8 kg 8.2 kg 8 kg
Environmental parameters Operating temperature: 0°C to 40°C (0 m to 1,800 m)
Storage temperature: -40°C to +70°C
Relative humidity: 5% RH to 95% RH, non-condensing
Operating voltage AC: 90 V to 290 V
DC: -38.4 V to -72 V
Maximum power consumption ≤ 131 W ≤ 133 W ≤ 92 W ≤ 68 W

CE5850-48T4S2Q-HI CE5850-48T4S2Q-HI Switch(48-Port GE RJ45,4-Port 10GE SFP+,2-Port 40G QSFP+, Without Fan and Power Module)
CE5850-48T4S2Q-EI CE5850-48T4S2Q-EI Switch(48-Port GE RJ45,4-Port 10GE SFP+,2-Port 40G QSFP+, Without Fan and Power Module)
CE5810-48T4S-EI CE5810-48T4S-EI Switch(48-Port GE RJ45, 4-Port 10GE SFP+, Without Fan and Power Module)
CE5810-24T4S-EI CE5810-24T4S-EI Switch(24-Port GE RJ45,4-Port 10GE SFP+, Without Fan and Power Module)
Fan box
FAN-40EA-F Fan box(EA, Front to Back)
FAN-40EA-B Fan box(EA, Back to Front)
FAN-40SB-F Fan box(SB, Front to Back)
FAN-40SB-B Fan box(SB, Back to Front)
PAC-150WA 150W AC Power Module(No Fan)
PDC-350WA-F 350W DC Power Module(Front to Back)
PDC-350WA-B 350W DC Power Module(Back to Front)

Application in a Data Center

On a typical data center network, CE12800 switches work as core switches and CE6800/CE5800 switches work as TOR switches. CE6800/CE5800 switches connect to CE12800 switches through 40GE/10GE ports. The CE12800/CE7800 and CE6800/CE5800 switches use the TRILL protocol to build a non-blocking Layer 2 network, which allows large-scale VM migrations and flexible service deployments.

Note: The TRILL protocol can also be used on campus networks to support flexible service deployments in different service areas.

Application on a Campus Network

CE5800 switches can be used as aggregation or access switches on a campus network. Their high-density line-speed GE ports, unique 40GE uplink ports and high stacking capabilities can meet the ever-increasing demand for network bandwidth. CE6800 switches are cost-effective campus networks switches, thanks to their abundant service features and innovative energy-saving technologies.

On a typical campus network, two CE12800/CE7800 switches are virtualized into a logical core switch using the CSS technology. Multiple CE6800 switches at the aggregation layer form a logical switch using the iStack technology. The CSS and iStack technologies improve network reliability and simplify network management. At the access layer, CE5800 switches are stacked using iStack technology to provide high-densities of line-speed ports.

Note: The iStack technology is also widely used in data centers to facilitate network management.

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