CloudEngine 12800 Data Center Switches
The CloudEngine 12800 (CE12800) series switches are next-generation, high-performance core switches designed for data center networks and high-end campus networks. Using Huawei's next-generation VRP8 software platform, CE12800 series switches provide stable, reliable, secure, high-performance L2/L3 switching capabilities to help build an elastic, virtualized, and high-quality network.
CE12800 series switches use advanced hardware architecture design and have the highest performance of any currently available core switches. The CE12800 provides as much as 64 Tbit/s switching capacity and high-density line-speed ports. Each switch has up to 192*100GE, 384*40GE, or 1,536*10GE ports.
The CE12800 series switches use the Clos architecture and provide comprehensive virtualization capabilities along with data center service features. The switches use innovative energy-saving technologies to greatly reduce power consumption. In addition, a front-to-back airflow design provides industrial-grade reliability.
The CE12800 is available in four models: CE12804, CE12808, CE12812, and CE12816. The CE12800 series uses interchangeable components to reduce costs on spare parts. This design ensures device scalability and protects customers' investment.
Next-Generation Core Engine Provides the Industry's Highest Performance
64 Tbit/s Switching Capacity
- The CE12800 provides 4 Tbit/s per-slot bidirectional bandwidth (scalable to 10 Tbit/s) and a maximum of 64 Tbit/s switching capacity (scalable to more than 160 Tbit/s). This capacity can support sustainable development of cloud-computing data centers for the next 10 years.
- The CE12800, together with the CE6800/5800 series of Top-of-Rack (ToR) switches, can implement the largest non-blocking switching network in the industry. This network can provide access for up to 18,000*10GE servers or 70,000*GE servers and support data center server evolution across four generations from GE, 10GE, 40GE, and ultimately 100GE.
Terabit High-Density Line Cards
- The forwarding capacity of a line card can reach up to 1,200 Gbit/s.
- The CE12800 line cards provide the industry's highest port densities, from 24*40GE/96*10GE to 12*100GE.
- The CE12800 provides as many as 192*100GE, 384*40GE, or 1,536*10GE line-speed ports.
Super-Large Buffer of 18 GB
- All service ports (100GE/40GE/10GE/GE) support a super-large buffer.
- The distributed buffer mechanism on inbound interfaces can effectively handle incast traffic loads in data centers.
- The line card provides up to 18 GB buffer, which is dynamically shared by interfaces to improve usage efficiency.
128 Tbit/s Non-Blocking System
- The CE12816 is the industry's first data center core switch to support a non-blocking system. Two CE12816s can be upgraded to the CE12832 through back-to-back Cluster Switch Systems (CSSs) of Switch Fabric Units (SFUs). The new device provides 32 service slots, with a capacity of 128 Tbit/s.
- The CE12832 builds a strict non-blocking system using Clos. All traffic between two CE12816 chassis can be forwarded without occupying any service interface.
- The CE12832 can be upgraded through a CE12816 in-service upgrade. During the upgrade, services are not affected. This ensures continuous evolution and expansion of the customer service system.
Comprehensive Virtualization Capabilities Implement Simple, Efficient Networking
VS Implements On-demand Resource Sharing
- Highest device virtualization capability: The CE12800 uses Virtual System (VS) technology to provide an industry-leading virtualization capability that enables one switch to be virtualized into as many as sixteen logical switches. This 1:16 ratio enables one core switch to manage services for an enterprise's multiple service areas such as production, office, and DMZ, or for multiple tenants.
- Higher security and reliability: VS technology divides a network into separate logical areas for service isolation. The failure of one virtual switch does not affect other virtual switches, enhancing network security.
- Lower CAPEX: VS technology improves the use efficiency of physical devices by implementing on-demand resource allocation. This ensures network scalability and reduces investment in devices.
- Lower OPEX: Using one physical device to implement multiple logical devices saves space in a data center equipment room and reduces the cost of device maintenance.
CSS Simplifies Network Management
- The CE12800 uses industry-leading CSS technology, which can virtualize multiple physical switches into one logical switch to facilitate network management and improve reliability.
- The CE12800 provides the dedicated system inter-connect port and separates the control channel from the service channel, improving reliability.
- The CE12800 provides a cluster bandwidth of 1.6 Tbit/s. This super-high bandwidth prevents traffic bottlenecks on data center networks.
- The CE12800 switches establish a cluster using service ports with distances of up to 80 km between cluster member switches.
- The CE12800 uses CSS+VS synergy technology to turn a network into a resource pool so that network resources can be allocated on demand. On-demand resource allocation is ideal for the cloud-computing service model.
Large-Scale Routing Bridge Supports Flexible Service Deployment
- The CE12800 series switches support Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL), a standard IETF protocol. The TRILL protocol helps build a large Layer 2 network with more than 500 nodes, which permits flexible service deployments and Virtual Machine (VM) migrations. A TRILL network can use 10GE/GE servers.
- 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 problem of suboptimal path selection in the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) and increase link bandwidth efficiency to 100 percent.
- The CE12800 supports up to 32 TRILL-based Layer 2 equal-cost paths, greatly improving links' load-balancing capabilities. The network's fat-tree architecture supports easy expansion.
EVN Supports Resource Sharing Across Data Centers
- The Ethernet Virtual Network (EVN) implements inter-data center Layer 2 interconnection across the IP WAN, and integrates multiple data centers into a large IT resource pool. VMs can migrate between data centers. EVN supports Layer 2 interconnection of a maximum of 32 data centers, which enable scalability that is 5 times higher than the industry. EVN combines the advantages of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) to provide high scalability and highly efficient use of bandwidth.
- High scalability: Based on BGP at the control plane, the CE12800 supports millions of MAC addresses and routes, 32K tenants, and 256K VMs.
- Highly efficient bandwidth usage: The forwarding plane uses VXLAN encapsulation. Flow-based load balancing is implemented on the entire network, which optimizes bandwidth usage.
nCenter Implements Fast VM Migration
- The CE12800 works with Huawei's nCenter automated network management platform to permit network policies to be dynamically deployed on the CE12800. 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.
Fully Programmable Switch Permits Agile Service Provisioning
ENP Implements Programmability at the Forwarding Plane
- The CE12800 is based on Huawei's innovative, programmable Ethernet Network Processor (ENP). The high-performance 480 Gbit/s ENP card implements openness and definition capabilities for the first time at the forwarding plane on data center networks.
- The ENP card defines network functions through software and extends network functions. When new services are provisioned, there is no need to invest in replacement hardware.
The ENP card reduces service provisioning from two years to six months - an improvement of four times over current industry capabilities that help customers to quickly implement service innovations.
OPS Implements Programmability at the Control Plane
- The CE12800 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).
Virtualized Gateway Achieves Fast Service Deployment
- The CE12800 can work with a mainstream virtualization platform. As the high-performance, hardware gateway of an overlay network (NVO3/NVGRE/VXLAN), a CE series switch can support more than 16M tenants.
- The CE12800 can connect to a cloud platform through an open API to provide unified management of software and hardware networks.
- This function implements fast service deployment without changing the customer network. It also protects customer investments.
ZTP Implements Zero-Configuration Deployment
- The CE12800 supports Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP). ZTP enables the CE12800 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.
Advanced Architecture Ensures Industry-Leading Network Quality
High-Performance, Non-blocking Switching Architecture
- The CE12800's non-blocking switching architecture includes an orthogonal switch fabric design, Clos architecture, cell switching, Virtual Output Queuing (VOQ), and a super-large buffer.
- Orthogonal switch fabric design: CE12800 service line cards and switch fabric units (SFUs) use an orthogonal design in which service traffic between line cards is directly sent to the SFUs through orthogonal connectors. This approach reduces backplane cabling and minimizes signal attenuation. The orthogonal design can support signal rates as high as 25 Gbit/s per Serdes, which is 2.5 times the industry average. This design greatly improves system bandwidth and evolution capabilities, enabling the system switching capacity to scale to more than 100 Tbit/s.
- Clos architecture: The CE12800's three-level Clos architecture permits flexible expansion of switch fabric capacity. The architecture uses Variable Size Cell (VSC) and provides dynamic routing. Load balancing among multiple switch fabrics prevents the switching matrix from being blocked and easily copes with complex, volatile traffic in data centers.
- VOQ: The CE12800 supports 96,000 VOQ queues that implement fine-grained Quality of Service (QoS) based on the switch fabrics. With the VOQ mechanism and super-large buffer on inbound interfaces, the CE12800 creates independent VOQ queues on inbound interfaces to perform end-to-end flow control on traffic destined for different outbound interfaces. This method ensures unified service scheduling and sequenced forwarding and implements non-blocking switching.
Highly Reliable Industry-grade Hardware Architecture
- Industry-grade reliability: The CE12800 has a Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) of more than 30 years. Long-term, stable operation of a core switch ensures service continuity.
- Hot backup of five key components: Main Processing Units (MPUs) and Centralized Monitoring Unit (CMUs) work in 1+1 hot backup mode. SFUs work in N+M hot backup mode. Power supplies support dual inputs and N+N backup and have their own fans. Both fan trays work in 1+1 backup mode; each fan tray has two counter-rotating fans working in 1+1 backup mode, ensuring efficient heat dissipation.
- Redundancy of three types of major buses: Monitoring, management, and data buses all work in 1+1 backup mode. Bus redundancy ensures reliable signal transmission.
- Independent triple-plane design: The independent control, data, and monitoring planes of the CE12800 improve system reliability and ensure service continuity.
- The CE12800 takes advantage of Huawei's next-generation VRP8, a high-performance, highly reliable modular software platform that provides continuous services.
- Fine-grained distributed architecture: VRP8, the industry's high-end software platform, uses a fine-grained, fully distributed architecture that can process network protocols and services concurrently using multiple instances. This architecture takes full advantage of multi-core/multi-CPU processes to maximize performance and reliability.
- Highly reliable In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU): VRP8 supports ISSU.
Pioneering Energy-saving Technologies
Strict Front-to-Back Airflow Design
- The CE12800 uses a patented front-to-back airflow design that isolates cold air channels from hot air channels. This design meets heat dissipation requirements in data center equipment rooms.
- Line cards and the switching network use independent airflow channels, which solve the problems of mixing hot and cold air and cascade heating, and effectively reduce energy consumption in equipment rooms.
- Each fan tray has two counter-rotating fans, ensuring efficient heat dissipation.
- The fan speed in each area can be dynamically adjusted based on the workload of line cards in the area. This on-demand cooling design lowers power consumption and reduces noise.
Low Power Consumption (5 W/10GE)
- The CE12800 uses innovative energy saving technologies. Each 10GE port consumes only 5 W power, which is half the industry standard. It greatly reduces power consumption in the data center equipment room.
- Miercom has performed a series of strict tests for the CE12800, proving its low power consumption.
- Miercom test report: http://enterprise.huawei.com/ilink/cnenterprise/download/HW_200123.
Efficient, Intelligent Power Supply System
- The CE12800 incorporates the industry's most efficient digital power modules, which provide power efficiency of 96 percent.
- The power supply system measures power consumption in real time and puts one or more power modules into sleep mode when system power demands are low.
- The CE12800 can save energy dynamically by adjusting the power consumption of components to adapt to changes in service traffic volume.
|Switching capacity||16/40 Tbit/s||32/80 Tbit/s||48/120 Tbit/s||64/160 Tbit/s|
|Forwarding performance||7,200 Mpps||14,400 Mpps||21,600 Mpps||28,800 Mpps|
|Switching fabric module slots||6||6||6||6|
|Fabric architecture||Orthogonal, Clos architecture|
|Airflow design||Strict front-to-back|
|Device virtualization||Virtual System (VS)|
|Cluster Switch System (CSS)|
|DCBX, PFC, ETS|
|Data center interconnection||EVN|
|SDN||OPS, virtualized hardware gateway|
|VLAN||Adding access, trunk, and hybrid interfaces to VLANs|
|MAC address||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 dynamic routing protocols, such as RIP, OSPF, IS-IS, and BGP|
|IPv6 dynamic routing protocols, such as RIPng, OSPFv3, ISISv6, 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, MBGP|
|Fast leave of multicast member interfaces|
|Multicast traffic suppression|
|MPLS||Basic MPLS functions|
|STP, RSTP, and MSTP|
|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|
|In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)|
|QoS||Traffic classification based on Layer 2, Layer 3, Layer 4, and priority information|
|Actions include ACL, CAR, and re-marking|
|Queue scheduling modes such as PQ, WFQ, and PQ+WRR|
|Congestion avoidance mechanisms, including WRED and tail drop|
|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|
|User operation logs|
|Security and management||RADIUS and HWTACACS authentication for login users|
|Command line authority control based on user levels, preventing unauthorized users from using commands|
|Defense against MAC address attacks, broadcast storms, and heavy-traffic attacks|
|Ping and traceroute|
|Remote Network Monitoring (RMON)|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||442 mm x 970 mm x 486.15 mm (11 U)||442 mm x 970 mm x 752.85 mm (17 U)||442 mm x 970 mm x 975.1 mm (22 U)||442 mm x 1065 mm x 1597.4 mm (36 U)|
|Chassis weight (empty)||< 110 kg||< 150 kg||< 190 kg||< 290 kg|
|Operating voltage||AC: 90 V to 290 V DC: -38.4 V to -72 V|
|Maximum power supply||5400 W||10800 W||16200 W||27000 W|
|CE-RACK-A01||FR42812 AC Assembly Rack(800x1200x2000mm)|
|CE12804-AC||CE12804 AC Assembly Chassis(with CMUs and Fans)|
|CE12808-AC||CE12808 AC Assembly Chassis(with CMUs and Fans)|
|CE12812-AC||CE12812 AC Assembly Chassis(with CMUs and Fans)|
|CE12816-AC||CE12816 AC Assembly Chassis(with CMUs and Fans)|
|CE12804-DC||CE12804 DC Assembly Chassis(with CMUs and Fans)|
|CE12808-DC||CE12808 DC Assembly Chassis(with CMUs and Fans)|
|CE12812-DC||CE12812 DC Assembly Chassis(with CMUs and Fans)|
|CE12816-DC||CE12816 DC Assembly Chassis(with CMUs and Fans)|
|Main Processing Unit|
|CE-MPU||Main Processing Unit|
|Switch Fabric Unit|
|CE-SFU04||CE12804 Switch Fabric|
|CE-SFU08||CE12808 Switch Fabric|
|CE-SFU12||CE12812 Switch Fabric|
|CE-SFU16||CE12816 Switch Fabric|
|GE BASE-T Interface Card|
|CE-L48GT||48-Port 10/100/1000BASE-T Interface Card(RJ45)|
|GE BASE-X Interface Card|
|CE-L48GS||48-Port 100/1000BASE-X Interface Card(SFP)|
|10GBASE-X Interface Card|
|CE-L12XS||12-Port 10GBASE-X Interface Card(SFP/SFP+)|
|CE-L24XS||24-Port 10GBASE-X Interface Card(SFP/SFP+)|
|CE-L48XS||48-Port 10GBASE-X Interface Card(SFP/SFP+)|
|40GE Interface Card|
|CE-L06LQ||6-Port 40G Interface Card(QSFP+)|
|CE-L12LQ||12-Port 40G Interface Card(QSFP+)|
|CE-L24LQ||24-Port 40G Interface Card(QSFP+)|
|100GE Interface Card|
|CE-L04CF||4-Port 100G Interface Card(CFP)|
|CE-L12CF||12-Port 100G Interface Card(CFP2)|
|PAC-2700WA||2700W AC Power Supply|
|PDC-2200WA||2200W DC Power Supply|
|CE128-LIC-B||CE12800 Basic SW|
|CE128-LIC-TRILL||TRILL Function License|
|CE128-LIC-MPLS||MPLS Function License|
|CE128-LIC-VS||Virtual System Function License|
|CE128-LIC-IPV6||IPV6 Function License|
|CE128-DOC||CloudEngine 12800 Series Switches Product Documentation|
Data Center Applications
On a typical data center network, CE12800/7800 switches function as core switches, and CE6800/CE5800 switches function as ToR switches. CE6800/CE5800 switches connect to CE12800/7800 switches through 40GE/10GE ports. The CE12800/7800 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 be also used on campus networks to support flexible service deployments in different service areas.
Campus Network Applications
On a typical campus network, two CE12800/7800 switches are virtualized into a logical core switch using CSS or iStack technology. Multiple CE6800 switches at the aggregation layer form a logical switch using iStack technology. CSS and iStack improve network reliability and simplify network management. At the access layer, CE5800 switches are virtualized with SVF to provide high-density line-speed ports.
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