The HP FlexFabric 12900 Switch Series is a next-generation modular data center core switch designed to support virtualized data centers and the evolving needs of private and public cloud deployments. The FlexFabric 12900 switch delivers unprecedented levels of performance, buffering, scale, and availability with high density 10GbE, 40GbE and 100GbE. The switch Series includes 10-slot and 16-slot chassis. Ready for software-defined networking (SDN), the switch supports full Layer 2 and 3 features and advanced data center features to build resilient scalable fabric and achieve convergence.        


Modern, scalable and distributed architecture

provides non-blocking, lossless Clos architecture with VOQs and large buffers with the flexibility and scalability for future growth
Distributed architecture with separation of data and control planes that delivers enhanced fault tolerance and facilitates continuous operation and zero service disruption during planned or unplanned control-plane events
Advanced Comware modular operating system which brings native high stability, independent process monitoring, and restart through the modular design and multiple processes of HP Comware v7 software; supports enhanced serviceability functions
In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) provides an upgrade of the entire chassis, or an individual task or process, with zero packet loss

High performance switch series with broad interface options

High-performance fully distributed architecture that delivers up to 30.7 Tb/s switching capacity and 19.2 Bpps throughput with non-blocking wire speed performance
High-density 1GbE, 10GbE, 40GbE and 100GbE interface connectivity offering up to 16 interface module slots to scale up to 768 1GbE/10GbE, 256 40GbE ports and 64 100GbE ports
Distributed scalable fabric architecture offering up to six fabric modules to deliver more than 2 Tb per slot bandwidth

Optimized for next generation data center

Build Layer 2 fabrics which are flexible, resilient, and scalable with TRILL, SPB and/or HP IRF
Achieve network and storage convergence with support for Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Data Center Bridging (DCB) protocols including IEEE 802.1Qaz Data Center Bridging Exchange(DCBX), Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS), and IEEE 802.1Qbb Priority Flow Control (PFC)
Accelerate and simplify virtual server access with Edge Virtual Bridging (EVB) and Virtual Ethernet Port Aggregator (VEPA)
Achieve device consolidation and operational simplicity with Multitenant Device Context (MDC) by segregating and virtualizing a physical switch into multiple logical devices, with each logical switch having its own processes, configuration, and administration

Enterprise class availability and resiliency with broad L2 & L3 feature set

Hot swappable modules and redundant load-sharing fabrics, management, fan assemblies, and power supplies providing high performance and availability while providing hitless, stateful failover
Comprehensive switching and routing feature Set with full featured IPv4/IPv6, ACLs, and QoS capabilities
Provide density, performance, and continuous system operation critical for data center networks
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