Cisco nemesis Huawei to demo 96-port 100G Ethernet switch

By , Network World |  Data Center, ethernet switches, Huawei

For storage convergence, the CloudEngine series also supports Fibre Channel-over-Ethernet to tunnel Fibre Channel SAN traffic through an Ethernet network. The CloudEngine series also combines priority flow control with a feature called enhanced transmission selection to help ensure non-blocking transmission.

Last fall, Huawei expressed some hesitancy on entering the data center fabric switching arena, opting to wait until "competitors kill each other" over different fabric architectures before deciding to step in. But now that the battle shows no signs of letting up, Huawei's time has come, says John Roese, senior vice president and general manager of Huawei's U.S. R&D Center.

"We realized it wasn't going to settle down into one particular architecture," Roese said. "Last year, we didn't know which side to bet on. We realized it will probably be likely that there will be a number of technologies operating in concert, used for different purposes and different environments. So the extra six months gave us the time to get our technology footprint in place where we feel very comfortable whether it's TRILL, or Shortest Path Bridging, or other technologies, now we have competent capability inside of the infrastructure that can support them as feature inside the same platform."

The 100G Ethernet modules will go into beta in the fourth quarter. The 40G and 10G Ethernet linecards will be generally available in the fourth quarter. Huawei did not disclose per-port or entry level pricing for the CloudEngine 12800.

Also at Interop, Huawei will also highlight a "full-view" telepresence system that features a small, 5.5mm screen gap, and bandwidth, power and space consumption efficiencies that decrease total cost of ownership by 30%, the company claims. Huawei says it shipped more than 2,100 telepresence systems globally in 2011.

Huawei is one of Interop's two core network providers of an infrastructure that connects more than 350 exhibitors and more than 15,000 attendees at Interop. The network supports wired/wireless connectivity for IP voice, video and data services.

Huawei's new Enterprise group has made strides over the past year as well, Roese says. Global contract revenue is $3.8 billion, up 90% year-over-year. Actual revenue is $1.57 billion, an increase of 57% over last year.

The group now employs 18,000 people, double that from last fall. It has also signed up 4,000 channel partners including its first major U.S. distributor, Synnex Corp.

Read more about data center in Network World's Data Center section.


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