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Spirent Calls Switch Test a Success

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July 12, 2017
By Paula Bernier
Executive Editor, TMC

Test and measurement outfit Spirent Communications (News - Alert) recently completed the largest 100G Ethernet switch test in the industry to date. New H3C Group’s S12500X-AF solution was the subject of the test, which was moderated by independent test lab Network Test.


This effort tested the line-rate forwarding and hyper-scale IP route announcement capacity of the S12500X-AF. The switching solution being tested had a density of 768 100G ports per chassis. And there were nearly 1 million unique BGP routes involved.

“The S12500X-AF series of switches provide a maximum of 48 100G QSFP28 pluggable optical modules per slot, which is the highest density in the world, with New H3C being the only vendor in the industry to provide full line-rate 768 100G ports for data center core switches,” said Steven Yoe, senior vice president and CTO of the New H3C Group. “We were pleased to work with Spirent to verify the performance of S12500X-AF and achieve satisfactory test results.”

Spirent provided its N11U chassis and TestCenter solutions for the effort.

The N11U chassis features dX3 12-port 100G test modules to verify next-generation data center architectures and routers. The test module supports 12 100G or 40G ports; 25 50G ports; or 48 25G or 10G ports per slot. And it allows for auto-negotiation, data plane QoS verification at line rate, forward error correction, and link training.

Meanwhile, TestCenter generated 100G line-rate transaction traffic of various frame lengths. And it provided code errors, FCS error analytics, frame sequence, jitter, latency, and packet loss details to gauge transmission quality in real time.

The New H3C Group is a joint venture between IT services and software development company Unisplendour Corp., and Hewlett-Packard (News - Alert) Enterprise. Its H3C Technologies Co. Ltd. business is China’s top LAN switch and enterprise router provider. H3C sells hyper-converged infrastructure, IT management systems, networking, security products, servers, and storage solution through its own direct sales organization and more than 4,000 channel partners in Greater China. It works with HP to bring its solutions to 100 other parts of the world, mostly in Europe and North America.




Edited by Alicia Young

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