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The SDN-enabled HP 12500 Switch Series offers industry leading scalability for enterprise data center cores giving you significantly higher throughput with 24.3 Tbps switching capacity. Along with scalability you get high performance 10/40GbE line cards. With high scalability and performance, the new core switch series extends the value of your installed base and also delivers high availability and resilience with redundant fabrics, power supplies and fan trays.

Customers will find great value in Comware 7 advanced features, including IRF, MDC, SPB and EVI.

Data center optimized

Scalable Layer 2 fabrics: build flexible, resilient, and scalable Layer 2 fabrics with SPB and HP IRF

Multitenant Device Context (MDC): is an innovative data center virtualization solution that enables multi-tenancy, giving customers the ability to virtualize a physical switch into multiple logical devices, with each logical switch having its own tenants

HP Ethernet Virtual Interconnect (EVI): is an HP Virtual Application Network innovation that provides a Layer 2 extension across the data center to simplify the interconnectivity of geographically disperse data centers

Data Center Bridging (DCB) protocols: provide support for IEEE 802.1Qaz Data Center Bridging Exchange (DCBX), Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS), and IEEE 802.1Qbb Priority Flow Control (PFC) for converged fabrics

Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) features: deliver support for FCoE, including expansion, fabric, trunk VF and N ports, and aggregation of E-port and N-port virtualization

Software-defined networking

Supports OpenFlow 1.3 specifications: to enable SDN by allowing separation of the data (packet forwarding) and control (routing decision) paths


High performance design with nonblocking and distributed Clos architecture: delivers up to 24.3 Tbps switching capacity and 10.8Bpps throughput with up to 400 Gbps per line card slot

High-density 1GbE,10GbE and 40GbE interface connectivity: offers up to 18 interface module slots to scale up to 864 1GbE and 1/10GbE and 288 40GbE ports

Hardware-based wirespeed access control lists (ACLs): help provide high levels of security and ease of administration without impacting network performance with a feature-rich TCAM-based ACL implementation

High-performance processor system: the supervisor module uses three different processors to isolate key tasks: control plane (STP, OSPF, BGP, MPLS, etc.), fast recovery protocols (RRPP, BFD, etc.), and chassis management (temperature, power, etc.)

Product architecture

Distributed architecture with separation of data and control planes: delivers enhanced fault tolerance and facilitates continuous operation and zero service disruption during planned or unplanned control-plane events

Advanced Comware modular operating system: brings modularity, enhanced serviceability, stability and independent process monitoring through modern Comware v7 Operating System

In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU): provides an upgrade of the entire chassis, or an individual task or process, with zero packet loss
AC input voltage100 - 120 / 200 - 240 V
Colour of productBlack
Depth708 mm
Dimensions (WxDxH)442 x 708 x 442 mm
Electromagnetic compatibilityVCCI Class A; EN 55022 Class A; VCCI V-3/2000.04; ICES-003 Class A; AS/NZS CISPR22 Class A; EMC Directive 2004/108/EC; FCC (CFR 47, Part 15) Class A
Form factor10U height
Heat dissipation8123 BTU/h
Height442 mm
I/O ports4 open module slots; 2 MPU (for management modules) slots; 4 switch fabric slots; Supports a maximum of 128 10GbE ports or 192 Gigabit Ethernet ports, or a combination
Input frequency50 - 60 Hz
Input voltage100-120/200-240 VAC; -48 to -60, rated/-40 to -72, maximum, VDC (depending on power supply chosen)
Management platformIMC - Intelligent Management Center; command-line interface; out-of-band management (serial RS-232C); SNMP Manager; Telnet; RMON1; FTP; in-line and out-of-band; terminal interface (serial RS-232C); modem interface
MountingMounts in an EIA-standard 19 in. telco rack or equipment cabinet
Operating relative humidity (H-H)5 - 95 %
Operating temperature (T-T)0 - 40 °C
Operating temperature range (T-T)0 - 40 °C
Power consumption (typical)2380 W
Power requirements10GbE modules consume half the power compared to competitive products; redundant, scalable, 90% efficient power supplies deliver high reliability in the data center; new ASIC technology has low power consumption when providing rich features.
SafetyCE Labeled; cUL Certified; UL Listed; EN 60825-1 Safety of Laser Products-Part 1; EN 60825-2 Safety of Laser Products-Part 2; IEC 60825; IEC 60950-1:2001 (with CB Report); CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1-03; Anatel; ULAR; GOST; EN 60950-1/A11; FDA 21 CFR Subcha
Storage relative humidity range5 to 95 %
Storage temperature range (T-T)-40 - 70 °C
Switching capacity3240 Gbit/s
Throughput960 Mpps
Weight60000 g
Width442 mm

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