HP is positioning its new FlexFabric 12900 platform as the industry’s first OpenFlow-enabled core switching platform. A big box 23 RU switch with up to 20.5 Tbps of switching capacity, the 12916 supports 768 x 10 GbE ports. The 12910 switch is a 21 RU platform with up to 12.8 Tbps of switching capacity and support for 480 x 10 GbE ports.
While the FlexFabric 12900 represents the new big iron in the HP networking portfolio, HP is also rolling out new switching technology with no iron in it whatsoever. The FlexFabric VirtualSwitch 5900v will enter competition with the Cisco Nexus1000v, which has been in the market since 2008. The Linux operating system, which powers many servers today, now also includes a native Open vSwitch.