Spirent to evaluate H3C's 40/100 Gigabit Ethernet data center switch

AUGUST 11, 2009 -- Spirent Communications plc has announced that H3C of Hangzhou, China, selected its Spirent TestCenter platform to evaluate the performance of the H3C S12500 family of data center switches.

AUGUST 11, 2009 -- Spirent Communications plc (search Lightwave for Spirent) has announced that H3C of Hangzhou, China, selected its Spirent TestCenter platform to evaluate the performance of the H3C S12500 family of data center switches.

The Spirent TestCenter was selected to test forwarding performance of the high-port-density S12500 platform. H3C touts the S12500 as the first data center class core switch based on a 100-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) platform and supports 40 GbE, 100 GbE, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) links.

Spirent says its TestCenter provides the industry's highest test port density with 4.8 Tbits of traffic generation and analysis per rack.

"The S12500 family of routing switches is the result of unrelenting innovation by H3C," noted Sun Dehe, vice president for network product line at H3C. "With this test, we are able to objectively verify the data center switch's outstanding performance and quality. The test methodology, management, and implementation capabilities provided by Spirent greatly reduced the time needed to verify product performance and reliability. Additionally, by using Spirent's testing and professional services we have enhanced customer confidence in the robustness and performance of our products."

Tests performed by H3C included evaluating the forwarding performance of Layer 2, Layer 3 (IPv4 and IPv6), multicast, and MPLS traffic on 128 ten-gigabit ports, as well as cache testing with bursty traffic. The results demonstrate that the S12500 platform is capable of supporting line-rate 100-GbE traffic with zero packet loss, the companies say.

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