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HP 5900 Switch Series
High-density 10 GbE and ultra-low latency top-of-rack (ToR) switches

HP 5900 Switch Series

HP Data Center Access Switches
HP 5900 Switch Series
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Overview:

The HP 5900 Switch Series is a family of high-density, ultra-low-latency, top-of-rack (ToR) switches that is part of the HP FlexNetwork architecture's HP FlexFabric solution.

Ideally suited for deployment at the server access layer of large enterprise data centers, the HP 5900 Switch Series is also powerful enough for deployment at the data center core layer of medium-sized enterprises. With the increase in virtualized applications and server-to-server traffic, customers now require ToR switch innovations that will meet their needs for higher-performance server connectivity, convergence of Ethernet and storage traffic, the capability to handle virtual environments, and ultra low latency all in a single device.

  • Cut-through with ultra low latency and wire speed
  • HP Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) for virtualization and two-tier architecture
  • High 1/10GbE ToR port density with 40 GbE uplinks
  • IPv6 support in ToR with full L2/L3 features
  • Convergence ready with DCB, FCoE, and TRILL

What's new

5900AF-48XGT is a high performance switch with cut-through architecture that brings 10GBASE-T lower cost to server connectivity, while preserving the high speed 40 GbE uplinks.

  • 10 GbE cut through architecture for low latency
  • 10GBASE-T for lower cost server connectivity
  • Blazing fast 40 GbE uplinks for demanding applications
  • DCB and FCoE for converged infrastructure
  • IRF and TRILL for data center resiliency and scalability

Features & Benefits:

Quality of Service (QoS)

  • Powerful QoS features
    • Flexible classification — creates traffic classes based on access control lists (ACLs), IEEE 802.1p precedence, IP, and DSCP or Type of Service (ToS) precedence; supports filter, redirect, mirror, remark, and logging
    • Feature support — provides support for Strict Priority Queuing (SP), Weighted Fair Queuing (WFQ), Weighted Deficit Round Robin(WDRR), SP+WDRR together, configurable buffers, Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN), and Weighted Random Early Detection (WRED)

Data center optimized

  • Flexible high port density — the HP 5900 Switch Series enables scaling of the server edge with 1 GbE and 10GbE ToR deployments to new heights with high-density 48-port solutions delivered in a 1RU design; the high server port density is backed by 40 GbE QSFP+ uplinks to deliver the availability of needed bandwidth for demanding applications; each 40 GbE QSFP+ port can also be configured as four 10GbE ports by using a 40-GbE-to-10GbE splitter cable
  • High-performance switching — cut-through and nonblocking architecture delivers low latency (~1 microsecond for 10GbE) for very demanding enterprise applications; the switch delivers high-performance switching capacity and wire-speed packet forwarding
  • Higher scalability — HP Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) technology simplifies the architecture of server access networks; up to four HP 5900 switches can be combined to deliver unmatched scalability of virtualized access layer switches and flatter, two-tier networks using IRF, which reduces cost and complexity
  • Advanced modular operating system — Comware v7 software's modular design and multiple processes bring native high stability, independent process monitoring, and restart; the OS also allows individual software modules to be upgraded for higher availability and supports enhanced serviceability functions like hitless software upgrades with single-chassis ISSU
  • TRILL and EVB/VEPA — Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) is supported to increase the scale of enterprise data centers; Edge Virtual Bridging with Virtual Ethernet Port Aggregator (EVB/VEPA) provides connectivity into the virtual environment for a data center-ready environment
  • Reversible airflow — enhanced for data center hot-cold aisle deployment with reversible airflow—for either front-to-back or back-to-front airflow
  • Redundant fans and power supplies — 1+1 internal redundant and hot-pluggable power supplies and dual fan trays enhance reliability and availability
  • Lower OPEX and greener data center — provide reversible airflow and advanced chassis power management
  • Data Center Bridging (DCB) protocols — provides support for IEEE 802.1Qbb Priority Flow Control (PFC), Data Center Bridging Exchange (DCBX), and IEEE 802.1Qaz Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS) for converged applications
  • FCoE support — provides support for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), including expansion, fabric, trunk VF and N ports, and aggregation of E-port and N-port virtualization; fabric services such as name server, registered state change notification, and login services; per-VSAN fabric services, FSPF, soft and hard zoning, Fibre Channel traceroute, ping, debugging, and FIP snooping
  • Jumbo frames — with frame sizes of up to 10,000 bytes on Gigabit Ethernet and 10-Gigabit ports, allows high-performance remote backup and disaster-recovery services to be enabled

Manageability

  • Full-featured console — provides complete control of the switch with a familiar CLI
  • Troubleshooting
    • Ingress and egress port monitoring — enable network problem solving
    • Traceroute and ping — enable testing of network connectivity
  • Multiple configuration files — allow multiple configuration files to be stored to a flash image
  • sFlow (RFC 3176) — provides wire-speed traffic accounting and monitoring
  • SNMP v1, v2c and v3 — facilitate centralized discovery, monitoring, and secure management of networking devices
  • Out-of-band interface — isolates management traffic from user data plane traffic for complete isolation and total reachability, no matter what happens in the data plane
  • Remote configuration and management — is available through a secure command-line interface (CLI) over Telnet and SSH; Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) provides multiple levels of access; Configuration Rollback and multiple configurations on the flash provide ease of operation; remote visibility is provided with sFlow and SNMP v1/v2/v3, and is fully supported in HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC)
  • ISSU and hot patching — provides hitless software upgrades with single-unit In Services Software Upgrade (ISSU) and hitless patching of the modular operating system
  • Autoconfiguration — provides automatic configuration via DHCP autoconfiguration
  • Network Time Protocol (NTP) and Secure Network Time Protocol (SNTP) — synchronize timekeeping among distributed time servers and clients; keep consistent timekeeping among all clock-dependent devices within the network so that the devices can provide diverse applications based on the consistent time

Resiliency and high availability

  • HP Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) technology — enables an HP FlexFabric to deliver resilient, scalable, and secured data center networks for physical and virtualized environments; groups up to four HP 5900 switches in an IRF configuration, allowing them to be configured and managed as a single switch with a single IP address; simplifies ToR deployment and management, reducing data center deployment and operating expenses
  • IEEE 802.1w Rapid Convergence Spanning Tree Protocol — increases network uptime through faster recovery from failed links
  • IEEE 802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree — provides high link availability in multiple VLAN environments by allowing multiple spanning trees
  • Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) — allows groups of two routers to dynamically back each other up to create highly available routed environments
  • Hitless patch upgrades — allow patches and new service features to be installed without restarting the equipment, increasing network uptime and facilitating maintenance
  • Ultrafast protocol convergence (< 50 ms) with standard-based failure detection—Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) — enables link connectivity monitoring and reduces network convergence time for RIP, OSPF, BGP, IS-IS, VRRP, MPLS, and IRF
  • Device Link Detection Protocol (DLDP) — monitors link connectivity and shuts down ports at both ends if unidirectional traffic is detected, preventing loops in STP-based networks
  • Graceful restart — allows routers to indicate to others their capability to maintain a routing table during a temporary shutdown and significantly reduces convergence times upon recovery; supports OSPF, BGP, and IS-IS

Layer 2 switching

  • MAC-based VLAN — provides granular control and security; uses RADIUS to map a MAC address/user to specific VLANs
  • Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) — supports static, dynamic, and reverse ARP and ARP proxy
  • Flow Control — IEEE 802.3x Flow Control provides intelligent congestion management via PAUSE frames
  • Ethernet Link Aggregation — provides IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation of up to 128 groups of 16 ports; support for LACP, LACP Local Forwarding First, and LACP Short-time provides a fast, resilient environment that is ideal for the data center
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) — STP (IEEE 802.1D), Rapid STP (RSTP, IEEE 802.1w), and Multiple STP (MSTP, IEEE 802.1s)
  • VLAN support — provides support for 4,096 VLANs based on port, MAC address, IPv4 subnet, protocol, and guest VLAN; supports VLAN mapping
  • IGMP support — provides support for IGMP Snooping, Fast-Leave, and Group-Policy; IPv6 IGMP Snooping provides Layer 2 optimization of multicast traffic
  • DHCP support at Layer 2 — provides full DHCP Snooping support for DHCP Snooping Option 82, DHCP Relay Option 82, DHCP Snooping Trust, and DHCP Snooping Item Backup

Layer 3 services

  • Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) — determines the MAC address of another IP host in the same subnet; supports static ARPs; gratuitous ARP allows detection of duplicate IP addresses; proxy ARP allows normal ARP operation between subnets or when subnets are separated by a Layer 2 network
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) — simplifies the management of large IP networks and supports client and server; DHCP Relay enables DHCP operation across subnets
  • Operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) support — provides support for Connectivity Fault Management (IEEE 802.1AG) and Ethernet in the First Mile (IEEE 802.3AH); provides additional monitoring that can be used for fast fault detection and recovery

Layer 3 routing

  • Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) and VRRP Extended — allow quick failover of router ports
  • Policy-based routing — makes routing decisions based on policies set by the network administrator
  • Equal-Cost Multipath (ECMP) — enables multiple equal-cost links in a routing environment to increase link redundancy and scale bandwidth
  • Layer 3 IPv4 routing — provides routing of IPv4 at media speed; supports static routes, RIP and RIPv2, OSPF, BGP, and IS-IS
  • Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) — Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP) uses link-state protocol for faster convergence; supports ECMP, NSSA, and MD5 authentication for increased security and graceful restart for faster failure recovery
  • Border Gateway Protocol 4 (BGP-4) — Exterior Gateway Protocol (EGP) with path vector protocol uses TCP for enhanced reliability for the route discovery process, reduces bandwidth consumption by advertising only incremental updates, and supports extensive policies for increased flexibility, as well as scales to very large networks
  • Intermediate system to intermediate system (IS-IS) — Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP) uses path vector protocol, which is defined by the ISO organization for IS-IS routing and extended by IETF RFC 1195 to operate in both TCP/IP and the OSI reference model (Integrated IS-IS)
  • Static IPv6 routing — provides simple, manually configured IPv6 routing
  • Dual IP stack — maintains separate stacks for IPv4 and IPv6 to ease the transition from an IPv4-only network to an IPv6-only network design
  • Routing Information Protocol next generation (RIPng) — extends RIPv2 to support IPv6 addressing
  • OSPFv3 — provides OSPF support for IPv6
  • BGP+ — extends BGP-4 to support Multiprotocol BGP (MBGP), including support for IPv6 addressing
  • IS-IS for IPv6 — extends IS-IS to support IPv6 addressing
  • IPv6 tunneling — is an important element for the transition from IPv4 to IPv6; allows IPv6 packets to traverse IPv4-only networks by encapsulating the IPv6 packet into a standard IPv4 packet; supports manually configured, 6to4, and Intra-Site Automatic Tunnel Addressing Protocol (ISATAP) tunnels
  • Policy routing — allows custom filters for increased performance and security; supports ACLs, IP prefix, AS paths, community lists, and aggregate policies
  • Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) — enables link connectivity monitoring and reduces network convergence time for RIP, OSPF, BGP, IS-IS, VRRP, MPLS, and IRF
  • Multicast Routing PIM Dense and Sparse modes — provides robust support of multicast protocols
  • Layer 3 IPv6 routing — provides routing of IPv6 at media speed; supports static routing, RIPng, OSPFv3, BGP4+ for IPv6, and IS-ISv6

Additional information

  • Green IT and power — use the latest advances in silicon development, shut off unused ports, and use variable-speed fans to improve energy efficiency
  • Low power consumption — is rated to have one of the lowest power usages in the industry by Miercom independent tests

Management

  • USB support
    • File copy — allows users to copy switch files to and from a USB flash drive
  • Multiple configuration files — can be stored to the flash image
  • SNMPv1, v2c, and v3 — facilitate centralized discovery, monitoring, and secure management of networking devices
  • Network Time Protocol (NTP) — synchronizes timekeeping among distributed time servers and clients; keeps timekeeping consistent among all clock-dependent devices within the network so that the devices can provide diverse applications based on the consistent time
  • Out-of-band interface — isolates management traffic from user data plane traffic for complete isolation and total reachability, no matter what happens in the data plane
  • Port mirroring — enables traffic on a port to be simultaneously sent to a network analyzer for monitoring
  • Remote configuration and management — is available through a command-line interface (CLI)
  • IEEE 802.1AB Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) — advertises and receives management information from adjacent devices on a network, facilitating easy mapping by network management applications
  • sFlow (RFC 3176) — provides scalable ASIC-based wire-speed network monitoring and accounting with no impact on network performance; this allows network operators to gather a variety of sophisticated network statistics and information for capacity planning and real-time network monitoring purposes
  • Command authorization — leverages RADIUS to link a custom list of CLI commands to an individual network administrator's login; an audit trail documents activity
  • Dual flash images — provide independent primary and secondary operating system files for backup while upgrading
  • Command-line interface (CLI) — provides a secure, easy-to-use CLI for configuring the module via SSH or a switch console; provides direct real-time session visibility
  • Logging — provides local and remote logging of events via SNMP (v2c and v3) and syslog; provides log throttling and log filtering to reduce the number of log events generated
  • Management interface control — provides management access through a modem port and terminal interface, as well as in-band and out-of-band Ethernet ports; provides access through terminal interface, telnet, or secure shell (SSH)
  • Industry-standard CLI with a hierarchical structure — reduces training time and expenses, and increases productivity in multivendor installations
  • Management security — multiple privilege levels with password protection restrict access to critical configuration commands; ACLs provide telnet and SNMP access; local and remote syslog capabilities allow logging of all access
  • Info center — provides a central information center for system and network information; aggregates all logs, traps, and debugging information generated by the system and maintains them in order of severity; outputs the network information to multiple channels based on user-defined rules
  • Network management — HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC) centrally configures, updates, monitors, and troubleshoots
  • Remote Intelligent Mirroring — mirrors ingress/egress ACL-selected traffic from a switch port or VLAN to a local or remote switch port anywhere on the network

Security

  • Access control lists (ACLs) — provide IP Layer 3 filtering based on source/destination IP address/subnet and source/destination TCP/UDP port number
  • RADIUS/TACACS+ — eases switch management security administration by using a password authentication server
  • Secure shell — encrypts all transmitted data for secure remote CLI access over IP networks
  • IEEE 802.1X and RADIUS network logins — control port-based access for authentication and accountability
  • Port security — allows access only to specified MAC addresses, which can be learned or specified by the administrator

Convergence

  • LLDP-MED (Media Endpoint Discovery) — is a standard extension of LLDP that stores values for parameters such as QoS and VLAN to automatically configure network devices such as IP phones

Warranty and support

  • 1-year warranty — with advance replacement and 10-calendar-day delivery (available in most countries)
  • Electronic and telephone support — limited electronic and telephone support is available from HP; to reach our support centers, refer to www.hp.com/networking/contact-support; for details on the duration of support provided with your product purchase, refer to www.hp.com/networking/warrantysummary
  • Software releases — to find software for your product, refer to www.hp.com/networking/support; for details on the software releases available with your product purchase, refer to www.hp.com/networking/warrantysummary

Specifications:


  HP 5900AF-48XG-4QSFP+ HP 5900AF-48G-4XG-2QSFP+ HP 5900AF-48XGT-4QSFP+
Ports
  48 fixed 1000/10000 SFP+ ports
4 QSFP+ 40-GbE ports
1 RJ-45 serial console port
1 RJ-45 out-of-band management port
1 USB 2.0
48 autosensing 10/100/1000 ports (IEEE 802.3 Type 10BASE-T, IEEE 802.3u Type 100BASE-TX, IEEE 802.3ab Type 1000BASE-T)
Duplex: 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX: half or full; 1000BASE-T: full only
4 fixed 1000/10000 SFP+ ports
2 QSFP+ 40-GbE ports
1 RJ-45 serial console port
1 RJ-45 out-of-band management port
1 USB 2.0
48 RJ-45 10GbE ports (IEEE 802.3an-2006 Type 10GBASE-T)
4 QSFP+ 40-GbE ports
1 RJ-45 serial console port
1 RJ-45 out-of-band management port
1 USB 2.0
Power supplies
  2 power supply slots
1 minimum power supply required (ordered separately)
2 power supply slots
1 minimum power supply required (ordered separately)
2 power supply slots
1 minimum power supply required (ordered separately)
Fan tray
  2 fan tray slots 2 fan tray slots 2 fan tray slots
Physical characteristics
  17.32(w) x 25.98(d) x 1.72(h) in (43.99 x 65.99 x 4.37 cm) 17.32(w) x 18.11(d) x 1.72(h) in (43.99 x 46.0 x 4.37 cm) (1U height) 17.32(w) x 25.98(d) x 1.72(h) in (43.99 x 65.99 x 4.37 cm)
Weight 28.66 lb (13 kg), Fully loaded 28.66 lb (13 kg), Fully loaded 28.66 lb (13 kg), Fully loaded
Memory and processor
  512 MB flash, 2 GB SDRAM; packet buffer size: 9 MB 512 MB flash, 2 GB SDRAM; packet buffer size: 9 MB 512 MB flash, 2 GB SDRAM; packet buffer size: 9 MB
Performance
10 Gbps Latency < 1.5 µs (64-byte packets) < 1.5 µs (64-byte packets) < 1.5 µs (64-byte packets)
Throughput 952 million pps 250 million pps (64-byte packets) 952 million pps
Routing/Switching capacity 1280 Gbps 336 Gbps 1280 Gbps
Routing table size 16000 entries (IPv4), 8000 entries (IPv6) 16000 entries (IPv4), 8000 entries (IPv6) 16000 entries (IPv4), 8000 entries (IPv6)
MAC address table size 128000 entries 128000 entries 128000 entries
Environment
Operating temperature 32°F to 113°F (0°C to 45°C) 32°F to 113°F (0°C to 45°C) 32°F to 113°F (0°C to 45°C)
Operating relative humidity 10% to 90%, noncondensing 10% to 90%, noncondensing 10% to 90%, noncondensing
Acoustic Low-speed fan: 65.7 dB, High-speed fan: 70.6 dB Low-speed fan: 65.7 dB, High-speed fan: 70.6 dB Low-speed fan: 65.7 dB, High-speed fan: 70.6 dB
Electrical characteristics
Frequency 50/60 Hz 50/60 Hz 50/60 Hz
Maximum heat dissipation 887 BTU/hr (935.79 kJ/hr) 887 BTU/hr (935.79 kJ/hr) 887 BTU/hr (935.79 kJ/hr)
Voltage 100-240 VAC 100-240 VAC 100-240 VAC
DC voltage -36 to -72 VDC -36 to -72 VDC -36 to -72 VDC
Maximum power rating 260 W 260 W 260 W
Idle power 200 W 200 W 200 W
Notes Idle power is the actual power consumption of the device with no ports connected.
Maximum power rating and maximum heat dissipation are the worst-case theoretical maximum numbers provided for planning the infrastructure with fully loaded PoE (if equipped), 100% traffic, all ports plugged in, and all modules populated.
Idle power is the actual power consumption of the device with no ports connected.
Maximum power rating and maximum heat dissipation are the worst-case theoretical maximum numbers provided for planning the infrastructure with fully loaded PoE (if equipped), 100% traffic, all ports plugged in, and all modules populated.
Idle power is the actual power consumption of the device with no ports connected.
Maximum power rating and maximum heat dissipation are the worst-case theoretical maximum numbers provided for planning the infrastructure with fully loaded PoE (if equipped), 100% traffic, all ports plugged in, and all modules populated.
Safety
  UL 60950-1EN 60825-1 Safety of Laser Products-Part 1EN 60825-2 Safety of Laser Products-Part 2IEC 60950-1CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1AnatelULARGOSTEN 60950-1/A11FDA 21 CFR Subchapter JNOMROHS Compliance UL 60950-1EN 60825-1 Safety of Laser Products-Part 1EN 60825-2 Safety of Laser Products-Part 2IEC 60950-1CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1AnatelULARGOSTEN 60950-1/A11FDA 21 CFR Subchapter JNOMROHS Compliance UL 60950-1EN 60825-1 Safety of Laser Products-Part 1EN 60825-2 Safety of Laser Products-Part 2IEC 60950-1CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1AnatelULARGOSTEN 60950-1/A11FDA 21 CFR Subchapter JNOMROHS Compliance
Notes
  The customer must order a power supply, as the device does not come with one. At least one JC680A or JC681A is required. The customer must order a power supply, as the device does not come with one. At least one JC680A or JC681A is required. The customer must order a power supply, as the device does not come with one. At least one JC680A or JC681A is required.

Documentation:

Download the HP 5900 Switch Series Datasheet (PDF).

Pricing Notes:

HP Data Center Access Switches
HP 5900 Switch
USA: FREE Ground ShippingHP 5900AF-48XG-4QSFP+ Switch
#JC772A
List Price: $20,990.00
Our Price: $10,863.00
USA: FREE Ground ShippingHP 5900AF-48G-4XG-2QSFP+ Switch
#JG510A
List Price: $7,990.00
Our Price: $4,135.00
USA: FREE Ground ShippingHP 5900AF-48XGT-4QSFP+ Switch
#JG336A
List Price: $20,990.00
Our Price: $10,863.00