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HP FlexFabric 5900CP Switch Series
Smart-managed, fixed-configuration Gigabit and Fast ethernet Layer 2 switches

HP FlexFabric 5900CP Switch Series

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HP FlexFabric 5900CP Switch
USA: FREE Ground ShippingHP FlexFabric 5900CP-48XG-4QSFP+ Switch
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The HP FlexFabric 5900CP Switch Series provides a converged, top-of-rack, data center switch architecture that offers wire once for FCoE converged environments. With 48 converged ports that support 1/10GbE and 4/8 FC, the FlexFabric 5900CP delivers versatile convergence for connecting FC, iSCSI and FC SANs.

Resilience and ease of management come hand–in-hand with the FlexFabric 5900CP. While IRF reduces management complexities by up to 88%, it also delivers <50 msec convergence time.

You can rely on the FlexFabric 5900CP to lower TCO, while delivering business resilience and high availability.

Wire Once Data Center Convergence with FCoE

  • The HP FlexFabric 5900CP Switch Series provides 48 converged ports supporting 1/10GbE and 4/8Gbps FC for increased flexibility of deployment.
  • All 48 ports support LAN, iSCSI, NAS, FC and FC SANs, so that you can support diverse storage choices.
  • Converged transceiver supporting 1/10GbE and 4/8/16Gbps FC allowing for future growth as well as backward compatibility.

High-Performance Data Center Switching

  • The HP FlexFabric 5900CP Switch Series delivers 1.28Tbps switching capacity for the most demanding applications.
  • Supports up to 952 MPPS throughput for data intensive environments.
  • Low latency, under a 1.5us 10GbE latency, provides business agility.
  • Four 40GbE QSFP+ ports for blazing fast uplinks.

Business Agility and Resilience with Comware 7

  • The HP FlexFabric 5900CP Switch Series delivers IRF <50msec convergence time enabling faster applications response time.
  • In Service Software Update (ISSU) enables high availability with updates accomplished without a reboot or power cycle, in the background.

Simplicity and Lower TCO

  • The HP FlexFabric 5900CP Switch Series simplifies switch management by up to 88% with IRF.
  • No extra hidden cost with simple one license per switch for all OS features.
  • All switch ports are active and ready to use without need for activation licenses.
  • Automate tedious tasks with SDN and reclaim wasted resources.

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
  • HP 5900CP Switch Series enables scaling of the server edge with 1GbE and 10GbE as well as 4 Gbps and 8 Gbps Fiber Channel ToR deployments to new heights with high-density 48-port solutions delivered in a 1RU design; the high-server port density is backed by 40GbE QSFP+ uplinks to deliver the availability of needed bandwidth for demanding applications; each 40GbE QSFP+ port can also be configured as four 10GbE ports by using a 40GbE-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 wirespeed packet forwarding
  • Higher scalability
    HP Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) technology simplifies the architecture of server access networks; up to nine HP FlexFabric 5900CP Switch Series 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
    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 frontto- 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 highperformance remote backup and disaster-recovery services to be enabled


  • 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 wirespeed 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
  • Auto-configuration
    Provides automatic configuration via DHCP auto-configuration
  • 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 nine HP FlexFabric 5900CP Switch Series 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 back each other up dynamically to create highly available routed environments
  • Hitless patch upgrades
    Allows 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), Multiple STP (MSTP, IEEE 802.1s), and PVST+
  • 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 multi-cast 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)
    Delivers faster convergence; uses this link-state routing Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP), which supports ECMP, NSSA, and MD5 authentication for increased security and graceful restart for faster failure recovery
  • Border Gateway Protocol 4 (BGP-4)
    Delivers an implementation of the Exterior Gateway Protocol (EGP) utilizing path vectors; uses TCP for enhanced reliability for the route discovery process; reduces bandwidth consumption by advertising only incremental updates; supports extensive policies for increased flexibility; scales to very large networks
  • Intermediate system to intermediate system (IS-IS)
    Uses a path vector Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP), 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
    Allows IPv6 packets to traverse IPv4-only networks by encapsulating the IPv6 packet into a standard IPv4 packet; supports manually configured, 6 to 4, and Intra-Site Automatic Tunnel Addressing Protocol (ISATAP) tunnels; is an important element for the transition from IPv4 to IPv6
  • 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 multi-cast 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
    Improves energy efficiency through the use of the latest advances in silicon development; shuts off unused ports and utilizes variable-speed fans, reducing energy costs
  • Low power consumption
    Is rated to have one of the lowest power usages in the industry by Miercom independent tests


  • USB support
    ––File copy
    Allows users to copy switch files to and from an USB flash drive
  • Multiple configuration files
    Stores easily 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
  • 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 wirespeed 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
    Provides 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 inband 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 multi-vendor installations
  • Management security
    Restricts access to critical configuration commands; offers multiple privilege levels with password protection; ACLs provide Telnet and SNMP access; local and remote syslog capabilities allow logging of all access
  • Information center
    Provides a central repository 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


  • Access control lists (ACLs)
    Provide IP Layer 3 filtering based on source/destination IP address/subnet and source/destination TCP/UDP port number
    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
    Controls 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


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

Warranty and support

  • 1-year warranty
    Advance hardware replacement with 10-calendar-day delivery (available in most countries)
  • Electronic and telephone support
    Limited electronic and business-hours telephone support is available from HP for the entire warranty period; to reach our support centers, refer to; for details on the duration of support provided with your product purchase, refer to
  • Software releases
    To find software for your product, refer to; for details on the software releases available with your product purchase, refer to


HP FlexFabric 5900CP-48XG-4QSFP
Ports and Accessory slots
  • 48 SFP+ dual-personality ports; Supports 1G/10G Ethernet and 4Gbps/8Gbps Fiber Channel 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)
Fan Tray
  • 2 fan tray slots
    The customer must order fan trays, as fan trays are not included with the switch. This system requires two samedirection airflow fan trays to function properly. The system should not be operated with only one fan tray for more than 24 hours. The system should not be operated without a fan tray for more than two minutes. The system should not be operated outside of the temperature range of 32°F (0°C) to 113°F (45°C). Failure to comply with these operating requirements may void the product warranty.
Physical characteristics

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) shipping weight
Memory and processor 512 MB flash, 2 GB SDRAM; packet buffer size: 9 MB
10 Gbps Latency < 1.5 μs (64-byte packets)
Throughput up to 952 million pps
Switching capacity 1280 Gbps
MAC address table size 128000 entries
Routing table size 16000 entries (IPv4), 8000 entries (IPv6)
Operating temperature 32°F to 113°F (0°C to 45°C)
Operating relative humidity 10% to 90%, noncondensing
Acoustic Low-speed fan: 65.7 dB, High-speed fan: 70.6 dB
Electrical characteristics
Frequency 50/60 Hz
Voltage 100 - 240 VAC
Maximum heat dissipation 887 BTU/hr (935.79 kJ/hr)
Maximum power rating 260 W
Idle power 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.
Safety UL 60950-1; EN 60825-1 Safety of Laser Products-Part 1; EN 60825-2 Safety of Laser Products-Part 2; IEC 60950-1; CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1; Anatel; ULAR; GOST; EN 60950-1/A11; FDA 21 CFR Subchapter J; NOM; ROHS Compliance
Emmissions VCCI Class A; EN 55022 Class A; ICES-003 Class A; ANSI C63.4 2003; AS/NZS CISPR 22 Class A; EN 61000-3-2:2006; EN 61000-3-3:1995 +A1:2001+A2:2005; EMC Directive 2004/108/EC; FCC (CFR 47, Part 15) Class A

Refer to the HP website at for details on the service-level descriptions and product numbers. For details about services and response times in your area, please contact your local HP sales office.

Management IMC—Intelligent Management Center; command-line interface; out-of-band management; SNMP Manager; Telnet; FTP
Standards and Protocols (applies to all products in series)
Denial of service protection

CPU DoS Protection

General protocols
  • IEEE 802.1D Spanning Tree Protocol
  • IEEE 802.1p Priority
  • IEEE 802.1Q VLANs
  • IEEE 802.1W Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol
  • IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP)
  • IEEE 802.3x Flow Control
  • RFC 1534 DHCP/BOOTP Interoperation
  • RFC 2030 Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP) v4
Network management

IEEE 802.1AB Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)


Download the HP FlexFabric 5900CP Switch Series Datasheet (PDF).

Pricing Notes:

HP Smart Web Managed Switches
HP FlexFabric 5900CP Switch
USA: FREE Ground ShippingHP FlexFabric 5900CP-48XG-4QSFP+ Switch
List Price: $29,990.00
Our Price: $15,520.00