The HPE Altoline 9960 Switch Series is a chassis-based, open-networking, disaggregated core data center switch that supports the Cumulus network operating system (NOS) for data centers needing high density 100GbE core/spine aggregation. Designed to form a data center spine network, it lowers equipment cost and power consumption while simplifying cabling.
This solution delivers a chassis-based core data center switch that supports the Cumulus NOS with 100GbE performance and provides a 10 RU 21” rack-mountable modular Ethernet chassis with 256 x 100GbE QSFP28 ports. It includes eight line cards with 32 x 100 Gb, each with their own control, data and management planes. By providing a modular foundation for customers to build leaf/spine networks, this architecture is exceptionally scalable and efficient. The HPE Altoline 9960 Switch Series helps your organization dynamically scale cloud-based resources increasing your organization's data center power, flexibility, efficiency and scalability.

What's new

  • Cost-effective, bare-metal switch infrastructure for data center fabric.
  • High 100GbE port density and low latency for demanding applications.
  • Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) boot loader for choice of network OS and easy installation
  • VXLAN for efficient network virtualization overlay solutions.
  • High availability features required for data center operation, including redundant, hot-swappable AC PSUs, multiple fan zones with redundant fans, and chassis management firmware.

Features

High-performance Core Data Center Switching

The HPE Altoline 9960 Switch Series is designed to form a data center spine network, lowering equipment cost and power consumption and simplifying cabling.

Delivers a chassis based core data center switch that supports the Cumulus network operating system (NOS) with 100GbE performance.

Provides a 10 RU 21” rack-mountable form factor modular Ethernet chassis with 256 x 100GbE QSFP28 ports. Includes eight (8) line cards with 32 x 100 GbE, each with their own control, data and management planes.

Contains Bi-Directional Forwarding Detection to accelerate Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) convergence.

High availability features required for data center operation, including redundant, hot-swappable AC PSUs, multiple fan zones with redundant fans, and chassis management firmware.

Open, Disaggregated Networking for Flexibility

The HPE Altoline 9960 Switch Series is an open-networking, disaggregated solution that offers customers choice of hardware platforms and network operating systems (NOS).

Supports the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) for bare metal network switches. ONIE enables a bare metal network switch ecosystem where end users have a choice among different network operating systems to install.

Delivers a fully non-blocking internal Clos fabric with disaggregated hardware and software and centralized chassis manager.

Whitebox Networking at Scale

The HPE Altoline 9960 Switch Series supports a massive scale of 256+ server racks with up to 6 core chassis for very large deployments.

Open modular platform meets the high-performance and high-capacity 100GbE networking requirements of cloud data centers.

Simplifies Data Center Networking Fabrics

The HPE Altoline 9960 Switch Series simplifies the Ethernet network fabric by aggregating two pod/spine layers within one chassis rather than building with discrete, fixed form factor switches.

Provides predictable latency for application, compute, and storage traffic.

Simplifies cabling, lowers equipment cost and power consumption