Modular Ethernet Switches

The HPE 12500 Switch Series is a family of powerful, next generation routing switches with outstanding capacity and leading scalability. Designed for high performance with non-blocking and distributed Clos architecture, they deliver up to 24.3 Tbps switching capacity and 10.8 Bpps throughput with up to 400 Gbps per line card slot. Their energy efficient features are ideal for large-scale data center consolidation.

What's new

  • The HPE 12518E Switch and the HPE 12508E Switch provide customers with investment protection and extend the value of the 12500 installed base.
  • High performance 10/40/100GbE modules - 48 10GbE, 16 40GbE & 4 100GbE ports
  • High scalability with 24.3 Tbps switching capacity.
  • Enhanced MDC and IRF capabilities together with SPB, EVI and OpenFlow 1.3.
  • Support for DCB/FCoE features for building converged networks.


Data Center Optimized

The HPE 12500 Switch Series provides up to 24.3 Tbps switching capacity and 10.8 Bpps throughput with up to 400 Gbps per line card slot.

Multi-tenant Device Context (MDC) is an innovative Data Center virtualization solution that enables multi-tenancy, giving you the ability to virtualize a physical switch into multiple topical devices, with each logical switch having its own tenants.

The Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Ethernet Virtual Interconnect (EVI) is an HPE Virtual Application Network innovation that provides a Layer 2 extension across the Data Center to simplify the interconnectivity of geographically dispersed Data Centers.

The Data Center Bridging (DCB) protocols provide support for IEEE 802.1Qaz Data Center Bridging Exchange (DCBX), Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS), and IEEE 802.1Qbb Priority Flow Control (PFC) for converged fabrics.

High-Performance Networking Density and Connectivity

The HPE 12500 Switch Series has high-performance design with non-blocking and distributed Clos architecture.

This Switch Series offers high-density 1/10/40/100GbE interface connectivity with up to 18 interface module slots to scale to 865 1/10GbE or 288 40GbE or 72 100GbE ports.

Ultrafast protocol convergence enables link connectivity monitoring and reduces network convergence time for RIP, OSPF, BGP, IS-IS, VRRP, MPLS, and IRF.

The IPv6 host enables switches to be managed and deployed at the IPv6 network's edge, while dual-stack configuration transitions from IPv4 to IPv6, supporting connectivity in both protocols.

Enterprise Resiliency and High Availability

The HPE 12500 Switch Series supports redundant fabric for optimum network performance and availability while simplifying network operations.

These switches offer full hardware redundancy for each component including power supplies, fan trays, supervisor modules, and fabric modules to enable the highest level of availability.

Intelligent Resilient Fabric (IRF) creates virtual resilient switching fabrics, where two or more switches perform a single L2 switch and L3 router that can be attached using standard LACP for automatic load balancing and high availability.

Software-defined Networking (SDN) support helps you unleash new levels of automation and efficiency in Data Center networks.

The OpenFlow 1.3 specifications support SDN by allowing separation of the data (packet forwarding) and control (routing decision) paths.

Higher Levels of Management

The HPE 12500 Switch Series has sFlow which provides scalable, ASIC-based network monitoring and accounting which allows operators to gather a variety of sophisticated network statistics and information for capacity planning and real-time monitoring.

IEEE 802.1AB LLDP discovery advertises and receives management information from adjacent devices on a network, facilitating easy mapping by network management applications.