Huawei S12700 Series Agile Switches


High-capacity core switches for next-generation campus networks. Fully programmable, SDN-capable architecture and specialized ENP processor enable easy customization of features and functions, and smooth migration to Software-Defined Networking.

Based on Huawei’s Virtual Routing Platform (VRP), the S12700 combines L2/L3 switching with rich network services including MPLS VPN, cloud desktop, video conferencing, and IPv6 support.

Non-stop forwarding architecture, CSS2 switch fabric clustering, and in-service software upgrades provide scalable, high-performance switching with carrier-grade reliability.

  • Huawei’s Ethernet Network Processor (ENP) enables programmable packet parsing, algorithm searching, forwarding behaviors, and performance management features including packet processing, so new services can be provisioned without replacing hardware
  • ŸNative Access Controllers (ACs) let you build a wireless network quickly, without new hardware — up to 4,096 Access Points (APs) and 65,536 users per S12700 chassis
  • ŸSuper Virtual Fabric (SVF) virtualizes physical switches and APs into a “super switch,” adding flexibility and simplifying network management
  • Huawei’s unique Packet Conservation Algorithm for Internet (iPCA) technology uses marks added to service packets to actively monitor network quality, detecting temporary interruptions and faulty ports within seconds
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Specifications S12704 S12708 S12712
Switching Capacity 4.88/10.96 Tbit/s 12.32/27.04 Tbit/s 17.44/37.28 Tbit/s
Packet Forwarding Rate 3,120/4,560 Mpps 6,240/9,120 Mpps 9,120/12,960 Mpps
MPU Slots 2 2 2
SFU Slots 2 4 4
Service Card Slots 4 8 12
CSS2 1+N MPU backup in a cluster

Up to 1.92 Tbit/s cluster bandwidth, 4 us inter-chassis transmission latency

Wireless Network Management Native AC

AP access control, AP region management, and AP profile management

Radio profile management, unified static configuration, and centralized dynamic management

Basic WLAN services, QoS, security, and user management

User Management Unified user management

802.1x, MAC, and Portal authentication

Charging based on traffic volume and online duration

User authorization based on user groups, domains, and time ranges

iPCA Adds marks on service packets in order to measure the number of lost packets and packet loss ratios in real time with zero payload

Measures the number of lost packets and packet loss ratios at the network and device levels on Layer 2 and Layer 3 networks

SVF Up to 4K clients (access switches and APs) virtualized into a single device

2-level AS structure

Unified management on Huawei and non-Huawei devices

OpenFlow Supports multiple controllers.

Supports multi-level flow tables.

Supports group tables.

Supports meter tables.

Confirms to Open Flow 1.3 standards.

Interoperability VLAN-based Spanning Tree (VBST) (interoperating with PVST, PVST+, and RPVST)

Link-type Negotiation Protocol (LNP) (similar to DTP)

VLAN Central Management Protocol (VCMP) (similar to VTP)

For detailed interoperability certifications and test reports, click HERE.


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