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Cisco nemesis Huawei to demo 96-port 100G Ethernet switch

Jim Duffy | May 8, 2012
Huawei, Cisco's toughest competitor in networking, will debut its entry into enterprise data center switching at this week's Interop 2012 conference in Las Vegas.

The 100G Ethernet modules will go into beta in the fourth quarter. The 40G and 10G Ethernet linecards will be generally available in the fourth quarter. Huawei did not disclose per-port or entry level pricing for the CloudEngine 12800.

Also at Interop, Huawei will also highlight a "full-view" telepresence system that features a small, 5.5mm screen gap, and bandwidth, power and space consumption efficiencies that decrease total cost of ownership by 30%, the company claims. Huawei says it shipped more than 2,100 telepresence systems globally in 2011.

Huawei is one of Interop's two core network providers of an infrastructure that connects more than 350 exhibitors and more than 15,000 attendees at Interop. The network supports wired/wireless connectivity for IP voice, video and data services.

Huawei's new Enterprise group has made strides over the past year as well, Roese says. Global contract revenue is $3.8 billion, up 90% year-over-year. Actual revenue is $1.57 billion, an increase of 57% over last year.

The group now employs 18,000 people, double that from last fall. It has also signed up 4,000 channel partners including its first major U.S. distributor, Synnex Corp.

 

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