The Fabric Advantage for your On-Premises Cloud
The HPE Composable Fabric FM 3132Q Switch is a top-of-rack (TOR) connectivity module that delivers innovative networking solutions that are designed to meet growing needs of virtual and highly dynamic data centers and cloud environments.
Greater fabric capacity using up to sixteen QSFP28 100GbE optical interfaces delivering up to 1600 Gbps of bandwidth or eight QSFP28 delivering 800 Gbps or six QSFP28 delivering 600 Gbps.
Uses QSFP28 optics which, when combined with the optical passive interconnect HPE FM 1006 Switch, create a programmable and scalable mesh between rack connectivity modules that is completely controllable by software through Composable Fabric Manager.
Module-to-module cabling is greatly simplified with two connections per rack connectivity module.
Multi-Layered Network Architecture
The HPE Composable Fabric FM 3132Q Switch provides layer 2 and layer 3 network topologies as part of the Composable Fabric network architecture.
The full potential of optical switching is unleashed by Composable Fabric’s multi-layered network architecture that delivers efficient layer 1, layer 2 and layer 3 network topologies to critical application workloads.
Optical interfaces create a highly meshed, multipath network fabric with multiple direct and indirect paths between modules.
HPE Composable Fabric Manager software, which understands the physical and logical network topology, as well as the application and data workload requirements, establishes a network, where individual workloads receive their own portion of the network at each network layer.
The HPE Composable Fabric FM 3132Q Switch, in conjunction with the centralized HPE Composable Fabric Manager platform, provides intelligent and adaptive technology that allows workloads to have access to the most optimal network paths.
Composable Fabric Manager provides both the integration platform, as well as a set of Hewlett Packard Enterprise-developed API level integrations that automate workflows based on the included sensors, actions and triggers for 3rd party orchestration systems.
HPE Composable Fabric switches intelligently select the best network paths for workloads that have resource requirements or explicit constraints defined by the integrations.
Less sensitive workloads without explicitly defined constraints are efficiently forwarded across the available direct and indirect paths created by the network fabric. Based on Hewlett Packard Enterprise residual fit algorithms, HPE Composable Fabric Manager dynamically fits non-affinitized traffic.
Unlike typical multi-path networks, which might utilize a maximum of 16 or 32 IP based equal cost paths between switch ports, HPE Composable Fabric Manager can intelligently select from hundreds of non-interfering, non-equal paths across the highly diverse HPE Composable Fabric at layer 1, 2, or 3.
Scale Out, Not Up
The HPE Composable Fabric FM 3132Q switch physically interconnects using QSFP28 ports to create a very dense, full or partial mesh between connectivity modules, yielding a more cost-effective and power-efficient network architecture than traditional tree or leaf-and-spine hierarchical networks.
The mesh architecture enables linear scaling, with each additional switch adding fabric capacity, resiliency, and multi-path options. HPE Composable Fabric connectivity modules create network fabrics ranging from a few server racks in size to a large capacity cloud data center.
The linear build-out offers predictable economics and capacity growth in true scale-out fashion.