The Fabric Advantage
Each HPE Composable Fabric FM 3032Q switch features 32 QSFP28 optical interfaces delivering up to 1.6 Tbps full-duplex, bandwidth-creating, programmable, scalable meshed networks.
The HPE Composable Fabric FM 3032Q uses QSFP28 optics combined with a passive connectivity device (the HPE Composable Fabric FM 1006 Switch) to create an optical mesh between connectivity modules that is completely controllable by software through HPE Composable Fabric Manager.
Multi-Layered Network Architecture
The full potential of optical switching is unleashed by the HPE Composable Fabric FM 3032Q switch and its multi-layered network architecture that delivers efficient layer 1, layer 2, and layer 3 network topologies to critical application workloads.
The HPE Composable Fabric FM 3032Q provides layer 2 and layer 3 network topologies as part of the HPE Composable Fabric network architecture. The 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.
In conjunction with the centralized HPE Composable Fabric Manager platform, the HPE Composable Fabric FM 3032Q switch provides intelligent and adaptive technology that ensures workloads always have access to the most optimal network paths.
HPE 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 3032Q 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.