10GE Aggregation-Huawei Switches VS. Cisco Switches

This article will make a comparison between Huawei switches and Cisco switches in terms of 10GE aggregation.

Huawei 10GE Aggregation Optical Switches

Huawei has a broad portfolio of next-generation 10GE aggregation optical switches that provide line-rate all-10GE downlink ports and 100GE uplink ports. These feature-rich switches are designed with abundant service features, comprehensive security control policies, and refined QoS, thereby meeting the scalability, reliability, manageability, and security needs of campus and data center networks.

Table 1 Huwei 10GE aggregation optical switches

Huawei Switch S6720-EI Series
S6730-H Series
S6730-S Series
Port quantity • 24 x 10GE SFP+, 2 x 40GE QSFP+
• 48x 10GE SFP+, 2 x 40GE QSFP+
• 24 x 10GE SFP+, 6 x 40GE/100GE QSFP28
• 48 x 10GE SFP+, 6 x 40GE/100GE QSFP28
• 24 x 10GE SFP+, 6 x 40GE QSFP+
Extended slot 1 extended slot, supporting a 4-port 40GE card, 4-port 10GE card, or 8-port 10GE card
Switching capacity 2.56 Tbps 1.68 Tbps/2.4 Tbps*
2.16 Tbps/2.4 Tbps*
960 Gbps/2.4 Tbps*
Integrated wireless
access controller (WAC)
N Y, managing up to 1K APs N


Huawei and Cisco Switch Comparison by Model

Huawei Cisco


Huawei and Cisco Switch Comparison by Feature

Feature Huawei
S6720-EI Series
S6730-H Series
S6730-S Series
C9500 Series
10GE downlink port density S6720-30C-EI-24S: 24 x SFP+
S6720-54C-EI-48S: 48 x SFP+
S6730-H24X6C: 24 x SFP+
S6730-H48X6C: 48 x SFP+
S6730-S24X6Q: 24 x SFP+ C9500-40X: 40 x SFP+
C9500-16X: 16 x SFP+
C9500-24Y4C: 24 x SFP28
C9500-48Y4C: 48 x SFP28
Uplink port density Fixed ports: 2 x QSFP+ Ports
extended using a card: 4 x QSFP+
6 x 40GE QSFP28
(upgraded to 100GE with a license)
6 x 40GE QSFP C9500-16X: 2 x 40GE QSFP
C9500-40X: 2 x 40GE QSFP
C9500-24Y4C: 4 x QSFP28
C9500-48Y4C: 4 x QSFP28
Switching capacity 2.56 Tbps S6730-H24X6C*: 1.68 Tbps/2.4 Tbps
S6730-H48X6C: 2.16 Tbps/2.4 Tbps
960 Gbps/2.4 Tbps C9500-40X: 960 Gbps
C9500-16X: 480 Gbps
C9500-48Y4C: 2 Tbps
C9500-48Y4C: 3.2 Tbps
Dynamic MAC address entries 288K Default:128K
64K C9500-16X & 40X: 64K
C9500-24Y4C & 48Y4C: 82K
ARP entry specifications 96K Default:140K (shared)
Max.:140K (shared)
64K C9500-16X & 40X: 80K
C9500-24Y4C & 48Y4C: 90K
Stack members 9 9 9 2 (10GE cannot stack with 25GE, 40GE cannot stack with 100GE)
Integrated WAC N Y, managing up to 1K APs N Y, support management of 200 APs, need Cisco DNA Advantage/Cisco DNA Premier

 *: The value before the slash (/) refers to the device’s switching capability, while the value after the slash (/) means the system’s switching capability

Huawei Switch Difference



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