HP A10500 FlexiCampus – Action Pics

I wanted take a quick look at the guts of the A10500 switch because its got some interesting features. And since no one lese in the press even looked at the box, I feel it’s necessary to do some nerd-level detail.


So this is the front of the A10500 chassis. It looks like a standard chassis – it’s what I’m expecting to see for the physical layout of the switch. This unit has 24x10GbE line card, 4 x 40GbE.

Basic stats

  • 128 wire speed 10GbE
  • IRF for 208 port core
  • 3 usec latency
  • 40GbE now, 100GBE ready.
  • available 2H 2011

One astonishing fact is that the backplane is 11Terabits per second, 10.9 billion packets per second.


I pulled the Supervisor module from the box, here is a picture. I’ve made some notes about what each of the chips glued to the boards do.

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This is the 4 x 40GbE line card – you won’t see to many of these.


And this is me, looking happy because I’ve got some toys to play with. Plus, I’ve just had a fantastic free lunch – that smile is part technical and part indigestion :)



HP Networking have paid for my travel and accommodation for Interop so that I am able to attend the briefing, meet executives and have good quality discussions. I’d like to think, and take care to ensure,  that my opinions and views are my own. I am not remunerated in any other way.


About Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count.

He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at EtherealMind.com and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus

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  • Tom Ranson

    Hey Greg,

    Really pleased to see someone giving the HP A-Series kit the time of day- IMO its ‘good stuff’. I’d really like to hear more about your thoughts on the latest product offerings. I dropped you a line a while back re. us meeting up sometime- please do come back to me if you’re still up for it.



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