CloudEngine 5800 Series Data Center Switches

CloudEngine CE5800 Series Data Center Switches

Huawei CloudEngine CE5800 series (CE5800 for short) switches are next-generation, high-density Gigabit Ethernet switches designed for data centers and high-end campus networks. The hardware has an advanced architectural design with the industry’s highest density of GE access ports. The CE5800 is also the first Gigabit Ethernet access switch to provide 40 GE uplink ports.

Using the Huawei VRP8 software platform, CE5800 switches support Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) and have a high stacking capability (up to 16-member switches in a stack system). In addition, the airflow direction (front-to-back or back-to-front) can be changed. CE5800 switches can work with CE12800 switches to build an elastic, virtualized, high-quality fabric that meets the requirements of cloud-computing data centers.

CE5800 switches provide high-density GE access to help enterprises build a scalable data center network platform for cloud computing. They can also be used as aggregation or access switches for enterprise campus networks.

Product appearance

The CE5800 comes in five models.

Model and appearance Description


  • 48 x GE BASE-T ports
  • 4 x 10 GE SFP+ ports
  • 2 x 40 GE QSFP+ ports


  • 24 x GE BASE-T ports
  • 4 x 10 GE SFP+ ports
  • 2 x 40 GE QSFP+ ports


  • 48 x GE BASE-T ports
  • 4 x 10 GE SFP+ ports
  • 2 x 40 GE QSFP+ ports


  • 48 x GE BASE-T ports
  • 4 x 10 GE SFP+ ports


  • 24 x GE BASE-T ports
  • 4 x 10 GE SFP+ ports

Product characteristics

High-density GE access

  • Each CE5800 switch provides 48 x GE line-speed ports, which makes future data center expansion easy
  • The CE5850 is the first GE access switch to provide 40 GE uplink ports. CE5850 switches can work with CE12800 switches to build a high-performance data center network with 40 GE access. The two 40 GE uplink ports on CE5850 back up each other to improve system reliability
  • The CE5810 has models with 48 x GE and 24 x GE ports that can be flexibly deployed in racks with different server port densities to meet different cabling requirements in data center equipment rooms

Highly reliable, high-performance stacking

The industry’s first 16-member stack system
A stack system of 16 member switches has up to 768 x GE access ports for high-density server access in a data center
Multiple stacked switches in a stack system are virtualized into one logical device, making it possible to build a scalable, easy-to-manage data center network platform
A stack system separates the control plane from the data plane. This eliminates the risk of single-point failures and greatly improves system reliability
Long-distance, highly reliable stacking
CE5800 switches can use either 10 GE or 40 GE ports as stack ports. A stack system can be established with switches in the same rack, different racks or over long distances
The 40 GE ports of the CE5850 can set up large-capacity stack channels that enable multiple CE5800 switches to constitute a non-blocking stack system

Vertical virtualization simplifies management

  • The CE5800 supports Super Virtual Fabric (SVF), which can virtualize multiple physical switches of the same or different types into one logical switch to simplify network management and improve reliability. 
  • SVF virtualizes multiple leaf switches into remote cards of the spine switch, making it easier to connect cables and manage devices in equipment rooms. The CE5810 switches act as leaf switches in an SVF system.
  • Huawei's SVF is the first in the industry to implement local forwarding on leaf switches. When horizontal traffic dominates in a data center, SVF improves the forwarding efficiency and reduces network delay.

Large-scale routing bridge, on-demand scaling

  • The CE5850 supports the TRILL protocol and can be used on a large Layer 2 TRILL network with GE/10 GE servers. A TRILL network can contain more than 500 nodes, enabling flexible service deployments and large-scale Virtual Machine (VM) migrations
  • The TRILL protocol uses a routing mechanism similar to IS-IS and sets a limited Time-To-Live (TTL) value in packets to prevent Layer 2 loops. This significantly improves network stability and speeds up network convergence.
  • On a TRILL network, all data flows are forwarded quickly using Shortest Path First (SPF) and Equal-Cost Multi-Path (ECMP) routing. SPF and ECMP avoid the sub-optimal path selection problem in STP and increase link bandwidth efficiency to 100 percent
  • The CE5850 supports up to 16 TRILL-based Layer 2 equal-cost paths, greatly improving links’ load balancing capabilities. The network has a fat-tree architecture that enhances expansion

Fast VM migration, policy mobility

  • The CE5800 works with Huawei’s Agile Controller to permit network policies to be dynamically deployed on the CE5800. Agile Controller also supports online VM migration
  • Agile Controller delivers network policies through high-speed RADIUS interfaces. Its online VM migration is 10 to 20 times the rate of other industry platforms, enabling large-scale VM migrations
  • Agile Controller is based on open APIs and is compatible with all major virtualization platforms including VMware

Programmable network device, flexible customization

  • The CE5800 uses the Open Programmability System (OPS) embedded in the VRP8 software platform to provide programmability at the control plane
  • The OPS provides open APIs. APIs can be integrated with mainstream cloud platforms (including commercial and open cloud platforms) and third-party controllers. The OPS enables services to be flexibly customized and provides automatic management
  • Users or third-party developers can use open APIs to develop and deploy specialized network management policies to implement extension of fast service functions, automatic deployment, and intelligent management. The OPS also implements automatic operation and maintenance, and reduces management costs
  • The OPS provides seamless integration of data center service and network in addition to a service-oriented, Software-Defined Network (SDN)

Zero-Touch Provisioning, automatic O&M

  • The CE5800 supports Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP). ZTP enables the CE5800 to automatically obtain and load version files from a USB flash drive or file server, freeing network engineers from on-site configuration or deployment. ZTP reduces labor costs and improves device deployment efficiency
  • ZTP provides built-in scripts for users through open APIs. Data center personnel can use the programming language they are familiar with, such as Python, to provide unified configuration of network devices
  • ZTP decouples configuration time of new devices from device quantity and area distribution, which improves service provisioning efficiency

Flexible airflow design, high energy efficiency

Flexible front-to-back/back-to-front airflow design
The CE5800 uses a front-to-back/back-to-front airflow design that isolates cold air channels from hot air channels. This design meets heat dissipation requirements for data center equipment rooms
Air can flow from front-to-back or back-to-front when different fans and power modules are used
Redundant power modules and fans can be configured to ensure uninterrupted service transmission
Energy-saving technology
The CE5800 has energy-saving chips and can measure system power consumption in real time. Fan speeds can be adjusted dynamically based on system consumption. These energy-saving technologies reduce O&M costs and contribute to a greener data center

Clear indicators, simple maintenance

Clear indicators
Port indicators clearly show port status and port speeds
State and stack indicators on the front and rear panels enable operators to maintain the switch from either side
CE5800 switches support remote positioning. Operators can turn on remote positioning indicators on the switches they want to maintain, so they can find switches easily in an equipment room full of devices
Simple maintenance
The management port, fans, and power modules are on the front panel, which facilitates device maintenance
Data ports are located at the rear, facing servers. This simplifies cabling

Product specifications

Item CE5855-48T4S2Q-EI CE5855-24T4S2Q-EI CE5850-48T4S2Q-HI CE5810-48T4S-EI CE5810-24T4S-EI
Base-T Ports
 48  24  48  48  24
SFP+ Ports
 4  4  4  4  4
QSFP+ Ports
 2  2  2  -  -
Switching Capacity 336 Gbit/s 288 Gbit/s 336 Gbit/s 176 Gbit/s 128 Gbit/s
Forwarding Rates 252 Mpps 215 Mpps
252 Mpps
132 Mpps 96 Mpps
Airflow Design Front-to-back or back-to-front
Device Virtualization iStack 
For details about the configuration, please see:
Super Virtual Fabric (SVF)
For details about the configuration, please see:
Network Virtualization M-LAG
TRILL (CE5855 & CE5850)
Programmability Open Programmability System (OPS)
Traffic Analysis NetStream
VLAN Adding access, trunk, and hybrid interfaces to VLANs
Default VLAN
ACL ingress: 9k
egress: 2k
ingress: 4.5k
egress: 1k
ingress: 2.25k
egress: 1k
ingress: 4.5k
egress: 1k
ingress: 2.25k
egress: 512
MAC Address Table maximum: 64k
maximum: 64k
maximum: 128k
maximum: 32k
maximum: 32k
Dynamic learning and aging of MAC addresses
Static, dynamic, and black hole MAC address entries
Packet filtering based on source MAC addresses
MAC address limiting based on ports and VLANs
ARP (maximum)
54k 54k 16k 8k 8k
ND (Maximum) 16k 16k 4k 4k 4k
IPv4 FIB (maximum)
IP Routing IPv4 routing protocols, such as RIP, OSPF, BGP, and IS-IS
IPv6 routing protocols, such as RIPng, OSPFv3, IS-ISv6, and BGP4+ 
IPv6 FIB (maximum)
16k 16k 8k 6k
IPv6 IPv6 Neighbor Discovery (ND) 
Path MTU Discovery (PMTU) 
TCP6, ping IPv6, tracert IPv6, socket IPv6, UDP6, and Raw IP6
Multicast FIB (maximum)
2k 2k 4k 8k 8k
Multicast IGMP, PIM-SM, PIM-DM, MSDP, and MBGP
IGMP snooping
Fast leave of multicast member interfaces
Multicast traffic suppression
Multicast VLAN
Reliability LACP
BPDU protection, root protection, and loop protection
Smart Link and multi-instance
ERPS (G.8032)
VRRP, VRRP load balancing, and BFD for VRRP
BFD for BGP/IS-IS/OSPF/Static route
QoS Traffic classification based on Layer 2 headers, Layer 3 protocols, Layer 4 protocols, and 802.1p priority
Actions of ACL, CAR, re-marking, and scheduling
Queue scheduling algorithms, including PQ, WRR, DRR, PQ + WRR, and PQ + DRR
Congestion avoidance mechanisms, including WRED and tail drop
Traffic shaping
Configuration and Maintenance Console, Telnet, and SSH terminals
Network management protocols, such as SNMP v1/v2c/v3
File upload and download through FTP and TFTP
BootROM upgrade and remote upgrade
802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
Hot patches
User operation logs
Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP)
Security and Management 802.1x authentication
Command line authority control based on user levels, preventing unauthorized users from using commands
DoS, ARP, and ICMP attack defenses
Port isolation, port security, and sticky MAC
Binding of the IP address, MAC address, interface number, and VLAN ID
Authentication methods, including AAA, RADIUS, and HWTACACS
Remote Network Monitoring (RMON)
Dimensions (W x D x H) 442 mm x 420 mm x 43.6 mm
Weight (fully loaded) 8.4 kg (18.5 lb) 8.1 kg (17.8 lb)
8.8 kg (19.4 lb)
8.2 kg (18.1 lb) 8 kg (17.6 lb)
Environmental Parameters Operating temperature: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F) (0m to 1,800m)
Storage temperature: -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95%, non-condensing
Operating Voltage AC: 90V to 264V  AC: 90V to 290V
DC: -38.4V to -72V
Maximum Power Consumption 103W 75W  131W
92W 68W

Ordering information



CE5850-48T4S2Q-HI Switch (2 x 150W AC Power Module, 2 x Fan Box, port side exhaust)


CE5810-48T4S-EI Switch (2 x 150W AC Power Module, 2 x Fan Box, port side exhaust)


CE5810-24T4S-EI Switch (2 x 150W AC Power Module, 2 x Fan Box, port side exhaust)


CE5810-EI Bundle 11 (CE5810-24T4S-EI mainframe, 4 x SFP-10G-USR, Without Fan and Power Module)


CE5810-EI Bundle 10 (CE5810-48T4S-EI mainframe, 8 x SFP-10G-USR, Without Fan and Power Module)


CE5855-48T4S2Q-EI Switch (48-port GE RJ45, 4-port 10 GE SFP+, 2-port 40G QSFP+, without Fan and Power Module)


CE5855-24T4S2Q-EI Switch (24-port GE RJ45, 4-port 10 GE SFP+, 2-port 40G QSFP+, without Fan and Power Module)


CE5850-48T4S2Q-HI Switch (48-port GE RJ45, 4-port 10 GE SFP+, 2-port 40G QSFP+, without Fan and Power Module)


CE5810-48T4S-EI Switch (48-port GE RJ45, 4-port 10 GE SFP+, without Fan and Power Module)


CE5810-24T4S-EI Switch (24-port GE RJ45, 4-port 10 GE SFP+, without Fan and Power Module)
Fan box
Part Number
Product Description
Support Product


Fan box (front-to-back, fan panel side intake) CE5850-48T4S2Q-HI


Fan box (back-to-front, fan panel side exhaust) CE5850-48T4S2Q-HI


Fan box (front-to-back, fan panel side intake) CE5810-48T4S-EI, CE5810-24T4S-EI


Fan box (back-to-front, fan panel side exhaust) CE5810-48T4S-EI, CE5810-24T4S-EI


Fan box (F, FAN panel side exhaust) CE5855-48T4S2Q-EI, CE5855-24T4S2Q-EI


Fan box (B, FAN panel side exhaust) CE5855-48T4S2Q-EI, CE5855-24T4S2Q-EI
Part Number
Product Description
Support Product


150W AC Power Module (no fan) CE5850-48T4S2Q-HI, CE5810-48T4S-EI, CE5810-24T4S-EI


150W AC Power Module (Black)
CE5855-48T4S2Q-EI, CE5855-24T4S2Q-EI


350W DC Power Module (front-to-back, power panel side intake) CE5850-48T4S2Q-HI, CE5810-48T4S-EI, CE5810-24T4S-EI, CE5855-48T4S2Q-EI, CE5855-24T4S2Q-EI


350W DC Power Module (back-to-front, power panel side exhaust) CE5850-48T4S2Q-HI, CE5810-48T4S-EI, CE5810-24T4S-EI, CE5855-48T4S2Q-EI, CE5855-24T4S2Q-EI

Networking and applications

Data center applications

  • On a typical data center network, CE12800/CE8800/CE7800 switches work as core switches, whereas CE8800/CE6800/CE5800 switches work as ToR switches and connect to the core switches using 100 GE/40 GE/10 GE ports. These switches a fabric protocol, such as CSS or M-LAG, to establish a non-blocking large Layer 2 network, which allows large-scale VM migrations and flexible service deployments.

  • Note: CSS and M-LAG can be also used on campus networks to support flexible service deployments in different service areas.

Campus network applications

  • CE5800 switches can be used as aggregation or access switches on a campus network. Their high-density, line-speed GE ports, unique 40 GE uplink ports, and high stacking capabilities can meet the ever-increasing demand for network bandwidth. CE5800 switches are cost-effective campus network switches, thanks to their extensive service features and innovative energy-saving technologies.
  • On a typical campus network, multiple CE12800/CE8800/CE7800 switches are virtualized into a logical core switch using CSS or iStack technology. Multiple CE8800/CE7800/CE6800 switches at the aggregation layer form a logical switch using iStack technology. CSS and iStack improve network reliability and simplify network management. At the access layer, CE6800/CE5800 switches are virtualized with cloud fabric technology, such as SVF or M-LAG (vertical virtualization), to provide high-density line-rate ports.
  • Note: CSS, iStack, SVF, and M-LAG are also widely used in data centers to facilitate network management.