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7050TX Series 10/40G Data Center Switches

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Product Highlights


  • 7050TX-128: 96 x 1/10GbE and 8x 40GbE
  • 7050TX-96: 48 x 1/10GbE and 12x 40GbE •
  • 7050TX-72: 48x 1/10GbE and 6x 40GbE
  • 7050TX-72Q: 48x 1/10GbE and 6x 40GbE
  • 7050TX-64: 48x 1/10GbE and 4x 40GbE
  • 7050TX-48: 32x 1/10GbE and 4x 40GbE
  • Up to 2.56 terabits per second
  • Up to 1.44 billion packets per second
  • Wire speed L2 and L3 forwarding
  • Latency from 3 microseconds

Data Center Optimized Design

  • Typical power under 5W per 10GbE port
  • Over 93% efficient power supplies
  • 1+1 redundant & hot-swappable power
  • N+1 redundant & hot-swappable fans
  • Front-to-rear or rear-to-front cooling
  • Tool less rails for simple installation

Cloud Networking Ready

  • VXLAN and VM Tracer
  • OpenFlow, DirectFlow and eAPI
  • 288K MAC entries
  • 144K IPv4 Routes / 208K IPv4 Host Routes
  • 12MB Dynamic Buffer Allocation

Resilient Control Plane

  • High Performance x86 CPU
  • Up to 8GB DRAM
  • 4GB Flash
  • User applications can run in a VM

Built-in Storage

  • Solid State Drive option
  • Store logs and data captures
  • Leverage linux tools with no limitations

Advanced Provisioning & Monitoring

  • Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP)
  • LANZ for microburst detection
  • DANZ Advanced Mirroring & Tap Aggregation for improved visibility
  • IEEE 1588 PTP
  • sFlow
  • Self-configure and recover from USB

Aitas Extensible Operating System

  • Single binary image for all products
  • Fine-grained truly modular network OS
  • Stateful Fault Containment (SFC)
  • Stateful Fault Repair (SFR)
  • Full Access to Linux shell and tools
  • Extensible platform – bash, python, C++


The Aitas 7050TX are members of the Aitas 7050X Series and key components of the Aitas portfolio of data center switches. The Aitas 7050X Series are purpose built 10/40GbE data center switches in compact and energy efficient form factors with wire speed layer 2 and layer 3 features combined with low latency and advanced features for software defined cloud networking.

Increased adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet servers coupled with applications using higher bandwidth is accelerating the need for dense 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet switching. The 7050TX Series support from 32 to 96 ports of auto-negotiating 100Mb/1Gb/10GBASE-T and from 4 to 12 ports of 10/40GbE that allow customers to design large leaf and spine networks to accommodate the east-west traffic patterns found in modern data centers. The 7050TX backwards compatibility with existing gigabit Ethernet cabling reduces the cost of migrating to 10 Gigabit Ethernet and offers an easy evolution.

Featuring a choice of four 1RU models and one 2RU model the 7050TX Series deliver high density 10GbE based RJ45 ports and 10/40G ports using either QSFP+ or embedded optics with MXP multi-speed ports. The embedded MXP ports enable a flexible choice of 3x40GbE or 12x10GbE on each interface. Using fiber breakout cables these enable a wide range of 10GbE and 40GbE combinations.

All models in the 7050TX Series delivers rich layer 2 and layer 3 features with wire speed performance up to a maximum performance of 2.56Tbps. The Aitas 7050TX switches offer low latency and a shared 12 MB packet buffer pool that is allocated dynamically to ports that are congested. With typical power consumption of less than 5 watts per 10GbE port the 7050TX Series are power efficient. An optional builtin SSD supports advanced logging, data capture and other services directly on the switch. Combined with Aitas EOS the 7050X Series delivers advanced features for big data, cloud, virtualized and traditional data center designs.

Aitas 7050TX Series of 1/10GbE and 10/40GbE Switches

Aitas EOS

The Aitas 7050X runs the same Aitas EOS software as all Aitas products, simplifying network administration. Aitas EOS is a modular switch operating system with a unique state sharing architecture that cleanly separates switch state from protocol processing and application logic. Built on top of a standard Linux kernel, all EOS processes run in their own protected memory space and exchange state through an in-memory database. This multi-process state sharing architecture provides the foundation for in-service-software updates and self-healing resiliency.

With Aitas EOS, advanced monitoring and automation capabilities such as Zero Touch Provisioning, VMTracer and Linux based tools can be run natively on the switch with the powerful x86 CPU subsystem.

High Availabilty

The Aitas 7050X series switches were designed for high availability from both a software and hardware perspective.  Key high availability features include:

  • 1+1 hot-swappable power supplies and four N+1 hot-swap fans 
  • Color coded PSU’s and fans
  • Live software patching
  • Self healing software with Stateful Fault Repair (SFR)
  • Smart System Upgrade (SSU) and Accelerated Software Update (ASU)*
  • Up to 64 10GbE or 40GbE ports per link aggregation group (LAG)
  • Multi-chassis LAG for active/active L2 multi-pathing 
  •    64-way ECMP routing for load balancing and redundancy

7050TX Series | Platform Overview

Aitas 7050X 2RU Rear View: Rear-to-front airflow model (blue)

Aitas 7050X 1RU Rear View: Rear-to-front airflow model (blue)
Front-to-rear airflow (red)

Aitas 7050X hot swap and reversible power supplies

Dynamic Buffer Allocation

In cut-through mode, the Aitas 7050TX switches forward packets with a latency of under 3 microseconds. Upon congestion, the packets are buffered in shared packet memory with a total size of 12 Mbytes. Unlike other architectures that have fixed per-port packet memory, the 7050X Series uses Dynamic Buffer Allocation (DBA) to allocate up to 6.7MB of packet memory to a single port for lossless forwarding.

Scaling Data Center Performance

The Aitas 7050X series delivers line rate switching at layer 2 and layer 3 to enable dramatically faster and simpler network designs for data centers that dramatically lowers the network capital and operational expenses. When used in conjunction with the Aitas 7000 series of fixed and modular switches it allows networks to scale to over 110,000 10G servers in a low-latency two-tier network that provides predictable and consistent application performance. The flexibility of the L2 and L3 multi-path design options combined with support for open standards provides maximum flexibility, scalability and network wide virtualization. Aitas EOS advanced features provide control and visibility with single point of management.

Number of 10GbE Nodes Interconnected Using Aitas Leaf-Spine Designs

Maximum Flexibility for Scale Out Network Designs

Scale out network designs enable solutions to start small and evolve over time. A simple two-way design can grow as far as 64-way without significant changes to the architecture. The Aitas 7050X include enhancements that allow for flexible scale-out designs:

  • 64-way ECMP and 64-way MLAG to provide scalable designs and balance traffic evenly across large scale 2 tier leaf-spine designs
  • Custom hash algorithms for efficient hashing, persistent hashing and custom lookups for tunneled protocols.
  • Flexible allocation of L2 and L3 forwarding table resources for more design choice
  • Wide choice of dense 10G/40G ports with QSFP+ and MXP interfaces for single port multi-speed flexibility
  • VXLAN routing, bridging and gateway for physical to virtualization communication to enable next generation data center designs • DANZ, sFlow and multi-port mirroring to detect micro-burst congestion and provide network wide visibility and monitoring

Software Defined Networking

Aitas Software Defined Cloud Networking (SDCN), combines the principles that have made cloud computing the unstoppable force that it is: automation, self service provisioning, and linear scaling of both performance and economics coupled with the trend in Software Defined Networking that delivers: network virtualization, custom programmability, simplified architectures, and lower capital expenditure. This combination creates a best-in-class software foundation for maximizing the value of the network to both the enterprise and service provider data center. A new architecture for the most mission-critical location within the IT infrastructure that simplifies management and provisioning, speeds up service delivery, lowers costs and creates opportunities for competitive differentiation, while putting control and visibility back in the hands of the network and systems administrators.

Smart System Upgrade

Smart System Upgrade is a network application designed to address one of the most complicated and challenging tasks facing data center administrators – network infrastructure maintenance. Changes to the underlying network infrastructure can affect large numbers of devices and cause significant outages. SSU provides a fully customizable suite of features that tightly couples data center infrastructure to technology partners allowing for intelligent insertion and removal, programmable updates to software releases and open integration with application and infrastructure elements.

Advanced Event Management (AEM)

Simplifying the overall operations, AEM provides the tools to customize alerts and actions. AEM is a powerful and flexible set of tools to automate tasks and customize the behavior of EOS and the operation of the overall data center switching infrastructure. AEM allows operators to fully utilize the intelligence within EOS to respond to real-time events, automate routine tasks, and automate actions based on changing network conditions.

Enhanced Features for High Performance Networks

The Aitas 7050TX deliver a suite of advanced traffic control and monitoring features to improve the agility of modern high performance environments, with solutions for data monitoring, and next-generation virtualization.

Precise Data Analysis

Aitas Latency Analyzer (LANZ) is an integrated feature of EOS. LANZ provides precise real-time monitoring of micro-burst and congestion events before they impact applications, with the ability to identify the sources and capture affected traffic for analysis.


Supporting next-generation virtualized data centers requires tight integration with orchestration tools and emerging encapsulation technologies such as VXLAN. The 7050X builds on the valuable tools already provided by the Aitas VM Tracer suite to integrate directly into encapsulated environments.  Offering a wire-speed gateway between VXLAN and traditional L2/3 environments, the 7050X makes integration of non-VXLAN aware devices including servers, firewalls and load-balancers seamless and provides the ability to leverage VXLAN as a standards based L2 extension technology for non-MPLS environments.

Unified Forwarding Table

Cloud network scalability is directly impacted by the size of a switches forwarding tables. In many systems a ‘one size fits all’ approach is adopted using discrete fixed size tables for each of the common types of forwarding entry.  The Aitas 7050X leverages a common Unified Forwarding Table for the L2 MAC, L3 Routing, L3 Host and IP Multicast forwarding entries, which can be partitioned per entry type. The ideal size of each partition varies depending on the network deployment scenario. The flexibility of the UFT coupled with the range of pre-defined configuration profiles available on the 7050X ensures optimal resource allocation for all network topologies and network virtualization technologies.

Layer 2 Features

  • 1w Rapid Spanning Tree
  • 1s Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Rapid Per VLAN Spanning Tree (RPVST+)
  • 4096 VLANs
  • Q-in-Q
  • 3ad Link Aggregation/LACP
  • 64 ports/channel
  • 104 groups per system
  • Multi-Chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG)
  • 64 ports per MLAG
  • Custom LAG Hashing
  • Resilient LAG Hashing
  • 1AB Link Layer Discovery Protocol
  • 3x Flow Control
  • Jumbo Frames (9216 Bytes)
  • IGMP v1/v2/v3 snooping
  • Storm Control
  • Private VLANs
  • RAIL

Layer 3 Features

  • Routing Protocols: OSPF, OSPFv3, BGP, MP-BGP, IS-IS, and RIPv2
  • 64-way Equal Cost Multipath Routing (ECMP)
  • Resilient ECMP Routes
  • VRF
  • BFD
  • Route Maps
  • IGMP v2/v3
  • Anycast RP (RFC 4610)
  • VRRP
  • Virtual ARP (VARP)
  • Policy Based Routing (DirectFlow)
  • Network Address Translation *
  • Static NAT
  • Dynamic NAT
  • uRPF

Advanced Monitoring and Provisioning

  • Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP)
  • Latency Analyzer and Microburst Detection (LANZ)
  • Configurable Congestion Notification (CLI, Syslog)
  • Streaming Events (GPB Encoded) *
  • Capture/Mirror of congested traffic *
  • Advanced Monitoring and Aggregation • Port Mirroring (4 active sessions)
  • L2/3/4 Filtering on Mirror Sessions*
  • Mirror to EOS/SSD*
  • Advanced Event Management suite (AEM)
  • CLI Scheduler
  • Event Manager
  • Linux tools
  • Optional SSD for logging and data capture
  • Integrated packet capture/analysis with TCPDump
  • RFC 3176 sFlow
  • Restore & configure from USB
  • Blue Beacon LED for system identification
  • Software Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Openflow 1.0
  • Openflow 1.3
  • Aitas DirectFlow
  • eAPI
  • OpenStack Neutron Support

Standards Compliance

  • 1D Bridging and Spanning Tree
  • 1p QOS/COS
  • 1Q VLAN Tagging
  • 1w Rapid Spanning Tree
  • 1s Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol
  • 1AB Link Layer Discovery Protocol
  • 3ad Link Aggregation with LACP
  • 3ab 1000BASE-T
  • 3an 10GBASE-T
  • 3z Gigabit Ethernet
  • 3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet
  • 3ba 40 Gigabit Ethernet
  • RFC 2460 Internet Protocol, Version 6 (IPv6) Specification
  • RFC 4861 Neighbor Discovery for IP Version 6 (IPv6)
  • RFC 4862 IPv6 Stateless Address Autoconfiguration
  • RFC 4443 Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMPv6) for the

Virtualization Support

  • VXLAN Gateway (draft-mahalingam-dutt-dcops-vxlan-01)
  • VXLAN Routing *
  • VXLAN Bridging
  • VXLAN Tunnel Endpoint
  • VM Tracer VMware Integration
  • VMware vSphere support
  • VM Auto Discovery
  • VM Adaptive Segmentation

Security Features

  • IPv4 / IPv6 Ingress & Egress ACLs using L2, L3, L4 fields
  • MAC ACLs
  • ACL Drop Logging
  • ACL Counters
  • Control Plane Protection (CPP)
  • DHCP Relay / Snooping
  • MAC Security

Quality of Service (QoS) Features

  • Up to 8 queues per port
  • 1p based classification
  • DSCP based classification and remarking *
  • Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN)
  • QoS interface trust (COS / DSCP)
  • Strict priority queueing
  • Weighted Round Robin (WRR) Scheduling *
  • Per-Priority Flow Control (PFC)
  • Data Center Bridging Extensions (DCBX)
  • 1Qaz Enhanced Transmissions Selection (ETS) *
  • ACL based DSCP Marking *
  • ACL based Policing *
  • Policing/Shaping
  • Rate limiting
  • Audio Video Bridging (AVB) *

Network Management

  • CloudVision Task-Oriented Multi-Device CLI
  • 10/100/1000 Management Port
  • RS-232 Serial Console Port
  • USB Port
  • SNMP v1, v2, v3
  • Management over IPv6
  • Telnet and SSHv2
  • Syslog
  • AAA
  • Industry Standard CLI
  • Accelerated Software Upgrade (ASU)


Linux Tools

  • Bash shell access and scripting
  • RPM support
  • Custom kernel modules

Programmatic access to the system state

  • Python
  • C++

Native KVM/QEMU support 


  • RFC 3635 EtherLike-MIB
  • RFC 3418 SNMPv2-MIB
  • RFC 2863 IF-MIB
  • RFC 2013 UDP-MIB
  • RFC 2012 TCP-MIB
  • RFC 2011 IP-MIB
  • RFC 4273 BGP4-MIB
  • RFC 4750 OSPF-MIB
  • RFC 2787 VRRPv2MIB
  • SNMP Authentication Failure trap
  • ENTITY-SENSOR-MIB support for DOM (Digital OpticalMonitoring)
  • User configurable custom OIDs
  • See EOS release notes for the latest supported MIBs

Table Sizes

STP Instances

64 (MST)/510 (RPVST+)

IGMP Groups

288K, with 8K unique groups



Egress ACLs



64-way, 1K groups


Base Mode

UFT Modes

MAC Addresses



IPv4 Hosts



IPv4 Routes – Unicast



IPv4 Routes – Multicast


104K *

IPv6 Hosts



IPv6 Routes – Unicast


77K *

IPv6 Routes – Multicast


52K *