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Huawei Ethernet Switches Room for Improvement

Director at Omnium Technologique (OMTEQ)

The price should be lowered as concerns flash backup. This would enable us to get rid of all of the mechanical, hard disks, as we currently have a mixture of flash and classic hard disks. I feel that technology is progressing fast enough and I believe that in the near future, within the next 12 months, we'll be able to add all flash backup systems to our solution. As for the switches, I think they will be all right for some time to come. If the network were to  improve sufficiently, we would be able to make more use of the cloud, even as concerns the telephone. However, this is not the case at present. 

It is difficult for me to point to other areas needing improvement as we have been using the technology for a relatively short period, only around five months, and I am trying to digest what we have. My network engineers would be in a better position to address this issue. Also while our installation is not that large, we are working on huge projects. These are new to Morocco, consisting of two or three years, which is not that much. 

This said, we would like to see additional backup solutions, since we have several degrees of backup. For the moment, the final one involves magnetic tapes, which is an IBM solution. We would like to take the thread of these magnetic tapes and have Huawei help us with strategic backup. One of the reasons we backup our system is for fear of ransomware, but we are required to backup everything by the end of each day or at the close of each week. It would be nice to see other solutions which would allow this, as I am not satisfied with the current one involving the use of magnetic tape. 

I am not certain that using the cloud is a solution for the time being in Morocco. We are looking with Huawei at the possibility of using hardware. This is a point of concern. 

Moreover, we would like to see more security applications. We have network security, such as Fortinet and Fortigate, but we would like to see Huawei come out with its own solution. Maybe this already exists but, if so, it is not yet very well known. 

We are satisfied with the switches and, in our approximately six months experience, have not encountered problems. We have not had stoppages or buffer memory. What I would like to see is a complete solution in which the network security is integrated with the switching as well. This way, we could have a single source for the network and not need to rely on Fortinet and Fortigate. 

As far as wifi access is concerned, we do have a system, I believe called HP Aruba, but it is old. It would be nice to see this integrated. We are not looking to change things in the short term, but to undertake a six to ten month overhaul involving the wifi and integration of 5G and IOT into our network. 

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Information Security Manager at a recruiting/HR firm with 201-500 employees

They're not easy to monitor or bring in and feed and make sure that all our networks are running correctly. We are predominantly in regional Australia, which means that we have a lot of remote usages and we're not getting the ability to do the next level of IT needed to make sure that I can monitor and make sure that the network is stable with the Huawei stuff. If anything goes wrong, I haven't been able to patch them because they're end of license and you can't patch them any more. Their security is not within our standards.

Huawei's switches could be more secure, more monitorable, and better scalable but that's because they're so old. They're not fit for our purpose under our government contracts any more. We're not allowed to use any Huawei products.

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Moses NYOTA - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Software and Cloud Engineer at Velocis Technologies LLC

It’s hard to get technical support.

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Network Architect & Pre-Sales Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

I do not know if I can think of a product feature that really needs to be improved. Especially right now, the most important thing for customers is cost and Huawei does have a very good price point. They are very competitive from a cost perspective. From a technology perspective and in my economic environment with my customers, Huawei has everything that I and the customers need.  

If I have one potential issue, it is that the technical support does not understand English so well. The issue is just that they should understand and speak English pretty well to provide proper technical support and solutions.  

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Vicente Manuel - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Security Technician at OMNIdata

I already had a background with Cisco, so getting used to their system was a little bit complex. The way you configure a VLAN in an access port or in a VLAN to be allowed in the trunk was totally different. They have a concept there with hybrid VLAN, and it kind of made things complex for me.

We had a few issues with integration.

In the company, we're using Huawei wireless and the wireless controller, and those switches are the ones that made the transition between the clients and the WiFi server, and we had a few problems.

Some switches in our network are end-of-life. They shouldn't be there anymore. They're too old. They have already improved lots of things, however, the mistakes here will fall on our laps as we are using end-of-life devices, and they don't give support anymore for that.

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Sintayehu Alemu - PeerSpot reviewer
Director Of Information Communication Technology at Dire dawa University

We haven't had anything to complain about yet.

The documentation needs to be better. When you run into issues, it's hard to figure out what might be wrong by referencing it.

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Manager Infrastructure and Security (SCADA) at a marketing services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The company needs to provide more on hand training on the product.

They should market the product more so that companies are more aware of its existence and what it can do for them. Huawei should highlight some more use cases to help companies understand more about what they can do.

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IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 201-500 employees

The graphical user interface could be much better.

The vendor needs to make a better marketing effort to promote this product because you don't find a lot of good articles promoting it. Other brands are more aggressive in marketing.

In the future, I would like to see a feature that includes a dynamic picture of all of the ports, and what is connected to them. The functionality may be there, but I haven't seen it yet. Being able to see what is going through the ports would be helpful.

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IT Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The web interface is poor, it could be improved.

The stability could be improved.

Although it is suitable for us, it could have better third-party integration.

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Kaan Kanyilmaz - PeerSpot reviewer
Team Leader at Yildizlar Yatirim Holding

I didn't like the Huawei Switches because of the different versions resetting the configuration issue. Huawei doesn't support Layer 3 modes while TOE and ARP have some issues.

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VP at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

The performance has been slow at times.

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Network Operations Center Engineer at a tech company with 51-200 employees

The configuration is very difficult even for someone who is already familiar with the configuration process.

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IT at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

In order to improve the product, I'd like to see all devices have the ability to configure more easily. I think that's important. It's something I'd like to see in the next release along with improved scalability. 

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Ivorn Zhang - PeerSpot reviewer
Director Of Information Technology at Bioworkshops

The configuration could be improved and deployment should be easier. It's also quite expensive.

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