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What advice do you have for others considering Huawei Ethernet Switches?

Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Huawei Ethernet Switches, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

PeerSpot user
2222 Answers

Vicente Manuel - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

I'm not sure if the company has a business relationship with Huawei. We might have in the past. I'm not sure if that is still the case. I'd advise potential new users to first get the concepts right before implementing them. I'd rate the solution a four out of ten. It wasn't good, but it wasn't terrible.

reviewer1128984 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I would rate the product at an eight out of ten overall. I'd advise potential new users to try it out. I recommend it. Its pricing is great.

reviewer1689987 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

In my opinion, the best option is Cisco. If you don't know how to configure, you can use Google to get information about the processing and procedures that you can use to work with your data. I would rate Huawei Ethernet Switches a six out of ten.

YaserAltwailey - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We would recommend this solution to others. I would rate Huawei Ethernet Switches a ten out of ten.

Ahmed Bennouna - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We are dealing with all these things in our office. We now have ease when it comes to back-up. We have a very fast spotted system with hard disk storage of 36 terabytes, meaning it is a mixed hybrid which combines flash disks and classic CDs. I am talking about the interface. The old 32 terabyte flash is extremely expensive. We are a mid-sized company, not very big. So our approach is to have this hybrid flash storage system, which allows us considerable speed but with a reasonable price. As mentioned, our solution is a hybrid. We have certain applications in the cloud, such as office 365. We have other applications, such as engineering software. We also have it in private cloud. For the time being we have a mixed solution as we cannot, at present, put everything in the cloud. In Morocco, the internet connection speed is good but it can be better, since we have huge files with which we must work interactively. So, sometimes we work on-site and then the file will be stored in the cloud, but all the number crunching is used in working stations on the site, not PCs. Internally there are around 70 users making use of the solution in our organization and externally around 40 engineers and technicians who are connected to our network country-wide. We even have our mailing system in-house. We use an English-based electronic document, such as PDF, which we have in the cloud. For the moment, our solution is a hybrid between the scientific and office application. We are using the solution daily and it comprises our entire network, all our work. If it stops we lose money. We use it all the time. Of course, we have the standby generator and all the redundancy of static uninterruptible power supplies, since a single hour of stoppage would equal thousands of euros lost. We are very careful about that. We have one or two configured switches so we can just plug it in and continue to work. We have yet to encounter this problem. My advice to others who are considering implementing the solution is to negotiate aggressively. Huawei is very good at negotiating, but it is important for the consumer to know the nuts and bolts of the proposal and to derive from it the maximum. Someone with technical knowledge can get many more concessions from Huawei than one without. I rate Huawei Ethernet Switches as an eight out of ten, as nothing is perfect. This is because the deployment took some time and I would have liked it to be faster.

reviewer1467366 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I recommend this product and rate it a 10 out of 10.

Philbert Nduwimfura - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

My advice for anybody who is considering this product is not to be afraid of it, just because Huawei is not a true American brand. It is an international brand. When you use it, you have the feeling that it can do even more than some Cisco or Fortinet products. The technology and brand name are good, so my advice is to trust it. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

reviewer932685 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

This switch is working for me and I can recommend the service provider. However, I can't recommend the switch yet because I don't have enough experience with it. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Ivorn Zhang - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Huawei Ethernet Switches a rating of nine. If they lowered the price, I would give them a higher rating.

reviewer1217082 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

It's a good solution and I would recommend it. I would rate Huawei Ethernet Switches an eight out of ten.

reviewer1190679 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Reseller

I use the product, so I definitely think that I can recommend Huawei as a very good alternative to other highly-praised brands. The world does not have to just use Cisco. Huawei is very cost-effective. They have all the features. I would not have a problem recommending it to anybody. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this product as an eight-out-of-ten.

Muhittin Akar - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

This is a good product and I recommend it. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Umer Siddique - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The device is stable, reliable, and cheaper as well than other devices. The features are valuable. They also have good support. I would rate it an eight out of ten. With respect to the hardware, I think Huawei should improve its chassis. Its hardware module like the cooling system is not as good as with other devices. For example, with Cisco, I switched off a router that was running more for than five to six years, 24/7. But the amazing thing was that the device was running continuously for about five to six years. With Huawei, I haven't seen any device uptime. Maybe it is an issue with the environment because in Pakistan the environment is dusty at most of the sites. That's may be why Huawei has this issue. The dust can stack on the cooling system and that may cause device failure or something to impact the performance. Huawei should improve its hardware chassis and must focus on the cooling system with respect to the environment or a dusty environment.

reviewer1314939 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I would rate this product an eight out of 10.

reviewer1023120 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The advice I would give people who are considering this product as their switching solution is that if you are looking to satisfy the needs of a small scale project and want a pretty good price, then you might go for it. But you might be sacrificing security or risking involvement in a politically unstable situation. China and the U.S. are very tense with their political positions at the moment. They are facing some sort of trade war. If you need some components to produce or manufacture a product like a Huawei switch it is possibly going to be a tense situation. The chips are an important and really a vital component to complete development and upgrades or maintenance. Without that availability, the switch cannot work properly if something happens. So security and material swapping are the major issues to consider as a potential risk of adopting the product. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate the Huawei ethernet switches as a five. I rate it a five, or really average, compared with a product like Cisco switches. Cisco switches really rate something more like an eight or eight-and-a-half.

Alaba Ayotunde O. OLUWAYIMIKA - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We are both an installer and considering becoming a Huawei partner. About five years ago I began working with Huawei, and I decided then whenever they failed, I'd just replace the old ones with Cisco. However, after five years, many are still working, so we have a hybrid system where we use both Huawei and Cisco switches. However, whenever they do fail, I replace them with Cisco, so there may come a time int eh future where I will no longer be working with them and will have completely switched over to Cisco. I don't have the exact version number, but I'm dealing with the 9300 core switch. Although we are currently in the process of phasing out the Huawei switches in favour of Cisco, I'd still recommend the solution. I'd rate the solution six out of ten.

reviewer1187313 - PeerSpot reviewer

I think Cisco has the advantage in terms of durability because they have been in existence for more than 20 years, whereas Huawei just started a few years back. Cisco has a big track record of experience, R&D, and more. On a scale of one to ten, I would give Huawei Ethernet Switches an eight. Overall, I would recommend this product.

reviewer1034097 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I would rate it a 9.5 out of ten. Not a ten because the life span of the solution is too short.

MuhittinAkar - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

This is a very nice device and I recommend it. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

reviewer903333 - PeerSpot reviewer

We use the on-premises deployment model. I'd rate the solution four out of ten. The OS, features, and usage aren't great. There's a lack of resources and support. There's also a lack of implementers and very few partners.

Huseyin Yildirim - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use the on-premises deployment model. When compared to Cisco switches, the Huawei switches are a bit lower in quality. They have similar properties that the Cisco switches have. Often Huawei brings in the features to match the competition later, and, in general, the overall quality a bit lower. Sometimes, because of this, you might have some unexpected results. The documentation is generally good, but troubleshooting documents for some unusual bugs or glitches are never created. I generally recommend Huawei switches because although they are lower quality, they are cheaper than other switches. If you compare the price to quality ratio, it's pretty good, which is why we bought them. Initially, many users are tempted by the idea of getting something that's that cheap. I recommend users to explore and investigate how they will use the switches and what they will purchase. Huawei is both good and not good. It depends on how you look at. If you really want to go with Huawei, then just be aware that Huawei has interoperability problems with many other vendors. In this case, I'd recommend going with all Huawei products to avoid issues. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.

it_user1118574 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The stability is good. I also find value in the recollecting the materials. I would rate the switches as eight out of ten. Not a ten mainly because of the price.

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