labnario – overview of huawei datacom technology

Huawei router NE40E-X16For sure all network engineers know the word Cisco… Some of them know the word Juniper… Has anyone heard about Huawei?

Probably some of you have but it is still not so popular like its competitors. It seems to be a niche in IP networks worldwide. What is a reason of it? I’ll leave this question without any answer. Maybe you can answer it. Please let me know your opinion.

Datacom devices are small part of Huawei’s portfolio, which let you build end-to-end solution, both for telecom and enterprise networks. Besides Datacom Technology, in Huawei’s portfolio, we can find Radio Access, Fixed Access, Transport Network, Core Network and Software.

As Huawei is getting more and more popular it is time to show you that it is really an alternative for other vendors. This blog is just to popularize Huawei’s datacom devices throughout the world. What I want to do in this blog is to show you potentials of this equipment, configuration tricks and technologies used by this equipment. I wouldn’t like to talk about Huawei as a company but about technical aspects of working in Huawei.

I hope this blog will be helpful for you and become the first knowledge base, for Huawei Datacom devices, in internet.

Enjoy!

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8 thoughts on “labnario – overview of huawei datacom technology

  1. umar ali

    Huawei is getting more more attraction i am network administrator and i have task to study huawei in comparison with cisco and juniper i am CCNP certified and i like Huawei can any one share Huawei study material regarding R&S and MPLS.

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    1. labnario Post author

      There are official books for huawei certificates but their quality are not good enough. I have access to all books and trainings materials but cannot share them (as huawei emploee) I have not found any other book on the internet. There is only huawei documentation on support website. If you register on this you will be able to review and download it. Of course you can buy official training in huawei or its partner but i do not know details.

      Reply
  2. mach

    Hi Mariusz,

    Good Evening/Day!

    I am a network engineer in a telecommunications company. For three years now, our company has been migrating from Cisco to Huawei. Below are my sentiments:

    1. HT claimed that their price are cheaper than Cisco & Juniper. I don’t agree. HT LPUs (Line Processing Unit) are expensive.
    2. Once you buy Cisco or Juniper Products, there are free trainings and voucher exams but none for HT.
    3. Cisco and Juniper documentations are available in the internet but not HT.
    4. Attending Cisco or Juniper Trainings can enhance one’s networking skills but not Huawei. I attended Huawei Trainings under Huawei supervision but the Huawei Engineer conducting the training, I would say was not expert on networking. I can rate the Huawei Engineer to be a associate. Also, since Huawei is a Chinese company, their engineer is not so good in English.
    5. OSPF Preference (10) is lower than Static (60). Why is this so?
    6. HT is offering HCNA/HCDA, HCNP/HCDP and HCIE. Do all your engineers has atleast HCDP/HCNP certifications? How about HCIE?

    These are some of my sentiments on using Huawei. i hope you can enlighten me on these issues. But I find your blog very useful. I also is H3C technologies a sister company of Huawei? Almost all or if not all syntax/configurations are the same.

    thanks!

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    1. labnario Post author

      1. It depends if you want to have a complex solution or a single device. If you have a big project, for sure prices are negotiated. We have NE40E in three main mobile operators in Poland (backbone). We have also CX600 and ATN950B as IPRAN solution in one of the operator (Cisco swapped). I don’t know what were the criteria that HW was chosen as a supplier. Probably one of them was a price of the complex solution.
      2. As I know, our customers attend contract trainings in HW China after new project has been completed or even before the start of the project.
      3. HW Datacom documentation was available in the internet some time ago. Now it is blocked. I expressed my opinion during a meeting with documentation team representative from HQ. But it is not possible to make it available, at least for now. But good information is that they really work hard to make this documentation more professional. Comparing to 2005 when I was starting my adventure with HW, the progress is huge.
      4. We can’t generalize. I know Chinese trainers who are good in networking and speak English well. I don’t know what is a reason that some trainings are at a lower level. Maybe this is problem of language barrier. I suppose that training in Chinese are more instructive. This is one of the advantages when training are provided by native speakers.
      5. Why not? There is no standard about AD, so R&D decided to do this in different way. It is really not a bad solution. If you work long time only with HW, you don’t remember that Cisco and Juniper have different value.
      6. It is not required by HW to have certified engineers. We have separate internal certification track. Some of my colleagues have HCDP. I don’t know anybody who has HCIE. It was available only in Chinese some time ago.

      H3C was an JV company (HW and 3COM). Their paths diverged some time ago. Now it is also H3C but (Hewlett Packard and 3COM). I don’t know their command syntax to compare to HW.

      Thanks again for the constructive comment. Hope you have been enlightened.

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  3. mach

    1. Yes, HT is more expensive than other networking products. Also, HT service cost is expensive but I am not satisfied with the service the HT rendered.

    2. We have million $ projects with HT but we haven’t given free exam vouchers or trainings. This is absurd. Juniper and Cisco are giving free exam vouchers and trainings if you have project/s with them.

    3. HT still don’t have documentation readily available on the internet. Lucky if you have friends in HT, they can give you HEDEX.

    4. Yes, this is true. I attended three trainings but I am not satisfied with the way the trainer presented the course. There are even trainers who WALK OUT because he/she can’t answer the trainee/s query.

    5. Why not? There is no standard about AD, so R&D decided to do this in different way. It is really not a bad solution. If you work long time only with HW, you don’t remember that Cisco and Juniper have different value. —- There must be standard Mariusz. That is why we have ISO, RFC. What if you are a multivendor company?!? HT must comply/adhere to ISO, RFC, IETF, etc.

    6. It is not required by HW to have certified engineers. — Why?!? How can you prove/gauge your engineers technical expertise. HT must standardized/align this with worldwide engineers!

    We have separate internal certification track. Some of my colleagues have HCDP. I don’t know anybody who has HCIE. It was available only in Chinese some time ago. — I know a lot of HT engineers who are Cisco Certified Engineers. Some are CCIE. Why do you think HT engineers still take Cisco certification if you already have internal certification?!? Because Cisco and Juniper are complying with the standards!!!

    H3C was an JV company (HW and 3COM). Their paths diverged some time ago. Now it is also H3C but (Hewlett Packard and 3COM). I don’t know their command syntax to compare to HW. —– refer to below link:

    http://www.h3c.com/portal/Technical_Support___Documents/Technical_Documents/Routers/H3C_SR8800_Series_Routers/Configuration/Operation_Manual/H3C_SR8800_CG-Release3347-6W103/08/201211/761917_1285_0.htm

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    1. labnario Post author

      1. If HT is more expensive than other networking products, so what are the reasons that Ht is chosen as supplier? It looks like the price is not the main reason.
      2. It should be included in tender inquiry/offer. I don’t know the details because it is not my responsibility.
      3. I agree with you. It should be available on-line.
      4. What can I say …
      5. I know it would be nice to have standards in multi vendor environment. Anyway, if Cisco VTP protocol (for instance) is using in LAN, it is done deliberately to exclude the other vendors. I know cases that VTP is a must to win even it is cisco’s proprietary.
      6. You don’t have to have certification to be a good engineer. Most of IP engineers in my office have more than 8 years experience in Huawei. I think none of customers complain about local engineers. Anyway it is not complicated to pass Cisco certification exams. You can find everywhere on Internet exams examples like testkings. Maybe CCIE is difficult but having workbooks (like INE, IPExperts etc.) you are able to pass it without having working experience. I know that the best is to have experienced and certified engineers. If you want to hire an engineer, what is the most important, experience or certificate?
      7. Some time ago I looked at HP command line. It looks that same like HT. It is inherited from 3COM.

      Reply

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