chinese not-cisco-switch awesomeness


When I passed by at TriaSoft offices today I found my new switch had arrived!

I had found it in an ebay auction put up in the UK – luckily the seller offered shipping to Germany and he shipped it blazingly fast in best shape.

Still need to laugh at their banner, it must be a reminder for Huawei staff, or maybe it means they actually acknowledge having understood the western meaning of “Copyright”.

********************************************************************************

*  Copyright(c) 1998-2009 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.  All rights reserved.  *

*  Without the owner’s prior written consent,                                  *

*  no decompiling or reverse-engineering shall be allowed.                     *

********************************************************************************

Now I have two of these Huawei switches:

<waxs0001>display version
Huawei Versatile Routing Platform Software.
VRP Software, Version 3.10, Release 1702P09
Copyright (c) 1998-2009 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.
Quidway S5624P uptime is 1 week, 5 days, 4 hours, 23 minutes
Quidway S5624P with 1 Processor
128M    bytes SDRAM
16384K  bytes Flash Memory
Config Register points to FLASH
Software Encryption Mode is 3DES
Hardware Version is REV.C
CPLD Version is 002
Bootrom Version is 512
[Subslot 0] 24GE+4SFP  Hardware Version is REV.C
[Subslot 2] 2 STACK Hardware Version is REV.C
and here the new one, note it doesn’t show 3DES encryption support due to a slight firmware difference, and also that it still needs a bootloader FW update:
waxs0002>display version
Huawei Versatile Routing Platform Software.
VRP Software, Version 3.10, Release 1702
Copyright (c) 1998-2009 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.
Quidway S5624P uptime is 0 week, 0 day, 5 hours, 38 minutes
Quidway S5624P with 1 Processor
128M    bytes SDRAM
16384K  bytes Flash Memory
Config Register points to FLASH
Hardware Version is REV.C
CPLD Version is 002
Bootrom Version is 407
[Subslot 0] 24GE+4SFP  Hardware Version is REV.C
[Subslot 2] 2 STACK Hardware Version is REV.C

The prior owner had used it in an internet cafe – I wonder if he’s aware this must have been one of the most powerful switches ever used for an internet cafe. It runs BGP & switches IPv6 in hardware, with a maximum of 2 10gbit ports for uplink. I don’t know why he actually replaced it, given the performance specs it would have been good for some more time to come (like, until your average internet cafe has 20gbit uplink *g*)

The stack bandwidth in IRF fabric mode goes up to 96gbit/s so I assume one stacking cable will bring 48gbit/s bandwidth. The downside is that the stacking cables run more expensive ($250) than what I paid for the actual switches. Not sure where to head with this, since stacking also disables QinQ for some reason. I’m trying to weigh LACP trunks ranging multiple switches (great!) and huge stack bandwidth (great!) versus being limited in VLAN numbers (very bad)

I’ll see if I can build the trunk over VHDCI SCSI cables, then the topic would be settled for some while, and if that doesn’t work I’ll probably be best off with going VRRP and only a 4gbit trunk between the two switches.

For now. 😉

I will try to post some more about the config of these, as the beast hides in details and they are both loaded with features and sometimes really tricky in the way the CLI expects you to think. For example so far I’ve only found a way to update them from loader using tftp – not online?!?!

Quite different from the Hatteras gear where plugging in a “modem” will get it updated within 45 seconds.

Note to self:

Also show some screenshots of the superdumb 3com support site – I think I spend 2hrs trying to register some of my H3C / 3com branded gear there.

p.s.: I am aware that India does not allow any purchasing / importing of wireless equipment from this very vendor at the current time.

the critical non-encrypted traffic for my hosting setup will, as a matter of fact, only pass the infiniband ports of my cisco switch. everything else there is bound for teh internets anyway and thus not put at extra risk. besides, I would kinda assume H3C does some review of the firmware to avoid getting sued over their partners.

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