Huawei's Versatile Routing Platform (VRP)

Nikos Mouat nikm at
Wed Aug 20 01:53:04 UTC 2014

Hi Colton,
    I've been recently looking at the Huawei 12808 switch - I'm not sure 
if it's the same OS as the routers, but so far I've had a positive 
    I would say it's not very close at all to IOS - other than being 
command line - perhaps closer than Extreme's OS, but not by much.
    That being said, the '?' and tab keys are helpful, and if you 
understand the concepts, you can usually find the right knobs to turn. In 
addition, at least for me, the Huawei teams have been extraordinarily 
helpful in providing configuration templates and support.
    I think someone commented that it doesn't mix well with Cisco - I would 
throw in that that's probably only based on the fact that Huawei does not 
support PVST.


On Tue, 19 Aug 2014, Colton Conor wrote:

> How does Huawei's Versatile Routing Platform (VRP) operating system that is
> on their switches and routers compare to Cisco IOS or Juniper JunOS? Is the
> CLI syntax similar? How is the overall feature set? Would a tech that knows
> cisco be able to understand Huawei fairly easy?
> The pricing and feature set for Huawei's products are impressive, but no
> one ever seems to talk about their products? They claim to have multiple
> routers that smoke Cisco and Juniper platforms.We are talking Tbps
> platforms. What are the overall thoughts on Huawei?

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