Arista Networks tried to beat Cisco to the SDN punch with the launch of its new 7000X Series switches just two days before Cisco unveiled ACI.
Arista succeeded in making a splash. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company positioned its 7000X Series as a "compelling alternative" to Cisco's Catalyst 6500 switch line, saying a pair of its new 7300X switches -- which are part of the 7000x family -- can replace two Catalyst 6509Es to deliver more than 10 times the scale, throughput, latency improvements and power efficiency.
The series also ushered in a new switching category for Arista by collapsing its typically two-tiered, leaf-spine architecture into one -- or a "spline." Arista CEO Jayshree Ullal said this new architecture "brings together simplicity, price performance and power compactness all in a single chassis or a [two-rack unit] footprint."