Arista Targets Cisco With 7000X Switch Series For Data Center, Cloud Networks

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Last year, Cisco expanded its lineup of low-latency switches with the launch of its Nexus 3548. David Yen, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Data Center Group, told the Wall Street Journal at the time that the Nexus 3548 was designed to "give Arista a very, very significant challenge."

Arista said all three chassis configurations in the 7300X lineup share a common architecture that scales up to 512 ports of 40GbE or 2,048 ports of 10GbE. The Arista 7250X Series, meanwhile, delivers 64 ports of 40GbE or up to 256 ports of 10GbE in a two-rack unit fixed form factor.

At the heart of both new switch families are Arista's EOS operating system. EOS, as Arista sees it, is the industry's only network operating system that was built from day one with cloud networks and next-generation data centers in mind.

"Arista EOS is the only operating system for the cloud and data centers that has truly been built ground up for purpose-built cloud networking," Arista Networks' Ullal said.

Arista said other highlights of the software include zero-touch provisioning, smart system upgrade capabilities and OpenWorkload to integrate with the orchestration, virtualization and provisioning tools in OpenStack, Microsoft System Center or VMware NSX.

Other vendors including Aruba, F5, Riverbed, SAP, Splunk and Palo Alto Networks support Arista's 7000X platform and EOS.

Arista said the 7250X is available now and shipping for $1,500 per 40GbE port, whereas the 7300X Series will be available in first quarter 2014 from $500 per 10GbE port.


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