SDN Spotlight: 8 New Products Set To Shake Things Up

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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.

Arista said the 7000X Series was built from the ground up to support cloud networking and SDN environments.

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."

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