Arista Eyes Cisco, Insieme With New Network Switches
The offerings in the 7000X Series will offer up to 10 times the speed of Cisco's Catalyst 6500 offerings, Arista officials say.Arista Networks is rolling out a new family of switches for software-defined networks that officials are calling better alternatives to rival Cisco Systems' Catalyst 6500 products. The company is introducing its Arista 7000X Series, which officials said will help organizations collapse their two-tier leaf-and-spine designs into a single tier that they are calling a "Spline" network for cloud applications. Moving to such a collapsed network will help businesses save as much as 40 percent on operating and capital expenses, according to Arista. Arista's unveiling of the 7000X Series Nov. 4 is the most recent in a spate of announcements from networking vendors in the days leading up to Cisco's Nov. 6 announcement of products from its Insieme "spin-in" company and its application-centric infrastructure initiative. Juniper Networks on Oct. 29 launched its MetaFabric networking architecture, while Cumulus Networks introduced the latest version of its Linux network operating system. Through its 7500E and 7x50 Series solutions, Arista already offers leaf-and-spine network designs, which are two-tiered architectures that handle traffic between Layer 2 and 3 nodes and between servers. With the new 7000 X Series, those duties can be collapsed into a single tier. The range of offerings gives Arista a more complete portfolio, according to President and CEO Jayshree Ullal.
"Together, they cover all of the important multi-path deployment scenarios in a practical manner without introducing any proprietary inventions," Ullal wrote in a post on the company blog. "These approaches can scale from the smallest, most practical deployment to the largest clouds in the world with 100s of thousands of servers and zettabytes of storage. The new 7000 X-series products support entry-level to large-scale density, while also offering unique operational visibility of network telemetry functions."