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Arista takes on Cisco and Juniper with routing play

05 Apr 2016

Arista Networks is taking on Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks with a new switching and routing platform for next generation enterprise data centers and cloud service providers.

The 7500R Series features the company’s ‘universal spine’ architecture which it says drives scalability and agile workload mobility across public, private and hybrid clouds.

Arista says the new series builds on its 7500E Series and provides 100GbE density.

The offering features a chassis fabric capacity of up to 115Tbps with up to 432 wirespeed 100GbE ports and 288 Gigabytes of deep and smart packet memory for reliable packet transfers.

FlexRoute technology delivers up to 1 Million wire speed routes with MPLS, segment routing and Ethernet virtual private network protocol support and programmable traffic engineering with up to 128,000 MPLS.

A choice of three new wire speed 7500R series line cards will be available: 36 x 100GbE QSFP – a choice of 10/25/40/50/100GbE; 36 x 40GbE with flexible combinations of 10GbE and up to six ports of 100GbE; and 48 x 10GbE SFP+ and two 100G QSFP. 

Netflix is already a customer, and says the 7500R allows it to provide the ultimate user experience while keeping costs in check.

“Arista’s continuous innovation has resulted in novel content delivery network architectures, offering breakthrugh price/performance at 10x more bandwidth at one-tenth the price of a traditional router,” Netflix vice president of global networks, Dave Temkin, claims.

Arista, best known for its data center switching offerings, is currently embroiled in legal action with Cisco, which alleges patent and copyright infringement by Arista. Arista in turn has countersued, alleging unfair competition practices. 

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