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25 October 2008

Arista Networks

Every now and then, some companies grab bloggers attentions. Sometimes it is because they are offering new technologies or setting new standards, but some other times it's because people behind them are buzz-magnets.

A former head of Cisco's switch business, and Sun co-founder, started a new switching startup called Arista Networks. Their motto is "Extensible Operation System for Cloud Networking".

As you can see, "Sun", "Cisco", and "Cloud Networking", are all enough buzz words to grap people's attention, and start writing about the new company.

So, I decided to pay their site a visit in order to see what new technology are these guys offering to the market.

First of all, they have a very limited portfolio, 24 and 48 edge-switches with 10 GbE interfaces. They do not have any modulat chassis-based switches yet, but may be this is because they are just starting up.

They are focusing on their modular OS, but once again Juniper's JunOS for example is modular too, so what is really new in Arista's switches compared to Juniper's EX-Series?!

ISSU (In-service-software-upgrades), which is new for an edge-switch. Many modular switches with redundant Management Modules (Foundry Switches for example), can be upgraded without interruption. I also don't think this is the killing feature people are really looking for in an edge switch.

To tell you the truth, I think the main competitive value for Arista Networks, is their prices. I do not know their actual pricing, but it's said that their prices are much lower than the equivalent switches for Cisco for example. But what about HP ProCurve for example, are they cheaper too?

Anyway, it's still good to have more competing companies in the switches market which is dominated by one vendor so far. And analysts usually like to call it, "Cisco and the Seven Dwarfs" market.

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