Arista Networks Platform Review

Good hardware, very stable code, good support, and good scalability


What is our primary use case?

It basically is the switching room platform for both of our data centers. We've got two private data centers in California.

We are fully upgraded, so we are running the latest version of this solution.

What is most valuable?

It is very stable. It has good hardware and very stable code. It provides good value for its price.

They are a very lean type of organization, so they are very responsive, and they are able to focus more on their platform versus having multiple products out there.

What needs improvement?

Its price can be better. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We deployed Arista in 2019 to replace our Cisco devices.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Its scalability is really good. All of our data centers, systems, storage, and applications are using it. It is being used for everything that we host on-prem. All of our users are essentially using it.

How are customer service and technical support?

They've been really good. I actually enjoy them a lot more than Cisco. I would rate them a nine or ten out of ten. They solve issues. I've opened five cases, and I haven't had a poor experience with any of the cases.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using Cisco devices. What we really liked about Arista is that they have embraced a more open multi-vendor approach. Cisco is more towards a closed proprietary. After deploying Arista, we saw quite a few congestion issues that we were having with Cisco being resolved.

How was the initial setup?

It was fairly easy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. We've been happy with it. I don't really have too many complaints about it. They are pretty good about releasing new features. They keep adding new features on their centrally managed platform, which is CloudVision. 

I would rate Arista Networks Platform a nine out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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