Arista Networks Platform Overview

Arista Networks Platform is the #3 ranked solution in our list of top Data Center Networking tools. It is most often compared to Cisco Catalyst Switches: Arista Networks Platform vs Cisco Catalyst Switches

What is Arista Networks Platform?
Arista Networks is the leader in building scalable high-performance and ultra-low-latency networks for today's data center and cloud computing environments. Purpose-built hardware, and Arista EOS, the world's most advanced network operating system, provide single-binary system images across all platforms, maximum system uptime, stateful fault repair, Zero Touch Provisioning, Latency Analysis and a fully accessible Linux Shell. Arista Ethernet switches are the perfect network solution for your most demanding workloads.With native support for VMware Virtualization and hundreds of Linux applications integrated into hardware platforms designed to meet the stringent power and cooling requirements of today's most demanding datacenters, Arista delivers the most efficient and best performing 10Gb Ethernet platforms.

Arista Networks Platform is also known as 7000 Series.

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Arista Networks Platform Customers
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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Arista Networks Platform pricing:
  • "Arista is very expensive. Not everybody is in a position to spend $70,000 to $80,000 for one switch."
  • "It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco."

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WB
Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Linux shell helpful for troubleshooting and capturing traffic, but the documentation needs improvement

What is our primary use case?

We use three different models of the 7000 series switches to make up the network in one of our data centers. We use the 7060SX as an active leaf, the 7260 as a border leaf, and the 7500 series as the spines.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the Linux shell, which is useful for troubleshooting or capturing traffic."
  • "The CVP management platform needs to be improved."

What other advice do I have?

This solution was my first experience with the new, modern data center architecture. My advice to anybody who is implementing this series of switches is to carefully check the features that are supported on each model. Some new features are not supported on all platforms. I know that Arista still sells some old models that do not support the newest features. This is a good solution, but the documentation needs to be improved. More detailed configuration examples are definitely needed. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
MW
CTO at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
A future-proof solution with good performance to price ratio

What is our primary use case?

It's our main platform. We centralize all network functionalities inside of our hospital network in two locations. From the data center to the distribution level. In the past year, we have implemented this solution in two new hospitals. Arista is on the core and distribution layer, so our experience is approximately six core units and 36 lead switches of Arista and the pooling layer three overlays that they are providing. We are using the most recent version, the release tracks had some overlap. Arista is suggesting a change to the release track. Arista has been in our network since we started… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "What we like most is its performance to price ratio."
  • "The intent-based networking management, together with the provider of these solutions that are already free, would be beneficial."

What other advice do I have?

We are a publicly funded hospital in North Germany, so we are limited in what we would like to add to our infrastructure. If you are looking for a future-proof solution, you just need to ask questions about the scalability and stability. You should do a proof of concept with Arista. Get in contact with them to see how they solve problems. This is a beneficial experience. Even if somebody chooses another vendor, they should base a valid opinion about Arista. I would strongly recommend this solution. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
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Dibyendu Das
Director at Apace Systems Corporation
Real User
Top 20
Provides our solutions with low-latency and the stability we need

What is our primary use case?

We are manufacturers for certain storage platforms and we have our own storage software for enabling GPU clustering. We work more in the video segment. We have our own solutions that we put on that particular cluster which enable a remote workspace management portal for people who are into content. We don't generally provide solutions for micro-level storage customers that are dealing with your retail data or the like. We specialize in macro-computing, video analytics, audio/video editing solutions, editing over the cloud, and remote editing of spaces. It's a very specialized platform. We set… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "It's an extremely reliable platform for the network switches we use."

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend Arista for certain applications, for microbiological and molecular calculations; for supercomputing. If you are looking for an ultra-low latency network, this is the only solution. There is nothing else that is similar. It has low-latency, stability, and scalability because it is modular. If you have the budget, go for it.
    NW
    Head of Technical at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
    Reseller
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Easy installation with excellent stability and good scalability

    What is our primary use case?

    The solution is primarily used for colocation services, as an extension for various platforms, and also mainly for new setups of data centers. They've played a role in top-of-the-rack features and also for data center extensions like VXLAN. We have users that use Arista for their financial software testing due to their low latencies.

    Pros and Cons

    • "The solution is very stable."
    • "The solution needs to improve their product range."

    What other advice do I have?

    We are a distributor of the solution. I would recommend the solution. Overall, I would rate it at a nine out of ten.
    SH
    Senior Network Engineer II at Mercury General Corporation
    Real User
    Top 5
    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.

    Pros and Cons

    • "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're able to focus more on their platform versus having multiple products out there."
    • "Its price can be better."

    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.
    FF
    Assistant Vice President at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Easy to work with, has good load latency, and is slightly less expensive than Cisco

    Pros and Cons

    • "The solution has good load latency. They're the market leader in this aspect right now."
    • "The solution needs to accommodate new features."

    What other advice do I have?

    Every industry is different, so what is going to work for a service provider might not really work for an enterprise environment. Requirement is key in any design proposal. Vendor/Platforms should tailored to the requirements and solutions.
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