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Pros
"The most valuable feature is the Linux shell, which is useful for troubleshooting or capturing traffic.""What we like most is its performance to price ratio.""It's an extremely reliable platform for the network switches we use.""The solution has good load latency. They're the market leader in this aspect right now.""The solution is very stable.""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."

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"It is a scalable, reliable, stable and efficient solution.""A very solid and reliable solution.""Cisco Nexus is very safe and stable. I've been here 8 months. We have some devices that have been out for 11 years.""This solution provides all of the routing and searching features that we need.""The most valuable feature of this solution is its speed.""The consolidation of all of the layer two ports into one rack is very valuable.""This solution has allowed us to better prepare our network for 10-gigabit.""This solution has saved us both time and money because we now have the ability to control all of these telephony devices that are deployed nationwide."

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Cons
"The CVP management platform needs to be improved.""The intent-based networking management, together with the provider of these solutions that are already free, would be beneficial.""The solution needs to accommodate new features.""The solution needs to improve their product range.""Its price can be better."

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"The GUI interface could be improved to make it more user friendly.""The only thing to improve is to continue to get better.""Cisco Nexus is just a platform. You just set it up, give it an IP, and then start configuring it. But there are a million features to configure.""Some of the DHCP features need improvement.""I would like to see a lighter platform.""I would like to see more on-device programmability, as it seems to be lacking in this platform.""My only complaint is that not all of the ports on it are enabled from the start.""There is always room for improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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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"Costs more than most, but the reliability pays for the difference.""The price of this solution is good when compared to others in the market.""Our licensing fees are approximately $2,000 USD per year.""Every Cisco product is more expensive than competitors on the market, which is just a fact, but from my perspective, it is worth it.""All of our costs including subscription, licensing, and support services are bundled together, and the cost is approximately $100,000 USD per year.""This is a very expensive product.""The license for Cisco Nexus is one year to three years, in this case for the SMARTnet. It is a price per unit, in terms of this specific appliance.""Our licensing costs for this solution are approximately $200 USD per month."

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Top Answer: 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 »
Top Answer: It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco.
Top Answer: The implementation process could be easier, which is something that should be improved.
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Overview
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.
The Cisco Nexus family of switches is designed to meet the stringent requirements of the next-generation data center. Not simply bigger or faster, these switches offer the following characteristics: infrastructure that can be scaled cost-effectively and that helps you increase energy, budget, and resource efficiency, transport that can navigate the transition to 10 Gigabit Ethernet and unified fabric and can also handle architectural changes such as virtualization, Web 2.0 applications, and cloud computing and operational continuity to meet your need for an environment where system availability is assumed and maintenance windows are rare if not totally extinct.
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American Internet Services
Advanced Medical Transport, Banco de Guayaquil, Baylor Scott & White Health, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Calligaris, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Del Papa Distributing, Department of Justice, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Hertz, K&L Gates , LightEdge, Lone Star College System, Management Science Associates, Mindtree, NBC Olympics, Quest, Sony Corporation, The Department of Education in Western Australia, Valley Proteins
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider31%
Computer Software Company23%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company4%
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Healthcare Company13%
Government13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company11%
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Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company21%
Government6%
Retailer4%
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Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise78%
Find out what your peers are saying about Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Nexus and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
510,534 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Arista Networks Platform is ranked 3rd in Data Center Networking with 6 reviews while Cisco Nexus is ranked 2nd in Data Center Networking with 79 reviews. Arista Networks Platform is rated 8.4, while Cisco Nexus is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Arista Networks Platform writes "Linux shell helpful for troubleshooting and capturing traffic, but the documentation needs improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Nexus writes "A high-performance switch that is designed for lossless data and our customers are happy with". Arista Networks Platform is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, Mellanox Switches, Aruba Switches and Cisco Ethernet Switches, whereas Cisco Nexus is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Juniper QFabric, Dell PowerConnect Switches, Extreme VDX and VMware NSX. See our Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Nexus report.

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