Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Arista Networks Platform.
What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
Its price can be better.
The solution needs to improve their product range. They've added a few items, however, they're a bit of a johnny-come-lately to a lot of other competitors in the space and they need to compete for more for the attention of various sizes of business. They basically need to include more models in their offering. The one thing they lack is Microsegmentation solutions. In contrast, Cisco offers that. It has something called ACI, and we lose out on contracts due to the fact that Arista doesn't have a similar offering. Clients would like to have that on hand as when clients deal with the Cloud base, Microsoft segmentation can be managed with, in a sense, Analytics.
There is a lot of room for improvement within the solution. Any product, however, can improve. No product is perfect. The solution needs to accommodate new features. I have personally made some recommendations in the past and hope to see this implemented in their product line. I think there is a need for improvement in the area of their VXLAN/EVPN capability but their current solution is great regardless but may be not very scalable for a global deployment.
Some new features are needed. Arista is technology-driven by themselves. At times they are limited by standards that are not formally closed. I would like to see more integration with one of the providers from each intent-based network for compliance documentation and IT security purposes. For future development of the product, being able to manage the security or relevant paths with intent-based networking is important. The intent-based network is a management that is on our security level. The intent-based networking management, together with the provider of these solutions that are already free, would be beneficial. I don't worry that there is a time gap between finalizing as triple E standards before integrating with the future release.
The documentation for this solution needs to be improved. In the documentation, it is not easy to find the exact solution which describes the configuration step by step. It means that we've had to ask our supplier how to use certain features, and which commands to use. We can find a simple description on the website, as well as a list of the features, but a more complete description is not available. It is not clear exactly how to configure and use each of the features. For other vendors, we can find the exact configuration, with examples, that we need to deploy for any new features. The documentation did not explain that we could not vary the speed between ports that are in the same block. For example, we cannot have 1G and 10G on the neighboring ports. All four ports have to be 1G or 10G, which was very annoying for us when we realized that we needed to change the configuration and the cabling that we had already prepared. In the next release of this solution, we would like the option to use two switches as one virtual switch. The CVP management platform needs to be improved.
We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.
Please share what you can so you can help your peers.