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April 19, 2010

Arista ignites networks with groundbreaking 10GbE performance

Filed under: Networking,News — Tags: , — Nate @ 8:53 am

In a word: Wow

Just read an article from our friends at The Register on a new 384-port chassis 10GbE switch that Arista is launching. From a hardware perspective the numbers are just draw dropping.

A base Arista 7500 costs $140,000, and a fully configured machine with all 384 ports and other bells and whistles runs to $460,800, or $1,200 per port. This machine will draw 5,072 watts of juice and take up a little more than quarter of a rack.

Compare this to a Cisco Nexus 7010 setup to get 384 wirespeed ports and deliver the same 5.76 Bpps of L3 throughput, and you need to get 18 of the units at a cost of $13.7m. Such a configuration will draw 160 kilowatts and take up 378 rack units of space – nine full racks. Arista can do the 384 ports in 1/34th the space and 1/30th the price.

I love the innovation that comes from these smaller players, really inspiring.

1 Comment

  1. Me too man. Especially with Extreme Networks recent announcement of virtualization lifecycle management. I’m glad my 650’s and 450’s will be showing up shortly. I’ll be going with the SFP+ 650’s and 10G SFP+ uplinks from the 450’s. Just make sense if the equipment is nearby using low cost, low power, low latent SFP+ copper cable assemblies.

    I won’t disclose pricing for the +500 switch ports (phase 1) but it’s very attractive.

    Comment by Scott — April 19, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

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