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Arista 7000 series

Core and data center applications are the strengths of Arista products. The distribution layer is also a good fit. For the access layer, it would be more of a niche product.
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Cisco Meraki MS Switches

From small companies to large ones these are invaluable tools. I would say though that I would not use them in my Core SAN stack, where Nexus CISCO switches are likely a better fit.
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Pros

  • The 7304's along side our core network design has provided 100% uptime during the 5 years of deployment.
  • The multi-chassis LAG has provided near 100% connectivity to the distribution and access switches.
  • Very low maintenance attention is needed.
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  • A single pane of Glass for all my switches
  • They show any interruption of networking easily and at a glance
  • The alert me when they go down or come back up
  • I can get deep information about what apps are doing on the network
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Cons

  • The 7304's lack a graceful non-intrusive upgrade method even though they are dual supervisor.
  • I would like to see more integration with Aruba's ClearPass and Airwave products.
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  • Some information gets cloudy when drilling down- but they have a new tool coming out called Insights that is supposed to deal with that (and more).
  • Traffic shaping rules should be in the switches and not just the security appliances
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Cisco Meraki MS Switches10.0
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The few times I needed it we got things fixed within 15 minutes. Outstanding.
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Alternatives Considered

I have used the Catalyst 6500 series in the past. From my point of view, the Arista surpasses the Catalyst on just about every front. Originally we were planning on implementing the Nexus 7000/7700 series switches for our core. Though a little more feature rich, it did not provide features we needed that the Arista did. The Nexus also was a confusing and complex platform to work with. Also, the Nexus was a significantly more expensive solution. Although very happy with the Arista switches we may evaluate the Aruba HPE 8400 chassis-based switches along with Arista switches in the future.
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The switches fair well against the other business solutions for features and options. Be aware of costs (with the on-going element) to ensure you have your sums right when you buy them.
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Return on Investment

  • The Arista 7000 series met or exceed our data center switching and routing needs.
  • It provided a more cost effective alternative to other products we were considering.
  • Implementation was quick and easy due to the simple standards-based configuration.
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  • The Meraki eco-system adds real value to the business
  • The ease of setup and wealth of add-ons has really helped
  • The looks of the kit have helped in the smaller offices where the kit is "on show"
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Pricing Details

Arista 7000 series

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Cisco Meraki MS Switches

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details