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Arista 7000 series

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Cisco Nexus

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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 Nexus

Cisco Nexus is well suited for small and large data center deployments. In controller mode, it is much easier to automate and orchestrate network administration. This frees up hours of time. VXLAN allows for greater flexibility and use of the infrastructure, by using an overlay over the existing layer 2 infrastructure. You are also no longer limited to 4096 Vlans. By using a 24-bit segment identifier, the switch can now handle up to 16 million Vlans. For any deployment, the ability to use open standard network automation tools is a huge advantage and time saver.
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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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  • Redundancy when used in cluster
  • Configuration syncing when using a recent firmware
  • Reliability
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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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  • QoS not as full featured as routers
  • Different commands than IOS
  • L3 daughterboard instead of native L3
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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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We work in a full Cisco environment, so everything works like a charm.
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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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  • I cost us a lot of human time at first because of the steep learning curve to understand and setup the switch in cluster.
  • Since initial setup, our core has operated without any incident and did not need admin intervention.
  • Since we are 10Gbps between most of our servers, we diminished migration times of VMs between servers and backup times.
  • Our users do not bottleneck at the network level when using the network shares anymore.
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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 Nexus

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