New Arista Platform Tackles Router Market at More Than 100 Tbps

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By: James O'Brien|

In a move targeting cloud services and enterprise data centers, Arista Networks just unveiled a platform series that could be aimed at unseating the primacy of router giants such as Cisco and Juniper Networks.

According to CIO, the new Arista 7500R switching and routing platform brings a top-of-series (Model 7512R) switching capacity of 115 terabits per second (Tbps). Other entries, the 7504R and the 7508R, log in at 38 Tbps and 75 Tbps capacities, respectively, according to Lightwave.

7500R Offers More Than Speed

A short list of the 7500R series features includes the following:

  • Up to 432 wire-speed 100 gigabyte Ethernet (GbE) ports in a choice of three form factors;
  • 288 gigabytes of deep- and smart-packet memory;
  • Port speeds of 1, 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100 GbE;
  • Multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), segment routing and Ethernet virtual private network protocol support, featuring up to 1 million wire-speed routes; and
  • Programmable traffic engineering with up to 128,000 MPLS, plus generic routing encapsulation, virtual extensible local area network and IP-in-IP tunnels support for the network equipment building system when it comes to compliance for service-provider deployments.

Arista’s series offers three new wire-speed 7500R series line cards, and a fourth line card option is expected later this year, according CIO. The platform should allow IT to mix and match the line cards available as part of its 7500E series.

Data Giants Jump for New Router

The 7500R series appears to already be finding adopters in companies such as Netflix, whose executives are praising the platform over other options on the market, according to TheStreet.

“Arista’s continuous innovation has resulted in novel CDN (content delivery network) architectures, offering breakthrough price/performance at 10 times more bandwidth at one-tenth the price of a traditional router,” Dave Temkin, Netflix’s vice president of global networks, told the source.

Paving the Way for New Innovation

CIO highlights the timing of the entry to market: Arista is promoting the 7500R as a response to evolving routing strategies. The new platform is expected to allow cloud providers to customize paths throughout the Internet, rather than having to rely on established forwarding practices.

The company’s leadership echoes the prospect in a BusinessWire release: “The 7500R is the highest-performance switching and routing platform that supports the full Internet routing table, enabling a Universal Spine in cloud-scale networks,” said Andreas Bechtolsheim, chairman and chief development officer at Arista.

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James O'Brien

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As a journalist and writer in the branded content space, James O'Brien covers business, technology, social media, marketing, film, food, wine, writing and news. The Nieman Journalism Lab has called his work in the custom content space "sponsored content done right." He has written for major regional newspapers, and he has managed and edited established, startup and turnaround newsrooms in varied markets, from community papers to major-city dailies. He consults for firms and businesses — startups to seasoned — on the creation of effective content strategies and the establishment of practical editorial calendars for enacting them. O'Brien holds a Ph.D. in Editorial Studies from the Editorial Institute at Boston University, where he researched and edited Bob Dylan's other-than-song writings. He is engaged in a bibliography for Oxford University Press, covering writings about filmmaker John Cassavetes. He is the author of "The Indie Writer's Survival Guide." His short stories and poetry are published in numerous journals and magazines.

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