Arista Expands Portfolio and Cloud Resiliency

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Arista Networks announced four new switches to its 7050 Series family and Arista EOS software enhancements that address the most demanding needs in cloud computing environments.

Four new 7050 Switches

Four additions to the 7050 Series switches build on their “spine and leaf” networking portfolio and provide maximum density,scalability and resiliency for the data center market. The 7050Q provides 16 ports of 40 Gigabit Ethernet and the ability to connect to eight ports of 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet based on SFP+ interfaces. The 7050T-64 and 7050T-52 Series switches provide 48 ports of 100/1000/10GBase-T to server and storage nodes.

These switches allow customers to migrate from 1 Gigabit Ethernet to 10 Gigabit Ethernet without intrusive upgrades. To address the needs such as large Hadoop clusters that are growing by racks a day, the Arista 7050 switches provide automation and features like 960 million packets per second and 1.28 Terabits per second forwarding.

Multi-Chassis Link Aggregation

Building on the new switch announcements Arista noted that their advanced software is built on Hitless Multi-Chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG) for providing resiliency against any cable, transceiver or switch failure in a two-tier network with traffic loss under 50 milliseconds. MLAG with In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) allows for a network upgrade without any application downtime.

Enhancements to Arista’s leading Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) system creates the first stateless networking deployments for intelligent, multi-layer switches. With ZTP customers can automate the deployment, replacement and upgrading of a switch.

“The delivery of 40 Gigabit Ethernet switches, puts our customers in the unique position of building high density networks that scale for future growth, while integrating existing 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet solutions,” said Anshul Sadana, Vice President, Customer Engineering for Arista Networks.

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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