Arista Unveils Software Defined Switching Platform

The Arista Networks 8150 switch with software defined network.

Arista Networks announced the Arista 7150 Series of switches, offering a flexible forwarding path that supports advanced functionality through Software Defined Networking.

The Arista 7150 Series was designed with the Intel Ethernet Switch FM6000 silicon, as announced last week at the Intel Developer Forum as a part of Intel’s SeaCliff SDN reference platform. “We are excited to collaborate with Arista on the 7150 Series, designed with the Intel Ethernet Switch FM6000 silicon for flexible forwarding.

Together with Programmable Arista EOS, new SDN functionality can be achieved with a common platform. Such versatility is a breakthrough innovation in the industry and a testament to the world-class design achieved by Arista and Intel working together,” said Diane Bryant, Vice President and General Manager, Datacenter Group at Intel.

The Arista 7150 Series offers up to 64 wire-speed 1/10 GbE ports or 16 40GbE ports and supports VXLAN tunnels at wire-speed. In a single system Arista brings together Network Address Translation, IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol, and congestion management. It enables 40GbE ports with port-to-port latency of 350 nanoseconds for Layer 2/3 forwarding.

Arista President and CEO Jayshree Ullal says the 7150 is the “first network-wide virtualization platform for next generation cloud bursting support with wire speed VXLAN hardware-based Tunnel Endpoint termination, which enables end-to-end workload portability across L3 subnets while maintaining connections to all existing physical services such as storage, load balancers and security, and featuring VM visibility through VM Tracer.”

The 7150 Series offers SDN features for big data, cloud, Web 2.0 and financial trading applications, fueled by wire speed NAT capabilities and advanced Latency Analyzer (LANZ+) functions for application-level microburst detection, congestion monitoring and analysis essential to optimize big data and other performance-sensitive applications. Along with open EOS APIs the 7150 Series offers monitoring, analysis and forensic capabilities for both coarse and fine-grained views of data flows and network activities.

“Arista has combined a flexible forwarding data path with the Arista EOS (Extensible Operating System) to deliver breakthrough latency, power, density and advanced SDN features in a compact 1U form-factor. The Arista 7150 is truly the first next generation SDN switch for virtualized data centers,” said Andy Bechtolsheim, CDO and Chairman of Arista Networks.

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