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Arista Networks Platform is #2 ranked solution in top Data Center Networking tools and #12 ranked solution in top Ethernet Switches. PeerSpot users give Arista Networks Platform an average rating of 8 out of 10. Arista Networks Platform is most commonly compared to Cisco Catalyst Switches: Arista Networks Platform vs Cisco Catalyst Switches. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 31% of all views.
What is Arista Networks Platform?
Arista Networks is the leader in building scalable high-performance and ultra-low-latency networks for today's data center and cloud computing environments. Purpose-built hardware, and Arista EOS, the world's most advanced network operating system, provide single-binary system images across all platforms, maximum system uptime, stateful fault repair, Zero Touch Provisioning, Latency Analysis and a fully accessible Linux Shell. Arista Ethernet switches are the perfect network solution for your most demanding workloads.With native support for VMware Virtualization and hundreds of Linux applications integrated into hardware platforms designed to meet the stringent power and cooling requirements of today's most demanding datacenters, Arista delivers the most efficient and best performing 10Gb Ethernet platforms.

Arista Networks Platform was previously known as 7000 Series.

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What users are saying about Arista Networks Platform pricing:
  • "Arista is very expensive. Not everybody is in a position to spend $70,000 to $80,000 for one switch."
  • "It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco."
  • "Cost wise, Arista Networks Platform is more expensive than other networking solutions."
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    Founder, Director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Stable with extremely responsive technical support and an easy deployment process
    Pros and Cons
    • "The best part is the single operating system that they have. Regardless of your model, it's the same operating system functioning across the board, which means you don't have to worry about backward compatibilities between your older switches and the new ones that you deploy."
    • "The solution is quite expensive. One of the negative aspects of it is the pricing."

    What is most valuable?

    If you have a large network, it's one of the easiest solutions to deploy and manage.

    The best part is the single operating system that they have. Regardless of your model, it's the same operating system functioning across the board, which means you don't have to worry about backward compatibilities between your older switches and the new ones that you deploy, which is a big plus when compared to maybe Cisco, HP, or Juniper, where you get into these different operating systems based on the model. 

    Against that, if you look at the competitors, you always have to worry about the operating system that the older units are running on, and the integration between the old and new, and what are the limitations and stuff like that. All those questions you simply don't have to worry about when you talk about Arista. Therefore, the deployment becomes pretty easy.

    The solution is very stable.

    Technical support is extremely responsive and helpful.

    What needs improvement?

    The solution is quite expensive. One of the negative aspects of it is the pricing. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've used the solution for a while. I was an employee at Arista for a couple of years. In addition to that, I have almost four customers who have been using Arista.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is absolutely stable. If you look at the customer base, that itself is a testimony. They have a very, very good customer base, and it's a pretty stable solution. Rarely we have encountered any challenges with Arista.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution works well for large-scale organizations.

    How are customer service and support?

    The nice thing about technical support from Arista is you don't have to go through multiple levels of check-ups where there is someone who collects your information and stuff and then passes on the baton to someone else. That's not how they work. It's an engineer on the call who would directly help you out, which saves a lot of time and headache. The whole time with the technical support of Arista is significantly lower than others. My experience has been that when you call Arista tech support, your call is answered within a couple of minutes. Compared to the rest, where it could be 15 to 20 minutes at least, it's great. Arista is very quick on the response time when it comes to assistance.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I also have an understanding of Cisco, HP, and Juniper.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is pretty straightforward and simple. For roughly around 50 switches, you could deploy them in a day with the manpower of maybe two people.

    Even for probably a network which is moderately sized, a couple of admins would do the job in terms of maintenance. They could deploy and just hold it. If you have a lot of changes to make every now and then they can handle it. That part would completely depend upon the operations that are carried out.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The product is fairly expensive. It's not a cheap option. Clients need to be ready to pay.

    There's an annual license with Arista. Though the unit of calculation is monthly, the license has to be procured on an annual basis. It's an annual license, and again, it's pricy.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate the solution at a nine out of ten. The only negative that applies to them is the price.

    I would recommend Arista for enterprises considering their price point, however, I would not recommend it for the SME/SMB market. Although it's a wonderful product, the price is something that an SME or SMB cannot afford.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Dibyendu Das
    Director at Apace Systems Corporation
    Vendor
    Top 5
    Provides our solutions with low-latency and the stability we need
    Pros and Cons
    • "It's an extremely reliable platform for the network switches we use."

      What is our primary use case?

      We are manufacturers for certain storage platforms and we have our own storage software for enabling GPU clustering. We work more in the video segment. We have our own solutions that we put on that particular cluster which enable a remote workspace management portal for people who are into content. We don't generally provide solutions for micro-level storage customers that are dealing with your retail data or the like. We specialize in macro-computing, video analytics, audio/video editing solutions, editing over the cloud, and remote editing of spaces. It's a very specialized platform.

      We set up a private cloud architecture for customers. There are certain customers who are large-scale photo editors, video editors — companies like BBC — that are in the content business. They don't want their content to be on multi-user platforms. They want to have control of their platforms. We have a solution where they can have a YouTube-like experience, but it's totally private. We have very bespoke solutions for media-related mining.

      What is most valuable?

      Arista is a nice platform. It's an extremely reliable platform for the network switches we use.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      We have never seen a project where people have complained that it's not working. Never.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      We have found their networks to be very high-end, low-latency, and we have never had a problem scaling up.

      How are customer service and support?

      Generally, Arista's technical support is prompt. There can be delays but they're not bad. When we go back to them, they get the job done. They are very good at support.

      Overall, Arista is a good team to work with. They are very straightforward.

      What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

      Arista is very expensive. Not everybody is in a position to spend $70,000 to $80,000 for one switch.

      For our customers that have a budget of $4,000 to $5,000 for one switch fabric, we generally recommend NETGEAR. That is also a very good switch. If somebody wants something cheaper than that, we recommend they go for something else.

      For a market like India, Africa, and Asia, people always think twice because Arista is expensive compared to the competition. Of course, it's not an apples-to-apples comparison. There are no other products that you can directly compare with Arista. It's the difference between getting a V12 engine and a generic engine. You need to be able to afford a V12. Arista is not for everybody.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We have deployed many enterprise platform switches, depending on the customer's capacity to buy a given platform. We have tested the Huawei switches. For certain protocols and traffic, and especially for video transmissions, Huawei has a good platform. But it's not like Arista, which has the highest one. Cisco has a bit of delay and a lag. From a robustness perspective, you pay a premium for Arista but you get the most from it.

      We don't recommend Cisco because Cisco is a very different ballgame altogether. It's more into infrastructure networking data management. Cisco is made for something very different. When you are talking about IoT, Cisco meets expectations.

      What other advice do I have?

      I would recommend Arista for certain applications, for microbiological and molecular calculations; for supercomputing. If you are looking for an ultra-low latency network, this is the only solution. There is nothing else that is similar.

      It has low-latency, stability, and scalability because it is modular. If you have the budget, go for it.

      Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

      Hybrid Cloud

      If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

      Google
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      Head of Technical at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
      Reseller
      Top 5
      Easy installation with excellent stability and good scalability
      Pros and Cons
      • "The solution is very stable."
      • "The solution needs to improve their product range."

      What is our primary use case?

      The solution is primarily used for colocation services, as an extension for various platforms, and also mainly for new setups of data centers. They've played a role in top-of-the-rack features and also for data center extensions like VXLAN. 

      We have users that use Arista for their financial software testing due to their low latencies.

      What is most valuable?

      The initial installation is very straightforward.

      A company can scale the solution if it needs to.

      The solution is very stable.

      What needs improvement?

      The solution needs to improve their product range. They've added a few items, however, they're a bit of a johnny-come-lately to a lot of other competitors in the space and they need to compete for more for the attention of various sizes of business. They basically need to include more models in their offering.

      The one thing they lack is Microsegmentation solutions. In contrast, Cisco offers that. It has something called ACI, and we lose out on contracts due to the fact that Arista doesn't have a similar offering. Clients would like to have that on hand as when clients deal with the Cloud base, Microsoft segmentation can be managed with, in a sense, Analytics.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I've been dealing with the solution since 2017. It's been a few years now.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      The solution is quite stable. We haven't had any stability issues with it for the most part. There aren't bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's good.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      The solution can scale if you need it to. 

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Technical support has been very good. They're quite helpful and responsive. We're satisfied with the level of support we get. For solutions like Nutanix and Arista, I'm never disappointed with the service we get.

      How was the initial setup?

      The initial setup is mostly straightforward. It just really depends on the scope. There are different discussions that need to precede the installation of it, so that might take a week or two. You still talk to the customer, you make a design, you get the approval, and all of that. However, once you have all of that, if you take that implementation, you're looking at probably, one day to one-and-a-half days just to configure everything. The configuration is very important. Once you have the configuration, putting it in with the switches take a minimum amount of time. 

      You likely need two to three people to handle the implementation.

      What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

      Arista is largely a cloud player catering to the Googles, the Facebooks and all the big players. Price-wise we have a disadvantage pitching Arista, especially against somebody like Cisco who has been in the sector for a long time. We are often fighting Cisco from the pricing perspective with their larger productions and licenses.

      In terms of licensing, there are costs related to both licensing and support. We pay for licensing yearly.

      What other advice do I have?

      We are a distributor of the solution.

      I would recommend the solution. Overall, I would rate it at a nine out of ten.

      Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

      On-premises
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      Senior Network Engineer II at Mercury General Corporation
      Real User
      Top 5
      Good hardware, very stable code, good support, and good scalability
      Pros and Cons
      • "It is very stable. It has good hardware and very stable code. It provides good value for its price. They are a very lean type of organization, so they are very responsive, and they're able to focus more on their platform versus having multiple products out there."
      • "Its price can be better."

      What is our primary use case?

      It basically is the switching room platform for both of our data centers. We've got two private data centers in California.

      We are fully upgraded, so we are running the latest version of this solution.

      What is most valuable?

      It is very stable. It has good hardware and very stable code. It provides good value for its price.

      They are a very lean type of organization, so they are very responsive, and they are able to focus more on their platform versus having multiple products out there.

      What needs improvement?

      Its price can be better. 

      For how long have I used the solution?

      We deployed Arista in 2019 to replace our Cisco devices.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      It is very stable.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      Its scalability is really good. All of our data centers, systems, storage, and applications are using it. It is being used for everything that we host on-prem. All of our users are essentially using it.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      They've been really good. I actually enjoy them a lot more than Cisco. I would rate them a nine or ten out of ten. They solve issues. I've opened five cases, and I haven't had a poor experience with any of the cases.

      Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

      We were using Cisco devices. What we really liked about Arista is that they have embraced a more open multi-vendor approach. Cisco is more towards a closed proprietary. After deploying Arista, we saw quite a few congestion issues that we were having with Cisco being resolved.

      How was the initial setup?

      It was fairly easy.

      What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

      It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco.

      What other advice do I have?

      I would recommend this solution. We've been happy with it. I don't really have too many complaints about it. They are pretty good about releasing new features. They keep adding new features on their centrally managed platform, which is CloudVision. 

      I would rate Arista Networks Platform a nine out of ten. 

      Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

      On-premises
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      Vice President, Network Engineering at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
      Real User
      Top 5
      Easy to work with, has good load latency, and is slightly less expensive than Cisco
      Pros and Cons
      • "The solution has good load latency. They're the market leader in this aspect right now."
      • "The solution needs to accommodate new features."

      What is most valuable?

      Great latency (bundled with great L1/L2/L3 features) depending on platforms.

      What needs improvement?

      There is a lot of room for improvement within the solution. Any product, however, can improve. No product is perfect.

      The solution needs to accommodate new features.

      I have personally made some recommendations in the past and hope to see this implemented in their product line.

      I think there is a need for improvement in the area of their VXLAN/EVPN capability but their current solution is great regardless but may be not very scalable for a global deployment.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I've been using the solution for three years at this point. It's been a while.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      Again, this depend on the solution and requirement. Arista has different models that can fit into small, medium and large datacenter. Scalability is a factor in any design for expansion.

      Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

      Depending on the need and requirement, I have worked with different platforms including Cisco, Juniper and some security platforms such as Checkpoint, Fortinet, Cisco ASA and Juniper SRX.

      What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

      Arista and Cisco are comparatively the same or Cisco a bit more expensive depending on the platforms. However, I like Arista's licensing approach. Cisco licensing could be made simpler.

      What other advice do I have?

      Every industry is different, so what is going to work for a service provider might not really work for an enterprise environment. Requirement is key in any design proposal. 

      Vendor/Platforms should tailored to the requirements and solutions.

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      Cyber Security Consultant and Technical Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
      Real User
      Top 5
      Provides telemetry and visibility for many metrics
      Pros and Cons
      • "It provides telemetry and visibility for many metrics that are not supported by most of the other vendors. Out of the box, no third party solutions are needed."
      • "The community is good but is not good enough. It still needs to grow more."

      What is our primary use case?

      We use it more like a complete network operations center.

      What is most valuable?

      It provides telemetry and visibility for many metrics that are not supported by most of the other vendors. Out of the box, no third party solutions are needed.

      CloudVision is the central management, and all the features installed are from the same vendor. I like that telemetry and metrics are available. Also, the provisioning feature and all these features are from the same vendor.

      What needs improvement?

      The cost of Arista Networks Platform is high; it is more expensive than other networking solutions.

      Also, the community is good but is not good enough. It still needs to grow more.

      Maybe, if they had out-of-the-box NetFlow features to integrate with third party solutions, it will be good.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I've been working with it for about 10 months now as a system integrator.

      We sell physical appliances to our customers for their on-premises deployment.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      One of our future customers will use Arista Networks Platform to support around 1,500 employees.

      How was the initial setup?

      Two technicians would be sufficient for deployment because with Arista Networks Platform, you have the Zero Touch Provisioning feature. You have simple management, which reduces the number of hands needed to work with the solution.

      What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

      Cost wise, Arista Networks Platform is more expensive than other networking solutions.

      What other advice do I have?

      On a scale from one to ten, I would rate this solution at nine.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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