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"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.""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.""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 has good load latency. They're the market leader in this aspect right now.""The solution is very stable.""It's an extremely reliable platform for the network switches we use."

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"The most valuable feature is performance.""It's easy to use, and the performance is great.""We have found that logical tenant segregation to be the most useful feature.""It's easy to use.""Cisco Nexus meets all of our requirements.""The initial setup is pretty easy.""Its low latency is most valuable. Its performance is good, and it is also very stable.""When it comes to data centers, Cisco Nexus is the best."

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"The solution needs to accommodate new features.""The community is good but is not good enough. It still needs to grow more.""The solution needs to improve their product range.""Its price can be better.""The solution is quite expensive. One of the negative aspects of it is the pricing."

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"The solution is more expensive than other options on the market.""The flexibility and configuration could be better.""The licensing is very complicated. They should work to simplify it.""The software is not as mature as it could be and needs some integration improvements with other orchestrators.""They could improve on having different technologies between product models.""It would be ideal if there was better integration with various other platforms.""Nexus switches should be able to support network function virtualization (NFV).""The cost of the support can be improved. We had critical operations, and we needed 24/7 support for 365 days, which was quite expensive. We had to go for a very costly support contract, which was really a concern. The availability of spare parts, especially in a remote location such as Egypt, can also be improved."

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  • "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."
  • "Arista is very expensive. Not everybody is in a position to spend $70,000 to $80,000 for one switch."
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  • "I thought that it would be less expensive."
  • "We use a local distributor for support, which is very expensive."
  • "The price of the product is reasonable."
  • "The Nexus 9000 is very competitively priced."
  • "The problem with Cisco, from what I see, is that their costs are much higher."
  • "Licensing is annual or every three years. We were one of the big customers, and we used to get good prices, but the cost of the support can be improved."
  • "The solution is expensive."
  • "We have a virtual license."
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    It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco.
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    The implementation process could be easier, which is something that should be improved.
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    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.
    The Cisco Nexus family of switches is designed to meet the stringent requirements of the next-generation data center. Not simply bigger or faster, these switches offer the following characteristics: infrastructure that can be scaled cost-effectively and that helps you increase energy, budget, and resource efficiency, transport that can navigate the transition to 10 Gigabit Ethernet and unified fabric and can also handle architectural changes such as virtualization, Web 2.0 applications, and cloud computing and operational continuity to meet your need for an environment where system availability is assumed and maintenance windows are rare if not totally extinct.
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    Sample Customers
    American Internet Services
    Advanced Medical Transport, Banco de Guayaquil, Baylor Scott & White Health, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Calligaris, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Del Papa Distributing, Department of Justice, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Hertz, K&L Gates , LightEdge, Lone Star College System, Management Science Associates, Mindtree, NBC Olympics, Quest, Sony Corporation, The Department of Education in Western Australia, Valley Proteins
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Comms Service Provider37%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Company Size
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Nexus and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Arista Networks Platform is ranked 2nd in Data Center Networking with 6 reviews while Cisco Nexus is ranked 3rd in Data Center Networking with 21 reviews. Arista Networks Platform is rated 8.6, while Cisco Nexus is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Arista Networks Platform writes "Stable with extremely responsive technical support and an easy deployment process". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Nexus writes "Performs well, good port flexibility, and scales out easily". Arista Networks Platform is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, Cisco Ethernet Switches and Mellanox Switches, whereas Cisco Nexus is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Juniper QFabric, Dell PowerConnect Switches, VMware NSX and Extreme VDX. See our Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Nexus report.

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