Arista platform addresses growing bandwidth demands of cloud networks

Arista Networks (NYSE:ANET) has announced two new platforms supporting 400 Gigabit Ethernet, the company said.

The new 400G fixed systems deliver the performance that hyperscale cloud networks and datacenters need for the growth of applications such as AI (artificial intelligence), machine learning, and serverless compute.

The Arista 7060X4 Series uses industry standard optics for 400G and offers the choice of two optical module form factors – OSFP and QSFP-DD. Both form factors offer a wide choice of 400G optics and cables, including optics that provide backward compatibility for 100G ports. This gives customers flexibility in building high density leaf spine networks to support the most demanding emerging applications, including 100G connectivity to servers and 400G connectivity in the leaf-spine fabric.

The new platforms, which are based on the Broadcom 12.8 Tbps Tomahawk 3 silicon, support 32 400G ports in a compact 1U chassis. In addition, each 400G port can be split into four 100G ports, which supports a total of 128 100G ports in a 1U chassis. Enhancements in Arista EOS® traffic management and load balancing take advantage of on-chip improvements in buffering and routing resources.

Arista Networks pioneered software-driven, cognitive cloud networking for large-scale datacenter and campus environments. Arista´s award-winning platforms redefine and deliver availability, agility, automation, analytics and security.