Monday, May 18, 2009

Arista Debuts its 48-Port 10GBASE-T Switches

Arista Networks, a start-up based in Menlo Park, California, introduced its high density 10GBASE-T switches in a 1U form factor. The Arista 7100T layer 2/3 switches include 24 and 48-port models. Each model offers auto-negotiating 1/10GBASE-T ports with standard RJ-45 connectors and SFP+ uplink ports.

Arista is targeting copper-based 10GbE switching for data center server access. The new 7100T switches offer backwards compatibility with standard Gigabit Ethernet cabling and investment protection as customers migrate from Gigabit to 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

"As customers consolidate servers across their datacenter, the demand for networking bandwidth grows tremendously," said Andy Bechtolsheim, Chief Development Officer at Arista. "The new high-density 7100 Series 10GBASE-T switches are ideal for server connections since they enable a seamless transition from 1 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet without requiring new cabling."

The Arista 7100T switches support 10GBASE-T over Category 6a cabling up to 100m, but also support Category 5e and Category 6 cabling with distances up to 55m. This allows for investment protection with existing cabling plants.

With Arista 7100T switches and 10GBASE-T adapters from companies such as Intel, high-speed server connectivity once reserved for costly, proprietary technologies such as High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters and grid-based computing can now be achieved with standardized connectivity options in datacenters of all sizes.

The Arista 7100T switches are currently in field trials. Production units will be available in Q3'09.

  • In October 2008, Arista Networks (formerly known as Arastra), a start-up based in Menlo Park, California, announced the appointment of Jayshree Ullal as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Andreas Bechtolsheim as Chief Development Officer and Chairman.

    Jayshree Ullal was previously Senior Vice President of Cisco Systems, responsible for the company's Datacenter, Switching and Services Group.

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