[c-nsp] Arista vs Cisco

Nick Hilliard nick at foobar.org
Mon Dec 8 10:41:30 EST 2014

On 08/12/2014 14:18, Xuhu NSP wrote:
> Hi folks, today have a session with arista se, from the way it shows I
> feel arista switch is very powerful compared Cisco switch, either from
> low end to high end, either from power consumption or port density or
> even chip design perspective, it indicates that Cisco is losing
> advantages slowly.
> Consider Data center interconnection, some features arista support
> better than Cisco, for example vxlan, it seems only vxlan can support
> cross internet cloud. Other features no idea what's the pros and cons.
> If we consider the sdn support or nsx support, it seems Cisco also lose.
> Anyway, from the way they presented, it looks like they r very confident
> to beat Cisco, I am wondering this group may have some seasoned
> architecture, your inputs may help to understand more and appreciate
> it.

All the sdn support in the world isn't going to help you if what you need
is mpls.  LISP is useless if you need vxlan.

Both vendors make fine kit.  Choose your tools for the job.


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