10GBase-T switches for cloud data centers

Arista Networks' 2nd-generation 10GBase-T switches address growing virtualization market.

At Gartner'sData Center Conference 2012 in Las Vegas, Arista Networks announced an addition to its 7050 Series of switches, providing customers with another option for migrating data centers to 10-GbE driven by growth in big data and virtualization. The Arista 7050T-36 is the newest addition to the company's purpose-built 10GBase-T switches, designed to accelerate customer migration to 10-GbE.

“The Arista 7050T Series switches give Brinkster the ability to maintain high levels of energy efficiency while avoiding the higher cost of SFP+, the ease of using standard Cat 6a cable versus twinax, and the flexibility to utilize 1G and 10G in the same switch,” asserts Nathaniel Kemberling, CTO, Brinkster Communications Corporation.

The Arista 7050T-36 switch includes 32 ports with auto-negotiating 100 Mb/1 GbE/10 GbE ports based on standard RJ45 interfaces and 4 10GbE SFP+ ports. This enables customers to deploy scalable, leaf-spine cloud networks while preserving their initial investment and minimizing intrusive upgrades.

Arista contends that consolidating servers from multiple connections of 1G to 10GBase-T simplifies migration using low cost structured cabling, increasing distances over short reach twinax copper cables and allowing more flexible deployment options. Further, the Arista 7050T Series removes power consumption as a barrier for adoption, contends the company, with the lowest draw in the industry at five watts per port.

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“The key elements for widespread customer adoption of 10GBase-T are low price, power efficiency and high density," comments Anshul Sadana senior vice president, customer engineering for Arista Networks. "The price points of 10GBase-T are now nearing data center class 1-GbE switches which make future proofing all the more compelling for customers."

The Arista 7050T-36 rounds out the Arista portfolio of fixed 10Gb Ethernet switches. In addition to power efficiency and port density, the Arista 7050 Series 1/10GBase-T data center switches offer wire speed performance with a choice of 36, 52 or 64 ports of 10-GbE. As with all Arista switches, the Arista EOS [extensible operating system] simplifies network administration with advanced monitoring and automation capabilities lowering both capex and opex.

Prices start at $300 per port. More information is available here.

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