Arista Creates a New Open Cloud-Scale Platform

Arista Networks has created a new platform, Arista 7360X Series, a new platform that works on the system density (doubling it) while reducing the cost of power as well as its consumption rate. Since the network diameter has been doubled, customers can now focus on the demand for higher bandwidth with reduced leaf-spine tiers, while lowering both opex and capex.

This new platform is amazing because its invention enables cloud providers to migrate to high performance 100G or 400G, all while using Arista EOS™ (Extensible Operating  System) for single image consistency all through the network. The Arista 7368X4 has started up the concept of an open platform. It gives scale, choice, efficiency savings and customization that make cloud network designs quite simpler.

“The Arista solution has helped Facebook to gain significant improvements in power and space efficiency, reducing the number of switch chips in the network stack and allowing power to be freed up for compute resources. Having both an internally developed Minipack and the Arista solution allows Facebook to remain multi-sourced, with an option to run Arista EOS or FBOSS on both, where either system can be deployed in multiple tiers of networks.” These were the words of Najam Ahmad, Vice President Network Engineering for Facebook. “

The engineering teams of Facebook and Arista partnered in the formation of the system, allowing full manageability through FBOSS (Facebook Operating Switch Software), exerting control over power and thermal efficiency, alongside the control plane.

“The Arista 7368X4 Series is a first in the networking industry. The product involved close collaboration by two talented engineering teams, resulting in a better outcome than each team designing in their own silo,” said Anshul Sadana, Chief Operating Officer for Arista Networks.

The Arista 7368X4 Series has been made available in the configuration as follows:

8-slot modular system with a choice of 100G and 400G modules, based on industry standard interfaces and support for EOS.