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We performed a comparison between Arista Networks Platform and Cisco Catalyst Switches based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Data Center Networking solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Catalyst Switches report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"It's an extremely reliable platform for the network switches we use.""It provides telemetry and visibility for many metrics that are not supported by most of the other vendors. Out of the box, no third party solutions are needed.""It is very stable. It has good hardware and very stable code. It provides good value for its price. They are a very lean type of organization, so they are very responsive, and they're able to focus more on their platform versus having multiple products out there.""The solution has good load latency. They're the market leader in this aspect right now.""The configuration capabilities were good.""Arista Networks Platform offers straightforward deployment, and has good features. Support for the platform is also good.""The most valuable features of the Arista Networks Platform are the EVPN and VXLAN. It has comprehensive features.""Arista Networks Platform is comfortable, easy to deploy, and easy to manage, with non-blocking technology. Additionally, it has a useful CloudVision platform and automation capabilities."

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"The solution is easy to implement and quick to deploy.""Technical support is always very helpful and fast to respond.""When it comes to Cisco Catalyst Switches, one can say that the legacy switches are stable.""Cisco Switches are more stable in terms of hardware and firmware, rather than Juniper Switches.""The warranty and continued firmware support are most valuable.""The most valuable feature is load balancing.""The performance of Cisco Catalyst Switches is good.""They are stable. We haven't had any particular problem with them."

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Cons
"Its price can be better.""The stability of this solution needs to be improved as part of the next upgrade.""The community is good but is not good enough. It still needs to grow more.""The solution needs to improve their product range.""The solution is a bit pricey.""The solution is quite expensive. One of the negative aspects of it is the pricing.""The solution needs to accommodate new features.""An area for improvement in Arista Networks Platform is its integration, e.g. it needs to have more integration with its new products. Incorporating more security and cloud is also another area for improvement in the platform."

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"Pricing for this product is on the higher end, and is something that could be improved. Security could also be increased.""I would like to see better efficiency. They are powering all the PoE ports 100% of the time instead of powering only when there is a draw on them. It has too many options. Therefore, there is a reasonably high barrier to entry in terms of learning about this stuff. A lot of times, you need to be a CCNA, which is like your ticket into the industry, but it is not the easiest thing to get.""I think that the price should be cheaper and they should include at least one year of basic service for technical support for each product, and not just the 90 days from the time of purchase.""The solution could improve by adding a user-friendly GUI. We use third-party applications for log monitoring that are expensive and if Cisco could provide log monitoring as part of this solution it would be beneficial.""All other modules have comparatively many more functions or power than regular Catalyst switches.""Scaling can be quite costly.""The cost of this product is very high and not all companies can afford it.""The product should work on its pricepoints. It's an expensive solution."

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  • "It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco."
  • "Cost wise, Arista Networks Platform is more expensive than other networking solutions."
  • "Arista is very expensive. Not everybody is in a position to spend $70,000 to $80,000 for one switch."
  • "The price of the Arista Networks Platform could be less expensive for the hardware and license."
  • "There is an annual license required to use the Arista Networks Platform."
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  • "Cisco products are not that cheap."
  • "Cisco switches are expensive. Their price range is based not only on what the product does but also the name in the industry. They are good at what they do. If you need a better product, there are other lineups available."
  • "I don't see any price issue with Cisco. Whenever you buy a quality product, you always have a mindset of paying the premium amount. For any good product, you pay a premium amount, but that also means you are going to recover that premium over a period of time in terms of performance."
  • "These switches are expensive."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "The price is too high for this market."
  • "The pricing of these devices can be better."
  • "It's overpriced and should be cheaper."
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    Top Answer:It is very stable. It has good hardware and very stable code. It provides good value for its price. They are a very lean type of organization, so they are very responsive, and they're able to focus… more »
    Top Answer:It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco.
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    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is Catalyst's V-line configuration.
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    Cisco Catalyst, Catalyst
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    Overview
    Arista Networks is the leader in building scalable high-performance and ultra-low-latency networks for today's data center and cloud computing environments. Purpose-built hardware, and Arista EOS, the world's most advanced network operating system, provide single-binary system images across all platforms, maximum system uptime, stateful fault repair, Zero Touch Provisioning, Latency Analysis and a fully accessible Linux Shell. Arista Ethernet switches are the perfect network solution for your most demanding workloads.With native support for VMware Virtualization and hundreds of Linux applications integrated into hardware platforms designed to meet the stringent power and cooling requirements of today's most demanding datacenters, Arista delivers the most efficient and best performing 10Gb Ethernet platforms.
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    Sample Customers
    American Internet Services
    Afni, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Del Papa Distributing, Explorer Pipeline, Mindtree, Omaha World Herald, Radio 538, Sony Corporation, Telecom Italia, Telenor Arena
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider25%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Insurance Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government7%
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    Comms Service Provider12%
    University12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise43%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Catalyst Switches
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Catalyst Switches and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Arista Networks Platform is ranked 2nd in Data Center Networking with 11 reviews while Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 1st in Data Center Networking with 108 reviews. Arista Networks Platform is rated 8.4, while Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Arista Networks Platform writes "Stable with extremely responsive technical support and an easy deployment process". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "Useful reports, highly reliable, and integrates well". Arista Networks Platform is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Cisco Nexus, Juniper Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches and Mellanox Switches, whereas Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with HPE ProCurve, Dell PowerConnect Switches, Cisco Nexus, NETGEAR Switches and Aruba Instant On Switches. See our Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Catalyst Switches report.

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