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We performed a comparison between Arista Networks Platform and Cisco Nexus 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 Nexus report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"We find the CloudVision switching feature of this solution really useful.""The configuration capabilities were good.""It's an extremely reliable platform for the network switches we use.""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.""The solution has good load latency. They're the market leader in this aspect right now.""The best part is the single operating system that they have. Regardless of your model, it's the same operating system functioning across the board, which means you don't have to worry about backward compatibilities between your older switches and the new ones that you deploy.""The most valuable features of the Arista Networks Platform are the EVPN and VXLAN. It has comprehensive features.""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."

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"The most valuable feature is performance.""When it comes to data centers, Cisco Nexus is the best.""The most valuable features are extensions and recorded scalability.""It's easy to use, and the performance is great.""Cisco Nexus meets all of our requirements.""The solution is stable.""The most valuable features are the solution is robust, you are able to use it for fabric architecture as well as SPAN on exit with the controller.""Tech support is good."

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Cons
"The stability of this solution needs to be improved as part of the next upgrade.""Its price can be better.""The solution is a bit pricey.""Arista Networks Platform should focus on improving the compatibility or integration with Cisco solutions.""The solution needs to improve their product range.""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.""The solution is quite expensive. One of the negative aspects of it is the pricing.""The overall price of the Arista Networks Platform is expensive. It should be reduced."

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"The implementation process could be easier, which is something that should be improved.""The flexibility and configuration could be better.""The price could be better.""The licensing is very complicated. They should work to simplify it.""The installation process lasted too long, taking 16 to 24 hours for full completion.""There may be many bugs which remain unresolved.""The initial setup wasn't simple or user-friendly.""It would be ideal if there was better integration with various other platforms."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "I thought that it would be less expensive."
  • "We use a local distributor for support, which is very expensive."
  • "The price of the product is reasonable."
  • "The Nexus 9000 is very competitively priced."
  • "The problem with Cisco, from what I see, is that their costs are much higher."
  • "Licensing is annual or every three years. We were one of the big customers, and we used to get good prices, but the cost of the support can be improved."
  • "The solution is expensive."
  • "We have a virtual license."
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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.
    Top Answer:The implementation process could be easier, which is something that should be improved.
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    8.4
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    Also Known As
    7000 Series
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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.
    The Cisco Nexus family of switches is designed to meet the stringent requirements of the next-generation data center. Not simply bigger or faster, these switches offer the following characteristics: infrastructure that can be scaled cost-effectively and that helps you increase energy, budget, and resource efficiency, transport that can navigate the transition to 10 Gigabit Ethernet and unified fabric and can also handle architectural changes such as virtualization, Web 2.0 applications, and cloud computing and operational continuity to meet your need for an environment where system availability is assumed and maintenance windows are rare if not totally extinct.
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    Sample Customers
    American Internet Services
    Advanced Medical Transport, Banco de Guayaquil, Baylor Scott & White Health, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Calligaris, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Del Papa Distributing, Department of Justice, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Hertz, K&L Gates , LightEdge, Lone Star College System, Management Science Associates, Mindtree, NBC Olympics, Quest, Sony Corporation, The Department of Education in Western Australia, Valley Proteins
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider25%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Insurance Company13%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government7%
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    Financial Services Firm13%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Government12%
    Healthcare Company12%
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    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    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 Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise75%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Nexus
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Nexus and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    634,775 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Arista Networks Platform is ranked 2nd in Data Center Networking with 11 reviews while Cisco Nexus is ranked 3rd in Data Center Networking with 22 reviews. Arista Networks Platform is rated 8.4, while Cisco Nexus is rated 8.4. 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 Nexus writes "Performs well, good port flexibility, and scales out easily". Arista Networks Platform is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Cisco Ethernet Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches and Mellanox Switches, whereas Cisco Nexus is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Juniper QFabric, Dell PowerConnect Switches, Juniper QFX Series Switches and VMware NSX. See our Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Nexus report.

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