Arista launches 10 and 40Gb Ethernet switch

Arista has announced a switch that delivers 1.28TB of combined switching bandwidth for both 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet.

Arista has announced a switch that delivers 1.28TB of combined switching bandwidth for both 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet.

The Arista 7050 series, announced on Monday, has 48 ports that can run at either 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) or 10GbE and four 40GbE ports. If splitter cables are used, each 40GbE port can run four 10GbE connections, giving the hardware a combined 10GbE switching capacity of 64 ports. It can deal with up to 960 million packers per second of data.

Also, it draws down the equivalent of 2W of power per 10GbE interface. Arista says this makes it the most efficient switch on the market.

"The new 7050 Series delivers the lowest power draw per port of any 10GbE switch, uses the latest in silicon technologies, delivering the highest-density with twice the routing scale of competing products, in our one rack unit networking platform," Jeff Hirschman, vice president of hardware engineering and manufacturing at Arista, said.

Arista says the port will be ideal for networks running big data and dense virtualisation applications. It is the first switch on the market to use the Broadcom Trident+ application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), Arista said.

The switch became available to order on Monday. Prices start at $29,995 (£18,700).