Opinions on Arista 7280?

David Bass davidbass570 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 16:33:43 UTC 2015

These are being implemented in production on many a bank network...so yes,
they are plenty good enough.  You will obviously need to test them in a lab
to make sure the features you need to implement don't have any bugs that
need to be addressed first.  Overall I've had good experiences with them
though in a spine/leaf topology in major data centers.

I've also been implementing Arista switches as core devices outside of the
data center with some pretty great results, but you need to be careful to
make sure the features you need are available on the platform you want to
buy.  As with Cisco (and any other vendor) there are some hardware
limitations where some features will exist on one platform, but not another.

On Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 4:39 AM, H I Baysal <hibaysal at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> Hardware is really nice.
> Backplane, buffers, just basically “pumping” bandwidth. It’s really good.
> However, mlag can show some bugs when having only 1 interface in an MLAG
> (only 1 side) they had issues with the ifindex numbering in software.
> There were OSPF configuration options missing, etc.
> In short, hardware is really nice, software needs more maturing.
> Nice for distribution but not for core.
> > On 24 Nov 2015, at 19:02, David Hubbard <dhubbard at dino.hostasaurus.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > Curious if anyone's used the 7280 and wants to share their experience?
> > I'm looking at it primarily for three reasons, MLAG (i.e. multi-chassis
> > LACP), large ARP/MAC table (256k entries) and large IPv6 neighbor table
> > (256k entries).  For the table sizes we would like out of one pair of
> > switches, we'd be into the Cisco 7000 series, but that's dramatically
> > more expensive and we don't need much of anything else that it offers.
> >
> > Looked at Brocade too, but they don't have devices that can do the multi
> > chassis LACP, has the huge table sizes and has a reasonable number of
> > 10gig ports.  It was possible to construct a workable solution using
> > VDX's for switching and CER's for routing, but that's more complex than
> > Arista's option if it's a usable option.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > David

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