Arista joins list of vendors that are supporting the new 25G Ethernet standards with this week's announcement of three new switches, the 7060X, 7260X and 7320X, that support both 25 and 50 Gigabit Ethernet.
The 7060CX-32S is a 32 port 1RU box that can handle 10/25/40/50 and 100 GbE across all ports. The 7260 is double the size at 2RU and supports up to 64 ports of either 40 GbE or 100 GbE.
In the 7320-X series, the new 7238X switch, a 13RU appliance, supports up to 8 linecards and 1,024 ports of 10 GbE or 25 GbE. The 7324X is an 8RU box with support for 4 linecards and 512 ports of 10 GbE or 25 GbE.
Lastly, the new 7050X provides 32 ports of 10 GbE and four 40 GbE ports.
Arista's connection to the 25G world goes back to the very beginning: the company was a founding member of the 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium in July 2014. Fellow founding members include Microsoft, Mellanox, Google and Broadcom.
25 Gigabit Ethernet has made substantial progress since 2014, with the standard settling and products now set to deploy, thanks to Arista. IHS Infonetics is now forecasting that 25 GbE port shipments will represent nine percent of all ports shipped globally by 2019.
"Building networks around a standard technology that evolves and interacts with earlier versions of itself represents the most logical and cost-effective path," Arista CEO Jayshree Ullal wrote in a blog post. "This sound reasoning makes it even easier to break old habits and move on to faster, better and more economical cloud networking."
Ullal emphasized that the unifying factor of the new Arista switches is the flexibility that Ethernet enables, whether the speed is 1 or 100 Gigabit Ethernet. For Arista's own firmware, the EOS (Extensible Operating System), the promise of flexibility is extended further, with a single operating system image that works across different devices and Ethernet speeds.
"Welcome to the new decade of cloud networking and Ethernet scale with innovations never witnessed before in legacy networks," Ullal wrote.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.