Today, Arista announces the availability large scale 100GB Ethernet for 7500 chassis and it looks like a serious change in the way network hardware is priced and will change the way you look at network hardware.
Arista has a 7500 chassis and announces four line cards.
- 12 x 100 GbE
- 36 x 40GbE
- 48 x 10GbE + 2 x 100GbE
- 40 x 10GbE with extra SDN hot sauce and new larger hot dog
A 12 port 100 GbE line card !! Shipping ?
Lets add some more porn to this: Arista have chosen to deliver the 100GbE Ethernet port with 12 x 10GbE lanes and you can use cable adapter to modify the 100GbE ports into 3 x 40GbE or 12 x 10GbE ports. You might buy the 12 x 100GbE module, use 4 x 100GbE ports today in a leaf spine architecture, then use 2 x 100GbE as 6 x 40GbE and STILL have 6 more 100GbE ports available for more connections.
Get the idea ?
And upgrades to Supervisors are optional. Newer supervisor have more CPU / Memory etc and may be required for larger networks. Since 12 x 100GbE modules means larger networksit is a good bet you will need them but you don’t have to. N
But here is the most stunning part of Arista 100GbE announcement:
A 100GbE port uses a MPO MMF cable with 12 core to provide 10 x 10Gbps channels (I’ve written about this “Futures Review on 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet” in 2010.
But 100GbE using SR lasers that are built into the line cards for a cost of $120K per card.
The EtherealMind View
Who needs QoS ? Just get MOAR bandwidth and speed.
I have nothing to disclose in this article. I was briefed as a blogger. I will host a sponsored podcast with Arista that discusses this product in more detail in the next few weeks, but that was organised separately from this.
I mean, seriously, 100 GIGABIT Ethernet FOR TEN THOUSAND bucks a port at LIST PRICE. Holy CR*P.
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