Arista Networks Expands 7050X4 Series
December 19, 2022
Networks expanded their widely deployed 7050X4 Series, providing longevity and
investment protection for enterprise compute and storage, colocation providers (Colo)
and managed services providers (MSPs). Complementing the new 7050X4 Series,
Arista also announced an expansion of the 7060X5 Series with the addition of
800G, which doubles the capacity of hyperscale backbones while reducing space
and power per gigabit.
Both traditional enterprise and hyperscale cloud are in the midst of compute and
storage refresh cycles, fueling demand for higher speed networks. While these
customers are transitioning from 1/10/25G to 50/100G, the hyperscale cloud is
transitioning from 50/100G to 100/200/400G for demanding AI/ML workloads.
Arista's expanded portfolio of 7050X4 and 7060X5 products address the specific
needs of both enterprise and hyperscale cloud, enabling higher network speeds
while lowering OpEx and CapEx.
Investment Protection with Multi-generation Support
Rapid advances in distributed high performance and virtualized or containerized
applications are driving enterprises to increase computing power, storage
performance and scale, which in turn demands the underlying network to become
lossless communications at higher speeds.
While the majority of installed servers rely on 10/25G Network Interface Card
(NIC) connectivity (based on PCIe® Gen3), the latest server NICs, based on PCIe
Gen4 and upcoming Gen5/6, deliver 50/100/200G server NIC connections, thereby
driving a network speed upgrade between the data center leaf and spine
connections from existing 100G to 400G and 800G. The new 7050X4 and 7060X5
systems enable the co-existence of current and future requirements with four
generations of investment protection.
The new 7050X4 systems take industry standard, high volume SFP interfaces to the
next level, with the new 100G SFP-DD and DSFP providing ‘quad-speed’ support and
QSFP-DD for 40G to 400G, providing higher density and lower power at a lower
cost/Gbit, with options from 10G to 400G.
“Elegantly managing the transition between generations of compute resources has
always posed a challenge for customers and networking vendors. Arista’s vision
for multi-generational compatibility and diverse portfolio, based on Broadcom
Trident and Tomahawk® silicon families, align perfectly with our network adapter
roadmap and offers customers excellent investment protection,” said Jas
Tremblay, Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Solutions Group
Expansion for Cloud, Enabled with 800G
Hyperscalers continue to expand their network bandwidth, driven by unprecedented
increases in workloads from artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML)
and SaaS applications, as well as hybrid work environments. Key challenges
continue to be reducing power, increasing efficiency, guaranteeing security and
meeting sustainability goals. The new 7060X5 800G systems are multi-role leaf
and spine platforms that can support up to 32 ports of 800G, addressing today’s
high end storage and HPC requirements as well as future generations of server
“Arista continues to accelerate customer adoption of the next generation of
server NICs based on PCIe Gen4 with cost effective and power efficient products
for the leaf and spine tiers. Our expanded support for 40/50/100/200/400G and
new 800G systems with industry standard QSFP and OSFP satisfies customer
requirements for large scale cloud networks while maintaining backwards
compatibility, satisfying customers large and small,” said Anshul Sadana, COO
for Arista Networks.
Arista’s 800G optical modules and cables are available in the same form factors
widely deployed in today’s 400G networks, OSFP and QSFP-DD. In addition, the new
800G modules provide double the bandwidth at a lower power and cost per bit
compared to existing 400G modules.
The new Arista 7050X4 and 7060X5 Series fixed leaf and spine switches are
based on the Broadcom Trident4 and Tomahawk®4 chipsets running EOS for rich
automation and visibility covering 10G to 800G speeds to meet the critical
requirements of modern enterprise and hyperscale cloud networks:
power consumption - 20-40% power savings
Ubiquitous form factors - SFP & QSFP-based systems for diverse compute
Quad-Speed Investment Protection - Backward and Forward compatibility for
current and future compute and storage systems
2x density improvement - 32 ports of 800G (25.6Tbps) in 1U for AI and ML
4-Generation Compatibility - Supporting PCIe Gen4 based compute and storage
The new 7050X4 and 7060X5 platforms will be available in Q1 2023, with customer
testing currently in progress.