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Best of Interop Award Winners Announced

Best of Interop Award Winners Announced
By Sue Smith

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Out of the 150 entries for the Best of Interop awards, three finalists were selected in each of 7 categories: cloud computing & virtualization, data center & storage, management & monitoring, networking, performance optimization & testing, security, wireless/mobility & BYOD support. Arista Networks won top honors for its 7500E Data Center Switch.
 



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Arista Networks won the Networking category as well as the Best of Interop Grand Award with its 7500E Data Center Switch.

The judges said the 7500E switch is worthy of note for its ability to take on "huge networks brimming with virtual hosts." The Arista switch boasts a "30 Tbps backplane, or 3.84 Tbps per slot, supporting a mix of 10, 40 and 100 GbE, maxing out at 1,152, 288 and 96 ports respectively."

In addition, the judges said that what really sets the 7500E apart from the competition is its embedded optical modules, which are used in place of standard CFP modules, in the 100 GbE cards. This means there's no need for expensive, separately packaged optics and, "the result is a dramatic reduction in the total cost per port."

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