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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."