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September 2017, Vol. 8, No. 7

Arista Universal Spine lands Network Innovation Award

Arista Networks Inc. is being recognized with this month's Network Innovation Award for its Universal Spine, which relies on a distributed leaf-spine approach, rather than massive core routers, to serve the needs of large enterprises and internet service providers. Universal Spine is based on Arista's 7500R Series of high-performance switches and routers, the most powerful of which has a maximum capacity of 15 Pbps. SearchNetworking spoke to Martin Hull, Arista's senior director of systems engineering and platforms, to find out more about what the vendor is doing with the Universal Spine platform. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. It's been a little more than a year since you announced Arista Universal Spine. How has it been received in the marketplace? Martin Hull Martin Hull: The product is the culmination of a continuous evolution of platforms we've had in the market since 2008. But in terms of the Universal Spine, that was the bringing together of additional capabilities afforded by improvements in the ...

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