Cute adorable Cisco has become the target of data center switch vendor Arista Networks

Is it fair to compete with cute little elephants on price?

BusinessWeek reported last week that data center networking switch vendor - Arista Networks, is taking direct aim at the data center market share of Cisco Systems: Gunning for an Elephant in Silicon Valley Why is the data center market share of cute adorable Cisco at risk? Well, according to BusinessWeek: Arista's switches, computers that direct traffic around the Net, are less than half the price of comparable Cisco products. Lane Patterson - chief technology officer of data center company Equinix, says Arista's equipment can be one fifth the cost, "a phenomenally compelling price." Its gear also runs on cutting-edge software that analysts say has advantages over Cisco's 20-year-old software, IOS. Arista's software has the potential to run more kinds of programs and won't crash if one gets a bug.

What's your take, can Arista take data center market share from cute adorable Cisco based on price?

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