10 Gigabit data center switch shootout

Arista, Blade top field of six top-of-rack switches


10 Gigabit switches move faster, scale higher

We tested six top-of-rack data center switches 10 ways to Sunday and found that all of them deliver high performance, scalability and a variety of advanced features. However, switches from Arista and Blade came out on top, while Cisco came up short on latency and HP failed to deliver line rate throughput. On the other hand, Cisco Nexus was the only switch to deliver full integration with between data and storage networks. Full test results

Low latency and jitter propel Arista switch to top score

Low latency and jitter propel Arista switch to top score

The Arista switch offers top-notch performance thanks to its effective use of cut-through switching.

Blade Network Technologies RackSwitch G8124

Excellent performance, best power savings

The Blade switch offers low latency and jitter, low power consumption and a small form factor.

Cisco Nexus 5010

Only switch to deliver full Fibre Channel/Fibre Channel over Ethernet support

Cisco's Nexus switch is the only product in our test to deliver full support for the convergence of data and storage networks in the data center. An apparent tradeoff is relatively high latency.

Dell PowerConnect 8024F

High performance, low price

With a list price significantly below its competitors, the Dell switch delivers solid performance.

Extreme Networks Summit X650

Highest IGMP group capacity; high power consumption, average performance

Extreme delivers a non-IOS-like operating system, XOS, which is relatively simple to learn and use.

HP ProCurve 6600-24XG

Largest MAC address capacity; low throughput, relatively high latency

HP's ProCurve came out on top when it came to MAC address capacity, but was the only switch tested that did not deliver line-rate throughput.

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