Industry leading flexibility, programmability and performance

Highly dynamic cloud data center networks continue to expand bringing with them ever increasing bandwidth demands, accelerating the need for dense 25 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet switching in both leaf and spine tiers of modern networks. The Arista 7160 Series are purpose built fixed configuration 10/25G and 100G systems with wire speed layer 2 and layer 3 features, built for the highest performance environments, and the largest scale data centers. They combine scalable L2 and L3 resources and high density with a highly programmable and customizable switch architecture.

The 7160 can be deployed in a wide range of open networking solutions including large scale layer 2 and layer 3 cloud designs, overlay networks, virtualized or traditional enterprise data center networks.

Arista Networks 7160 Series Introduction

100GbE Switch for Cloud Networks and Data Centers

The 7160 Series are available in a range of models with a choice of 10GBASE-T and 25GbE SFP with 40/100G QSFP uplinks and 40/100G systems that offer up to 32 ports of wire speed 100G in a 1RU system. The wide range of interfaces and density choice provides deployment flexibility.

  7160-32CQ 7160-48YC6 7160-48TC6
Switch Height 1RU 1RU 1RU
Ports 32 x 100G QSFP
4 x 10G SFP
48 x 25G SFP and
6 x 100G QSFP
48 x 10GBASE-T
and 6 x 100G QSFP
Max. 10G Density 128 72 72
Max. 25G Density 128 72 24
Max. 40G Density 32 6 6
Max. 100G Density 32 6 6
Max. I/O Rate (Tbps) 6.4Tbps 3.6Tbps 2.16Tbps
Max. Forwarding Rate 2.4Bpps (1.2Bpps) 2.4Bpps (1.2Bpps) 2.4Bpps (1.2Bpps)
Latency From 2usec From 2usec From 3usec
Packet Buffer Memory 24MB
Airflow Direction Front-to-Back or Back-to-Front

High Performance 10/25/40/100G leaf-spine

  • High density wirespeed 10G, 25G and 100G
  • Up to 6.4Tbps of system capacity
  • High density 25GbE SFP IEEE compliant
  • Latency from 2usec port to port
  • Dual mode 10/25GbE support for seamless migration to the next generation of Ethernet

Optimized for DC Designs

  • Adaptable forwarding tables with custom profiles
  • Programmable pipeline for application specific encapsulation
  • Arista AlgoMatch for flexible and scalable network policy control
  • Fully shared 24MB packet buffer
  • Up to 128 Way Multi-Pathing over L2 and L3

Advanced Traffic Control, Provisioning and Monitoring *

High Availability

  • Redundant and hot swap power and cooling
  • Reversible airflow options for hot and cold aisle
  • Smart System Upgrade with Hitless Software Upgrade *
  • Self-healing stateful fault repair (SFR)
  • Resilient ECMP and LAG Hashing

The 7160 Series enables highly scalable two-tier network designs with ECMP, MLAG and VXLAN technologies.

MLAG Spine - All Active Multipath for Layer 2

  • Standards based protocol (LACP)
  • Simplified or eliminates Spanning Tree topology
  • Simple to understand and easy to engineer traffic

ECMP - All Active Multipath for Layer 3

  • Standards based protocol (OSPF, BGP)
  • Eliminates L2 for exceptional scalability and fault tolerance
  • Exceptional scale with consistent performance in 2 tiers

VXLAN Layer 2 over Layer 3 - Best of Both Worlds

  • All active multipath using ECMP (up to 128-way)
  • Single L3 network for all applications
  • L2 extensions for stateful VM - VM over Layer 3
  • Extends L2 with exceptional Scalability (16M Virtual NWs)
  • Cloudburst over public infrastructure

25/100G and 10/40G Leaf and Spine solutions for cloud scale and open networking

The Arista 7160 series are purpose-built 10/25G and 100G data center switches in compact and energy efficient form factors with wirespeed layer 2 and layer 3 features. They combine scalable L2 and L3 resources with an adaptable forwarding engine and a highly programmable and customizable switch architecture that supports multiple overlay technologies and advanced encapsulations. Simple software updates allow reconfiguration of packet parsing, lookups, traffic scheduling, packet modification and traffic monitoring without re-engineering of the switch.

25G interfaces with SFP and 100G with QSFP on the 7160 Series enables flexible choices of port speed providing unparalleled flexibility and the ability to seamlessly transition data centers to the next generation of Ethernet performance. The 7160 Series provide industry leading power efficiency with airflow choices for back to front, or front to back. Combined with Arista EOS the 7160 Series delivers advanced features for cloud, big data, virtualized and traditional designs.

The following table compares the different 7160 Series models. For a complete catalog of Arista 7000 Series switch specifications click here

Arista 7160 Series Model Comparison

Switch Height 1RU 1RU 1RU

32 x 100G QSFP
4 x 10G SFP

48 x 25G SFP and
6 x 100G QSFP
48 x 10GBASE-T
and 6 x 100G QSFP
Maximum 100G Ports 32 6 6
Maximum 40G Ports 32 6 6
Maximum 25G Ports 128 72 24
Maximum 10G Ports 128 72 72
SFP+ Ports 4 48 --
L2/L3 Throughput 6.4 Tbps 3.6 Tbps 2.16 Tbps
L2/3 PPS 2.4Bpps (1.2Bpps) 2.4Bpps (1.2Bpps) 2.4Bpps (1.2Bpps)
Latency From 2usec From 2usec From 3usec
Typical Power Draw 310W 168W 408W
AC and DC Yes Yes Yes
Total System Buffer 24MB 24MB 24MB
RU 1 1 1
CloudVision Yes Yes Yes
Smart System Upgrade* Yes Yes Yes
ZTP Yes Yes Yes
VM Tracer Yes Yes Yes
AEM Yes Yes Yes
VXLAN Yes Yes Yes
LANZ* Yes Yes Yes
Hitless Speed Changes Yes Yes Yes
Airflow F/R or R/F F/R or R/F F/R or R/F

* Not yet supported in EOS

Common system resources:

Resources * 7160 Series
MAC Table Size 128K
Maximum v4/v6 Host Routes 128K / 32K
Maximum IPv4 Route Prefixes 128K
Maximum IPv6 Route Prefixes 64K
Maximum Multicast Groups 128K
Maximum LAG Groups 128 (in breakout modes)
Maximum LAG Members 64 Ports
Maximum ECMP Fanout 128-way
Maximum ACL Entries 48K

* All resource values based on default forwarding profile and are maximum hardware capacity