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Arista describes Cisco's IP defence in antitrust case as 'insane'

Arista Networks has called its long-running patent dispute with Cisco "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane" in a hearing regarding an antitrust suit against Switchzilla. In the latest exchange between the companies in court this week, Arista's counsel Matthew Douglas Powers said Cisco's patents only apply to …
Kat Hall, 8 Sep 2017
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Both HPs, Vizio join Arista's legal fight against Cisco

Upstart Arista has managed to gather some friends in its ongoing battle with Cisco: both HPs, Vizio, two automotive groups and others have filed an amicus brief with the Federal Circuit arguing that the International Trade Commission's (ITC's) ban on some Arista kit be permanently set aside. For most of its short life, Arista …
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Arista-cats nearly out of the bag as redesigned products okayed

Arista's long slog back to the shelves in America continues with an initial determination from the International Trade Commission okaying its product redesign. As part of the long-running legal slugfest between Arista and Cisco, the Trade Commission banned the import of Arista products it alleged infringed a Cisco patent. …

Farewell, slumping 40Gbps Ethernet, we hardly knew ye

Analyst firm IDC reckons the world's Ethernet switch market laid on 3.3 per cent growth year-on-year for the first quarter of 2017, up to US$5.66 billion. At the same time, however, the service provider router market bore out what you'd expect if you've been watching Cisco's indifferent performances of late – it slipped by 3.7 …
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Arista-cats win some, lose some against Cisco

Both Cisco and Arista have claimed victory in the latest instalment of their intellectual property lawsuit. The punch-and-counterpunch case dates back to 2014, when Switchzilla sued the then-startup for patent violations and over the copyright attached to its command-line interface (CLI). While trying to fend off the …

ITC upholds finding that Arista infringed on two Cisco patents

The US International Trade Commission has upheld a judgement that Arista Networks infringed two Cisco Systems patents on networking equipment - the latest round in a long-running legal battle between the companies. In a judgement last week, the federal agency called for an import ban and a cease and desist order on related …
Kat Hall, 8 May 2017
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Reworked Arista kit going back on sale in America

Arista has been cleared by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to start shipping modified products to the United States again. Arista sought the right to do so because of its long-running litigation with Cisco, which believes Arista has pinched its intellectual property. The fight's been running since 2014 and some of …
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Cisco denies restraint of trade in Arista-spat, asks court to dismiss case

Under fire from Cisco and US trade regulators, Arista has fought back by accusing Switchzilla of anti-trust behaviours. So last week Cisco asked a Californian judge to dismiss the case. Arista filed its suit in February last year, complaining (PDF) that Cisco indulged in “a scheme of anticompetitive conduct to retain its …
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Arista-cats curl up in cloudy containers

Bowing to the inevitable, Arista has decided to risk cannibalising its hardware sales and is making its Extensible Operating System (EOS) available for container deployment as cEOS). cEOS uses the same software image as the EOS baked into the company's hardware. HPE is on board, supporting EOS running on its Altoline white-box …

Secret HPE letter tells sales team and partners to keep selling Arista 'confidently'

HPE has gone the full Rick Astley with Arista, telling its sales team and partners customers it will never give it up, let it down, run around or desert it. In a hoped-to-be-secret letter to “HPE Sales and Channel Partners” sighted by The Register, and signed by HPE's chief of enterprise group sales Peter Ryan and veep/GM for …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2017

Arista takes a round off Cisco in long-running legal battle

Arista's taken a round from Cisco, as the two companies continue their long-running legal wrestle. This time the jurisdiction was the Northern District of California and the matter under consideration was Arista's command line interface and whether it breached a Cisco patent, or Switchzilla's copyrights on syntax or a user …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Dec 2016

Arista: We only violated two out of six patents that Cisco contested!

The United States International Trade Commission last Friday has issued a new ruling (PDF) in the patent litigation between Cisco and Arista, finding that the latter company is in violation of two Switchzilla patents. The two patents are U.S. Patent 6,377,577 (“Access Control List Processing In Hardware”) and U.S. Patent 7,224 …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2016
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Arista CloudVision Portal bug revealed, plus evidence it's been used

Arista customers: if you're running a version of CloudVision Portal (CVP) older than 2016.1.2.1, get an update or risk getting p0wned. According to the company's terse security advisory, "This vulnerability allows a potential attacker with access to the management plane to gain access to the internal configuration mechanisms …

Arista cats escape US quarantine, for now: Customs says it's OK to import networking gear

Arista says US Customs officials will wave in shipments of its latest-generation kit after deciding that the gear does not infringe Cisco's patents. Earlier this year, Cisco landed an import ban on Arista gear because it ripped off its intellectual property. Arista rejigged some of its software to avoid infringing Cisco's …

Arista fends off Cisco attack, reports growth

Arista may be fighting Cisco's legal fires in the USA, but it's still managed to post increasing revenue and profit. The company reported its Q3 2016 on Thursday, with the highlights being an 8 per cent year-on-year uptick in revenue to US$290.3 million; GAPP profit up year-on-year from $28.7 million to $51.3 million; and non- …

Arista slapped with import ban after US Trade Rep lays down law

The US Trade Representative has upheld a ban on all Arista Networks products, following a complaint of patent infringement by Cisco. A federal commission found in June that the company's products infringed patents owned by the switchzilla. "The International Trade Commission determined that Arista wilfully and intentionally …
Kat Hall, 24 Aug 2016
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Arista-scat! Possible import ban looms after US ITC decision

Ethernet switch vendor Arista faces a possible import ban, after losing a key round in its ongoing patent battle with Cisco. Since 2014, Switchzilla has been pursuing Arista, chiefly on the accusation that the upstart's command-line interface is the same as the IOS CLI. While Arista was cleared over two patents, the ITC has …
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Arista cuddles storage giants with leaf switch

Arista is touting interoperability with the likes of HP Enterprise, NetApp, EMC, Nutanix and PureStorage in its latest data centre release. Its 7280R Series is designed to sit alongside the 7500R spine platform, and the company says it packs deep buffering and “Internet-scale route tables” in a compact form factor, with the …

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