Cisco claims Arista copied 550 command lines of its CLI, while vendors like HP, Dell, IBM, Brocade and Juniper copy a “trivial” amount of Cisco code to offer compatibility.
“There’s a difference between compatibility and copying,” says Chandler. “None of (Arista’s CLI features) are industry standard. The overlap from others is trivial.”
Arista is also alleging anti-competitive bundling practices by Cisco for imposing a SmartNET “tax” on customers implementing a multivendor network. SmartNET renewals are at normal prices for an all-Cisco network; but a penalty is imposed on those also incorporating switches and routers from competitors, Arista charges.
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