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Arista countersues Cisco for Antitrust

Jim Duffy | Jan. 26, 2016
Alleges unfair competitive practices on eve of ruling in earlier patent case

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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