- Arista Networks, a maker of low-latency/high-density Ethernet switches aiming to upend Cisco's (CSCO +0.8%) dominant data center market position, has filed for a $200M IPO under the symbol ANET. Morgan Stanley and Citi are the lead underwriters.
- Arista's S-1 reveals the company had 2013 revenue of $361.2M (+87% Y/Y), and net income of $20.8M. Analysts previously estimated Arista's 2013 sales would be above $300M, and that the company could see a $2.5B IPO valuation. Opex rose 87% Y/Y to $172.4M.
- In addition to port densities and latency, Arista's hardware is differentiated through the use of a modular, Linux-based OS (EOS) built to handle the needs of massive data centers, and capable of interacting with software from VMware (previous), Microsoft, and others.
- Like Cisco, the rise of software-defined networking (SDN) platforms supporting commodity hardware pose a challenge to Arista. Also like Cisco, Arista has been trying to address the issue in part by making its switches more programmable (via APIs).
- Om Malik, writiing about Arista in 2011: "There are many parallels between Arista and Juniper. Both of them are taking on Cisco Systems in its core businesses ... Both of them picked a “niche” instead of taking on Cisco head-on. Both companies wrote their own network operating systems ... Both companies bet on industry defining megatrends."
- ETF: IPO