In Pictures: 10 competitors Cisco couldn’t kill off

Some companies actually thrived while Cisco knocked off most of its competitors.

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Arista How's this for respect? Just a couple of years old and joining the ranks of some long-time Cisco competitors. But Arista seems to have the right mindset to create sustainable differentiation against Cisco in the data center. I had a chance to sit down with Doug Gourlay at Interop and he talked a lot about the value of staying focused. Arista will not venture into markets like ADCs or Metro Ethernet, and will remain laser-focused on data center networking. In fact, he said Arista wants to be to the data center what Juniper is to SP routing, and that's the industry’s de facto No. 2.

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