Arista reaches for the hybrid clouds


Many years ago, when Arista Networks was in its infancy, its charismatic and sometimes controversial (at least to the folks at Cisco) CEO talked about how the company’s software-first approach would disrupt the networking industry. Just a few years later, the company stands a $1.7 billion revenue company with a dominant position in the webscale industry and a market cap of over $13 billion, so clearly CEO Jayshree Ullal’s prophecy came true.

Arista’s software rigor enabled the company to quickly jump into verticals where low latency and high performance mattered. Also, because of Arista’s software prowess, the company has been able to expand its addressable market to see to the networking needs of dense virtualization and containerized environments, as well as private cloud deployments, and quickly adapt the latest and greatest silicon.

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This week, Arista expanded its reach into the world of hybrid clouds with its Any Cloud software platform. The value proposition should be fairly easy to understand. Private data centers have grown in complexity and require a network that can scale quickly, be highly resilient, be secure and be easy to manage. Hence the growth of leaf-spine architectures. 

Now extrapolate the complexity of networking into the cloud where the growth of networks in those environments has been primarily ad hoc. As soon as the cloud network grows to any moderate size, complexity will overwhelm network operations and become an inhibitor to scaling the cloud. Ideally, network architects should be able to deploy a similar network in public and private clouds as they do in data centers.

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