Arista Networks and VMware Enter Strategic Relationship to Advance Adoption of Network Virtualization

Arista Networks and VMware Enter Strategic Relationship to Advance Adoption of 
Network Virtualization 
PALO ALTO, CA and SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/08/14 -- 
Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET), a leader in software driven cloud
networking, and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced a strategic
relationship to enable customers to accelerate adoption of network
virtualization in the software-defined data center (SDDC). This new
collaboration agreement builds on the companies' four year
relationship in developing innovative, integrated SDDC solutions, and
focuses on development and joint marketing of the generally available
Arista and VMware integrated networking solution for VMware NSX(TM). 
Arista and VMware are continuing to partner in areas that will
optimize the software-defined data center for the hybrid cloud.
Building on previous work around VMware vSphere(R), VMware vCloud
Director(TM), and VXLAN support, the companies are working together
to drive greater interoperability across the broader VMware SDDC
portfolio.  
Arista's network programmable underlay, utilizing Arista Extensible
Operating System, EOS(R), network APIs and hardware enabled VXLAN
Tunnel Endpoints (VTEPS) and the VMware NSX network virtualization
platform, support a software-defined data center for both enterprise
and service provider customers. The Arista and VMware integrated
networking solution combines award-winning network infrastructure
with a complete network virtualization platform enabled to simplify
management and provisioning, speed service delivery, reduce costs and
create opportunities for competitive differentiation. The tools
provided by Arista and VMware put control and visibility back in the
hands of the network and systems administrators.  
This is the third phase of an ongoing collaboration between the two
companies: 


 
--  Phase 1 2010+: ESX and vSphere/VMware vCloud Integration
--  Phase 2 2012+: VXLAN specification and interoperability across
    physical/virtual networks
--  Phase 3 2014+: VMware NSX integration and Arista Networks support for
    VMware vCenter(TM) Operations Management Suite and VMware
    vCenter(TM) Log Insight(TM)

  
"With multiple years of joint engineering and customer deployments,
this announcement 
highlights our growing relationship with VMware.
Arista is committed to working with VMware products and architectures
to optimally combine the VMware network virtualization platform and
Arista programmable physical networks for the best network-wide
virtualization deployments." 


 
--  Jayshree Ullal, President and CEO, Arista Networks

  
"VMware and Arista are challenging the status quo in networking today,
driving innovative, agile and cost-effective solutions that are
changing the operations and economics of data centers. Through our
shared vision for the software-defined data center, we are empowering
customers to integrate Arista EOS-based network infrastructure with
VMware NSX(TM) to enable the same operational model to be used for
both virtual and physical workloads, resulting in increased
efficiency and agility for the data center operator." 


 
--  Raghu Raghuram, Executive Vice President of Cloud Infrastructure and
    Management, VMware

  
"The excitement around SDN and network virtualization is that -- for
the first time -- networking is becoming more software orientated, so
we're able to dynamically orchestrate service modification and
activation in real-time. Network connectivity can now keep up when
virtual machines and associated compute and storage change or are
moved within distributed data centers. This means that servers,
storage and now the network are in synch so that we can meet the
specific needs of our customers in a timescale they demand. As a
result of deploying a new network architecture based on Arista and
VMware networking technologies, the time for Colt to add, change or
modify services now takes minutes rather than days, and enables Colt
to onboard customers faster and expand its service portfolio
quicker." 


 
--  Mirko Voltolini, VP Technology and Architecture at Colt

  
Software Driven Networking for today's Data Center Requirements
 Arista
Networks and VMware recognize that today's data centers require
automation, self-service provisioning, and linear scaling of both
performance and data center economics. Arista's award-winning data
center switching products combined with VMware NSX will be able to
deliver next-generation network virtualization, custom
programmability and simplified architectures, with a single point of
management. VMware and Arista Networks help unlock the full potential
of the software-defined data center, allowing IT organizations to: 


 
--  Automate delivery of next-generation network services
--  Enable end-to-end network virtualization and deliver application
    workload mobility by preserving IP addressing within and between data
    centers
--  Simplified troubleshooting by offering complete physical and virtual
    network visibility
--  Accelerate deployment of business critical applications through
    transparent network provisioning
--  Seamless Integration without performance impact of non virtualized
    applications or servers

  
Additional Resources 


 
--  Attend Arista CTO Ken Duda's presentation at VMworld, "Physical
    Networks in a Virtual World," Session ID: NET1875
--  Read VMware's Network Virtualization Blog
--  Read Jayshree Ullal's blog on Software Driven Networking

  
About Arista Networks
 Arista Networks was founded to deliver
software-driven cloud networking solutions for large data center and
computing environments. Arista's award-winning 10/40/100 GbE switches
redefine scalability, robustness, and price-performance, with over
2,700 customers and more than two million cloud networking ports
deployed worldwide. At the core of Arista's platform is EOS, an
advanced network operating system. Arista Networks products are
available worldwide through distribution partners, systems
integrators and resellers. Additional information and resources can
be found at: http://www.arista.com 
About VMware 
 VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the leader in virtualization and
cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in
the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the
way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources
in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs.
With 2013 revenues of $5.21 billion, VMware has more than 500,000
customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in
Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found
online at www.vmware.com. 
ARISTA, EOS and Spline are among the registered and unregistered
trademarks of Arista Networks, Inc. in jurisdictions around the
world. Other company names or product names may be trademarks of
their respective owners. VMware, VMware vCloud, vSphere, Log Insight,
vCenter, Operations Manager and VMware NSX are registered trademarks
or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other
jurisdictions. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does
not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any
other company. 
Contact Information
Roger T. Fortier
VMware Global Influencer Relations
Office: 650-427-2410
Mobile: 408-348-1569
rfortier@vmware.com  
Amanda Jaramillo
Arista Networks, Inc.
amanda@arista.com 
Tel: (408) 547-5798 
 
 
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