Protecting IP or Market Share?

It’s tough times on Tasman Drive.  Struggling to apply old technology to the new world of cloud computing, Cisco is potentially facing the largest loss of data center market share in its history.  We can understand why Cisco would take the battle from the marketplace to the courtroom.  What surprises us is the length that…
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Next Gen EOS for Cloud-Scale Networking

As we celebrate 2016, and reflect upon Arista’s decade of innovation, the disparity between legacy technology and modern technology is clear, and the gap is widening. Arista is unique in its role as a pioneer in cloud networking. Let us review. Arista EOS: The Best fit for Cloud Design It is clear that cloud data…
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Reflections on 2015 Cloud Networking

Our customers and their IT teams are under pressure to respond to new cloud-based applications more quickly than ever. The daily drumbeat for new technology adoption is in conflict with the ongoing goals of accountability for risk and operational cost reduction. A balanced and thoughtful architecture is essential. This is a top priority, particularly at…
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Connecting Clouds with Spine Internetworking

As more and more modern applications move to hybrid or public clouds, the placement of these applications strains network infrastructure. It only makes sense to leverage the massive investments of public cloud providers. The need for public clouds to interact directly with data center resources requires the distributed deployment of cloud applications and appropriate networking…
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Security in Cloud Networking

Enterprises are grappling with security in their infrastructure and many point products try to solve this in different use cases. As enterprises migrate from north-south to east-west traffic patterns, the need for consistent security across cloud-network and firewall infrastructure is paramount. Furthermore, additional security concerns emerge as organizations contemplate leveraging access to the public cloud…
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Mainstream Cloud Networking with Flexible Ethernet

Networking vendors have long touted distinct routers and switches with different LAN and WAN interfaces. Remember IBM Token Ring versus Ethernet? Or ATM or Sonet versus Ethernet or more recently Fibre Channel SANs versus Ethernet? Ethernet truly addresses the present state and next generation of networking, usually obsoleting the alternatives. Ethernet has proven its evolution…
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Why Java APIs and Industry-Standard CLIs are Different

In the past few years, the tech industry has watched with increasing concern as various entrenched participants have brandished copyright law as a weapon to stifle competition and innovation. Recently, we have been treated to yet another novel claim: that after over a decade of broad adoption, the industry-standard set of commands that a user…
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The Game Changer in Cloud Networking

The networking market is at an exciting pivot point, evolving away from legacy enterprise networking to the cloud. While the public cloud providers (“titans”) may take a “do it yourself” approach to engineering cloud network designs, mainstream enterprises demand a “cloudified” turnkey solution and want to emulate cloud operators. The increasingly massive scale of address…
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Converged Cloud-Class Networking – The Next Frontier

Scale-out cloud-applications continue to be the most disruptive force to traditional network architectures in the data center. They demand an open and uncompromised cloud network, unshackled by monolithic and the prehistoric proprietary networks. Our customers and partners are reshaping this traditional networking industry. Previously burdened by monolithic software and underperforming hardware, the new evolving bifurcation…
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Software Stack Choices in Cloud Networking

The networking industry is changing rapidly with demand for more dynamic control of big data, and scale-out cloud applications. The inevitable shift to software-defined workloads and workflows is crystal clear. This calls for more “disaggregation” of software models for the network stack. Should networking move to a more open standards-based approach or continue with legacy…
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