Software Defined Cloud Networking
Arista Networks, a leader in high-speed, highly programmable data center switching, has outlined a number of guiding principles for integration with Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies, including controllers, switch hypervisors, cloud orchestration middleware, and customized flow-based forwarding agents. These guiding principles leverage proven, scalable, and standards-based control and data plane switching technologies from Arista.
The Arista Advantage
The Arista advantage has resulted in a fast-growing company that has emerged to become the second leading player in the high-speed 10/40/100GbE switching market in the data center. Arista has achieved this by focusing solely on building the best products for the needs of high performance cloud data centers, and by building an organizational strategy and supporting structure that enables our customers to interact directly with our engineering team to explore and develop new products and features. We have a deep pool of executive talent that has successfully built innovative organizations and products across the industry over the past several decades, and who have brought innovation and dynamism back to networking.
STP Interoperability with Cisco
The purpose and scope of this white paper is to discuss spanning tree interoperability between Arista and Cisco switches. It is written in a manner that assumes the reader has at least a moderate working knowledge of spanning tree protocol configuration and operation. Detailed explanations of the basic functionality of each spanning tree protocol is outside the scope of this document.
Software Driven Cloud Networking
Ethernet networks have evolved significantly since their inception back in the 1980s, with many generational changes to where we are today. Networks are orders of magnitude faster with 10Gbps line rate switching as the norm. Moreover, today’s Ethernet networks offer sub-microsecond switch latency, traffic scaling and load balancing across redundant interfaces, and are reducing the management complexities with state-driven architecture and open interfaces for managing hundreds of switches through global, yet highly secured interfaces. Software Driven Cloud Networking (SDCN) is a term often used when a controller external to the forwarding logic and the actual switch itself programs the network devices to alter or enhance the flow of traffic.
Arista and PacketLight Networks 100GbE Distance Extension and Conversion
Arista Networks and PacketLight Networks have jointly developed and tested a set of solutions that leverage Arista’s market leading 100GbE port density and the PacketLight Networks PL-1000GM and PL-1000T. These solutions deliver a series of cost effective and scalable distance extension and media conversion solutions.
Arista MRV Extension Solution
Arista Networks and MRV have jointly developed and tested a set of solutions that leverages Arista switches’ market leading 100GbE port density and MRV's market leading Optical Transport series to deliver cost effective and efficient distance extension and media conversion solutions. Interoperability testing was performed with a MRV LambdaDriver 400L.
Arista Cloud Networks
With the introduction of the Arista 7300 Series switches, Arista provides the flexibility to further collapse network layers with the introduction of the single-tier Spline™ (combined Spine/Leaf) network design.
7250X and 7300 Switch Architecture
The Arista 7250X and 7300 series are purpose built 10GbE/40GbE data center switches in four flexible energy efficient form factors, designed specifically to offer increased performance, scalability and density, without making any compromises to system availability, reliability or functionality.
7000X Series Performance
While many customers will perform product testing this whitepaper provides a series of detailed performance testing results achieved with the Arista 7050X, 7250X and 7300 Series that reduces the need for customers and partners to dedicate their own testing time to validating the performance of these Arista Networks switches.
Cloud Networking Scale Out
This whitepaper details Arista’s two-tier Spine/Leaf and single-tier Spline™ Universal Cloud Network designs that provide unprecedented scale, performance and density without proprietary protocols, lock-ins or forklift upgrades.
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