Arista Networks a leader in 2015 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking

Arista Networks, distributed in southern Africa by South Africa's leading value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited, has been recognised by Gartner as a "leader" in its “2015 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking”, based on a number of factors, including high growth, technology solutions and flexible software.

Andrew Lerner, a research director at Gartner and co-author of the report, wrote in a blog post, “This market has undergone massive innovation and change over the past few years with the emergence of fabrics, SDN, and disaggregation/ brite-box, after more than a decade of architectural consistency and mostly incremental innovation (3-tier core/ dist/ access, anyone?).”

Arista Networks was founded to deliver software driven cloud-networking solutions for large data center and high-performance computing environments. With more than three million cloud networking ports being deployed worldwide, Arista delivers a portfolio of 1/10/40 and 100GbE products that redefine network architectures, bring extensibility to networking, and dramatically change the price/performance of data center networks.

Gartner describes Arista as "by far" the fastest-growing vendor in its data center networking quadrant. The analysts cited Arista's scalable architecture, tight integration with a range of orchestration and SDN products, and flexible software as its major strengths.

At the core of Arista's platform is the Extensible Operating System (EOS), a ground-breaking network operating system with single-image consistency across hardware platforms, and modern core architecture enabling in-service upgrades and application extensibility.

The company also recently announced CloudVision, a network-wide approach for workload orchestration and workflow automation delivering a turnkey solution for cloud networking.

Arista Networks has pioneered the SDN approach in the networking industry with its software defined cloud networking, built on top of Arista EOS with programmable interfaces, publish-subscribe state separation, resilient fault containment and self-healing attributes.

According to Arista Networks, CloudVision extends the same architectural approach across the network for state, topology, monitoring and visibility. This enables enterprises to move to cloud-class automation without needing any significant internal development.

The company points out that a fundamental piece of cloud automation is the customer’s ability to orchestrate workloads across physical and virtual infrastructure. CloudVision is the platform for deeper integration with SDN controllers from Arista's ecosystem partner community, including VMware and Microsoft.

CloudVision’s abstraction of the physical network to this broader, network-wide perspective allows for a more efficient approach for several operational use-cases, including the following highlights:
· Centralised representation of distributed network state, allowing for a single point of integration and network-wide visibility and analytics
· Controller agnostic support for physical and virtual workload orchestration through open APIs such as OVSDB, JSON and OpenStack plugins.
· Turnkey workflow automation for zero touch provisioning, configuration management and network-wide upgrades and rollback.
· Compliance dashboard for security, audit and patch management
· Real-time Streaming for telemetry and network analytics, a modern approach to replace legacy polling per device.
· Provides visibility and troubleshooting for underlay and overlay networks.
CloudVision is available as a software subscription, expanding Arista's existing software subscription offerings.

“We are determined to deliver solutions to the African market that keep businesses operating ahead of the curve in terms of IT security and network solutions. Taking into account Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant findings, our customers are assured that they are receiving the pinnacle in data center networking solutions,” adds Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited.