Arista Networks (NYSE:ANET) today announced the Arista 7280R Series, a new fixed switching and routing platform for next generation data centers. Complementing the recent 7500R Universal Spine platform, the 7280R Series Universal Leaf combines dynamic and deep buffering, Internet scale route tables, and open, programmable Arista EOS (Extensible Operating System) in a compact form factor. This approach challenges traditional network designs like fiber channel storage area networks (SAN), legacy routers or analog audio-video infrastructure by reducing operational costs through a single platform capable of a broad set of leaf networking use-cases, especially IP storage, routing and digital media.
“With the growing requirements of delivering content we needed a predictable performance, compact and scalable platform that is able to evolve more quickly to these changing needs. Arista’s 7280R platform provides significant port density, combined with a robust and programmable EOS software stack, for better control of our content delivery infrastructure,” said Peter Carlston, Product Owner Network and Storage, Spotify.
Powerful Multifunctional and Compact Platform
The 7280R Series expands upon the broadly deployed Arista 7280SE Series and delivers a dense 10/25/40/50/100GbE solution in compact 1RU and 2RU form-factors. The 7280R Series consistently offers the same single EOS image, providing operational savings through reduced complexity and certification timelines. Arista’s CloudVision® provides expanded support of orchestration and automation across these diverse leaf use-cases.
Universal Leaf for IP Storage Networking
The Universal Leaf networking platforms align closely with Arista’s storage partner ecosystem, including EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, NetApp SolidFire, Nutanix and Pure Storage. See supporting quotes.
The networking demands of big data analytics, flash-based and scale-out storage, and hyper-converged compute solutions are driving a migration from legacy fiber channel to next generation IP-based storage networks. These next generation storage applications require lossless and highly available platforms in order to support their unique traffic patterns. With up to 100 times the buffer memory of most fixed switches, the Arista 7280R Series meets the IP/Ethernet storage challenge of coping with massive east-to-west traffic without intermittent loss and drops. This includes deterministic latency characteristics, any-to-any, non-blocking host communication and dynamic deep buffers capable of absorbing the largest of bursty storage patterns. Arista EOS further simplifies IP storage network operations with the latest versions of popular features like latency analyzer or LANZ, and buffer utilization monitoring and MapReduce Tracer for visibility into Hadoop workloads. Additionally CloudVision delivers the operations portal for efficient automation of the IP storage infrastructure.
Universal Leaf Supports FlexRoute™ for Core/WAN Routing
Enabled with Arista’s FlexRoute technology, the 7280R is able to reduce the solution cost from traditional router platforms for IP Peering and Data Center Interconnect (DCI) networking solutions. Furthermore, Arista CloudVision has been expanded to support Cloud ZTP (Zero Touch Provisioning) for automated provisioning of routing deployments.
“Our cloud security services have been designed to handle the most extreme conditions possible. In order to meet this objective, our networking infrastructure needed to be scalable, flexible and deliver high performance. We did a thorough analysis of solutions in the market, and the Arista 7280R platform offered the best combination of dense switching, routing scale and native software programmability with EOS. This solution will help us deliver the best services possible, while reducing both Capex and Opex,” said Alex Cruz Farmer, Vice President Cloud Services, NSFOCUS IB.
Universal Leaf for Media & Content Transformation
The 7280R Universal Leaf ushers in Arista’s Media and Entertainment initiative, which includes key partnerships such as Aperi Corporation, Imagine Communications, LAWO and Nevion, as well as participation in industry standard organizations including the AIMS Alliance, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), AVNU Alliance and Video Service Forum (VSF). See supporting quotes.
The 7280R series is the ideal platform for digital Ethernet-based audio and video networks in handling diverse workloads, workflows and work streams. With its deep buffer architecture, the 7280R is well-suited for both streaming content and with virtually zero packet loss for file-based workloads, such as ingest, Visual Effects (VFX), rendering, editing, transcoding and finishing. In addition to supporting robust standards-based features for broadcast use-cases, including IEEE 1588 PTP modes of operation (the SMPTE 2022-6 standard), the 7280R includes 25/50/100GbE for bandwidth-intensive, high definition, 4K uncompressed video.
We have witnessed a massive shift in the way applications are built and deployed, moving away from siloed IT to seamless workloads, workflows and work-streams. This revolution has changed the fundamental way that networks are architected to enable support of cloud native applications. With these new architectures, one can now automate and provision the entire network with real time agility, ushering in a new class of cloud networks.
Arista’s recent introduction of “universal spine and leaf” is both revolutionary in its disruption to legacy architectures and yet evolutionary in its approach to cloud network migrations. The enthusiastic reception from our customers of the 7500R and new companion 7280R has been very welcoming as they transform cumbersome and complex legacy router deployments and traditional management into simplicity with scale. It heralds a new era of integrated Places in the Network (PINS) as shown in the figure below for three different types of cloud networking segments.
Arista’s latest leaf switch adds the missing piece of a leaf-and-spine architecture suitable for IP storage, edge routing, general computing and digital media.
Arista Networks Inc. has finished the refresh of its leaf-and-spine switches, bringing together hardware and software that’s poised to take the vendor beyond its roots as a data center switching provider.
Arista introduced this week the 7280R Series Universal Leaf switch, which arrived a month after the vendor launched the 7500R Series Universal Spine. The term universal is meant to imply the latest products can handle tasks other than the traffic-routing chores of the typical spine-leaf data center topology.
Arista is promoting the products as a networking option for general computing, IP storage, edge routing and digital media. The foundation for handling those tasks is the Broadcom Jericho chipset, which is “optimized for the routing, deep buffers and 100 GbE that’s optimal for Arista’s targeted applications,” said Jim Duffy, an analyst at 451 Research.
“Jericho, along with Arista’s EOS [Extensible Operating System], FlexRoute and CloudVision software, helps transform Arista from a data center switching vendor to more of an IT networking vendor,” Duffy said.
CloudVision manages networkwide workload orchestration and workflow automation. FlexRoute provides support for the full internet routing table. The software makes it possible for the Jericho ASIC to forward more than 1 million IPv4 and IPv6 route prefixes, which the chipset couldn’t do on its own, according to Arista.
The 7280R Series leaf switch comprises four models, with up to 48 ports that network administrators can configure for speeds of 10/25/40/50 and 100 GbE. The switches have up to a 32 GB buffer and a maximum throughput of 10.24 Tbps.
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London Capital Group ditches server-plus-SAN architecture for Nutanix and slashes deployment times and datacentre footprint with hyper-converged server/storage boxes with VMware
Financial trading tools provider London Capital Group (LCG) has ditched its traditional server-plus-SAN IT systems and replaced them with hyper-converged infrastructure from Nutanix.
LCG operates from its Knightsbridge HQ with 130 employees, and has sites in Israel and Poland. It runs core internal applications plus financial trading platforms that customers access via the internet.
About 18 months ago, its IT infrastructure – comprising HP blade servers plus Dell EqualLogic and HP Proliant shared storage – had reached end of life and maintenance periods, said CIO Blair Wright.
Also, the infrastructure had grown organically and was over-complex, while the storage was nearing capacity, he said. “Things were just bolted on and not a lot of thought had gone into how the system had scaled.”
Initially, Wright and his team looked at replicating the traditional server/storage infrastructure, but eventually opted for hyper-converged infrastructure.
Hyper-converged products combine compute and storage in one box with virtualisation capability. They have emerged in recent years as competition to discrete server and storage products. Key suppliers include Nutanix, Scale Computing, Simplivity and VMware’s EVO:Rail.
“We were under a very tight deadline to get the technical underpinning of the business on a solid foundation as soon as possible,” said Wright.
“If we had gone down the route of Cisco UCS servers and networking with external storage, we were looking at a lead time of around six months. But with Nutanix, we did not need to build a storage team and the timeframe to deliver and deploy it was a lot quicker. We got it running in just over two months.”
Hillstone Networks Recognized in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls for a Third Year
Hillstone continues to be recognized by Gartner for innovation and execution
SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Hillstone Networks, a leading provider of network firewall solutions, today announced it has been named to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls* for the third consecutive year. The annual report evaluates companies according to “Completeness of Vision” and “Ability to Execute,” based on a number of evaluation criteria.
“We believeto be recognized for the third consecutive year in the magic quadrant is a validation of our vision and execution,” said Tim Liu, CTO and Co-Founder, Hillstone Networks. “We feel the consistent industry recognition of our technology – for our cloud-based solutions such as CloudHive and CloudEdge – along with customer validation is a testament to Hillstone’s vision to provide 360° protection for the world’s networks, whether it is physical, virtual or cloud.”
Over the last three years since entering the Gartner Magic Quadrant, Hillstone Networks has substantially expanded itsportfolio and customer base, as well as technology partners. With a broad range of security solutions for enterprises and data centers, Hillstone has continued to differentiate itself through two critical and innovative technologies –behavioral analytics and Micro-segmentation – to provide a comprehensive solution portfolio to provide complete protection for networks.
With over 12,000 customers worldwide, Hillstone continues to attract more customers across industries with robust solutions that address their business needs.
BROCADE ANNOUNCED TO JOINT VENTURE WITH GUIYANG HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT GROUP CO., LTD (HTII) IN CHINA
GUIYANG, CHINA–(Marketwired – May 26, 2016) – At the 2016 International Big Data Expo and Global Big Data Era Summit in Guiyang, Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) and Guiyang High-Tech Industrial Investment Group Co., Ltd (HTII), today announced the signing of a joint venture agreement to establish Guizhou Huiling Technology Co., Ltd. (GHTC). The joint venture combines Brocade’s leading data center networking solutions with Guiyang’s leadership and innovation in Big Data to help customers modernize and transform their networks into platforms for business innovation. GHTC will also support local R&D efforts and will work with the local government and its partners as well as Brocade to develop high-tech talent in the region.
Based in Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou, China; GHTC is 51 percent owned by HTII, headquartered in Guiyang, China and 49 percent owned by Brocade. The new company will deliver Brocade® IP networking solutions and services, including switches, routers, and storage networking infrastructure to the local government as well as state-owned organizations, universities, and enterprises.
To that end, GHTC will become a member of the Guizhou Big Data Industry Alliance for technology transfer and deployment. Capitalizing on Brocade’s leadership in New IP networking solutions — including software-defined networking, network functions virtualization, network visibility, and mobile networking solutions — GHTC will play a crucial role in the establishment of the Guizhou Network Virtualization Research and Training Center. The center will provide local R&D support to customers and deliver network virtualization training for universities and enterprises. GHTC also plans to offer Brocade certification programs to help cultivate talent.
GHTC, centered in Guiyang, is a win-win for Brocade and HTII and, more importantly, for Guiyang’s Big Data enterprises and China’s data networking companies. They will now be able to leverage Brocade’s market-validated, unmatched solutions in New IP networking to transform the way they develop, deploy, and manage their networks.
“As Brocade continues to expand our investments in high-growth markets such as China, partnerships with innovative local government entities are critical. Guiyang is not only a place of beauty, it also offers a great environment for investment and industry development. The city government and the High-Tech Zone Committee have provided vigorous support to Brocade’s investment, which provides us with much confidence for the future,” said Ken Cheng, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Emerging Business, Brocade.
Big Data is a billion-dollar emerging industry and a strategic economic enabler for China. As the leader of Big Data and new Internet technologies in Southwestern China, Guiyang has the core Big Data industry, related industries, and derivative industries in a complete ecosystem spanning Big Data and crowdfunding exchanges, large-scale call center operations, and back end support services.
PERTH, AUSTRALIA–(Marketwired – May 31, 2016) – Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced that MAZENOD COLLEGE has become one of the first high schools in Australia to embrace New IP networking as part of a comprehensive campus LAN upgrade. The Brocade® networking solution has enabled the school to guarantee that each of its 850 students have access up to 100 Mbps of bandwidth on the network at all times. It also allows the school to maximize the use of locally hosted high-definition video, multimedia, and other content utilized in enhanced teaching and learning activities.
Founded in 1966, Mazenod College is a Catholic secondary college for boys in years 7-12, located in Lesmurdie, Western Australia. It is one of three schools run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) and the only OMI school in Western Australia. Last year, Mazenod College bumped up against the limitations of its existing network infrastructure. Its legacy wired and wireless campus network could no longer cope with growing demand from laptops, tablets, and interactive data projectors for access to multimedia assets, which were stored on central IP SAN and NAS arrays. This slowed down the students in all 45 classrooms using their work folders and access materials at the start of each lesson.
“Fast wired and wireless network access is an absolute must for us to deliver a high-quality computing experience for every department, as well as for all students, teachers, and parents,” said Hugo van Niekerk, ICT director of Mazenod College. “We also required a smart, agile network that could support changes on the fly, such as a last-minute classroom shift, with the technology automatically ‘moving’ with the teacher.”
“Brocade offered us a great solution in terms of technology, price, and support that integrates well with the rest of our infrastructure,” van Niekerk added. “It has enabled us to establish an advanced campus ‘nervous system’ that has already delivered tremendous improvements and created the foundation for us to provide some exciting innovations.”
With the new Brocade network in place, students now receive Microsoft OneNote class updates from teachers in their work folders in just 20 seconds — a process that used to take up to 15 minutes. Leveraging greatly increased network capacity, Mazenod College is currently testing a system based on Microsoft SharePoint that will enable each lesson to be captured in real time, allowing students to replay classes in high definition, on demand. The school has also been able to implement a strong disaster recovery solution for the first time, with a 100 terabyte storage array housed in a concrete bunker.
“We supported Mazenod College through a very successful proof-of-concept test prior to the deployment of our solution, in time for the start of the school year,” said Adam Judd, vice president for Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) at Brocade. “Schools want networks that simply work and meet their needs without a lot of administrative effort. The new Mazenod campus network is a great example of just how simple this can be. With built-in intelligence to automate what were previously manual tasks, teachers can now save time and put more focus on their students.”
Brocade ICX® 7250 campus network switches have been deployed throughout Mazenod College, providing 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports for wired devices with each of the school’s new Fortinet 802.11ac wireless access points. These are connected via dual 1 GbE ports combined into a 2 Gbps link aggregation group. The campus network core is provided by Brocade VDX® 6740 data center switches. BROCADE VCS® FABRIC TECHNOLOGY creates a self-forming, self-healing Ethernet fabric with 10 GbE optical links to the school’s servers and the campus access switches. The Brocade VDX 6740 switches in the VCS fabric support Network File System (NFS) and Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) storage systems.
In addition, Mazenod College is using BROCADE NETWORK ADVISOR, an easy-to-use application with Brocade’s networking best-practices built in. This provides a single point of insight and control over the school’s campus network operation. The entire Brocade infrastructure is covered under a five-year, 24×7 maintenance contract to help ensure that the school’s “nervous system” delivers optimal performance.
SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwired – May 27, 2016) – Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Ruckus Wireless™. This represents an important step in Brocade’s strategic vision to build a pure-play networking company that supports the rapidly evolving requirements of the digital transformation era.
The combination expands the breadth of Brocade’s portfolio of market-leading storage networking and IP networking solutions by adding high-performance wireless hardware and software products. Wireless is a critical access technology for modern New IP network architectures and is a natural extension of Brocade’s advanced offering of fabrics, software-based virtualization, network analytics and mobile networking solutions.
Growth in mobility is driving exponential increases in connected devices and data, and fueling the need for greater analytics capabilities and more pervasive security across the network. The combined company’s expertise and technology leadership in carrier-grade wireless, virtual Evolved Packet Core, mobile edge computing, and network visibility further strengthens the disruptive mobility strategy that Brocade announced in February. It also positions the company to provide differentiated solutions and scale-out capabilities in support of emerging opportunities, such as OpenG™ technology and 5G services, Internet of Things (IoT), and smart cities.
“The combined company will be able to deliver superior focus and speed of innovation and best-in-class solutions spanning the full spectrum of networking,” said Lloyd Carney, Brocade CEO. “Our combined world-class portfolio now provides customers with greater flexibility in meeting today’s infrastructure requirements, including high performance, flexible, secure access networks. We are thrilled to welcome the Ruckus team to Brocade and look forward to working together to help our customers transform their networks into an open platform for business innovation.”
“Together, Ruckus and Brocade create a unique and exemplary leader in networking across the global market,” said Selina Lo, CEO, Ruckus Wireless Business Unit at Brocade. Both companies have pursued a similar vision for modern networks built on open systems, network virtualization and ubiquitous mobility. Our combined product portfolio offers numerous leverage points for continuous integration and innovation in the future. The Ruckus team is excited to join Brocade to drive our roadmap further and to jointly deliver innovative, value-added solutions that fulfill the wired and wireless needs of our customers.”