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Arista Networks, Supermicro Computer Announce Cloud Servers

March 31, 2015

Arista Networks has announced a deal with server maker Supermicro Computer to deliver a joint rack-level solution based on Arista’s network switches and its EOS (Extensible Operating System) for cloud workloads.

“The partnership with Supermicro accelerates the adoption of next generation IT data center architectures, and enables our joint customers to take better advantage of hybrid cloud and cloud scale economics. By leveraging the power of Arista EOS with Supermicro’s server and storage solutions, customers can dramatically enhance the delivery and integration of cloud infrastructure with speed, simplicity and scale,” said Ed Chapman, vice president of business development and alliances for Arista Networks.

The joint solution is targeted toward cloud providers running intensive workloads who want a reliable, easy-to-integrate hardware platform. It includes Super Micro servers that are preconfigured and come in SDDC (Software Defined Data Center)-optimized racks powered by Arista’s EOS+ software.

These servers are ready to install and are already tested, so network operators can be up and running quickly when adding to their networks without wasting time setting them up or disrupting their operations more than is necessary.

EOS is a customized version of Linux designed for networking switches designed to integrate with common cloud storage and computing applications common in data centers, such as OpenStack, VMware NSX and ESXi, Hadoop and Microsoft Hyper-V.

“Supermicro Green Computing Solutions offer the widest array of server, storage and networking Building Block Solutions optimized for best performance, density and efficiency in hyper-scale Enterprise, Data Center, Cloud and HPC environments,” said  Supermicro senior vice president of sales Wally Liaw. “Our collaboration provides customers greater flexibility and control over their IT infrastructure with Arista’s open standards-based SDN-class cloud network architecture. Complete validated SDDC rack solutions can now be rapidly deployed with unparalleled scalability, availability, and open programmability.”

The servers will be available both directly from Supermicro as well as through its authorized partners and resellers.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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