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Arista Brings Cognitive Networking to Enterprise

June 06, 2019 / Zeus Kerravala

Arista Networks has taken the cover off its Cognitive Networking for the wired and wireless campus edge. Arista, started by Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim, quickly rose to prominence a little over a decade ago on the strength of its strong data center and cloud networking products. Trends like distributed applications, cloud connectivity and a rise in east-west traffic shot complexity up. For the record, east-west traffic refers to data traffic within a data center, such as server-to-server traffic. North-south traffic is client-to-server traffic, data that travels between the data center and the rest of the network, or anything outside the data center. Arista took a radical approach to the data center by flattening the layers and shifting the value from hardware to software. The company has many products built on a wide range of silicon but has a single operating system to make network operations.