There is a huge buzz around Software-Defined Networking (SDN) in the networking space, what is your perspective on SDN evolution?
Software-Defined Networking is in its infancy. It is a very relevant part of networking as 90% of networking is software but a few traditional vendors have not kept up with modernizing their network operating systems. Hardware would be changed once in every two years but software wouldn't change for one to two decades. SDN reduces both capex and opex and helps to build workload mobility across physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructure.
Companies connote SDN in different terms-one would say it is OpenFlow or network virtualization. But the fundamental essence and definition in my view is openness and programmability.
No other players have developed a software like us. We haven't named it SDN but it fits right into it. This is a big strength of Arista that our platform is already SDN ready, EOS equals SDN. We have introduced several features of SDN in our new and fastest switch 7,500E series-Real-time Alerts of Interface Limits (RAIL), VXLAN,Data Analyzer (DANZ), and health tracer.
Our SDN strategy is guided by certain fundamentals/forces-building the right platform with cloud scale, adding selfhealing resilience, openness, and ensuring it is programmable at every level.
Is SDN ecosystem all set?
At present, we are witnessing the hype phase of SDN. By 2013-15, the ecosystem will develop, there will be more use cases and early trials. In the next three to four years, we are likely to see mass production.
What are the key attributes of the new switch 7,500E series, launched in May 2013?
Arista Networks has retained the chassis, which is 11 rack unit from its predecessor 7,500 series switch, and was launched in 2010, while other features have been upgraded. With the launch of this switch, we are double speed ahead of computing. Arista 7,500E series is three times better than every metrics as compared to its predecessor.
Capacity has increased from 10 terabits to 30. Latency is reduced from 10 or 15 seconds to less than 4 micro-seconds.