Network News: Arista, CA Tech, Extreme Networks

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Here’s a roundup of  some of this week’s headlines from data center networking companies:

Arista selected by FlurryFlurry, a mobile app discovery, monetization and analytics company announced it will upgrade its data centers with Arista Networks equipment to scale for unprecedented demand.  “With data transaction volumes regularly exceeding that of Twitter, Flurry looked to Arista Networks’ switching solutions to significantly and cost-effectively increase performance and reduce latency of our network,” said Sean Byrnes, Flurry chief technology officer. “As we plan to add hundreds of servers over the next two quarters, the addition of Arista’s 10 gigabyte switches offers an unbeatable ROI, and positions Flurry for unparalleled performance.” With the addition of its app discovery and monetization network, AppCircle, in August 2010, the company now processes over 300,000 session reports per day with a peak of more than 7,000 in-coming application session reports per second. In total, Flurry’s network handles more than 2.5 billion data transactions per day.

CA Technologies acquires Torokina Networks.  CA Technologies (CA) announced it has acquired privately-held Torokina Networks, a Sydney, Australia provider of  service assurance management solutions to 3G, 4G and Long Term Evolution (LTE) communications service providers (CSPs) worldwide. CA and Torokina had previously worked together to combine solutions and now one solution can manage both customer-facing service networks and internal IT operations to help CSPs reduce cost and improve efficiency. “Increased consumer and business demand for mobile email, video, social networking and other data-intensive services are driving a new level of investment by CSPs in 3G/4G/LTE networks that often presents unique management challenges,” said Elisabeth Rainge, program director, Network Software, IDC. “At the same time, these companies are under pressure to merge customer facing networks with internal IT to be more efficient and justify expenditures. Acquisitions such as this by CA Technologies supports their strategy to offer one solution that supports the internal and external performance management needs of CSPs.” CA Technologies also reported financial results for the third quarter 2011, with revenue up 5 percent at $1.165 billion.

Extreme Networks M-LAG architecture.  Extreme Networks (EXTR) announced an enhanced network architecture aimed at boosting performance in next-generation data centers and clouds by combining its Direct Attach virtual machine switching with Multi-System Link Aggregation (M-LAG) to enable a new M-LAG Direct Attach architecture that addresses high-performance switching for virtualized environments. As a part of their four pillar data center strategy (Physical, Efficient, Scalable, Automated Customized) the M-LAG architecture simplifies network design, scaling and  eliminates spanning tree. “For the majority of virtualized data center architectures, the M-LAG Direct Attach architecture eliminates the drawbacks of Spanning Tree while providing the benefits of TRILL (Transparent Interconnect of Lots of Links) without having complete disruption to the network and enormous capital expense,” said Shehzad Merchant, senior director of strategy for Extreme Networks.  With the release of ExtremeXOS version 12.5, Extreme Networks enables software-loadable support for Direct Attach architecture, network-level support of Virtual Ethernet Port Aggregator (VEPA), and M-LAG across its portfolio of high-performance BlackDiamond modular switches and Summit fixed stackable switches.

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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