Pictured above, the Arista 7500 4-slot modular data center switch, which has the capacity of  5 terabits per second of switching and up to 192 wirespeed L2/L3 10GbE ports in only seven rack-units.

Pictured above, the Arista 7500 4-slot modular data center switch, which has the capacity of 5 terabits per second of switching and up to 192 wirespeed L2/L3 10GbE ports in only seven rack-units.

Arista Integrates Natively With OpenStack

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Arista Networks announced the next phase of its software defined networking (SDN) offerings by integrating its EOS (Extensible Operating System) natively with OpenStack.

“Arista continues to lead the way in data center network innovations,” said Paul Rad, vice president, Rackspace. “This is the first real API integration of a broad-based data center network platform and seeing it connect with OpenStack and solve real customer provisioning issues is exactly what this industry has needed to scale cloud computing.”

With the latest release of EOS Arista offers an innovative suite of SDN capabilities, and makes the network programmable. The new release includes EOS application programmatic interfaces (eAPIs) for integration with leading orchestration and provisioning tools and customer applications.

EOS features a new modular hardware driver architecture in the Quantum OVS plugin, and an open source version of Arista’s driver. Arista also contributed code to the OpenStack Quantum project that enables unified physical and virtual network device configuration. Other new features include a native OpenStack provisioning capability, OpenFlow 1.0 support for external controllers, and enhanced data plane programmability via direct flow-based OpenFlow extensions.

“Extending Arista EOS for connection to cloud orchestration platforms provides programmability for building agile, self-service cloud architectures. This has been core to Arista EOS development from its inception,” stated Tom Black, vice president, SDN Engineering for Arista. “These software innovations demonstrate Arista’s increasing relevance and agility in addressing SDN for public cloud operators and private clouds.”

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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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