Arista Continues Partnership with Microsoft for Open Networking with SONiC

Arista Networks (NYSE:ANET) has strengthened its commitment to open network software with the introduction of Arista switches Powered by SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud), the company said.

Enabled by a new Arista SAI (Switch Abstraction Interface) offering, customers now have the flexibility to deploy SONiC software on Arista switching platforms, combining the benefits of open source software with Arista EOS® for open, high performance, highly available networks.

Arista´s SAI layer allows SONiC to run on Arista switches, leveraging Arista´s advanced hardware design and platform drivers. SONiC is an open source network operating system that runs on multiple hardware platforms and was developed initially by Microsoft for the Azure cloud platform.

Key benefits of Arista SAI include:

Choice of high performance platforms from Arista´s market data center portfolio for leaf and spine networks
Lower opex by leveraging DevOps tools for consistent automation for compute and networking deployments
Native streaming of deep platform telemetry with OpenConfig APIs
High scale and extensive debugging capabilities leveraging from cloud deployment experience
24×7 global customer support from Arista world-class services organization for SAI and platform related issues for a positive end-user experience

Customers building large scale deployments are seeking a consistent operating model, open software choice and the flexibility to choose from a broad set of hardware platforms. These attributes empower network operators to customize their operating environments for serviceability, availability and scale, with a uniform workflow for development, testing and deployment of differentiated services. With an open network software model, customers can take advantage of innovations in merchant silicon, enable rapid technology transitions and cater to new use cases in cloud scale deployments.

Arista Networks pioneered software-driven, cognitive cloud networking for large-scale datacenter and campus environments. Committed to open standards across private, public and hybrid cloud solutions, Arista products are supported worldwide directly and through partners.