Arista Cognitive Cloud Networking Redefines the Campus

New Cognitive Edge with PoE Leaf and WiFi endorsed by partners

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Arista Networks (NYSE:ANET) today announced an expansion of the cognitive
portfolio with unified wired and wireless campus edge
products designed to address transitional changes as the enterprise
moves to an IoT (Internet of Things)-ready campus. Extending EOS®
and CloudVision®,
Arista’s Cognitive Cloud Networking approach brings operational
consistency and modern cloud principles to the enterprise campus.

This approach, combined with key
, helps reduce customer operational expenses through
simplified architectures, data-driven analytics and segment-based
security. With these wired and wireless edge additions, Arista now has a
complete cognitive enterprise networking portfolio, spanning the
datacenter, the cloud and the campus.

“Arista’s software-first approach simplifies network designs across all
of our switches from the datacenter to the campus. The benefit of a
single EOS and common CloudVision management plane is operational
consistency, which means time savings for our network operations team,”
Jonathan Skelley, Director of IS Infrastructure, Roper St. Francis

Arista’s Cognitive Campus for Simplicity and Cloud Principles:

Today’s campus networks continue to suffer from too much complexity
brought on by the myriad platforms, operating systems, proprietary
features and network management tools from incumbent vendors. Coupled
with the explosive growth of endpoints these challenges are not unlike
those of legacy datacenters, before the shift to cloud networking. The
cloud networking principles of simplification, open-standards,
software-driven control are just as applicable to today’s campus

“Our experience with Arista in our datacenter deployments has been so
successful, that we are thrilled that we can now extend Arista’s campus
switching products to our broader enterprise networks,” Ariel Pisetzky,
Vice President, IT, Taboola.

The Arista Cognitive Campus is a software-driven approach to unify wired
and wireless campus access built on real-time, data-driven analytics
that focus on delivering a great user and operator experience. The
Arista Cognitive Campus leverages the Arista Universal Cloud Network
(UCN) architecture developed for the world’s largest datacenters. In
2018, Arista introduced the 7300X3
and 7050X3
as the Campus Spline™ and later the controller-less Cognitive WiFi
product family. Arista CloudVision and the Cognitive Management Plane
were also extended to include campus specific use-cases for wired and

Introducing the Cognitive Campus Edge

The Arista 720XP
represents Arista’s first purpose-built campus leaf products
and are a key addition bringing the wired edge component to Arista’s
Cognitive Campus portfolio. With the 720XP, customers will benefit from
improved security and visibility as they are able to gain a more
holistic understanding of endpoint behaviors across users, mobile
devices, and IoT platforms.

The 720XP Series includes four fixed configuration models and offers
capabilities for new multi-gigabit access port speeds (2.5GBASE-T and
5GBASE-T) enabling the transition to higher speed access devices, up to
60 watts of Power over Ethernet (PoE) for powering IP phones, access
points, and IoT devices, and a choice of 25G, 40G and 100G uplink ports
for connectivity to Arista Campus Spline platforms.

As with all Arista switching products, the 720XP Series leverage the
same Arista EOS and CloudVision software, bringing a consistent and
simplified operational model to the campus edge. With that, these
products provide the following new benefits to campus network operators:

  • Device Analyzer, providing endpoint inventory and deep flow analysis
    for all connected devices and helping to proactively identify security
    threat vectors.
  • Cloud-like operations, including workflows to simplify change controls
    though network-wide automation, to reduce the maintenance windows
    duration, and to quickly assess network compliance.
  • Network access control integration through standard RADIUS solutions
    as well as a standards-based group-based segmentation approach with
    VXLAN and EVPN.
  • Wireless mobility and roaming, leveraging integrated VXLAN tunnel
    termination instead of legacy controller-based options.
  • Expanded device support to manage PoE usage through CloudVision’s
  • End-to-end Troubleshooting – leverage CloudVision’s network-wide
    database for unprecedented time-series visibility across campus,
    datacenter, and cloud networks in a single view.

The 720XP Series is designed to address the next generation campus edge
requirements, with cognitive capabilities for real-time flow analytics
compared to traditional campus monitoring approaches.

Unified Cognitive WiFi

These new campus leaf switches integrate directly with Arista’s
Cognitive WiFi portfolio, including Arista’s first WiFi 6 access point.
The new C-250 access point supports the full 802.11ax standard including
8×8 MU-MIMO, uplink OFDMA & MU-MIMO. Like other Arista enterprise access
points, it also includes a 2×2 dual band 3rd radio. With target use
cases for WiFi 6 such as higher bandwidth video, and many more
simultaneous users, the 3rd radio will be essential. Along with a
variety of other data sources, the 3rd radio provides a continuous
stream of telemetry data into Arista’s Cognitive WiFi architecture where
the power of cloud is harnessed to apply machine learning and cognitive

CloudVision WiFi delivers real-time insight into the WiFi client
journey, including the health of the network services, the user’s
ability to connect, and delivering great WiFi experiences through
analytics and proactive remediation. With CloudVision WiFi, Arista is
delivering a modern and technologically advanced controller-less WiFi
solution to customers.

Expanded Campus Ecosystem

Arista’s enterprise focus also includes a broader partnership scope,
including an ecosystem of channel partners, managed services partners,
and technology partners.

Arista’s channel partner program focuses on enterprise go to market and
includes tiered partner levels, each of which has appropriate goals,
training, and resourcing. Arista is partnering with managed service
providers for the rollout and operations of Arista network technologies,
as enterprise customers consider outsourced operational models. The
initial managed services partners include Comcast, NTT and Tech Mahindra.

By leveraging the Microsoft
cloud platform and through technology partnerships with
companies, including Forescout, Arista is extending its existing
best-of-breed technology partner ecosystem. Arista’s technology
partnerships are addressing campus to cloud visibility as well as
improved device posture and compliance through certification with the
Forescout platform of the new 720XP Series switches. See supporting
quotes here.


The 720XP Series platforms, the C-250 WiFi 6 access point, and the
associated cognitive EOS and CloudVision capabilities are in trials now
with general availability in Q3’19.

Register here
to learn more about Arista’s Cognitive Campus at our webinar on June 20,

About Arista Networks

Arista Networks pioneered software-driven, cognitive cloud networking
for large-scale datacenter and campus environments. Arista’s
award-winning platforms redefine and deliver availability, agility,
automation, analytics, and security. Arista has shipped more than twenty
million cloud networking ports worldwide with CloudVision and EOS, an
advanced network operating system. Committed to open standards across
private, public and hybrid cloud solutions, Arista products are
supported worldwide directly and through partners.

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