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HP and Arista Networks Team on Converged Architecture Solutions

By Laura Stotler June 04, 2015

As part of the ongoing expansion of its Converged Architecture portfolio, HP announced it is partnering with Arista Networks. The company will offer Arista’s data center switches alongside HP converged IT infrastructure products, including HP servers and storage, the HP OneView management system and HP 3PAR StoreServ flash storage.

The partnership is basically a direct counterpoint to EMC’s VCE venture, which provides converged infrastructure of EMC storage with Cisco compute and networking components and virtualization and networking from VMware. EMC took controlling ownership of the joint venture last year, with Cisco, VMware and Intel retaining smaller interests.

The HP-Arista partnership also takes on reference architectures from Cisco and NetApp along with offerings from IBM, Dell and Hitachi Data Systems. By incorporating Arista switches into its Converged Architecture, HP has created a reference architecture with pre-tested configurations and a bill of materials. The effort will focus on virtualization at first, with the companies planning to expand to big data, mobility and desktop virtualization later this year.

“This partnership is a reflection of expanding choice and offering greater flexibility to our customers, and we are continuing to develop partnerships at all levels of the infrastructure,” said Paul Miller, vice president, converged data center infrastructure marketing, HP. “We recognize that our customers have made significant investments in their current IT infrastructure, and that they may already have solutions from Arista in place.”

HP will continue to offer its own data center switches by default, while the Arista switches will be provided based on customer demand for handling heavily trafficked application workloads. Arista’s offerings will also be provided in cases requiring large amounts of bandwidth, high performances and low latencies, as well as for specific use cases like high frequency trading.

Arista has been making some very strategic partnerships lately, and the HP move follows a deal with Nuage Networks to collaborate on software defined cloud networking. Nuage, an Alcatel-Lucent venture, will work with Arista to help maximize the benefits of cloud infrastructure for customers scaling up their networks for more demanding IT applications.

The companies’ offerings enable customers to build programmable underlays as well as automated SDN overlay infrastructure, creating a common framework for network automation. Customers using OpenStack and other cloud management systems can use the offering with a variety of hypervisors for easy integration and management.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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