The cloud continues to drive network evolution

It’s fair to say that there has never been a bigger driver of network evolution than the cloud. The reason for this is the cloud is a fundamentally different kind of compute paradigm, as it enables applications, data, and architecture changes to be done seemingly instantly. Cloud-native infrastructure is what enables mobile app developers to roll out new versions daily if they so choose.

The cloud is network-centric

Another fact about the cloud is that it is a network-centric compute model, so a poorly performing network leads to equally poorly performing applications. A lack of network agility means DevOps teams need to sit around twiddling their thumbs while network operations make changes to the network. 

This has been the driving force behind Arista’s software-first approach since the company launched many years ago. It’s EOS operating system was designed to be portable, so the company has been able to deliver a consistent set of features through different silicon releases without disrupting the operational processes of the networking team.

Often organizations will hold off upgrading the network because their vendor made a major change to the OS, requiring scripts, tools, and management systems to be updated. But Arista has maintained a single OS across all its products.