HPE, Arista Networks Expand Data Center Partnership
HPE in November will start selling Arista switches as it looks to better compete with Cisco, Juniper and others in software-defined environments.Hewlett Packard Enterprise is expanding its collaboration with Arista Networks by enabling customers and partners to buy Arista switches through HPE and by naming Arista as its preferred networking partner in software-defined infrastructure environments. Antonio Neri, executive vice president and general manager of HPE's Enterprise Group, made the announcement this week at the vendor's Global Partner Conference. The tighter alliance with Arista builds on the partnership the two companies announced in July 2015 for jointly building a converged infrastructure reference architecture. The expanded partnership will add to the networking gear that HPE can sell. The company already sells its FlexFabric portfolio into traditional data centers and its Altoline open white-box products made in conjunction with Accton Technology and sold to enterprises, web-scale companies and service providers. Having Arista's network switches on the menu will help HPE make greater inroads in the fast-growing software-defined data center (SDDC) space. It also puts the company in a stronger position to better compete with such established networking vendors as Cisco Systems, Dell and Juniper Networks. HPE will begin selling Arista switches Nov. 7.
"HPE and Arista share a common vision around the need to deliver secure hybrid IT solutions and experiences built on industry-leading software-defined infrastructure—helping customers to operate their workloads with speed and agility to grow their business," Dominic Wilde, vice president and general manager of the Data Center Networking business unit within HPE's Data Center Infrastructure Group, wrote in a post on the company blog. "This partnership will provide our customers with best-of-breed networking solutions that are superior to legacy networking solutions and that are complementary" to other data center technologies HPE sells, including compute, storage, virtualization and cloud offerings.