HP, Arista Challenge Cisco With Joint Converged Solution
The two vendors will offer an integrated platform that includes networking from Arista and HP's server, storage and OneView management software.Hewlett-Packard and Arista Networks are offering a converged infrastructure solution that brings together products from both companies and challenges systems from competitors such as Cisco Systems and VCE. The joint solution—the HP Converged Architecture with Arista—was unveiled at the HP Discover show June 2 as part of a larger expansion of HP's converged product line. It's a reference architecture aimed at cloud environments that features Arista's programmable networking technology and Extensible Operating System (EOS) being sold with HP's Converged Architecture offerings, including server and storage products—such as the company's 3Par StoreServ offering—and its OneView management software. The combined HP-Arista offering will give organizations a converged cloud solution that doesn't limit them to a single vendor, according to Arista CEO Jayshree Ullal. It combines HP's server and management platforms with Arista's software-defined cloud networking capabilities, and is built using best-of-breed technology, Ullal wrote in a post on Arista blog. "It is a solution for performance-intensive, virtualized workloads, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and big data workloads," she wrote. "Arista and HP are a fitting example of the open federation for massively scalable compute and storage networking in the new converged cloud era. … Together, and with our other mutual eco-system partners, we have built a best of breed stack as a compelling alternative to the legacy and fragile foundation of traditional IT infrastructures built to support siloed applications."
System makers are growing their portfolios of converged and integrated infrastructures to meet the increasing demand from organizations that are dealing with such trends as big data analytics, IT mobility, social software and the cloud, and are looking for greater efficiency in their data centers. Cisco provides a range of options within its Unified Computing Systems (UCS), which offer Cisco servers, networking and management software combined with storage and virtualization technology from other vendors, as well as integrated systems jointly developed with NetApp.