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6 May 2015

Infinera and Arista ally to accelerate data-center interconnection for Cloud networking

Infinera Corp of Sunnyvale, CA, USA, a vertically integrated manufacturer of digital optical network systems incorporating its own indium phosphide-based photonic integrated circuits (PICs), and Santa Clara-based Arista Networks Inc (which delivers software-driven cloud networking solutions for large data-center and computing environments) have announced a technology alliance to deliver scalable, turn-key metro and regional Cloud networking solutions that combine high-performance data-center switching along with high-capacity, low-power, rack & stack optical transport for data-center interconnect applications for Internet content providers, enterprises and service providers.

The solution integrates Arista's 7000 series switching portfolio with the Infinera Cloud Xpress to deliver an interoperable solution designed for the data-center and Cloud networking markets. The combination provides a set of solutions that are suited to bandwidth-intense applications such as IP storage networking, big-data environments, high-performance computing (HPC), and media and entertainment networking. The deployment of scale-out data-center switching fabrics and the growing bandwidth demands between data centers continues to drive strong demand for 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connectivity, says Infinera. The partnership aims to provide integrated deployable solutions that support these interconnection speeds as part of a scalable, low-latency, high-performance data-center architecture.

"Disruptive applications such as HPC, IP storage networking, content-intensive networking, and virtualized datacenters are paramount for Cloud-scale web customers," says Ed Chapman, Arista's VP, business development and alliances. 

"We teamed up with Arista to deliver optimized solutions for the rapidly growing Cloud services market," says Ashoka Valia, Infinera's senior VP, business development. "Our alliance offers best-in-class solutions, combining Arista's programmable platforms with Infinera's Cloud Xpress Ethernet transport to deliver state-of-the-art scale, performance and energy efficiency for data-center interconnection applications," he believes. 

Earlier this year, Infinera and Arista completed an interoperability test for critical and mandatory requirements of a modern data center, validating the data-center networking solution using Arista's switches and the Infinera Cloud Xpress for seamless interoperability, and meeting or exceeding the requirements of the stringent Service Level Agreement and performance parameters, including extremely low latency. It also further confirmed the resiliency of the combined multi-layer solution which can protect against various failure modes.

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