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Microsoft contributed the open source Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) to OCP in 2016. It uses the Linux kernel, and it allows cloud operators to share the same software stack across multiple switch vendors’ hardware.
The companies contributed both Minipack and the Arista 7368X4 switch to OCP.
Separate reports from Synergy Research and 650 Group pegged the market at between $44 billion and $49 billion last year.
Vendors including Cisco, Juniper, and Arista all recently introduced merchant silicon chips into the mix.
The 400GbE standard is four times as fast as 100 gig Ethernet, and it offers an economically attractive price-per-port and better power efficiency.
Open source and containers found themselves at the center of M&A activity this year.
The collaboration focuses on the three biggest container pain areas for enterprises: 1) networking; 2) visibility; and 3) security.
Arista also said that due to the tariffs on some Chinese components that have been implemented by the U.S. government, it is adding a universal 3.3 percent add-on charge for worldwide customers.
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Arista is predicting that 400G volumes will be relatively low in 2019. But the company cites Dell’Oro research that predicts 400G to grow dramatically beginning in 2020.
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Arista strengthened its campus networking portfolio of products through its acquisition of Mojo Networks.
“I think we have an extremely strong hand when we look at competing against somebody like Arista in the campus and branch,” said Scott Harrell.