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.
Metamako provides 4 nanoseconds of latency, advancing the “race to zero.” The acquisition will boost Arista's product line targeted at financial services.
When Marvell acquired Cavium a couple months ago, it “had to make decisions." Marvell decided to focus all our efforts on its Prestera switching chip line.
“Proprietary is not a word in our dictionary,” said Andy Bechtolsheim, founder, chief development officer, and chairman at Arista.
VMware’s software will bring common security policy enforcement to virtual and physical workloads. Zscaler brings its north-south traffic security.
In today’s agreement the companies said that, with limited exceptions, they will not bring any new litigation over patents or copyrights related to existing products for five years.