Arista Networks enables cloud networking on Microsoft Azure

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Arista Networks has launched a next-gen hybrid cloud architecture for its enterprise customers.

The new offering uses the Microsoft Azure global network and integrates Arista EOS with Azure and Azure Stack, enabling the delivery of a seamless hybrid computing experience for all types of organisations.

“Hybrid computing, the linking public to private clouds, and connecting the broadest set of resources to deliver amazing end-user experiences is the most network-centric computing architecture,” said Douglas Gourlay, vice president and general manager, Cloud Networking Software for Arista Networks. “Building on Microsoft Azure, we ensure a reliable and consistent experience for users, architects, and the operators of these critical systems.”

Extending the Azure management framework to include the broad reach and variety of distributed systems within today’s enterprise enables such innovations as, seamless multi-cloud connectivity, accelerated deployment flexibility, centralisation of user connectivity and identity, as well as consistent management and monitoring of the global end-user experience.

“The evolution from large central enterprise data centres to a hybrid environment is changing the IT landscape,” added Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president of Azure Networking, Microsoft. “That’s why at Microsoft, we designed Azure to be hybrid from the beginning. Our differentiated offerings like Azure Stack, to consistently build and run hybrid applications across cloud boundaries, and Azure Virtual WAN, which provides a simple, unified global connectivity and security platform, deliver the ultimate consistent cloud experience to customers. We’re pleased Arista selected Azure to help businesses realize the benefits that hybrid can deliver.”

At the start of May, Microsoft and Sony entered into a partnership to jointly develop future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services.

Under the memorandum of understanding, the gaming and technology goliaths have agreed to explore the use of current Microsoft Azure data centre-based solutions for Sony’s game and content-streaming services.

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