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Arista Networks Acquires Big Switch

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Arista’s Largest Acquisition to Date

Arista Networks, a California based computer networking company has recently acquired Big Switch Networks, a cloud and data center networking company. According to a source, this is Arista’s largest acquisition to date. It is also Arista’s third acquisition as it bought a cloud-managed Wi-Fi firm Mojo Networks a couple of years ago, followed by the acquisition of low-latency field-programmable gate array (FPGA) products provider Metamako. The long list of suitors wanted to adopt Big Switch’s technology.

Over the past few months, Big Switch was a part of multiple meetings with several companies such as Cisco, Dell Technologies, VMware, Juniper Networks and Extreme Networks. Big Switch’s hybrid cloud visibility and security product, Big Monitoring Fabric (Big Mon) has made this deal a big one in part. A major gap in Arista’s portfolio is filled by the Big Mon. As enterprise customers are increasingly adopting multi-cloud environments. They need tools to monitor and orchestrate workloads across their data centers and in public clouds.

Providing Security and Performance Monitoring of Cloud-Native Applications

Big Mon is a cloud packet broker for public cloud as it provides security and performance monitoring of on-premises, edge and cloud-native applications. It supports Google Cloud Platforms (GCP), Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS).  Firstly, AWS and Azure workload discovery, automatic monitoring, analytics, and centralized policy configuration consistent with on-premises deployments are enabled by cloud-based software.

Then, a lightweight software agent that installs automatically on cloud instances selected for monitoring, which acts as a security tool is used and finally, it uses virtual switch software managed by a cloud-based controller. Last year in addition to Big Mon, Big Switch rolled out new hybrid cloud products as a part of its Cloud-First Networking Portfolio. These products aim to extend networking and monitoring tools across hybrid-cloud environments and to bring the best of the public cloud to customers’ data centers.