Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Arista Names Jayshree Ullal as CEO, Andreas Bechtolsheim as Chairman

Arista Networks (formerly known as Arastra), a start-up based in Menlo Park, California, announced the appointment of Jayshree Ullal as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Andreas Bechtolsheim as Chief Development Officer and Chairman.

Jayshree Ullal was previously Senior Vice President of Cisco Systems, responsible for the company's Datacenter, Switching and Services Group.

Andreas Bechtolsheim, a well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur, was a Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems and a Senior Vice President and Chief Architect for the Systems Group at Sun. From 1996 to 2003, Andy was Vice President and General Manager of the Gigabit Systems Business Unit at Cisco Systems.

Arista Networks is developing highly-scalable 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches for large data center and computing environments. Arista says cloud computing requires fundamental improvements in network scalability, reliability, and latency beyond what traditional enterprise networks have offered.

The company's Extensible Operating System (EOS) software architecture is designed for cloud computing applications and features self-healing and live in-service upgrade capabilities. Arista has been shipping a portfolio of 10 Gigabit Ethernet products since May 2008 to customers in several vertical markets, including financial markets, high-performance computing, public sector, manufacturing, Internet data centers, healthcare, and media/entertainment.

"In the upcoming era of cloud computing, the web will be much more than just a means of delivering content -- it will be a platform in its own right, requiring an extremely scalable cloud networking infrastructure," said Jayshree Ullal, President and CEO of Arista. "A similar transformation is happening in the enterprise where many customers are consolidating existing datacenters into much larger virtualized computing clouds. We look forward to working with customers of all sizes to solve these important networking challenges."

The product line include the Arista 7148S, a 1-rack-unit L2/L3/L4 48-port 10GbE SFP switch with 800 Gbps of bandwidth; the Aristra 7124S 24-port 10GbE switch with 480 Gbps of bandwidth, and the Aristra 7148SX 48-port 10GbE switch with 960Gbps of bandwidth.