Arista Intros CloudVision for Campus
October 17, 2018
Networks introduced the next phase in its campus architecture, changing
the way enterprises rebuild campus networks in the future. Arista’s
Cognitive Campus unifies wired and wireless campus networking, applying
modern software-driven cloud principles. Arista Cognitive WiFi
eliminates legacy WiFi controller bottlenecks to reduce operational
costs with higher reliability through a cloud-based, cognitive model.
“Legacy WiFi solutions focus on basic connectivity and provide little
insight into performance. Arista’s Cognitive WiFi with Arista EOS® and
CloudVision® focuses on the customer’s experience, ensuring application
performance and reachability,” said John McCool, Chief Platform Officer,
Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Arista.
Traditional campus networks suffer from complex bottlenecks brought on
by the myriad of platforms, operating systems, proprietary features and
network management tools. Coupled with the explosive growth of IoT and
endpoints as well as the requirement for workloads, users and devices to
be connected anywhere, the operational costs of managing these
complexities become prohibitive.
Arista CloudVision, built on the Cognitive Management Plane (CMP)
engine, is a proven and powerful platform for turnkey orchestration,
provisioning and telemetry. Born initially in the datacenter era,
CloudVision now extends the same common operational model to the campus
providing unified wired, wireless and datacenter management.
Today’s wired and wireless campus networks must cope with
ever-increasing endpoint devices necessitating the understanding of
endpoint behavior. CloudVision’s latest feature Device Analyzer provides
inventory and deep flow analysis of all connected devices. Campus
administrators can access device type, connectivity method, location and
communication patterns. This visibility enables an administrator to
identify unauthorized traffic and compromised endpoints. Since
CloudVision spans the datacenter and the campus, customers can leverage
a single platform for end-to-end troubleshooting.
Arista Delivers Cognitive WiFi
the acquisition of Mojo Networks, Arista now integrates the wireless
edge via the CloudVision platform. The Cognitive WiFi architecture is
tailored to enable an Arista access point portfolio in a controller-less
wireless network. These AP solutions are available in disaggregated
options harnessing the power of cloud, machine learning and cognitive
computing to deliver great experiences to WiFi users. Arista’s Cognitive
WiFi delivers massive scalability, and a linear pay-as-you-go pricing
model, providing a predictable total cost of ownership path. CloudVision
WiFi is based on a similar CMP model for cognitive analytics unifying
the operational experience across wired and wireless. CloudVision WiFi
enhances real-time insight into the experience of WiFi clients to
connect and utilize the network. The Client Journey is a set of
dashboards that help operators diagnose client connectivity, track
availability of network services and identify root cause of WiFi issues
with live and historical telemetry data for proactive assessment of
client to application performance.
Arista Cognitive Campus includes a suite of WiFi Tracer tools for
wireless security, reachability and network health diagnostics.
Integrated Wireless Intrusion Protection System (WIPS) protects networks
against rogue APs, honeypots and implements device classification to
determine authorized client devices connecting to unauthorized APs.
Additional WIPS scanning is accomplished via a dedicated third radio
which can also perform various network performance and health
diagnostics. The AP can simulate a client device--association and
authentication instrumenting identity and access (AAA and DHCP/DNS)
latencies, connectivity to the upstream network and voice calls to
calculate MOS score and network throughput. These automated tests can be
pre-scheduled without administrator intervention ensuring business ready
WiFi. CloudVision WiFi applications fuses Arista access points with
cloud networking spines and splines for a seamless topology view.
The Arista Cognitive WiFi software and family of disaggregated access
points is available now, including the new Client Journey and WiFi
Tracer feature sets. Arista’s CloudVision for Campus is available in Q4
2018 for early field trials and general availability in the first half