Arista Networks Exec On New Container Software Offensive And Its 'Biggest Fundamental Advantage' Over Cisco

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Arista's New cEOS

Arista Networks has unveiled a new containerized version of its flagship EOS operating system that can run on white-box hardware while also enabling customers like Facebook and Google "to make a switch look just like a server," said Jeff Raymond, vice president of EOS products and services.

"This idea of containerization is not a new concept, but it really hasn't been exercised in the networking stack or networking world. When we're able to apply it to networking, we get a lot of benefits that have to do with how we package our software," said Raymond in an interview with CRN.

Raymond spoke with CRN about the differentiation Arista's new containerized operating system (cEOS) brings to the market, channel partner opportunities and the Santa Clara, Calif.-based vendor's biggest software advantage over networking rival Cisco.

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