Arista Networks has announced the vEOS Router, a virtualized version of its EOS network operating system that can run in public clouds.
The vEOS Router is the latest version of EOS to be disaggregated from Arista hardware: cEOS, a containerized version of EOS, was announced earlier this year that can run on ToR white box switches.
The vEOS Router, which is deployed in a hypervisor or cloud instance, includes all the routing features and functions of EOS. The goal of vEOS Router is to let enterprises use the same management and automation tools in the cloud that they already use with EOS on premises.
The vEOS Router is part of a larger initiative from Arista called Any Cloud, which aims to provide the same network operating environment in the data center and across multiple clouds.
As part of the Any Cloud initiative, Arista’s CloudVision software can be used to manage and orchestrate vEOS instances and collect telemetry data from them.
Arista says the vEOS Router will be available for AWS and Azure later this year, with subsequent availability for additional clouds to follow.
Other platforms are expected to include Google Cloud Platform, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and Azure Stack (Microsoft’s private cloud software).
The Takeaway: Simplicity And Consistency
Arista’s premise for Any Cloud is that enterprises are adopting more cloud services from multiple providers. And because each cloud has its own native networking platform, IT teams may not have the same expertise, tooling, and visibility that they have with their own networks.
By making a virtual instance of EOS available in multiple public clouds, and enabling those instances to link to CloudVision, organizations can enjoy commonalities for management, compliance, and security.
“CloudVision can extend the management platform to an Amazon VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) without having to build anything new,” said Jeff Raymond, VP, EOS Product Management and Services at Arista.
Organizations can also continue to use other tools both on premises and in the cloud. For instance, if an IT shop has developed Ansible playbooks to streamline network operations with Arista switches in its own data center, it can continue to use those playbooks with vEOS Router.
A First Step
In my briefing with Arista, Raymond made it clear that vEOS Router isn’t meant to be positioned as a solution for moving workloads between private and public clouds, enabling cloud-bursting, or supporting workload migration across different public cloud environments.
“We’re focusing on operations and management so that you can manage your clouds the way you manage the data center network,” he said.
However, he also acknowledged that Arista does have a vision for more extensive capabilities over time. “There is a bigger picture that we can address, but that’s not what we’re after with this announcement.”
The vEOS Router is expected to be available some time in Q4 2017, starting with support for the KVM and VMware ESX hypervisors, as well as availability in the AWS and Azure marketplaces.
Pricing for a vEOS Router instance is subscription-based: $295 per month per instance with throughput up to 500Mbps. 1Gbps and possibly 10Gbps tiers will also be available.