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The CloudVision Journey

Jayshree Ullal
by Jayshree Ullal on Aug 18, 2020 3:03:00 AM

Traditional networking has been transformed by cloud-networking principles. These principles drive an open, software-first approach to efficient automation, granular telemetry, and proactive analytics that have simplified traditional network operations. At Arista, we align our product strategy to these cloud networking principles and build our products based on modern software approaches. One such approach is the network-wide state and inference-driven architecture to manage networks with CloudVision. Arista’s strategic approach to automation, analytics, and change control has made CloudVision one of the favorite choices in the menu for our enterprise customers.

On Premise and SAAS Models

Just as the Software-as-a-Service delivery model has helped to streamline application offerings, I believe customers can reap great benefits when it’s applied to enterprise networks. Today we are launching the CloudVision as-a-Service delivery model. CloudVision’s new platform complements the on-premise offering to provide the same provisioning, same state-streaming telemetry, and same cognitive analytics.

Cognitive Cloud Vision Architecture

CloudVision is inherently designed on a scale-out, containerized Kubernetes cluster architecture, even when packaged as a virtual machine appliance for on-prem deployments. This means that with the cloud-service platform, customers can take advantage of the elastic resources that a cloud platform offers.

It is designed for elastic resource allocation for more intensive AI/ML jobs and access to longer, historical anonymized data across customers for training models with built-in, state-driven network-wide NETDB nucleus and cognitive inference capabilities. Security is inherently architected into the system, from the encryption of data at rest and in-flight to secure operational models. The CloudVision service integrates directly into the customer’s existing enterprise identity provider, ensuring secure and controlled access to the cloud service.

Ease of Deployment and Support Experience

The CloudVision service not only provides a simplified deployment experience but also enables a number of services and capabilities. By closely integrating with the Arista customer support experience, we can reduce the mean-time-to-resolution for what is traditionally a very reactive support case process. Proactive automatic case creation and remediation brings comprehensive support experience and customer success.

CloudVision for 2020-2021

In addition to the introduction of cloud service delivery, the CloudVision feature set continues to outpace with innovative features including new change control, compliance, and telemetry features. Whether deployed as an on-prem cluster or now as a cloud service, relevant features include:

  • Mastering the upgrade with new change control enhancements
  • Reducing Risk: expanded compliance dashboard
  • Improved Visibility: search, topology view enhancements and predictive analytics (ML)
  • SaaS-based delivery: scale Increases, multi-cloud dashboards, topology for WAN
  • Simplified provisioning workflows: declarative config models, ZTP as a service, and point-and-click config
  • API & UI evolution and New Partner Integrations

CloudVision continues to break down network silos by being a single management plane across Places in the Cloud (PIC) domains. Once again, we are upping the ante with consistent software management across multiple network domains from client to cloud use cases. Welcome to the new decade of CloudVision for network-wide deployments! We would love to hear your views at


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Opinions expressed here are the personal opinions of the original authors, not of Arista Networks. The content is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to be an endorsement or representation by Arista Networks or any other party.

Jayshree Ullal
Written by Jayshree Ullal
As CEO and Chairperson of Arista, Jayshree Ullal is responsible for Arista's business and thought leadership in AI and cloud networking. She led the company to a historic and successful IPO in June 2014 from zero to a multibillion-dollar business. Formerly Jayshree was Senior Vice President at Cisco, responsible for a $10B business in datacenter, switching and services. With more than 40 years of networking experience, she is the recipient of numerous awards including E&Y's "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2015, Barron's "World's Best CEOs" in 2018 and one of Fortune's "Top 20 Business persons" in 2019. Jayshree holds a B.S. in Engineering (Electrical) and an M.S. degree in engineering management. She is a recipient of the SFSU and SCU Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2013 and 2016.

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