Arista Adds IoT and Remote Work Management to Campus Family



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Arista Networks has unveiled extensions to its campus network portfolio that promise to help customers manage Internet of Things (IoT) devices, improve wireless connectivity, and address remote networking demands of the Covid era.

When it comes to managing the campus and the edge, it’s important for IT to understand what devices are on the network, what they’re doing, and ensure they’re properly segmented, said Ed Chapman, vice president of business development for Arista.

Customers need to manage wireless and wired systems as a single entity to gain visibility, intelligence and insight into the overall environment.

In Arista’s case, wired and wireless management goes through Arista’s flagship software package, CloudVision, which provides wired and wireless visibility, orchestration, provisioning, telemetry and analytics across the data center and the campus. CloudVision’s network information can be used by Arista’s network partners such as VMware, Microsoft, and IBM’s Red Hat.

To CloudVision, the company has now added support for IoT devices with IoTvision, a dashboard that lists IoT endpoints and collects data on device type, connection status, service models. traffic and quality of experience on devices connected over wired or wireless networks.

“Better understand what types of IoT devices connect to the network and what types of vulnerabilities can cause difficulties for operations,” said Jeff Raymond, vice president of EOS product and service management at Arista. IoTvision can see what’s connected and examine traffic flows from devices, including healthcare systems, home networks, and remote branch offices, Raymond said.

Acquisition of Awake Security

Improved IoT security is part of the reason Arista this week announced plans to acquire network detection and response platform provider Awake Security for an undisclosed fee.

“AVA, Awake’s virtual security analyst is AI-driven for proactive threat detection,” Arista CEO Jayshree Ullal wrote in a blog on the acquisition. “Cognitive processing begins when a packet is fed into Awake’s sensor.

“The sensor feeds into the interesting attributes of packets and flows to develop a holistic picture of the network and contextual activities. The ability to process information from packets into communication models with actionable information is a feature that sets itself apart from traditional security solutions.

Awake’s advanced activity model fingerprint is not only intended for communication between devices, but is also used to look for indicators of threat or attack, Ullal said.

“These are difficult and confusing times when it comes to security for businesses. Workloads move to the cloud. Threats blur the perimeter and trust boundaries extend from the client to campus to the cloud, ”Ullal said. “The ability to distinguish between data models is paramount in creating cognitive workspaces and this can only be done with security as a proactive tool and not as an afterthought. “

CloudVision Upgrades

In addition to IoT developments, Arista has added a number of enhancements to CloudVision that target customers facing the remote networking needs of the Covid era. For example, the system now includes anomaly detection with predictive alerting for events such as application accessibility, resource usage, and device status monitoring for all connected devices, whether they are at home or in the office.

A new compliance dashboard offers what the company called a wired and wireless infrastructure risk assessment by automatically identifying known security vulnerabilities and software flaws and their potential impact on the network.

The company has also introduced Arista P-Tracer, a feature that allows customers to track a user’s location through their mobile phones, which will be useful for tracing Covid contacts or for alerting IT when too many people are in an office.

HPE, Okta, Palo Alto partnerships

Additionally, Arista said it is partnering with other vendors such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise / Aruba, Okta, Palo Alto Networks, CheckPoint Forescout, and Fortinet to work with their platforms to help manage workers remotely.

For example, Arista’s integration with Okta’s single sign-on program provides customers with secure authentication for network access and applications, simplifying security administration and end-user access management. .

Integration with Aruba’s ClearPass package enables role-based access control over Arista’s wired and wireless networks. And the integration of Arista and Forescout eyeSight enables automated discovery and classification of workstations, laptops, printers, cameras and other IoT devices.

“The new features respond to customers who say 70-100% of their employees work from home and they need to manage these users as if they were in an office,” Raymond said. “For example, if a remote user is having issues with a Zoom call or Teams has a problem, thanks to our remote access points, we now have the ability to resolve those issues. “

New Wi-Fi 6 hardware

Arista has also expanded its wireless portfolio by introducing two Wi-Fi 6 access points (APs) for high density Wi-Fi deployments in indoor and outdoor environments.

Devices include the professional-grade external antenna, six-stream Wi-Fi 6 hotspot with two simultaneous 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band radios (model C-230 / E) and a ruggedized version (model O-235 / E).

The new CloudVision feature suite will generally be available in Q4 2020 as part of existing customers’ CloudVision software subscription. New wireless products are available now.

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