Arista acquires Pluribus Networks for cloud fabric product
Pluribus planned to achieve greater operational efficiency by offloading networking functions to an Nvidia Bluefield-2 DPU on the server. Functions to be offloaded included Layer 2 and 3 underlay network connectivity, VXLAN tunnel encapsulation, BGP EVPN and multi-tenant segmentation. Arista still plans to use the Nvidia Bluefield-2 DPU for the project and sees telco operators of 4G/5G networks as its target market, the company said in a blog post. Relationships with major players outside Aristas historic data center vertical, like the one with Ericsson, make Pluribus hugely appealing as an acquisition target, said Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Bob Laliberte. "Pluribus is a great acquisition for its talent and technology, and to help us build and bring more capabilities to the Unified Cloud Fabric," said Jayshree Ullal, Arista Networks president and CEO, during the vendors second quarter 2022 earnings call on Monday.
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