Cirba supports Arista: the 7 tools for a cloud mechanic

Cirba Inc. has announced support for Arista’s software-driven cloud networking solutions.

But why this happy union?


The landscape is as follows: Cirba is a software-defined infrastructure control software company (NOTE: the ‘control’ word is the important one)… and Arista is a firm known for its software-driven cloud networking products for large datacentre storage and computing environments.

The rationale is as follows: Cirba’s analytics now incorporate rich metrics available from Arista to drive precise ‘network-aware’ virtual machine (VM) routing and placement decisions.

More tools…

By combining Cirba’s infrastructure control analytics and Arista’s advanced solutions such as Arista EOS (Extensible Operating System) with telemetry and cloud bursting capabilities (including Latency Analyzer LANZ and Virtual Machine Tracer), cloud-centric development teams can know more about what’s going on.

What the firms have almost done here is list out a whole table of cloud application controls… are these the 7 factors every cloud mechanic needs to look for in a good cloud management toolbox?

1. software-defined infrastructure control

2. rich metrics for optimisation

3. ‘network-aware’ virtual machine (VM) routing

4. cloud workload placement (analytics) decisions

5. telemetry and cloud bursting controls

6. latency intelligence

7. virtual machine tracing and VLAN provisioning

“Cirba analytics are uniquely able to determine the best execution venue for applications in hybrid cloud infrastructure, and our partnership with Arista enables us to seamlessly include detailed network data in those decisions,” said Andrew Hillier, CTO & co-founder, Cirba.

“The combination of workflow telemetry delivered by Arista EOS and CloudVision and Cirba’s placement analytics, support next generation data centre customers and their migration to private, or hybrid clouds,” stated Ed Chapman, vice president business development and alliances for Arista. “The joint solution enables rapid placement of virtual workloads with programmable placement and optimisation.”

Deeper dive

Arista’s leaf-spine architecture ensures nodes are only two hops away enabling greater flexibility in workload hosting decisions than traditional networks, eliminating potential latency issues.

Cirba’s analytics automatically optimise VM routing and placements considering all the utilisation requirements, alongside policies, technical requirements, software licensing considerations, etc.

Cirba dovetails workloads in a way that is analogous to the game of Tetris, to safely ‘densify’ infrastructure by an average of 48 percent in virtual and cloud hosting environments.