Sun co-founder Andreas von Bechtolsheim is giving up his full-time job at the company to focus on a startup networking play.
Founded in 2004 and formerly known as Arastra, Arista shipped its first product releases in late 2007. The core of its lineup is its 7100 platform, which is a 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching platform that has a Linux-based operating system at its core, dubbed Arista EOS.
The goal with EOS is to create a highly scalable platform that is specifically tailored for the needs of cloud computing in the datacenter, Karam said. EOS is based on a Red Hat Fedora Linux core that Arista said has been modified and hardened.