This week, Arista announced that it has acquired software-defined networking (SDN) provider Big Switch Networks. This news was first reported by SDxCentral on January 22 but was not confirmed until Thursday, 13 February 2020, when Arista made the announcements as part of its earnings release. Arista described the acquisition as immaterial to its financials; it is rumored to be around $70M, compared to the $120M that had been raised by Big Switch. About half of the Big Switch team (75 people) will be joining Arista, including cofounder Kyle Forster and CEO Dough Murray for 6–12 months to aid in the transition. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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A leading expert on enterprise networking and communications technologies, Matthias Machowinski has 14 years of experience as an analyst in the telecom and datacom industry. He specializes in data and communication technologies deployed by small/medium businesses (SMBs), enterprises, and public sector organizations.
His areas of focus include emerging network-use cases, network technologies, architecture adoption rates, wired and wireless convergence, the effects of downtime, and end-user spending trends. He is the author of numerous market share and forecast reports, studies, and opinion pieces on enterprise routers, Ethernet switches, wireless LAN equipment, and video conferencing equipment.
He is also the lead author of the Enterprise Networking and Communication Equipment Vendor Scorecard, the only report of its kind to utilize a data-driven model that incorporates vendor performance and direct buyer feedback to determine vendor position in the marketplace.
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