Arista Introduces DANZ Monitoring Fabric
December 16, 2020
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Arista Networks announced a network observability software, DANZ Monitoring Fabric (DMF), on Arista switching platforms for enterprise-wide traffic visibility and contextual insights.

This new offering enables mission-critical monitoring for enterprise-wide traffic while improving efficiencies and reduced opex through the adoption of modern cloud networking principles.

Arista is introducing a new generation of network observability – to bring cloud networking principles, data analytics and contextual insights. By integrating its Data Analyzer with acquired Big Switch’s monitoring fabric software, Arista is introducing DMF software for enterprise-wide network observability.

The DMF offering is based upon Arista’s popular switching platforms with optional advanced nodes including:

- Service Node software for packet processing, optimization and flow generation

- Analytics Node software for deep context-aware traffic analysis and machine learning

- Recorder Node software for full packet capture, query and replay with built-in application identification

Arista DMF is optimized for pervasive observability based on cloud networking principles using scale-out leaf-spine, clustering architecture and API-first programmability model. The DMF console provides zero-touch workflows to streamline enterprise-wide deployment, thereby accelerating service activation. DMF’s multi-tenant capability enables NetOps, SecOps and DevOps teams to consume DMF as an IT service to reduce monitoring costs further.

Arista DMF delivers a fully integrated network time machine experience. DMF’s system-level approach delivers metadata and associated contexts to the Analytics Node cluster and packet capture to the Recorder Node cluster. This integrated one-click workflow across nodes allows operators to zero-in on anomalies that have occurred in the past by instantaneously retrieving historical network traffic. The DMF Analytic Node’s machine learning capability dynamically identifies anomalous network behaviors through auto-baselining. For tracing malicious activities, The DMF Recorder Node provides one-click traffic replay to designated security tools in order to recreate their spreading behavior.

With DMF’s support for Arista’s flagship 7280R3 platforms with 25G and 100G interfaces, Arista assures reliable observability solutions for mission-critical monitoring. DMF’s flexible fabric ensures security tools receive all relevant network traffic to detect and hunt threats. DMF integrates with Awake Security’s Network Detection and Response (NDR) -- Arista’s recent security acquisition -- to deliver traffic to various NDR ingests points, thus bringing zero-trust security to enterprises.

The Arista DMF Software is procured as a multi-year subscription license, with availability is as follows:

- DMF for 7050X3 (25G and 100G) platforms is shipping now

- DMF Service Node software supporting 40G, 160G and now 320G performance with scale-out clustering support, enabling multi-Terabit processing capacity, is shipping now

- Network Time Machine integrated workflows with DMF Analytics Node and DMF Recorder Node are shipping now

- DMF software support for 7280R3 (10G, 25G and 100G) platforms for mission-critical observability will be available starting Q1 2021

- DMF support for open networking platforms is shipping

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