Last Friday I attended a seminar hosted by Arista Networks and XTG in Gouda where Frederik Vos delivered a real cool demo of the vEOS virtual appliance which is available for free at Artista’s website.
vEOS is a Virtual Appliance that provides an industry-standard CLI based management interface of a VMware vNetwork distributed switch (vDS). To a network administrator, vEOS provides the management interface just like a physical switch – SSH/telnet access, industry standard CLI, and integration with SNMP management tools like HP Openview for auto-discovery of VMs. Furthermore, vEOS simplifies network administration tasks such as:
• Configuration of ports groups
• Configuration of uplinks
• Monitoring virtual switches, operation and status
• Creation of distributed port profiles for consistent management across physical and virtual networks
Video - How to deploy the Arista vEOS
With vEOS, both server and network administrators can manage the virtualized cloud infrastructure in tandem, using their own unique and well understood workflows. Another key benefit of vEOS is that it automates network provisioning during VM migration: P2V, V2V and V2C. When a VM migrates from physical port to virtual or from one virtualized host to another across the network, vEOS migrates the corresponding network settings providing end-to-end consistency. While other solutions require replacing the existing internal virtual switch with vendor specific product, causing outage during the insertion, Arista’s EOS is unique in its ability to work with existing virtual switches while providing a consistent administrative experience.