As I listen to Arista Networks present at Mobility Field Day 3 on their Mojo Networks integration (post recent acquisition) I can’t help but think “wow, this cake is just starting to bake”. There is no negativity intended, but I think We the Delegates probably expected a lot more certainty about where this might all be going since Arista decided to add WLAN to it’s portfolio.
We did see Arista’s CloudVision topology with a Mojo Network’s C-130 access point, which is the sort of visual that I/we expected to see more of. Beyond that, most of the discussion was about cloud advantages and high-level network constructs, and general coverage of system monitoring and performance assurance, analytics, etc.
The presenters seemed to want to skip past the natural curiosity about what the sausage will look like as Mojo and Arista fuse into whatever comes next, and go right to general coverage of Mojo system behavior and features as if the wireless part was still in its own bubble. It wasn’t bad information, it just felt a little off kilter and maybe ignoring an elephant in the room (that really didn’t have to be an elephant if Arista had been smoother in talking up front about both where they are and what they are thinking on the two product sets). I’m not sure why those of us in attendance had to draw what little we learned about what might come of the two systems possibly integrating, rather than just a good intro to the topic. But maybe that’s just me…
Arista still is talking about “Cognitive WiFi”, which is Mojo’s calling card, so it seems like the essence of the old will prevail in the new. Beyond that, I’m not sure if I gained anymore insight into what this new Arista/Mojo paradigm will feel like. I have no doubt there is a lot going on here, with really talented tech folks that will evolve all this into something interesting called the Cognitive Campus that will compete with Cisco, Aruba, Mist, and the rest of the pack.
Hopefully we see Arista back for Mobility Field Day 4, as the story will no doubt be better fleshed out by then.