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Arista Finds Its Campus MojoArista Finds Its Campus Mojo

Recent Mojo acquisition (no, really, that's the company name) extends Arista's network automation strategy from core to campus.

Mitch Wagner

August 14, 2018

6 Min Read
Arista Finds Its Campus Mojo

Arista's having a landmark August. The company announced its first acquisition, settled a messy intellectual property lawsuit with Cisco and topped a $2 billion run rate.

Arista Networks Inc. announced the deal to acquire WiFi management company Mojo Networks with little fanfare on August 2, to coincide with its quarterly earnings report. (See Arista to Acquire Mojo Networks for Cloud-Based WiFi Networking and Arista Passes $2B Run Rate with $519.8M 2Q Revenue, Up 28.3% YoY.)

The Mojo acquisition helps Arista extend beyond its roots in the data center, where it provides high-power, core networking equipment for the largest enterprises and so-called "cloud titans" such as Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), into the enterprise campus.

Arista had signaled such a move, announcing to analysts in May its intention to extend into enterprise campus networks. According to John McCool, Arista chief platform officer and senior vice president of engineering and operations, it will achieve this using the same focus on product quality, scalability and deployment simplicity as it offers with its data center products.

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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