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Chasing Mavericks - Catching and Surfing Market Transitions

Douglas Gourlay | Posted Mar 21, 2017

I remember my first time surfing — Ken Hook took me out to Linda Mar in Pacifica, California early on a chilly Sunday. I bought a wetsuit, borrowed a 9’6” ‘soul board’ from Ken and proceeded to inhale enough water to fill a bathtub. I got pummeled on the swim out and turned...

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Thermostats, Self-Driving Cars, and Self-Operating Networks™

Mansour Karam | Posted Mar 14, 2017

Modern automation systems have two fundamental characteristics — they are Intent-Based and they are Closed-Loop. Yet it is only today, and with Apstra’s Intent-Based Self-Operating Network™ that these concepts are being introduced to network infrastructures!

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Aeon-ZTPS: Bootstrap a Multi-Vendor Network

Jeremy Schulman | Posted Mar 07, 2017

Whether you have a data center, campus, or remote branch deployment, bootstrapping new equipment is not fun.  The job is very time consuming and highly error prone when done manually. People want a "human free" solution  commonly called zero-touch-provisioning.  The basic...

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Bamboozled by the Cloud

David Cheriton | Posted Mar 01, 2017

A few months back, I took the outrageous (to some) position of comparing the public cloud to a black hole. I claimed it was like a black hole because it would suck all the IT capabilities and expertise out of your organization, and eventually suck in your business as well. Or...

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Intent-based Networking Systems

Derick Winkworth | Posted Feb 24, 2017

Gartner recently released a great report titled “Innovation Insight: Intent-Based Networking Systems” by Andrew Lerner, Joe Skorupa, and Sanjit Ganguli (ID: G00323513, Feb 7, 2017). The report covers key aspects of what makes an intent-based system, the impact intent-based...

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Claw Back the Cost of Network Failure

Dave Butler | Posted Feb 03, 2017

The network is the underlying foundation of the data center. If that foundation becomes unstable, everything else, apps and all, are affected. The bummer is that most large data center networks are, in fact, unstable.Complex networks experience rapid entropy and require...

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Apstra Announces Wedge 100 Integration at Facebook Disaggregate

Derick Winkworth | Posted Jan 24, 2017

Apstra is proud to have participated at Facebook’s exclusive Disaggregate event featuring unique and cutting edge innovations in the network engineering space. Jeremy Schulman, Head of Customer Enablement at Apstra was one of the presenters today. Modularization of both...

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Telemetry Lessons from Waze — The Self-Operating Network™

Mansour Karam | Posted Jan 17, 2017

The other day I was taking an Uber home from a dinner in San Francisco and as I got into the car the driver pulled up the Uber Partner Application on one phone to start my ride and then on the other phone he had mounted to the dashboard he added my destination in Waze. This...

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2017 Predictions and Punditry

Douglas Gourlay | Posted Jan 09, 2017
Over the past decade or more I have participated in the development of blogs around this time of year that attempt to capture what we think is going to happen in our industry in the forthcoming twelve months. In some ways it is actually easier to prognosticate 3-5 years than...
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Apstra Releases AOS Version 1.1

Jonathan Garzon | Posted Dec 19, 2016

I am excited to announce the latest release of The Apstra Operationg System (AOS), the industry first and only distributed operating system for the data center network. AOS 1.0, released this summer, was focused on the most modern data centers and private cloud environments...

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