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Work/Life Balance for Network Engineers

Derick Winkworth | Posted Dec 21, 2017

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks about the work/life balance in the context of network engineering.  You can listen to this podcast here.

I think this topic is particularly relevant at this time of year when it is critical that data...

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Mitigating Network Outages Caused by Human Error

Derick Winkworth | Posted Nov 30, 2017

A recurring theme we hear from our customers is how they want to reduce the kind of errors that come with manually configuring their networks using the device CLI.  From one device to the next, every command entered represents a potential outage.  Indeed, upwards of 80% of...

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Design Flexibility

Derick Winkworth | Posted Nov 14, 2017

Apstra Operating System (AOS™) offers a great deal of flexibility when designing a network. When using Apstra’s flagship L3 Clos app, or leveraging AOS’s unparalleled extensibility features, network designers have a great deal of power at their fingertips. AOS allows network...

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The Dirty Truth about Intent Washing

Derick Winkworth | Posted Sep 28, 2017

Any new technology in Silicon Valley will go through a phase where defining precisely what it is can be difficult to do. New ideas need new words to describe them, to keep these ideas distinct in people’s minds. In spite of this, many people will not have heard about any...

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Networking Field Day 16 Summary

Derick Winkworth | Posted Sep 21, 2017

Network Field Day 16 was a good day for Apstra. Sasha Ratkovic, our CTO and cofounder, Damien Garros, Consulting Systems Engineer, and I all presented to a great group of people. This was our first opportunity to show the world what the Apstra Operating System (AOS™) looks...

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Separating Intent from Implementation Details

Derick Winkworth | Posted Aug 01, 2017

CiscoLive 2017 in Las Vegas was a great event. I took full advantage of the opportunity to talk to fellow network geeks about different issues they were dealing with in their networks. One recurring question was “How do I define what failure is when monitoring redundancy?” In...

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Ansible Automation Integrates with Apstra Intent-Based Networking

Derick Winkworth | Posted Apr 12, 2017

Things are moving quickly here at Apstra. We have so many cool things to announce in the next few months, and today we get to share a little bit about our integration work with Ansible 2.3. This update will be short, because we feel this integration effort deserves it’s own...

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Coal Fires and Self-Operating Networks

Derick Winkworth | Posted Mar 29, 2017

Recently I had the opportunity to make a series of videos talking about some of the challenges Network Engineers have in their day to day work.  They are located here:  Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.  Specifically, I talk about how we are, in many situations, our own worst...

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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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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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