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Author: Mansour Karam

Mansour Karam is an entrepreneur and executive with a passion and successful track record for building high tech infrastructure companies from the ground up. As CEO and Founder of Apstra, Mansour is responsible in setting the product vision and leading the company’s culture and business.
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AOS™ 2.0: Underlay - Overlay Integration for the Data Center

Mansour Karam | Posted Oct 03, 2017

The introduction of overlays in the early days of SDN enabled organizations to bridge the gap between the dynamic nature of their business policies and the static nature of their network. At the same time, overlays introduced significant challenges, which limited their...

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The CIO’s Digital Transformation Starts With Transforming Network Operations

Mansour Karam | Posted Aug 10, 2017

This article is directed to you, CIO of an organization that made digital transformation your key initiative. My message to you is: you need to ensure your network infrastructure operations are transformed as a critical part of — and to support — this digital transformation....

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The Industry Embraces Intent-Based Networking

Mansour Karam | Posted Jun 22, 2017

This is a really big week for Apstra — the CEO of the largest networking company in the world gave a ringing endorsement and stated that Intent-Based Networking is the future of Cisco and of the industry — it really cannot get much better than this! Chuck Robbins personally...

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Delivering on the Apstra Mission with AOS 1.2

Mansour Karam | Posted May 02, 2017

Delivering on the vision of a Self-Operating Network™ is the core mission of Apstra. As we have made clear, this is not an easy challenge, but one that requires careful steps forward that address customer requirements. Today, we take a significant step forward in our...

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Gartner Cool Vendor and IBNS: The Journey to Autonomous Network Operations

Mansour Karam | Posted Apr 24, 2017

It’s been an exciting few months at Apstra! Among everything else going on, we have earned recognition from industry analyst Gartner. First, Apstra Operating System™ (AOS) was profiled in Gartner’s Innovation Insight Report: Intent-Based Networking Systems (IBNS) , as the...

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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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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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Apstra Defines the “Self-Operating Network™”

Mansour Karam | Posted Nov 03, 2016

There has been a lot of well justified press and discussion lately about the rapidly advancing concepts and delivery of self-driving cars. This week, somewhat prophetically, a delivery was made by the first self-driving truck — and it, of course, was a beer delivery. The...

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Eliminate the ‘Effective Manual Tax Rate’

Mansour Karam | Posted Oct 24, 2016

The $48B spend on network operations

For every $1 spent on network equipment, up to $3 are spent on operating this equipment over its lifetime. Considering that enterprises are expected to spend $16B on data center Ethernet switches in 2019, the network operations spend is...
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Apstra to Enable a Turn-Key OCP-Based Network

Mansour Karam | Posted Oct 18, 2016

I am fortunate to have been involved with the Open Compute Project (OCP) since its inception in 2011. I was present at their first Networking Project meeting and have been part of some of its core contributions including ONIE and ONL.

In the past two years, OCP has made big...

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