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On Network Blindness

Derick Winkworth | Posted Dec 16, 2016

Apstra recently had the privilege of participating in the Networking Field Day (NFD) #13 event. This is a unique event in our industry and it’s one that we here, at Apstra, have been very much looking forward to. It’s only at NFD that network hardware and software companies...

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Public Cloud as a Black Hole: There are Choices before the Event Horizon

David Cheriton | Posted Dec 07, 2016

Public cloud is top of mind for many folks in the IT industry, particularly with the recent Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent show in Las Vegas. People attending the event and reading news about it were given the impression that "everyone" is moving to the public cloud....

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SDN: What It Should Have Been

Douglas Gourlay | Posted Dec 01, 2016

For the last three months I have been having a pretty good time checking off bucket list items — I’ve learned to kiteboard in Cape Hatteras, biked the Normandy and Brittany coastlines while visiting WWII battlefield sites, rode Icelandic horses across a volcanic plain, and...

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Managing Multiple Network Technologies in the Data Center

Dave Butler | Posted Nov 28, 2016

Operating a data center network using switching products from multiple vendors is costly and often quite hard to do. Design, provisioning and operations of these products requires teams to be educated or certified in the technologies that each product requires. The cost of...

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Network Monitoring: Moving Beyond Box-by-Box and Packet-by-Packet

Dave Butler | Posted Nov 24, 2016

There is a big difference between monitoring a box versus monitoring a complex system.Boxes are relatively easy to instrument using simple telemetry; logs and streaming metrics. Telemetry is monitored and problems are detected, which engineers then fix.Applications and other...

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Why Intent-Based Network Monitoring Is Critical

Dave Butler | Posted Nov 17, 2016

Sometimes network failures can be detected in a straightforward manner. We monitor physical switches, routers, optical IDC equipment, their components and transmission media. We see CPU load, memory/buffer overflows, CRC errors, errors on the wire, etc. This direct monitoring...

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Networking for Cloud-Native Apps

Dave Butler | Posted Nov 10, 2016

Cloud-native apps are prevalent in both public and private cloud data centers.  Cloud-native refers to apps composed of micro-services based on Linux containers.  In comparison to VM-based N-tier apps, micro-services based on Linux containers are easier to write, easier to...

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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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