Apstra Blog

Topic: Cloud

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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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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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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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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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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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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