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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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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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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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