Apstra Blog

Topic: Intent Based Networking

Apstra Addresses Microsoft Azure Network Gray Failures

Sasha Ratkovic | Posted Jan 24, 2018

Microsoft published a paper describing challenges in dealing with gray failures, which are defined as subtle underlying faults that frequently cause major availability breakdowns and performance anomalies. And they point out that “as cloud systems increase in scale and...

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The Fallacy of the Network Greenfield Versus Brownfield Conundrum

Mansour Karam | Posted Jan 09, 2018

I was a panelist at the ONUG conference in New York, where we discussed the impact of automation and machine learning on IT jobs. It was a great conversation, which I enjoyed thoroughly. The debate of greenfield versus brownfield came up a few times in the conversation, and I...

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Full Network Lifecycle Automation: So Easy Even a CIO Could Use It!

Seth Lane | Posted Jan 03, 2018

I’ve been around networking since the early 1990’s. My first router was a Cisco AGS running IOS 8.2(3) and had interface cables (appliques?) that sliced the back of your hands when installing them. I would use mainframe telnet emulation software to get to the CLI prompt and...

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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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Looking Forward to 2018

Mansour Karam | Posted Dec 20, 2017

As this year comes to an end, we want to thank our customers and partners for joining us on this amazing journey, share a retrospective of Apstra’s 2017, and make some predictions for 2018.

 

2017 - The industry embraces Intent-Based Networking and AOS runs large production...

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Rapidly Build and Operate Physical and Overlay Networks

Josh Saul | Posted Dec 14, 2017

Apstra has an upcoming webinar that helps answer a lot of questions around how we are able to dramatically decrease time to market for new data center deployments. As part of the webinar, I will be providing a scenario and showing how AOS™ 2.0 automates the design and...

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Apstra AOS 2.0 for Custom Telemetry Applications

Josh Saul | Posted Dec 08, 2017

At ONUG Fall 2017, Apstra was invited to present an AOS™ Proof of Concept.  With just 10 minutes to present, we were invited to show off the major new developments in our 2.0 release that enable custom telemetry functions and visualizations.  I could talk about this stuff for...

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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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AOS Bridging Two Worlds

Jeremy Schulman | Posted Oct 24, 2017

Apstra recently launched AOS™ 2.0 and introduced the Developer persona at Networking Field Day 16.  Why did we decide to focus on the Developer persona at a network engineering event?  Because if you are a network engineer considering a future in network automation, or you...

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