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Topic: Mansour Karam

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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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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“Hello World” from Apstra: The Time to Fix the Data Center Network is Now!

Mansour Karam | Posted Jun 22, 2016

I have been in networking my entire career, first as an engineer, then as a business executive, and now as CEO of Apstra. In 2014, I started Apstra with Sasha Ratkovic, a thought leader in domain abstractions, and David Cheriton, with whom I had worked closely at Arista. We...

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