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Topic: Network Engineering

Graph-Based Live Queries in AOS™

Maksim Kulkin | Posted Oct 02, 2017

In our product - AOS™ - we create and manage a model that represents a single source of truth regarding infrastructure, policies, constraints etc. This model is subject to constant change and we need to query it for various reasons, and we represent it as a graph. With the...

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The Dirty Truth about Intent Washing

Derick Winkworth | Posted Sep 28, 2017

Any new technology in Silicon Valley will go through a phase where defining precisely what it is can be difficult to do. New ideas need new words to describe them, to keep these ideas distinct in people’s minds. In spite of this, many people will not have heard about any...

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Intent-Based Networking: What is it?

Sasha Ratkovic | Posted Sep 26, 2017

Introduction

Intent-based-networking (IBN) is the shiny new object in networking. Analysts and vendors alike are touting it as transformative to the data center and Cisco’s CEO said “Intent-Based Networking will redefine networking for the next 30 years”. Apstra pioneered...

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Networking Field Day 16 Summary

Derick Winkworth | Posted Sep 21, 2017

Network Field Day 16 was a good day for Apstra. Sasha Ratkovic, our CTO and cofounder, Damien Garros, Consulting Systems Engineer, and I all presented to a great group of people. This was our first opportunity to show the world what the Apstra Operating System (AOS™) looks...

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VMWorld FUTURE:NET - Transition to Vendor-Agnostic Intent-Based Networking

David Cheriton | Posted Aug 04, 2017

The network is the critical platform that underpins all digital operation and transformation. However, for most companies, it is not operated as a system, but rather as a collection of devices that are manually configured to work together. In fact, 85% of network teams still...

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Separating Intent from Implementation Details

Derick Winkworth | Posted Aug 01, 2017

CiscoLive 2017 in Las Vegas was a great event. I took full advantage of the opportunity to talk to fellow network geeks about different issues they were dealing with in their networks. One recurring question was “How do I define what failure is when monitoring redundancy?” In...

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Ansible Automation Integrates with Apstra Intent-Based Networking

Derick Winkworth | Posted Apr 12, 2017

Things are moving quickly here at Apstra. We have so many cool things to announce in the next few months, and today we get to share a little bit about our integration work with Ansible 2.3. This update will be short, because we feel this integration effort deserves it’s own...

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Coal Fires and Self-Operating Networks

Derick Winkworth | Posted Mar 29, 2017

Recently I had the opportunity to make a series of videos talking about some of the challenges Network Engineers have in their day to day work.  They are located here:  Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.  Specifically, I talk about how we are, in many situations, our own worst...

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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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Apstra Announces Wedge 100 Integration at Facebook Disaggregate

Derick Winkworth | Posted Jan 24, 2017

Apstra is proud to have participated at Facebook’s exclusive Disaggregate event featuring unique and cutting edge innovations in the network engineering space. Jeremy Schulman, Head of Customer Enablement at Apstra was one of the presenters today. Modularization of both...

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