Apstra Blog

Topic: Sdn

The Commander’s Intent

Douglas Gourlay | Posted May 30, 2017
A young Lieutenant delivers an OPORD at Infantry Officer Basic Course 2-95

It was about twenty-five years ago when I was given my first copy of The Ranger Handbook (with every page laminated!) and was tasked with delivering an operations order for some squad-level patrol,...

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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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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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Claw Back the Cost of Network Failure

Dave Butler | Posted Feb 03, 2017

The network is the underlying foundation of the data center. If that foundation becomes unstable, everything else, apps and all, are affected. The bummer is that most large data center networks are, in fact, unstable.Complex networks experience rapid entropy and require...

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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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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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Network, Redux

Derick Winkworth | Posted Jul 30, 2016

Over the last couple of decades I’ve used or evaluated a lot of network related software tools. These included commercial products, open source projects, and language libraries. Ask any network engineer that’s been around for more than a few minutes and they would all agree:...

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