Apstra Blog

Topic: Zero Touch Provisioning

5 Secrets Behind Apstra’s Intent-Based Networking Success

Dave Butler | Posted Jun 14, 2017

 Apstra pioneered the use of intent-based reasoning for network operators.  Now, intent-based-everything has become all the rage, with widespread analyst acclaim and lots of vendors jumping on the bandwagon.

Over the past 3+ years in the business, we think we’re getting the...

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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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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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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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Managing Multiple Network Technologies in the Data Center

Dave Butler | Posted Nov 28, 2016

Operating a data center network using switching products from multiple vendors is costly and often quite hard to do. Design, provisioning and operations of these products requires teams to be educated or certified in the technologies that each product requires. The cost of...

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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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