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Avoiding Hardware Vendor Lock-in with “Software First” Intent-Based Networking

Mansour Karam | Posted May 07, 2019

So how to avoid hardware vendor lock-in? Enter Intent-Based Networking. Apstra pioneered Intent-Based Networking to free IT from vendor lock-in. How? It does this by using this three pronged approach:

1. Abstracting Away Hardware (and Offering Hardware Vendor Choice) Through...

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Eliminate Legacy. Forever.

Sasha Ratkovic | Posted Apr 30, 2019

As we release AOS 3.0, it’s time for the industry to consider taking a hard look at legacy and its crippling effects. It’s also a fitting opportunity to propose a path forward that enables organizations to eliminate legacy forever.

Indeed, everyone hates legacy, when defined...

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The Dangers of Hardware Vendor Lock-in

Mansour Karam | Posted Apr 25, 2019

Hardware Vendor Lock-In: A Long and Messy Past

If you think about the beginnings of networking, hardware lock-in was the norm. The original IBM Token Ring, for example was a proprietary networking solution; and every new purchase order had to go to the same vendor if...

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Building a Distributed Team

Mansour Karam | Posted Mar 26, 2019

I recently saw a post on Twitter that claimed something along the lines of “Remote work is mostly BS”, which inspired me to write this blog.

When we started Apstra, we stated an explicit goal to provide the ability for remote workers to join our team, and be productive,...

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Intent-based Networking and Threat Mitigation

Manish Sampat | Posted Mar 05, 2019

In my previous blog I discussed Intent-Based Networking and security and how the adoption of Intent-Based Networking allows users to greatly enhance the security posture of their network. In this blog we dig deeper and see how an Intent-Based Network can help with threat...

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Part 2: Micro-segmentation as a Composition Challenge — Intent, Enforcement and Change

Sasha Ratkovic | Posted Feb 06, 2019

In a previous blog post, I covered some of the benefits of micro-segmentation and how Intent-Based Networking can help address the associated network implementation challenges.

In this blog post, I’ll cover some approaches to help reduce operational intricacies and how to...

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Part 1: Micro-segmentation as a Composition Challenge

Sasha Ratkovic | Posted Jan 31, 2019

There have been many good articles recently written about micro-segmentation and the benefits derived. Almost all of them suggest strategies about how to approach the implementation as it is not a trivial task. Intent-Based Networking is well positioned to address these and...

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Bloomberg Deploys Apstra

Mansour Karam | Posted Jan 09, 2019

Over the last five years, Bloomberg built a beautiful new and iconic European headquarters in the city of London that pushes the envelope in architectural design. The building won the prestigious Stirling Prize for design.

This building is also home to Bloomberg’s Television...

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Five Data Center Predictions for 2019

Michael Wood | Posted Jan 07, 2019

Data centers are evolving to keep up with the demands of business transformation. The future of the data center industry is changing and 2019 will bring significant advances to reliability, agility, simplicity, automation, and cost. From 5G networks to Edge compute to the...

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How the New Year Will Shape Up: 2019 Tech Predictions

Mansour Karam | Posted Dec 20, 2018

As 2018 comes to an end, I’d like to reflect back at the past 12 months and review last year’s predictions, as well as think about how 2019 will guide us.

A Retrospective Look at 2018

2018 was a significant year for Apstra. We grew our team size by 33 percent and our revenue...

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