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Author: Mansour Karam

Mansour Karam is an entrepreneur and executive with a passion and successful track record for building high tech infrastructure companies from the ground up. As CEO and Founder of Apstra, Mansour is responsible in setting the product vision and leading the company’s culture and business.
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Improving your security posture with "Software-First" Intent-Based Networking (Part 2)

Mansour Karam | Posted Jun 18, 2019

Core components to improving your security posture through Intent-Based Networking include a single source of truth, continuous real-time validation and the ability to swap or upgrade devices quickly.  These components are not enough, though.

Audit, time machine, and...

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Improving your security posture with "Software-First" Intent-Based Networking (Part 1)

Mansour Karam | Posted Jun 06, 2019

You may have read in the news about horrific security gaps that have the potential of bringing down whole infrastructures, leaking critical business and personal data, and exposing organizations to massive liability.

There is no question that improving organizations’ security...

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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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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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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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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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The Apstra Values

Mansour Karam | Posted Oct 31, 2018

The Apstra values are critical to our high performance standards. One of the first documents we wrote when we started the company was our values document which we share with prospective candidates and every Apstrktr signs on the first day of employment.

The Apstra values...

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Apstra, Dell EMC, Awnix Reduce TCO in Tier 1 Service Provider

Mansour Karam | Posted May 30, 2018

I am excited to share the first production Apstra AOS® deployment of OpenSwitch (OPX) in a US-based Tier 1 telecom service provider. This deployment delivers a highly automated network operations solution we’ve developed in collaboration with Dell EMC and Awnix. To deliver on...

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Apstra Demonstrates Open Networking — SONiC over Mellanox at OCP Summit

Mansour Karam | Posted Mar 20, 2018

Apstra® has been involved with the Open Compute Project (OCP) since we came out of stealth in 2016. We make infrastructure simple, empower network operators, and are customer-driven. We support the OCP mission to disaggregate networking hardware and software and create a...

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