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Topic: Mansour Karam

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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Delivering on the Apstra Mission with AOS 1.2

Mansour Karam | Posted May 02, 2017

Delivering on the vision of a Self-Operating Network™ is the core mission of Apstra. As we have made clear, this is not an easy challenge, but one that requires careful steps forward that address customer requirements. Today, we take a significant step forward in our...

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Gartner Cool Vendor and IBNS: The Journey to Autonomous Network Operations

Mansour Karam | Posted Apr 24, 2017

It’s been an exciting few months at Apstra! Among everything else going on, we have earned recognition from industry analyst Gartner. First, Apstra Operating System (AOS®) was profiled in Gartner’s Innovation Insight Report: Intent-Based Networking Systems (IBNS) , as the...

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Thermostats, Self-Driving Cars, and Self-Operating Networks™

Mansour Karam | Posted Mar 14, 2017

Modern automation systems have two fundamental characteristics — they are Intent-Based and they are Closed-Loop. Yet it is only today, and with Apstra’s Intent-Based Self-Operating Network™ that these concepts are being introduced to network infrastructures!

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Telemetry Lessons from Waze — The Self-Operating Network™

Mansour Karam | Posted Jan 17, 2017

The other day I was taking an Uber home from a dinner in San Francisco and as I got into the car the driver pulled up the Uber Partner Application on one phone to start my ride and then on the other phone he had mounted to the dashboard he added my destination in Waze. This...

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Eliminate the ‘Effective Manual Tax Rate’

Mansour Karam | Posted Oct 24, 2016
The $48B spend on network operations For every $1 spent on network equipment, up to $3 are spent on operating this equipment over its lifetime. Considering that enterprises are expected to spend $16B on data center Ethernet switches in 2019, the network operations spend is...
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