Apstra Blog

Topic: Network Engineering

Intent-Based Networking Taxonomy

Sasha Ratkovic | Posted Jul 31, 2018

Customers and partners, and recently investors ask the question “How is one Intent-Based Networking (IBN) offering different than the others?” And more often than not I hear answers that sound subjective, descriptive, and subject to interpretation. What is needed are...

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Intent-Based Networking Solves the Composition Challenge

Sasha Ratkovic | Posted May 16, 2018

In one of my favorite movies of all time, “Amadeus”, there is a scene about the conversation between Mozart and the Holy Roman Emperor, Joseph II, which took place just after the first performance of the opera “The Marriage Of Figaro”. During the course of conversation the...

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Apstra Addresses Microsoft Azure Network Gray Failures

Sasha Ratkovic | Posted Jan 24, 2018

Microsoft published a paper describing challenges in dealing with gray failures, which are defined as subtle underlying faults that frequently cause major availability breakdowns and performance anomalies. And they point out that “as cloud systems increase in scale and...

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Work/Life Balance for Network Engineers

Derick Winkworth | Posted Dec 21, 2017

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks about the work/life balance in the context of network engineering.  You can listen to this podcast here.

I think this topic is particularly relevant at this time of year when it is critical that data...

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Rapidly Build and Operate Physical and Overlay Networks

Josh Saul | Posted Dec 14, 2017

Apstra has a webinar that helps answer a lot of questions around how we are able to dramatically decrease time to market for new data center deployments. As part of the webinar, I will be providing a scenario and showing how AOS® 2.0 automates the design and operations of...

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Apstra AOS 2.0 for Custom Telemetry Applications

Josh Saul | Posted Dec 08, 2017

At ONUG Fall 2017, Apstra was invited to present an AOS® Proof of Concept.  With just 10 minutes to present, we were invited to show off the major new developments in our 2.0 release that enable custom telemetry functions and visualizations.  I could talk about this stuff for...

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Mitigating Network Outages Caused by Human Error

Derick Winkworth | Posted Nov 30, 2017

A recurring theme we hear from our customers is how they want to reduce the kind of errors that come with manually configuring their networks using the device CLI.  From one device to the next, every command entered represents a potential outage.  Indeed, upwards of 80% of...

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Design Flexibility

Derick Winkworth | Posted Nov 14, 2017

Apstra Operating System (AOS®) offers a great deal of flexibility when designing a network. When using Apstra’s flagship L3 Clos app, or leveraging AOS’s unparalleled extensibility features, network designers have a great deal of power at their fingertips. AOS allows network...

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AOS Bridging Two Worlds

Jeremy Schulman | Posted Oct 24, 2017

Apstra recently launched AOS® 2.0 and introduced the Developer persona at Networking Field Day 16.  Why did we decide to focus on the Developer persona at a network engineering event?  Because if you are a network engineer considering a future in network automation, or you...

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AOS® 2.0: Underlay - Overlay Integration for the Data Center

Mansour Karam | Posted Oct 03, 2017

The introduction of overlays in the early days of SDN enabled organizations to bridge the gap between the dynamic nature of their business policies and the static nature of their network. At the same time, overlays introduced significant challenges, which limited their...

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