Apstra Blog

Topic: Network Vendor Lock In

Device OS Upgrades: Let’s Make This Simple

Josh Saul | Posted Jul 09, 2019

This is the second part of a blog series on using AOS to easily operate your data network.  Click here to read part one.

Last time, we were talking about how we can use AOS to gracefully drain traffic off network devices in order to perform maintenance with a "Software-First"...

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Network Maintenance Mode: Improving Your Network and Improving Your Life

Josh Saul | Posted Jul 03, 2019

If you’ve ever worked in network operations, you undoubtedly have a few crazy stories about network outages and the unusual hours you had to work to resolve them. Outages never seem to happen at 10AM on Monday when everyone is at their desk, freshly loaded with coffee. No,...

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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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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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