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Q&A: Apstra’s Mansour Karam Wants Enterprises to Find Intent-Based Networking Nirvana

Apstra entered the enterprise networking scene in June 2016 with its intent-based operating system, which promised an innovative way to improve network agility and availability.

Less than a year later Gartner named Apstra a 2017 “cool vendor for enterprise networking.” The report said key benefits from its software include not only improved agility and availability, but also reduced capital expenditure and operating expenditure “through support of mixed-vendor configurations and optional disaggregated, fit-for-purpose switch hardware and software.”

What was your vision when you started Apstra?

Karam: With Apstra, the vision we had was to deliver on what we call a self-operating network. In networking, and specifically in the data center, operational aspects haven’t been addressed to the extent that they need to be…

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Apstra Operating System (AOS): Vendor-agnostic, Intent-driven Network Automation

Learn about the latest features in the industry’s first and only distributed operating system for the data center network. In this webinar, Derick Winkworth (@cloudtoad) will demonstrate several of the powerful new features, including:

– Rack-based design intent
– Virtual Networks
– Parallel links (LAG)
– L2 server dual attachment (MLAG)
– Server-based telemetry
– Interactive topology visualization
– And much more…


Apstra Intent-based Networking Systems

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