Intent-Based Networking: Essential for Digital Transformation?

Sasha Ratkovic is the thought leader in domain abstractions and data model driven automation.

As CTO at Apstra, he drives the architecture direction of the Apstra Operating System and is deeply involved in all aspects of the Apstra Product and Engineering efforts.

Apstra just released AOS 1.2 which is a major step towards delivering on the vision of an intent-based Self-Operating Network.

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AUTOMATION FOR EVERYONE – IT Automation

Ansible is designed around the way people work and the way people work together.

Ansible is a radically simple IT automation engine that automates cloud provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, intra-service orchestration, and many other IT needs.

Designed for multi-tier deployments since day one, Ansible models your IT infrastructure by describing how all of your systems inter-relate, rather than just managing one system at a time.

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Ansible Automation Integrates with Apstra Intent-Based Networking

The Apstra Operating System® (AOS) enables you to automate your data center network operations end-to-end, delivering on the vision of a Self-Operating Network. You can describe the network service you want and let AOS allow the network to configure itself, fix itself, and document itself for you. This is called “Intent-based” networking. AOS will drive configuration in the network using any name brand and open networking devices of your choice, collect and stream telemetry, and continuously run millions of validation tests to ensure that the network is operating in a state consistent with your intent. Effectively, your network can configure itself, document itself, comply itself, fix itself, and defend itself…

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Jeremy Schulman

@nwkautomaniac

Network Automaniac – Est. 2012 // Heading up Customer Enablement @ApstraInc // Tweets and opinions are my own

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Aeon-ZTPS: Bootstrap a Multi-Vendor Network

Whether you have a data center, campus, or remote branch deployment, bootstrapping new equipment is not fun. The job is very time consuming and highly error prone when done manually. People want a “human free” solution — commonly called zero-touch-provisioning. The basic concept is simple: power-on equipment from factory-reset, get an IP address from DHCP, get the right version of network operating system (NOS) installed, and finally apply the device specific configuration. Simple in theory, not so great in practice. Here’s why…

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Mansour Karam
@mansourkaram
Apstra CEO/Founder. Technology innovator. Now focused on Data Center Network Automation Alum from Arista Networks and Big Switch Networks. Hiring engineers!

Thermostats, Self-Driving Cars, and Self-Operating Networks™ by Mansour Karam

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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Intent-Based Networking Systems – Webinar

Gartner calls intent-based networking systems possibly “the next big thing in networking”. But what exactly are “intent-based networking systems” and how will they affect you?

Join Apstra Solutions Architect Josh Saul on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 11:00 am PST as he demonstrates how the Apstra Operating System (AOS) decouples your network-service design intent and operations from error-prone and time-consuming vendor-specific, box-level workflows, including:

– Declare service intent in natural language
– Render configurations automatically
– Deploy auto-validated configurations
– Swap out Vendor A switches with Vendor B switches in minutes
– Receive instant alerts on mis-cabling, bad transceivers, and configuration drifts
– Operate with continuous validations of the network state

Don’t miss this opportunity to get an in-depth look at the future of networking.

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