Cisco Says SDN-Powered ‘Intent-Based Networking’ Is Industry Future

Transforming Networks into Agile Platforms for Service Delivery

Leveraging SDN Principles, Disaggregation, Open Source Platforms and Software Defined Standards to Deliver Open Innovation Pipeline

We’ve Achieved Disaggregation of Networking Devices and Open Source Platforms

This enables innovation, but makes it very complex to build solutions

A Growing Community of 200+ Members of Network Operators, Vendors, System Integrators and more…

Link Layer Discovery Protocol

The link layer discovery protocol (LLDP) is an open and extendable part of the Internet protocol suite used in IEEE 802 to advertise a device’s identity and abilities, as well as other devices connected within the same network.

LLDP is mainly used in wired Ethernet-connected devices to facilitate management of network resources and simplify networking tasks for administrators in a multi-vendor network. The protocol’s multi-vendor support enables network discovery of devices and management tools like Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) in a network made up of devices from different manufacturers. LLDP makes it unnecessary to use a larger number of proprietary protocols to support a multi-vendor network or, on the other hand, limit oneself to the hardware of a single vendor.



It’s smart. It’s powerful.

It gives you complete control.

The BIG-IP product family blends software and hardware to help you inspect and control all traffic that passes through your network—ensuring apps are fast, available, and secure.

Completely programmable.

A single platform gives you the flexibility to quickly adapt to evolving business needs, support new apps, accommodate a growing workforce, and maximize operational efficiency.

Unmatched scalability.

A single platform gives you the flexibility to quickly adapt to evolving business needs. Support new applications, accommodate employee growth, and achieve operational efficiencies with agility.

Centralized control.

An intelligent framework provides complete visibility that allows you to deploy and manage application services more easily. Deliver consistent services, consolidate your infrastructure, and reduce costs with a single management interface.



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.


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…


Data Center Network Automation Updates – Intent Based Networking Systems

Coal Fires and Self-Operating Networks

Recently I had the opportunity to make a series of videos talking about some of the challenges Network Engineers have in their day to day work. They are located here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Specifically, I talk about how we are, in many situations, our own worst enemy. So what kind of behaviors and thinking do we engage in that have a significant negative impact on us? And is there a vision for getting us out of this mess? Let’s find out, but first…


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

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!


ACI Multi-Hypervisor BareMetal Interop with VLAN & VXLAN Routing Bridging Demo and Sample Configuration of Virtual Switch VLAN Tagging

ACI Multi-Hypervisor + BareMetal Interop with VLAN & VXLAN Routing and Bridging Demo
Watch a demo setup of Multi-Hypervisor + BareMetal environment complete with VLAN and VXLAN interop with Bridging and routing.


Jeremy Schulman


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


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…


JR Rivers


Co-founder and CEO of Cumulus Networks. Involved with networking since Ethernet only ran on coaxial cables.

JR Rivers of Cumulus Networks with Tom Hollingsworth: Tech Field Day Interview at OpenStack Summit


We are the leaders in web-scale networking

Cumulus Networks is leading the transformation of bringing web-scale networking to enterprise cloud. Our networking switching software, Cumulus Linux, is the only solution that allows you to affordably build and efficiently operate your network like the world’s largest data center operators — unlocking vertical network stacks…


Mansour Karam
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!


Data Center Dynamics – The Business of Data Centers

Data Center Dynamics (DCD) is a global B2B events and media company, delivering unmatched insight and networking, to help the professionals driving the data center scale IT infrastructure sector to make better strategic and operational decisions.

At the heart of the market for two decades, DCD has built a global audience of over 1 million ICT, engineering and technology professionals interacting with our market leading content and services, as they navigate the complexities of technology convergence. Central to this community are over 20,000 highly influential professionals attending DCD’s world renowned events each year, across over 20 countries and four continents.

This core audience is augmented through delivery of an unmatched portfolio of social, digital and print media – creating ongoing engagement around the globe with our wider community.

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