AOS 2.1 Adds Automated Big Data Analytics Capability to its Intent-Based Networking Offering and Supports Devices from Established Vendors and Open Alternatives

MENLO PARK, CA – January 25, 2018 – Apstra® Inc. announced today AOS® 2.1 with Intent-Based Analytics™ (IBA) with broad industry support. AOS IBA embeds automated big data analytics into its real-time continuous validation capability, providing the control that companies require as they upgrade their network infrastructures to address their digital transformation and IoT goals. Apstra AOS 2.1 allows network operators to simplify their network operations and realize log-scale improvements in the CapEx, OpEx and Capacity of their network infrastructure.

AOS 2.1 with IBA is generally available this month. You can see Apstra at #OCPSummit18 or #Cisco Live in Orlando.

Apstra IBA allows network operators to specify exactly how they expect their network to operate and continuously validates the network operators’ intent, generating anomalies when it detects a deviation. Apstra’s approach works across vendors and reduces the time, cost and risk of network operations by alerting the network operator of specific insights required to validate that the network is operating as intended. The status quo is to sift through mountains of raw telemetry and stare at network visualizations 24/7 to detect unusual patterns. Sasha Ratkovic, Apstra CTO and Founder detailed Intent-Based Analytics in a blog post in 2017.

“Intent-Based Analytics is Apstra’s latest innovation in a network operator’s journey to eliminate network outages and gray failures, reduce cost, and build a modern, agile, multi-vendor intent-based data center network,” said Mansour Karam, Apstra CEO and Founder. “With AOS IBA, network operators can quickly detect and prevent a wide range of service level violations — including security breaches, performance degradations, and traffic imbalances. AOS 2.1 has the only vendor-independent, intent-based analytics capability that works across devices from both established vendors and open alternatives. AOS 2.1 brings the industry closer to the vision of a Self-Operating Network™.”

Industry Support:

Dell EMC Networking
“Dell EMC and Apstra share a common commitment and belief in open networking, disaggregating the fundamental building blocks of networking to maximize customer choice and capability. In conjunction with our industry-leading OS10 operating system, we see Apstra’s Intent-Based Analytics as an effective means to help network operators cut costs while significantly improving service agility and delivery.”
Gavin Cato, Senior VP Engineering

“Mellanox shares a commitment with Apstra to fully support open networking solutions and deliver market leading technologies. Apstra AOS 2.1 with Intent-Based Analytics combined with our unmatched monitoring and instrumentation capabilities, brings network analytics to a new level and enables Mellanox customers to increase their network agility, identify and resolve bottlenecks, reduce network outages and optimize cost.”
Kevin Deierling, VP of Marketing

Cumulus Networks
“Our customers are challenging the status quo of networking in their organizations and reaping huge operational benefits. Intent-Based Analytics provide an important offering for our customers and we are here to support their journey.”
JR Rivers, Founder and CTO

AOS 2.1 IBA is fully automated, and can be configured through a simple intent-based interface through which network operators specify:

  1. the queries to generate the raw telemetry of interest. These queries are dynamic and adapt automatically to physical, virtual, or logical network infrastructure changes, as well as to changes in network operator intent.
  2. the big-data processing functions to aggregate this raw telemetry spatially and temporally, enabling them to extract relevant information. AOS includes built-in processors, and network operators can create their own processors.
  3. their expectations for the specific network services, generating anomalies when deviations are detected.

“AOS 2.1 enables you to post a declarative IBA probe with a simple REST call and monitor complex signatures about the operational state you care about, supported by a context-rich and up-to-date graph representation of your infrastructure. You are then simply alerted when deviations occur,” said Sasha Ratkovic, Apstra CTO and Founder. “Contrary to the traditional big-data analytics status-quo, this approach relieves you from having to write complex low level imperative programs that need to be integrated and constantly kept in sync.”

IBA also includes:

  • Pre-defined, turnkey probes that network operators can deploy at will:
    • to detect link traffic imbalance between leaves and spines
    • to detect when links are reaching saturation
    • to compare East-West and North-South traffic distributions
    • to detect MLAG pair traffic imbalance
    • to detect interface Error/Discard Counters
    • to detect interface flapping
    • to compute available bandwidth between servers or switches
  • An open source catalog of IBA probe configurations which enables an ecosystem with customers, partners, and other third parties. View the catalog here
  • Advanced services offerings to help customers tailor IBA probes to their exact network service goals.

Apstra Intent-Based Analytics leverages the integrated nature of the AOS core platform and the telemetry-driven, real-time graph representation of the network state, which provides a single source of truth. IBA enables users to immediately define and enforce highly customizable operational objectives in minutes – a task that would otherwise take weeks or months.

In addition to IBA, AOS 2.1 introduces the following new capabilities:

  • Enhanced “configlet”, which offers full flexibility for network operators to customize their device configurations. This “configlet” capability allows users to automate these customizations on a per-device, per-rack or per-blueprint basis.
  • Fabric-wide MAC and IP locator, which allows operators to quickly locate a workload in the fabric based on it’s MAC or IP address, reducing troubleshooting times.
  • LDAP support, with configurable mapping of LDAP groups to AOS roles, which allows integration of AOS user management with your existing systems.
  • New hardware and network operating systems to its hardware compatibility list, extending the power of AOS to a wide range of new devices from multiple manufacturers.

Click to download the AOS 2.1 data sheet, join an AOS 2.1 webinar, read an AOS 2.1 blog post by Mansour Karam, a blog post on Network Outages and Gray Failures by Sasha Ratkovic, or schedule a demo.

Apstra Operating System
AOS™ delivers a turnkey Intent-Based Distributed Operating System and a data center application suite that offers game-changing network service agility, increased uptime and dramatically improved infrastructure TCO. AOS automatically prevents and repairs network outages for dramatically improved infrastructure uptime. It operates a network as one system, massively improving infrastructure agility while reducing operational expenses. AOS’ distributed data store is a repository of all intent, configuration, and telemetry state, and hence acts as a single source of truth for your network. It’s self-documenting nature streamlines compliance tasks. AOS is device-agnostic and works across all major vendors as well as open alternatives.

About Apstra, Inc.
Apstra pioneered Intent-Based Networking and Intent-Based Analytics™ to simplify the data center network and increase business agility through an autonomous or Self-Operating NetworkTM. AOS™ is a vendor-agnostic, intent-based, closed-loop “command and control” system that delivers log-scale improvements in CapEx, OpEx and capacity critical to accomplishing digital transformation goals. AOS is an intent-based distributed operating system that automates the full lifecycle of network operations and enables the network to configure itself, fix itself and defend itself. Apstra is based in Menlo Park, California and is privately funded.
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