Intent-Based Data Center Automation

Software solution

Many of the network processes such as managing, creating, deploying, operating, and troubleshooting a data center network can be very difficult, expensive, and resource intensive. Today, the simplification of the IT infrastructure according to Gartner is the number 1 strategic priority for companies.
Apstra follows the intent-based networking paradigm, which relieves administrators and enables more agile networks, so that networks no longer have to be configured with error-prone parameters, but instead can be adapt independently to the business goals. This is achieved by automating the data center network, which saves up to 80% operational efficiencies. In addition, it offers you a decoupled and independent software and hardware selection and thus much greater flexibility.
With the help of the software, the required service can be communicated directly to the network without having to perform each task individualy. It automatically generates and deploys full configuration of all devices based on a service description, and continuously provides assurance checks about the drift (between the intended and operational state).

Apstra Operating System (AOS)

The Apstra Operating System (AOS) is a compact, cross-vendor overlay solution that automates the lifecycle of end-to-end network data center services. With the aim of cost reduction, the system allows network engineers to plan and manage the setup and operation of a spin-leaf network quickly and reliably. Suitable for networks of any size, it can be scaled to the largest data centers.

How does AOS works?

AOS already works with your existing hardware (e.g. with switches from Cisco, Juniper, Arista, Mellanox) and the operating system software (such as NX-OS, Junos, EOS and Cumulus). Brite box solutions (such as Dell EMC) or white box switches on which open source network operating system (NOS) runs are also supported. AOS completely separates the design, implementation and operation of your network from the physical (underlay) and virtual (overlay) network infrastructure, with each hardware and NOS you select being supported.

Apstra AOS - manufacturer independent Overlay

With simple buttons, the network design, the construction and provision of two servers up to thousands of racks can be automated in real time. It also enables troubleshooting, validation and policy translations, and self-documentation. With intent-based analytics, extended customization options for system tests can be carried out. In the event of network problems in the data center, you can also use Apstra's central support. This should make it unnecessary to receive new manufacturer certifications in order to operate alternative operating systems and network devices.

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Die wichtigsten und innovativsten Aspekte der Excelero NVMesh-Technologie auf einen Blick:

  • IPv6 support also for virtual and containerized computer environments.
  • Automated system monitoring and independent troubleshooting.
  • Free hardware / manufacturer and operating system choice that meets your business needs.
  • Apstra support for planning, initiation and deployment.
  • Management of thousands of devices as a single logical element, with a complex EVPN overlay, with just a few clicks of the mouse.
  • Simplified scaling for massive cloud and compute farms with over 100,000 servers.
  • Add racks or topology to existing pods for quick network expansion.
  • Expand, downsize and move network and servers without affecting business applications.
  • Network Lifecycle Day 0, 1, 2+ automation (move / add / change).
  • Seamless integration with VMware NSX, vSphere and Nutanix.
  • Group-based guidelines for easy management of network access for all manufacturers.
  • Extended cause detection & improved MTTR (Mean-Time-to-Repair).
  • Rapid update of the network operating system.
  • Intent-Based Analytics (IBA).
  • Datacenter Interconnect: EVPN overlay according to industry standard.
  • Automate the entire lifecycle of network design, deployment and operation.
  • Very easy to use and quickly adaptable.
  • Simple user interface, browser-based administration tool and open APIs.
  • Does not require complex programming.
  • Quick to use and adaptable to business requirements.
  • Reduces the time for operations up to 90%.
  • Eliminates up to 85% of all failures.
  • Reduces operating costs (up to 83% OpEx and 60% CapEx).

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