Operating a data center is expensive. In this blog, we’ll explore how you can calculate your operational efficiencies with Apstra Intent-Based Networking.

The Operation Expenses:Capital Expenses (Opex:Capex) ratio varies depending on the organization. In some cases, the ratio can be 30:1. It means organizations spend 30 fold for every $1 spent on Capex. This is due to several factors:

  1. Device-by-device, manual configuration and management of networks
  2. Long hours of troubleshooting as unable to identify the root cause of failure
  3. Lots and lots of tools that are disjointed and don’t provide the desired outcome
  4. Require expertise on every switch OS  
  5. Have to depend on expensive professional services 

How Organizations Tackle Opex Today?

To tackle the high Opex, organizations either build tools internally or purchase a turnkey solution. Most organizations underestimate the cost of building tools in house especially the hidden cost. The hidden cost is similar to the iceberg model. In other words, the things that you don’t see are much greater than what’s on the surface. These include ongoing bug scrubbing, testing, integration with other tools, upgrades, security, etc. Furthermore, delivering the tool on time is challenging in most cases, not including the high possibility of overspending. The end result is unable to achieve the desired operational efficiencies. 

Apstra Intent-Based Networking Solution

With Apstra AOS Intent-Based Networking (IBN), organizations are able to quickly realize the operational efficiencies. So, Apstra IBN is about the “what” and not “how”. Apstra AOS is a complete turnkey solution, out-of-the-box no programming, with simplified and enriched UI. And the solution integrates IBN, Intent-Based Analytics (IBA) and root cause identification to maximize operational efficiency. The IBA provides a closed loop validation system. As it ensures the desired outcome is inline with what’s expected in a dynamic environment. Where a dynamic environments includes changes during any of the service lifecycle phases: design, build or deploy. Networks are managed as a whole system and not individual components. And a successful network is defined by the outcome produced by the whole system. Our customers are achieving over 80% in operational savings. Read the Yahoo Japan case study to learn how they were able to  achieve tremendous Opex savings. In one project, they were able to deploy 11 racks in 2 hours with Apstra AOS compared to 1 week using existing approach. Also, check out how Bank of America is able to save $2B every year by building its own cloud.

 

This interactive infographic summarizes the approaches of  DIY network automation vs Apstra Intent-Based Networking

DIY Network Automation vs Apstra IBN

Calculate Your Operational Efficiencies

Customers who want to calculate their operational efficiencies with Apstra Intent-Based Networking can use the calculator. Importantly, the calculator is modeled on an actual hyperscale customer deployment. The calculator shows the savings for Day 0, 1 and 2 operations allowing users to see the savings for every task – scoping the requirements, design, implementation & testing, and operation. However, if you’d like to get the white paper “Network automation – build it yourself or buy a turnkey solution”, don’t forget to complete the registration form at the end of the Opex calculator.

Lastly, watch the on-demand webinar “Reducing Data Center Network Automation Opex with Apstra AOS” to learn more about achieving operational efficiencies with Apstra AOS and a demo of the calculator.