Dec 20, 2017

Looking Forward to 2018


As this year comes to an end, we want to thank our customers and partners for joining us on this amazing journey, share a retrospective of Apstra’s 2017, and make some predictions for 2018.


2017 – The industry embraces Intent-Based Networking and AOS® runs large production networks

What a year 2017 has been! Apstra delivered version 2.0 of AOS and we now have hundreds of nodes in production.

The approach we pioneered — Intent-Based Networking — has become a top strategic initiative for the digitally transformed enterprise. It was embraced by customers, top analysts, and the largest networking company, Cisco, whose CEO said that “Intent-Based Networking will redefine networking for the next 30 years”.

2018 – Acceleration of digital transformation

Entering 2018, we are excited about the future, and especially excited that the vision we had back in 2014 when we started the company is indeed materializing. It feels great to be on the right side of history!

Because of the urgent need to digitize their business, enterprises are embarking on an accelerated schedule to upgrade their infrastructures. More than ever before, it is no longer an option to do nothing or to continue to have your hardware vendors hold you back.

The guiding principles that CIOs embrace for their new deployments need to set the foundation for log-scale improvements in how compute and network infrastructures are built and operated, that is, massive improvements in CapEx costs, in operational costs, and in capacity.

2018 – Simplicity of operation and hardware commoditization

We will see these guiding principles continue to materialize in 2018:

Dramatically simplify operations through turn-key automation of the entire lifecycle of network services, delivering on autonomous infrastructure operations freed from the inefficiencies of manual redundant configuration and troubleshooting tasks.

Free yourself from your hardware: there are plenty of hardware options on the market, from established vendors, to open source offerings. We predict open source options for commodity NetOS functions will become viable in 2018. We expect these options to have a dramatic effect on infrastructure costs. Moreover, customers will increasingly want the ability to deploy the highest capacity hardware that is the most cost effective for their needs — and switching between hardware vendors should not be disruptive to their operational model.

2018 – Accelerated decrease in the hardware depreciation cycle

Scale seamlessly to meet the needs of the business. Legacy infrastructures are no longer adequate, and organizations will move progressively to transition to modern architectures and operational models. In order to keep up with the demands of digital transformation, customers will accelerate the depreciation of their infrastructures. One customer mentioned to me that in order to keep up with the latest network capacities, they’re moving from 4-5 years depreciation cycles to 3-4 years. This is accomplished through proper scale out architectures, and through operational models that enable the ability to grow infrastructure or replace devices to newer devices of larger capacity seamlessly.

We look forward to 2018!

At Apstra, we are very excited to be aligned with these trends. We will continue to deliver foundational software that helps our customers deliver log-scale improvements in OpEx, CapEx, and capacity. We look forward to delivering unprecedented simplicity of operations, and the ability to free yourself from your choice of hardware, through software that’s engineered for best-of-class scalability and reliability.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and partners — we are very grateful for your trust, confidence and partnership; and to our friends and fans — thank you for being part of our growing Apstra community! Happy holidays, and wishing you and your families the best in 2018!


Mansour Karam

President, Founder