May 15, 2018

Apstra Recognized as Leading Lights Winner for Outstanding Communications Technology Vision

Leading Lights Award in Outstanding Communications Technology Vision
Menlo Park, CA, May 15, 2018Apstra, the pioneer in Intent-Based Networking, announced today that Light Reading has named them the winner for the 2018 Leading Lights Award in Outstanding Communications Technology Vision at the Big Communication Event held this week in Austin, Texas. Now in its 14th year, Leading Lights is the communications industry’s leading awards program, recognizing top companies and executives for their outstanding achievements in next-generation communications technology, applications, services, strategies and innovations.

The Outstanding Communication Technology Vision is awarded to the company with the most innovative, transformative strategic vision for the global communications sectors that harnesses next-generation technologies including (but not limited to) artificial intelligence/machine learning, fog networking, robotics, drones, virtual or augmented reality or any other developments that will shape a 5G world.

“The quality and number of submissions we received this year across all of our categories, which this year included specialist awards for Outstanding Communications Technology Vision and Most Innovative 5G Technology Strategy, was testament to the innovation that underpins developments in the global communications industry and once again showed how seriously the industry takes this awards program,” said Light Reading International Group Editor Ray Le Maistre. “The winners, and all of the finalists, can be proud of their achievements, as can the quartet of Hall of Fame inductees. Congratulations to all!”

“Apstra is honored to be recognized by Light Reading as the Leading Lights winner of the Outstanding Communications Industry Visionary award,” said Mansour Karam, Apstra CEO and Founder. “Apstra has delivered the only multi-vendor intent-based offering that automates the full lifecycle of a data center network and has been embraced by service providers, enterprise and web scale companies. Apstra’s production customers, including tier 1 service providers, are experiencing game-changing agility, reliability and significantly lower TCO with complete flexibility to select the hardware and network operating system of their choice. While we see established network vendors validate our vision with announcements of proprietary intent-based products, we are tremendously honored to be recognized for leading the next wave of network transformation.”

AOS® delivers turnkey Intent-Based Networking software and a data center application suite that operates a network as one system, massively improving infrastructure agility while reducing operational expenses.

Light Reading ( is a digital media and research business providing news, analysis, events, consulting and marketing solutions for the communications industry. The company combines its research-led online communities and targeted events portfolio to help those in the global communications industry make informed decisions. It is the ultimate source of telecom analysis for over 500,000 subscribers each month and leads the media sector in terms of traffic, content and reputation. Light Reading produces over 15 events and conferences/workshops each year including its flagship event, the ‘Big Communication Event’, the annual meeting place for the global telecommunications industry.

A complete list of all the 2018 Leading Lights awards winners can be found here.

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About Apstra
Apstra has delivered the only Intent-Based Network operating system that enables a Self-Operating Network, that configures itself, fixes itself and defends itself. The company is redefining network operations and economics to make the network a CIO’s most valuable asset to address business velocity. The Apstra Operating System (AOS provides the only vendor-agnostic, intent-based, closed-loop “command and control” system delivering agility and massive TCO savings through automation of the full lifecycle of network operations. Apstra is based in Menlo Park and is privately funded. Visit Apstra at