Aug 20, 2018

Apstra to Demonstrate Intent-Based Data Center Network Automation with VMware vSphere Integration at VMworld

Apstra AOS® Simplifies Troubleshooting for Network Operators by Providing Visibility and Validation into vCenter Server Virtual Machine Infrastructure

See Apstra at VMworld in the Innovator’s Showcase at Kiosk 1074-A

Menlo Park, CA – August 21, 2018– Apstra® Inc., the pioneer of Intent-Based Networking (IBN), today announced an integration and demonstration between the company’s Apstra Operating System® (AOS) and VMware’s vSphere to provide greater visibility across VMware vCenter Server customers’ network and virtual machine (VM) infrastructure.

AOS’ vSphere integration augments, in real time, Apstra AOS’s graph-based distributed state repository with granular workload information. This integration enables relationships between workloads, applications, tenants, virtual networks, the physical topology, and specific elements such as interfaces, CPUs, and links to all co-exist in the same graph representation. As a result, it provides a unique ability to correlate virtual, physical, and workload state, providing unmatched visibility in how infrastructure issues affect applications. AOS can raise alerts when anomalies are detected that pertain to specific workloads or applications, such as Layer 2 connectivity issues across different racks, incorrectly configured network switch interfaces, and detection of a packet drop in the physical network and correlating it to application components in the virtual network, specific workloads, applications, or tenants.

“When deployed in a modern leaf-spine data center network, AOS enables clear visibility between silos, and accelerates and simplifies troubleshooting with a fully automated L3 underlay and L2 overlay, for greenfield and brownfield PODs,” said Michael Wood, CMO of Apstra. “AOS provides a single point of control for Cisco, Arista, Dell EMC, Mellanox, white box and brite box switches running Cumulus, OpenSwitch and SONiC switch operating systems. By adding VMware vSphere integration, AOS puts network engineers in the driver’s seat, providing them with an unmatched ability to answer questions about whether the network is affecting application performance, and a unique ability to troubleshoot networking issues when they arise. With every release, AOS is coming closer to the vision of a self-operating network that empowers operators and accelerates organizations’ ability to deploy their digital initiatives, IoT and 5G.”

Apstra connects AOS to a vCenter Server via VMware APIs and continuously receives information about each virtual machine’s lifecycle and configuration changes. These data augment the rich network context that AOS continuously maintains in its unique publish/subscribe graph representation with VM specific information that can be queried by network operators for forensic analysis or used by its Intent-Based Analytics™ (IBA) to detect anomalies.

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See a demo, schedule a 1:1 to meet at VMworld, drop by Apstra’s booth 1074-A in the Innovation Center at VMworld to learn more about simplifying network automation in your Clos network, or join us at a cocktail reception.

About AOS
AOS® delivers a turnkey data center application suite that offers game-changing network service agility, increased uptime and dramatically improved infrastructure TCO. AOS operates a network as one system and empowers teams to operate pods across multiple lines of business, reduce outages, and make fast and easy changes to your network. AOS’ distributed data store is a repository of all intent, configuration, and telemetry state, and acts as a single source of truth for your network. Its self-documenting nature streamlines compliance tasks. AOS introduced support for multi-tenancy and enhanced inter-rack L2 connectivity through EVPN, providing a scalable control plane for VXLAN. Apstra allows customers to address their existing application connectivity requirements as they transition to modern L3 Leaf-Spine Clos architectures for better agility and scale. AOS is a multi-vendor solution which works across all major vendors as well as open alternatives.

About Apstra, Inc.
Apstra® pioneered Intent-Based Networking and Intent-Based Analytics™ (IBA) to simplify how data center networks are built and operated. AOS® increases business agility through an autonomous or Self-Operating Network™ that delivers log-scale improvements in CapEx, OpEx and capacity. AOS is a multi-vendor, closed-loop intent-based distributed operating system that automates the full lifecycle of network operations with the simplicity, reliability and TCO of the public cloud. Apstra is based in Menlo Park, California and is privately funded.
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