How Apstra Operating System Works: Intent‑Based Networking

Apstra AOS is a software-only implementation & can be installed on any VM or server. It connects & manages devices via device agents that are installed either on or off the devices.  Once AOS is ready to manage your devices, during the network design phase, you can define multiple logical devices & racks and assemble them into a template. Other details viz., rack types, routing policies, EVPN/ VxLAN, IPv4/ v6 & other resources can be allocated to each template & associated with compatible physical device profile (viz., Cisco or Arista or Cumulus etc.). Multiple templates can be created & instantiated together in a virtual data center to create a blueprint for the entire network.

With the entire network managed by AOS, it provides you the ability to easily grow or shrink your network, extracts meaningful device telemetry & provides an accurate status of the network elements.

AOS keeps your intent in check with the actual status of the network & provides you actionable insights into your network to ensure your network meets your goals.

We created Apstra AOS with Intent-Based automation at its core. It’s architecture & workflows are designed to truly capture network architect’s intentions & translate them into the design, build, deployment and operation of your data center networks.

Key Features of Apstra AOS

Automation to Design, Build and Manage Data Center Networks.

Apstra AOS enables you to effortlessly build networks by automating the design, deployment & management phase of your networks. Get an easy button to build & operate cloud-scale IP networks from just a couple of servers up to thousands of racks.

Breakthrough Vendor Lock-ins: Use any Hardware or Vendor

Apstra AOS is multi-vendor by design & is compatible with many different Device Operating Systems. This means freedom of choice to use different hardware, open-source NOS, from more than one vendor. AOS allows you to easily deploy and manage the lifecycle of devices from Cisco, Arista, Juniper, Cumulus, & other white-box alternatives like Microsoft SONiC.

Powered by Intent-Based Analytics

Apstra AOS’ Intent-Based Analytics feature and provides the ability to obtain relevant analytics in real time. Our analytics extract actionable insights and rich context out of raw telemetry. Explore the state of the network in real-time, continuously validate your best practices and predefined industry-best checks with zero delays.

How To Simplify Network Deployments

See an overview of how easy it is to create new complex networks with Apstra.

Apstra AOS Capabilities

Zero-Touch Provisioning

Apstra’s universal Zero-Touch Provisioning decouples bootstrap operations from vendor specificity. It allows Network Operating System (NOS) upgrades & other basic operations on multiple network devices simultaneously, reducing the time and complexity associated with initial device provisioning from different vendors.

5-Stage Clos

Apstra AOS scales up to support 5-stage (3-tier) L3 Clos design which allows the architects to build large data center networks. Architects can add racks directly to existing pods or add entirely new pods to an existing topology, allowing rapid expansion of the network as desired. Monitoring the newly added network segments is automated, and insertion of the equipment into the network is done without impact to existing traffic.

Advanced Root Cause Identification

Dramatically improve MTTR (mean-time-to-repair) by pointing operators directly to the cause of service-affecting problems. Accelerate troubleshooting with predefined, customizable, automated probes and an enriched view of anomalies with context and summary of root causes.

Intent Time Voyager

Apstra’s Intent Time Voyager feature gives the operator the ability to move the entire state of the network (intent, configuration, and continuous validations), backward or forward in time to a known error-free state with a few simple clicks, thereby making the recovery process fast & easy. Apstra can deliver this unique capability by the virtue of its foundation in Intent-Based, single source of truth based approach.

Network Lifecycle Day 0, 1, 2+ Move/Add/Change Automation

Grow, shrink, and move your network and servers without affecting business applications. Use a simple browser-based management tool to drain network traffic off devices before upgrading or remediating problems with network hardware.

Group-Based Policies

Simplify your network access management and tenant segmentation across all vendors, with no need to manage individual access-control lists or command-line interface syntax.

IPv6 Application Support

Future-proof your network addressing with both IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously supporting massive virtual and containerized compute environments.

Datacenter Interconnect

Apstra AOS supports an industry standard EVPN overlay that extends VXLAN segments outside of the AOS managed topology, allowing the architect to integrate multiple disparate compute centers for effective load balancing and resource sharing.

Cloud-scale Infrastructure

Apstra AOS simplifies scaling to handle the largest data center requirements, including 5-Stage Clos for massive cloud and compute farms of over 100,000 servers. Unified system monitoring and management based on simple design patterns and rules.

Release Brief

Apstra Intent-Based Data Center Automation 3.2

New features and capabilities include intent time voyager, datacenter interconnect (DCI), and enhanced SONiC support.

White Paper

The Apstra Operating System (AOS) Architecture Overview

Apstra provides powerful, intent-driven automation of network services in vendor-agnostic environments by delivering it as an easily consumable service in response to consumer-specified intent.

White Paper

Understanding Intent-Based Analytics: A Technical Deep Dive

Understand the technical details of Apstra Intent-Based analytics.