Apstra Intent-Based Networking
for the Data Center
Vastly increases reliability, simplicity, agility and savings
Apstra Operating System (AOS) is a turnkey application for automating the lifecycle of data center leaf-spine network services. Apstra works with your established switch hardware vendor (Cisco, Juniper, Arista, Mellanox) and your switch operating systems (NX-OS, Junos OS, EOS, Cumulus), brite-box (Dell EMC) or white-box hardware running a variety of switch operating systems including Cumulus and open alternatives (Microsoft SONiC, Dell EMC OpenSwitch OPX). Apstra helps you automate your network as a single system, not as complex individual parts. Apstra completely decouples your network design, implementation and operations from the physical (underlay) and virtual (overlay) network infrastructure, using whichever hardware and switch OS you choose.
Apstra can be deployed in modern data centers in both new (greenfield, green patch) and existing (brownfield) environments, across multiple vendors. Apstra operates at the management plane and controls devices and switch operating systems through their published open APIs.
Apstra AOS provides powerful capabilities that are unique amongst automation systems, including closed-loop validation and turnkey advanced data analytics processing pipelines that provide real-time continuous validation. Apstra ensures all network elements – from BGP to EVPN through MLAG and ECMP, down to cabling work seamlessly using industry best practices deployed at web scale levels. Apstra guarantees all elements work continuously in real-time – as you change network policy or as the network operating state changes.
Vendor-agnostic Design Automation
Design leaf-spine networks confidently with built-in industry best practices, in minutes.
Automated Multi-vendor EVPN Design, Configuration and Operation
Create-change-delete security zones in seconds, with validated ASNs, VRFs, VNIs and more.
Design-Build-Operate physical and virtual networks as a single system.
Abstract Away Vendor-specific Hardware Details
Create-swap-delete leaf-spine devices, in minutes, across name-brand and white-box vendors.
Physical and Logical Validation
Continuously validate both physical and virtual elements.
Continuously validate your intent with closed-loop telemetry.
Intent-Based Analytics (IBA)
Extract rich context and actionable insights from raw telemetry, in minutes.
Deploy custom telemetry probes in seconds.
Single pane of glass for your entire network.
System Health Views
Quickly visualize deviation from your intent and service impact.
Instantly detect config drifts.
Intent-Based Networking Technology:
Apstra translates system-level network intent into box-by-box details. It allows admins to declare high-level goals, such as “move these endpoints into these security zones”, or “find traffic imbalance across these links”, and deploy optimal configurations to or extract most relevant insights from the network in real-time, regardless of vendor choice. Apstra enables IT to instantly adopt infrastructure as code without coding, and pinpoint and resolve disruptions.
Distributed System Architecture
Apstra enables you to see the relationships and interdependencies between millions of data center elements. For example: logical elements from BGP and EVPN down to IP addresses and VXLAN IDs, virtual elements like virtual switches and VMs, and physical elements from redundant links down to transceivers. Apstra makes it easy to instantly pinpoint and resolve issues across all infrastructure silos, regardless of vendor hardware specific details.
Unlike hardware-specific management software that tightly ties operational life cycles with hardware life cycles, Apstra completely decouples operations and management procedures from the underlying hardware life cycles, including vendor choice and arcane specificities — from day 0 design through day X operations.