AOS® Features

Intent-Based Data Center Automation Made Easy

New in AOS 2.3

AOS 2.3 includes new and enhanced capabilities, making the solution an ideal fit for some of the most demanding environments. New features include:

  • New Root Cause Identification – constantly studies incoming telemetry to find gray failures, performance degradation, and new outages.
  • Fabric Expansion with support for the live addition of a leaf, switch or full rack. Automated configuration of new devices and contiguous resource management (IPs, VNIs, etc.).
  • Native Support for Microsoft SONiC Network Operating System.
  • Security Compliance Requirements – NOS upgrades and compliance checks to meet network security compliance.

Advanced Fabric Operations

AOS now supports graceful traffic draining and undraining for individual devices, allowing operators to remove an active fabric switch without impacting existing IP flows.

Multi-vendor L3 Clos

Root Cause Identification

Apstra identifies root causes responsible for issues, symptoms, anomalies, failures and events by studying and correlating system telemetry in real-time.

Automated Control Plane for VXLAN, Scalability, Multi-tenant

New Enterprise-class Features

Including full support for VMware vSphere 6.7 integration for complete visibility into whether the network meets the app requirements. AOS eliminates integration problems by incorporating vSphere’s view of the network with the actual physical and overlay network configuration.

Enterprise-class Features

Automated Control Plane for VXLAN, Scalability, Multi-tenant

Enterprise-class Features

Multi-Tenancy with Apstra EVPN

Multi-vendor L3 Clos
Multi-vendor L3 Clos

Intent-Based Analytics Enhancements

AOS 2.3 builds on the success of Intent-Based Analytics and provides many requested enhancements. Operators can now pause, import, and export existing IBA probes through the user interface. Apstra has developed nearly 40 probes which are all publicly available on GitHub and can easily be implemented to live systems in minutes. Probes can be customized for each environment and tailored to the business SLA (service level agreement) requirements. Increased visibility of system behavior can be achieved with the new Intent-Based Analytics Dashboards, which can be customized to match the business application dependencies.

Key updates include:

Intent-Based Analytics Enhancements

AOS Features

  • BGP L3 Clos fabric with multi-tenancy EVPN (RFC 7432)
  • Intra-rack (VLAN), or inter-rack (VXLAN)
  • Layer 3 VXLAN routing
  • Layer 3 server routing with dual attachment*
  • Layer 2 server with MLAG/LAG
  • IPv6 fabric: No need for IPv4 addresses on fabric links
  • Extensible services (intent, resources, expectations)
  • DHCP relay
  • VRFs
Device OS
  • Cisco NX-OS and vNX-OS
  • Arista EOS and vEOS
  • Juniper Junos OS
  • Cumulus Linux and CVX with Free-Range Routing (FRR)*
  • Dell OpenSwitch (OPX)
  • Microsoft SONiC
  • Ubuntu Servers with Free-Range-Routing (FRR)
  • CentOS Servers
AOS Extensibility Tool For the Community (AOS Etc.)
  • Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) Server
  • Demo Tools
  • Template Catalog
  • 3rd Party Tool Integration (Google Protocol Buffers)
  • 3rd Party Big-Data Platform Integration
  • Legacy Devices Integration
Root Cause Identification*
Intent-Based Analytics *
  • East-west traffic: Calculates east-west traffic
  • MLAG imbalance: Calculates traffic imbalance across members of each MLAG
  • Headroom: Calculates high and low bandwidth usage across all possible ECMP paths between 2 endpoints
  • ECMP imbalance: Calculates traffic imbalance across all ECMP uplinks
  • Hot / cold fabric ports: Determine hot or cold interfaces (by traffic or errors)
  • Interface flapping: Calculates the number of time an interface status changes over time
  • BGP (VRF aware)*
  • Default gateway count*
  • MLAG domain*
  • TCAM usage*
  • OS version*
  • Interface bandwidth*
  • Interface errors*
  • Interface discards (sustained packet discards)*
  • SFP*
  • Interface buffers*
  • BUM traffic*
  • PIM state on a Leaf, Spine, Border Leaf*
  • PIM RP on Leaf, Spine*
  • PIM Anycast RP on Border Leaf*
  • PIM MRoute Anomalies on Border Leaf*
  • VTEP*
  • STP state*
  • STP state changes (Flag STP State Change)*

An open source catalog of IBA probe configurations is available, to enable an ecosystem with customers, partners, and other third parties

  • Staged/Commit Workflows
  • Multi User Authentication
  • RBAC with custom roles
  • LDAP and TACACS+ Integration
  • Device lifecycle management
  • Resource management
  • Advanced Configlets *
  • Interactive network visualization
  • Extensible on-box or off-box device agents
  • AOS backup / restore
  • RESTful APIs
  • Graph model and GraphQL/QE API
  • AOS Developer SDK* (Python)
  • HTTPS, AOS server security hardening
  • Headless operation
  • Tested capacity: 1,600 devices
Maintenance workflows
  • Scale-out Maintenance
  • NOS Management*
  • Device Maintenance Mode*
  • Replacement Maintenance
  • Decommission Maintenance
  • Addition and deletion of virtual networks and endpoints
* New features in AOS 2.3
** Technology preview