Turnkey Automation is Foundational to Private Cloud Enablement

Automate, Operate, and Analyze Your On-Premises Cloud with Apstra Intent-Based Networking

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Gone are the days of manual line-by-line box-by-box configuration. Automation is king, but how do you get there? Custom scripts? Homegrown efforts? The key to private cloud enablement is abstraction from the implementation details, and ongoing maintenance to ensure your goals meet your operational state.

A major bottleneck with building and maintaining an enterprise-class private cloud is figuring out how to cohesively design-deploy-build-operate the data center leaf-spine network underlay and overlay. It’s a cumbersome task with thousands of disparate components that have a cascading impact on the compute and storage elements. Without an intent-based single source of truth, one might have to glue together handfuls of tools, only to end up with too much raw data, and not enough valuable answers to business objectives.

Apstra enables your private cloud by not only automating initial configuration of the leaf-spine overlay and underlay technologies, but continuously validating in real time the intent versus the operational state. Most importantly, Apstra is multi-vendor – you pick your network hardware, you pick your network software, and Apstra AOS will automate, validate, and analyze on top. Additionally, Apstra harnesses powerful data processing pipelines that allow you to decide what are important questions to ask about your network, and provide simple answers derived from thousands of data points to reason about the health of your network. Apstra gives you the experience of the public cloud, in your own data center.

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Solving the Problem

As cloud adoption continues to increase, network and operations teams experience growing pains when it comes to network manageability. Intent-based networking fundamentally transforms the network to get up to speed with compute and storage in automated provisioning, advanced analytics, and daily operations. Apstra allows you to build and operate an enterprise-grade private cloud with turnkey network lifecycle automation.

Apstra automates best practices overlay and underlay configuration and validation for industry standard protocols like BGP, VXLAN, and EVPN, while also managing tedious and error-prone tasks like cabling — 24x7x365.

Apstra has enabled several private cloud deployments, including a Tier 1 service provider with Dell EMC and Awnix. Apstra enabled reduced hardware costs by using Dell EMC networking hardware and OpenSwitch (OPX) open source.

Apstra not only automates OPX, but acts as the first line of support for both OPX and Apstra AOS, greatly reducing the risk of no support for open source options, and making OpenSwitch OPX feasible for enterprise-class deployments. Learn more by downloading the case study and reading the blog.

Apstra is a Gateway to the Cloud

More and more organizations are moving towards hybrid, or multi- cloud, yet they struggle with how to maintain the underlying network. There’s a disconnect between the networking teams who manage the underlay and overlay and the cloud teams who manage the virtualized compute and storage infrastructure, and yet another disconnect between day-to-day operations. Apstra AOS can build the foundation of your network with your vendor of choice, and ensure your intent is met and validated in real-time from a day 2 operations perspective. AOS provides vendor-agnostic telemetry and and correlation between the overlay and underlay, operating a network as one system, regardless of which hardware or software vendors you have in place.

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