The Apstra Vision

To make infrastructure simple

The Apstra Mission

To Enable Business Agility through
Autonomous Infrastructure

The Apstra Founders

Sasha Ratkovic

CTO and Founder

Sasha is the thought leader in domain abstractions and data model driven automation. As CTO at Apstra, he drives the architecture direction of the Apstra Operating System and is deeply involved in all aspects of the Apstra Product and Engineering efforts.

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Mansour Karam

CEO and Founder

Mansour Karam is an entrepreneur and executive with a passion and successful track record for building high tech infrastructure companies from the ground up. As CEO and Founder of Apstra, Mansour is responsible in setting the product vision and leading the company’s culture and business.

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David Cheriton

Founder and Chief Scientist

David Cheriton is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and a world-renowned researcher in the areas of networking and distributed systems with numerous widely cited publications and patents, receiving the lifetime achievement award from the ACM Sigcomm professional group in 2003.

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We’re Hiring Apstrktrs

We are a well-funded startup developing game-changing technology that is transforming the data center network. We are hiring rock star C++ and Python software engineers and senior systems engineers who love the challenge of solving complex problems and pushing the boundaries of technology. Is this you?

Check out our current openings below and apply for the position that’s right for you.

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Current Openings

Senior Systems Engineers

We are seeking Senior Systems Engineers to work with our advanced customers across the globe in this highly technical role. This is a very visible and key position within this rapidly growing company.


As an Apstra Senior Sales Engineer you will be the technical side of the Sales team, both an expert and visionary in the field. You will be responsible for educating customers, understanding their technical & business issues, managing their deployment and development projects, providing support, and helping to develop and refine its innovative solutions. You must have strong communication skills for customer presentations, industry events and providing a feedback loop to Product Management.

Duties include:

  • Analyze customer network infrastructure for potential opportunities to demonstrate our solution’s unique capabilities
  • Work independently to evaluate prospective customers’ networks and deliver the appropriate evaluation, ROI, savings, proposed operational evolution and associated process management
  • Work closely with Sales and Engineering to resolve technical issues that arise during customer testing and demo creation
  • Create compelling test plans, demos, and customer presentations
  • Drive improved testing, demos, deployment, architecture, monitoring and reports leading to compelling pre-sales support for sales organization
  • Participate in internal projects that help scale the group, implement best practices, and improve our methodology and quality of performance testing
  • Work with customer success team during onboarding process

A strong technical knowledge of datacenter networking is crucial as is hands-on experience with automation as it relates to networking devices.

  • BS degree in engineering, computer science or similar relevant field or equivalent
  • Deep technical knowledge of datacenter network architecture, SDN, and large-scale private cloud networks. Knowledge of IBNS is a plus.
  • Experience with network technologies (routing, switching, automation, systems management, troubleshooting and architecture) including knowledge from the application layer down to the physical layer
  • Proficiency in configuration and troubleshooting common network vendor solutions with Cisco, Arista, Cumulus, Juniper and Snaproute a plus
  • Knowledge of automation technologies including Ansible playbooks, Chef recipes, Puppet, Python scripting and JSON programming is preferred
  • Experience using network management and troubleshooting tools
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills

Join our Core Development Team


  • Design and develop software solutions to problems related to managing networking devices.
  • Develop software in C/C++ and Python on Linux and other networked operating systems.
  • Design and develop data analytics system for networking telemetry and configuration data
  • Evaluate and adopt stream processing, batch processing and monitoring solutions applicable for networking domain
  • Collaborate with Product Management team

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science or related technical field
  • Excellent coding skills in Python, C++
  • Strong knowledge of algorithms and data structures
  • Experience in distributed computing, information retrieval, data mining systems
  • Experience in building test/simulation environments for real-time systems

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS in Computer Science
  • Working knowledge of configuration management tools (Chef, Puppet, Ansible)
  • Experience with infrastructure management and orchestration solutions (VMWare, OpenStack)
  • Deep understanding of computer networking domain and protocols
  • Understanding of CI/CD process, including deployments management using Docker

Join our Advanced Solutions Team


  • Obtain requirements from customers, either directly at customer site, or indirectly via customer enablement team
  • Discuss and refine customer requirements with customer / customer enablement
  • Implement new AOS reference designs per customer requirements, including blueprint data modeling
  • Implement various plugins for new reference designs, including but not limited to those for blueprint building, expectations rendering, anomaly generation, configuration rendering, API
  • Implement any new platform capabilities needed to complete new reference designs. These may include new telemetry data collection plugins, support for new device platforms, creation / enhancements of on-box or off-box device agents, resource pool management agents
  • Implement and maintain unit tests and integration tests for all of the above
  • Implement and maintain system tests involving virtual and physical devices for all of the above

Minimum Qualifications

  • Proficient in Python programming or a similar language; if different language, must be able to pick up Python quickly
  • Solid knowledge in unit testing
  • Solid experience working with Linux-based systems; alternatively, solid knowledge in systems programming
  • Solid knowledge of data structures and algorithms
  • Basic knowledge of HTTP APIs
  • Basic knowledge of networking
  • Strong communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in networking
  • Experience with C++
  • Experience in professional services engagements involving integrations with various components in system management and network orchestration/automation space
  • Experience with programming device platforms
  • Experience with device platform APIs
  • Project management experience

Join our Systest Team


  • Review requirements from the Product Management team
  • Test software product to ensure it operates as defined by requirements
  • Develop and enhance testing infrastructure by writing code in Python
  • Develop and enhance testing automation tools by writing code in Python
  • Plan, develop, and execute automated and manual test plans
  • Build network configurations to simulate target environments

Minimum Qualifications

  • Proficient in Python programming or a similar language; if different language, must be able to pick up Python quickly
  • Solid knowledge of networking
  • Basic knowledge of HTTP APIs
  • Solid experience with Linux-based systems
  • Solid experience with CI tools

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with network virtualization
  • Experience with data center networking
  • Experience with Jenkins
  • Experience with Docker

Join the Team

The Apstra Culture

The Apstra culture is to provide an environment where high performers can thrive and achieve their full potential. We do this by keeping overhead to a minimum, and providing our team members autonomy and a clear purpose. Join us to build the next generation of data center automation technology.

Do the right thing

Exhibit honesty and candor, be open to coaching and feedback, be non­political, never mislead, never undermine or silently dissent.

Collaborate and communicate

Value the greater good instead of individual glory, realize that each person has a contribution to make.

Strive for maximum competency

Learn constantly – continuously improving your skills, knowledge, and judgment in the process.

Strive for maximum impact

Exhibit bias ­to ­action and avoid analysis ­paralysis, focus on substance, exhibit courage, be decisive.

Wear your passion on your sleeves

Inspire others, care deeply, celebrate wins,
be tenacious.