I am excited to announce the latest release of The Apstra Operating System (AOS), the industry first and only distributed operating system for the data center network.
AOS 1.0, released this summer, was focused on the most modern data centers and private cloud environments that used BGP fabrics and L3 routing on the host. AOS 1.1 extends the applicability of our platform to more mainstream environments where L2 edge connectivity is the most common architectural construct.
With AOS 1.1 you are able to describe your design intent using a rack-based model. If you build data center networks using a rack-based architecture – but spend too much time in provisioning, testing and change control – you will love AOS 1.1. You simply compose your pod by describing the number and types of racks you want to connect. For example, you direct AOS to build a data center network with 4 spines, 2 “High Performance Computing” racks, 4 “Gaming” racks or 2 “Storage” racks. That’s it. AOS takes care of the rest – including the generation of full device configuration details for the vendor of your choosing, cabling diagram, push-button deployment, and automated test plans to ensure all configurations have taken effect!
With 1.1, you are able to attach L2 servers to your fabric using multiple redundant links (LAGs), or you can connect your servers to multiple Top-of-Racks (ToR) switches with redundancy using MLAG (Multi-chassis Link Aggregation) technology.
We are also introducing support for VLAN-based virtual networks, which means you can now isolate your servers into different domains to reduce the amount of broadcast traffic or segment your applications. Virtual networks can be added and deleted dynamically while the network is operational. They can be controlled through RESTful APIs and integrated with the application orchestration system of your choice.
Of course, all of these functionalities are delivered using the AOS intent-driven, closed loop, and vendor-agnostic platform. Notably, all deployments and change operations are automatically validated using the AOS closed-loop telemetry.
Last but not least, we’ve also included a ton of usability improvements based on your feedback – including streamlined build interfaces and beautiful interactive topology diagrams.
AOS 1.1 advances the industry one step further on its journey towards the Self-Operating Network™ (SON). This release expands the applicability of AOS dramatically to common use cases and architectures in both modern and traditional data center networks.
Happy Holidays from Apstra!!
— Jonathan Garzon