Today is an exciting day for Apstra and our customers, as we announce a significant expansion of our partnership with VMware, this time around VMWare NSX-T

I’ve written a few blogs in the past where I’ve described the dangers of vendor lock-in, and the importance of embracing a software-first approach to designing and deploying infrastructure, rather than a hardware-first approach.

In these blogs, we have described the dangers of a hardware-first approach. In particular, partnering with hardware vendors and embracing their management and cloud layers can result in the mother of all lock-ins. Lock-in means that you are totally dependent on this one hardware vendor to consistently deliver best-of-breed software solutions to support the agility, reliability and efficient operations you require to be competitive, all at reasonable costs.

By integrating AOS with NSX-T in addition to vSphere, our enterprise customers deploying VMware are now able to embrace, and seamlessly realize major benefits of a software-first approach – regardless of what happens to be their current choice of hardware vendor, and including changing their choice of hardware vendor down the road as the best-of-breed choice for their requirements change.

Indeed, with this integration, AOS allows the underlay to participate seamlessly in the deployment and operation of the NSX-T overlay across a variety of switch vendor options, including Cisco, Arista, Juniper, and Dell – namely:

  1. When deploying NSX-T, AOS configures the physical infrastructure seamlessly so it’s compatible with the NSX-T requirements for the physical underlay fabric. Through our sophisticated Intent-Based Analytics, AOS also detects any misconfigurations between the underlay and the overlay, and allows the physical network operators to remediate with a click of a button.
  2. Apstra AOS enables NSX-T policies to stretch beyond the VMware domain – this includes NSX-T Layer 2 overlays as well as security policies. This is critical for many enterprise customers because they own environments that includes infrastructure assets that are outside of the VMware domain – e.g. bare metal servers, storage arrays, or non-VMware hypervisors.
  3. NSX-T customers can now take advantage of the full array of Apstra’s Software-First Intent-Based Networking solution – including the AOS Graph Datastore, our Intent-Based Analytics that continuously validate intent across the physical and virtual underlay, our Root Cause Identification functions that can root cause issues in the underlay that can affect the overlay, and the AOS self-healing, auto-remediation capabilities. Not to mention the powerful NOS management capabilities of the AOS solution, and our single throat to choke “white glove” guarantee.

Virtualization can increase IT agility, flexibility and scalability in addition to enabling greater workload mobility, increased performance and availability of resources, yet this is all predicated on having a stable, reliable, and adaptable physical underlay network. For VMware, partnering with Apstra and integrating with AOS means that NSX-T can now be deployed and operated with a touch of a button and continuously validated in a fully integrated manner across physical infrastructures built with hardware devices from all leading hardware vendors, including Cisco, Arista, Juniper, and Dell.

I will be at VMworld Tuesday and Wednesday, and look forward to talking to you about our new integration with VMware NSX-T. We have a packed schedule of activities, including a presentation at the show that describes our NSX-T integration, our participation at TFDx at VMworld 2019 event; and VMware has invited me to participate in a panel at the FutureNet conference on Thursday..

Gearing up to an exciting week ahead – see you all at VMworld!