Apstra Intent-Based Data Center Automation

Vastly increases reliability, simplicity, agility and savings

AOS® Overview

Apstra Operating System (AOS) is a turnkey application for automating the lifecycle of data center leaf-spine network services. AOS works with your established switch hardware vendor (Cisco, Juniper, Arista, Mellanox) and your switch operating systems (NX-OS, Junos OS, EOS, Cumulus), brite-box (Dell EMC) or white-box hardware running a variety of switch operating systems including Cumulus and open alternatives (Microsoft SONiC, Dell EMC OpenSwitch OPX). AOS helps you automate your network as a single system, not as complex individual parts. AOS completely decouples your network design, implementation and operations from the physical (underlay) and virtual (overlay) network infrastructure, using whichever hardware and switch OS you choose.

AOS can be deployed in modern data centers in both new (greenfield, green patch) and existing (brownfield) environments, across multiple vendors. AOS operates at the management plane and controls devices and switch operating systems through their published open APIs.

AOS for Data Center Leaf-Spine Network Architecture

AOS provides powerful capabilities that are unique amongst automation systems, including closed-loop validation and turnkey advanced data analytics processing pipelines that provide real-time continuous validation. AOS ensures all network elements – from BGP to EVPN through MLAG and ECMP, down to cabling work seamlessly using industry best practices deployed at web scale levels. AOS guarantees all elements work continuously in real-time – as you change network policy or as the network operating state changes.

Use Cases

Network Design Automation

AOS DC gives you a turnkey design automation tool. It asks you a few simple questions, such as your oversubscription goals, redundancy needs (e.g. MLAG and ECMP), and segmentation requirements (EVPN), then renders a vendor-agnostic, BGP-EVPN topology diagram for you to review and approve, in seconds.

Vendor-agnostic Design Automation

Design leaf-spine networks confidently with built-in industry best practices, in minutes.

Vendor-Agnostic Design Tools

Automated Multi-vendor EVPN Design, Configuration and Operation

Create-change-delete security zones in seconds, with validated ASNs, VRFs, VNIs and more.

EVPN

VXLAN Overlay

Design-Build-Operate physical and virtual networks as a single system.

VXLAN Overlay

Network Build-out Automation

AOS DC gives you a turnkey design automation tool. It asks you a few simple questions, such as your oversubscription goals, redundancy needs (e.g. MLAG and ECMP), and segmentation requirements (EVPN), then renders a vendor-agnostic, BGP-EVPN topology diagram for you to review and approve, in seconds.

Abstract Away Vendor-specific Hardware Details

Create-swap-delete leaf-spine devices, in minutes, across name-brand and white-box vendors.

Intent-Based Analytics

Physical and Logical Validation

Continuously validate both physical and virtual elements.

Physical and Logical Validation

Operational Analytics: Intent-Based Analytics (IBA)

IBA automatically extracts actionable insights and rich context out of raw telemetry. It allows you to conduct real-time, interactive queries on the network operating state.

Closed-Loop Telemetry

Continuously validate your intent with closed-loop telemetry.

Closed-Loop Telemetry

Intent-Based Analytics (IBA)

Extract rich context and actionable insights from raw telemetry, in minutes.

Deploy custom telemetry probes in seconds.

Intent-Based Analytics

Service Dashboards

Single pane of glass for your entire network.

Physical and Logical Validation

System Health Views

Quickly visualize deviation from your intent and service impact.

Network System Health Views

Config Validation

Instantly detect config drifts.

Config Validation

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Architecture

Intent-Based Networking Technology:

Build and Operate Your Network Like Cloud Companies

Apstra translates system-level network intent into into box-by-box details. It allows admins to declare high-level goals, such as “move these endpoints into these security zones”, or “find traffic imbalance across these links”, and deploy optimal configurations to or extract most relevant insights from the network in real-time, regardless of vendor choice. Apstra enables IT to instantly adopt infrastructure as code without coding, and pinpoint and resolve disruptions.

Fully Automated Network

Distributed System Architecture

See Your Data Center Estate and a Single Source of Truth

Apstra enables you to see the relationships and interdependencies between millions of data center elements. For example: logical elements from BGP and EVPN down to IP addresses and VXLAN IDs, virtual elements like virtual switches and VMs, and physical elements from redundant links down to transceivers. Apstra makes it easy to instantly pinpoint and resolve issues across all infrastructure silos, regardless of vendor hardware specific details.

Vendor-Agnostic Overlay:

Decouple your People, Process and Tools from Your Infrastructure

Unlike hardware-specific management software that tightly ties operational life cycles with hardware life cycles, Apstra completely decouples operations and management procedures from the underlying hardware life cycles, including vendor choice and arcane specificities — from day 0 design through day X operations.

AOS in Action

Learn How AOS Automates Data Center Network Operations

Apstra Intent-Based Data Center Automation