AOS® Features

Multidomain Unified Group-Based Policy, Enterprise Cloudification, Advanced vSphere Integration, and more

New in AOS 3.0

AOS 3.0 includes new and enhanced capabilities, making the solution an ideal fit for some of the most demanding environments. New features include:

  • Multidomain Unified Group-Based Policy – Unifies disparate centers of data and allows for automated policy enforcement regardless of the location, type, or manufacturer of the devices and operating systems.
  • Enterprise Cloudification and Cloud Scale – Adds support for an additional layer of “Super Spines” for building larger pods with a unified management plane.
  • External Routing Policies – Allows architects to create External Routing Policies utilizing prefix-lists and complex route-maps.
  • IPv6 Application Support – Enables architects to minimize their use of limited IPv4 address space as well as offering fully dynamic server and container addressing.

Extending Automation & Policy Across Multiple Domains

Apstra® Intent-Based Data Center Automation increases application availability and reliability, simplifies deployment and operations, and dramatically reduces costs for Enterprise, Cloud Service Provider, and Telco data centers.

Multi-vendor L3 Clos

Multidomain Unified Group-Based Policy

Apstra Intent-Based Data Center Automation 3.0 expands the industry’s first and most advanced Intent-Based Networking technology to include Multidomain Unified Group-Based Policy which unifies disparate centers of data and allows for automated and validated enforcement regardless of the location, manufacturer, or type of device.

Multi-vendor L3 Clos

5 Stage Clos Fabric

Apstra increases the scale of IP Clos fabrics by adding support for an additional layer of “Super Spines” for building larger pods with a unified management plane.

Multi-vendor L3 Clos

External Routing Policies

With AOS 3.0, architects can now create External Routing Policies utilizing prefix-lists, complex route-maps, and larger summary routes.

Automated Control Plane for VXLAN, Scalability, Multi-tenant

IPv6 Application Support

Apstra Intent-Based Data Center Automation now supports IPv6 applications, enabling architects to minimize their use of limited IPv4 address space as well as offering fully dynamic server and container addressing.

IPv6 Application Support

VMware vSphere Integration with Automated Remediation

Apstra Intent-Based Data Center Automation 3.0 extends the existing VMware vSphere integration capabilities to support automatic remediation of network anomalies

Enterprise-class Features

Intent-Based Analytics Enhancements

AOS 3.0 builds on the success of Intent-Based Analytics and provides several new enhancements.

Key updates include:

  • Intent-Based Analytics Dashboards
  • Intent-Based Analytics Reference Values
  • Telemetry Health Service and AOS Server Clustering
Intent-Based Analytics Enhancements

AOS Features

Multi-domain Unified Group-Based Policy *

Unifies disparate centers of policy and allows for automated policy enforcement regardless of the location, type, or manufacturer of the devices and operating systems.

Enterprise Cloudification and Cloud Scale *

Adds support for an additional layer of “Super Spines” for building larger pods with a unified management plane.

External Routing Policies *

Allows architects to create External Routing Policies utilizing prefix-lists, complex route-map.

IPv6 Application Support *

Enables architects to minimize their use of limited IPv4 address space as well as offering fully dynamic server and container addressing

Services
  • BGP L3 Clos fabric with multi-tenancy EVPN (RFC 7432)
  • Intra-rack (VLAN), or inter-rack (VXLAN)
  • Layer 3 VXLAN routing
  • Layer 3 server routing with dual attachment*
  • Layer 2 server with MLAG/LAG
  • IPv6 fabric: No need for IPv4 addresses on fabric links
  • Extensible services (intent, resources, expectations)
  • DHCP relay
  • VRFs
Device OS
  • Cisco NX-OS and vNX-OS
  • Arista EOS and vEOS
  • Juniper Junos OS
  • Cumulus Linux and CVX with Free-Range Routing (FRR)*
  • Dell OpenSwitch (OPX)
  • Microsoft SONiC
  • Ubuntu Servers with Free-Range-Routing (FRR)
  • CentOS Servers
Root Cause Identification

Apstra identifies root causes responsible for issues, symptoms, anomalies, failures and events by studying and correlating system telemetry in real-time.

Intent-Based Analytics
  • East-west traffic: Calculates east-west traffic
  • MLAG imbalance: Calculates traffic imbalance across members of each MLAG
  • Headroom: Calculates high and low bandwidth usage across all possible ECMP paths between 2 endpoints
  • ECMP imbalance: Calculates traffic imbalance across all ECMP uplinks
  • Hot / cold fabric ports: Determine hot or cold interfaces (by traffic or errors)
  • Interface flapping: Calculates the number of time an interface status changes over time
  • BGP (VRF aware)*
  • Default gateway count*
  • MLAG domain*
  • TCAM usage*
  • OS version*
  • Interface bandwidth*
  • Interface errors*
  • Interface discards (sustained packet discards)*
  • SFP*
  • Interface buffers*
  • BUM traffic*
  • PIM state on a Leaf, Spine, Border Leaf*
  • PIM RP on Leaf, Spine*
  • PIM Anycast RP on Border Leaf*
  • PIM MRoute Anomalies on Border Leaf*
  • VTEP*
  • STP state*
  • STP state changes (Flag STP State Change)*

An open source catalog of IBA probe configurations is available, to enable an ecosystem with customers, partners, and other third parties

Platform
  • Staged/Commit Workflows
  • Multi User Authentication
  • RBAC with custom roles
  • LDAP and TACACS+ Integration
  • Device lifecycle management
  • Resource management
  • Advanced Configlets *
  • Interactive network visualization
  • Extensible on-box or off-box device agents
  • AOS backup / restore
  • RESTful APIs
  • Graph model and GraphQL/QE API
  • AOS-CLI
  • AOS Developer SDK* (Python)
  • HTTPS, AOS server security hardening
  • Headless operation
  • Tested capacity: 1,600 devices
Maintenance workflows
  • Scale-out Maintenance
  • NOS Management*
  • Device Maintenance Mode*
  • Replacement Maintenance
  • Decommission Maintenance
  • Addition and deletion of virtual networks and endpoints
AOS Extensibility Tool For the Community (AOS Etc.)
  • Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) Server
  • Demo Tools
  • Template Catalog
  • 3rd Party Tool Integration (Google Protocol Buffers)
  • 3rd Party Big-Data Platform Integration
  • Legacy Devices Integration
* New features in AOS 3.0
** Technology preview