Apstra adds root cause ID for intent-based networking

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Apstra says it has introduced new upgrades to the Apstra Operating System (AOS) for data center automation including a solution to deliver root cause identification for intent-based networking.

Other new features of Intent-Based Data Center Automation 2.3 include support for live in-network blueprint implementation updates, integration with VMware vSphere and vCenter, and the expansion of the Apstra open and vendor-agnostic overlay to include enterprise-class SONiC support and Junos OS support.

AOS is a turnkey application for data center networks that enables network engineers to quickly and reliably design-build-operate a spine-leaf network. It applies to any size network, and scales to the largest data centers.

New and enhanced features in AOS 2.3 include root cause identification – which is to say, Apstra now identifies root causes responsible for issues, symptoms, anomalies, failures and events by studying and correlating system telemetry in real time. AOS understands the intent of the architect or operator and will pinpoint and isolate problems without a massive influx of false positive alerts. Root cause identification continuously studies to find root causes for anomalies such as gray failures, performance degradation, and any new outages.

“Business transformation is driving the mandate for data center infrastructure transformation which also means cloudifying operations, increasing reliability, and cutting costs,” said Michael Wood, CMO and VP of product at Apstra. “Apstra Intent-Based Data Center Automation 2.3 is enabling enterprises to extend intent-based networking beyond automated design, build, deployment, and operations by proactively identifying the root causes which generate many of the anomalies, symptoms, events, and problems in the data center.”

Other features of AOS 2.3 include advanced fabric operations such as device maintenance mode, fabric expansion, and device OS management and validation.

The new upgrade also provides enhancements to intent-based analytics. Network operators can now pause, import and export existing IBA probes through the user interface. Probes can be customized for each environment and tailored to the business SLA requirements.

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