D://xprs0017: Processors in Italy, a British Comeback and the Email Celebrates Its Birthday

Kerstin Steif and Wolfgang Steif, Field Day delegates, lay out some interesting information that was leaked by AMD about the next generation EPYC processors. They discuss facts leaked about Intel, Versa Networks, Juniper Networks, and Apstra and what Field Day events a few of these companies presented at. Check out what Kerstin and Wolfgang are up to!


Taking a Network Mulligan With Apstra

Tom Hollingsworth knows how handy rolling back changes can be when troubleshooting. At Networking Field Day in October, Apstra’s presentation caught his attention. During its presentation, the company highlighted its Apstra Time Voyager, which allows network-wide rollbacks. This concept is exciting, as Tom says, “I was quite literally hopping up and down in my chair when I saw this section.” See what else Tom had to say about Apstra Time Voyager on GestaltIT.com!


Network Field Day 23: Apstra Manages Your Datacenter Fabric

Networking Field Day delegate Pete Welcher has been following Apstra for years, thanks in part to their presence at Tech Field Day since 2016! In a recent post, Pete goes on a deep dive of the Apstra offerings and Networking Field Day presentations. He praises Apstra for their simplicity and highlights some of the advantages of using them such as improving network reliability and decreasing outages. Check out all of Pete’s thoughts as well as the Apstra presentation on our website!


Network Field Day 23 Overview, or Throw Out Your Net Management Tools, They’re Obsolete!

There is a network management revolution going on, and legacy systems are no longer going to cut it. Airvine, Apstra, Arista, Boradcom, Catchpoint, Cisco, Intel, IP Fabric, Juniper Networks and PathSolutions came together at Network Field Day 23 to showcase how each of their products is making waves in the network management space. Peter Welcher, Network Field Day 23 delegate and tech expert came to the conclusion that it is time to modernize company’s network management tools, or die, based on what he saw at the event.


Looking Forward to Network Field Day 23

Pete Welcher posted about our September Networking Field Day event over on LinkedIn. He’s looking forward to the event overall, but the highlight of this article are his thoughts about the presenting companies. He mentions Arista, Cisco, Juniper Networks, and Palo Alto, which he calls “four of the top five” networking companies. He’s also keen on seeing Apstra, Broadcom, Catchpoint, Intel, PathSolutions, and VMware, though the latter is not able to present at this event this time.


Apstra’s Intent – What Do They Mean?

Dan Frith heard from Apstra for the first time at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld 2019. Their intent-based networking and overall infrastructure vision with their Apstra Operating System was a bit out of Dan’s typical fare, which is more typically grounded in storage. After hearing their presentation, Dan was definitely impressed by their solutions, and can see why the company get’s a lot of buzz.


Apstra’s VMworld US 2019 Experience

Apstra presented at Tech Field Day Extra at VMWorld US 2019 earlier this month. They are no stranger to the Field Day audience and delegates, having presented at several Networking Field Days in the past. In this post, Apstra’s Rami Rammaha reviews some of their announcements and highlights from the event and their presentation.


A Software First Approach

Tech Field Day delegate stalwart Al Rasheed heard an update from Apstra at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2019. He was familiar with the company based on their prior presentation at Networking Field Day. They presented on how companies often take a hardware-first approach to infrastructure transformation. This locks them into specific solutions and reduces their agility long term. Apstra demonstrated why they advocate a software-first approach to infrastructure, one that gives organizations the most option to meet their business needs over time.


Disclosure: VMworld 2019

Justin Warren went to VMworld US 2019 this year, and he’s a familiar face at the event. It was great to have him as a delegate for our Tech Field Day Extra presentations as well. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel to get all of the video content from the event.


Don’t Miss the Latest Innovations by Apstra at VMworld US 2019

Apstra is preparing to make a splash at VMworld, including an appearance at our special Tech Field Day Extra sessions on Wednesday. Swing by their booth for a demo if you’re in San Francisco, and watch our web site and social media accounts for their presentation!


Level Up Your NetOps With Apstra

Phil Gervasi found Apstra’s presentation at Networking Field Day late last year to be interesting. The company broke down what it means by Intent-Based Networking, defining four distinct levels. Apstra claimed that most IBN companies are offering just basic automation or perhaps a single source of truth. But the company outlined how they want to move beyond that and get to a truly self-operating network.


Visual Networking At It’s Finest with Apstra

Apstra is no stranger to Networking Field Day, and it was great to see the company present at our most recent event in November. Tom Hollingsworth organized the event, and got a first hand look at the latest from this innovative company. What stood out for Tom this time was the key work Apstra is doing in network visualization. The advent of intent-based networking means that operators now have direct visibility into all devices in their control zones. Apstra not only innovates in their area of intent, but finding ways to visualize and break down this information into meaningful insights.


Apstra in a whiteboard

Marina Ferreira got to hear from Apstra at Networking Field Day late last year. But what impressed her the most wasn’t what she heard, but what she saw, specifically the excellent whiteboard session by Carly Stoughton. She outlined how Apstra went from their reference AOS architecture and have expanded it to provide intent-based networking, analytics and more. Check out the whiteboard and the full presentation video to catch up yourself.


Operating your Network with Intent-Based Networking

Apstra has done a series of blog posts following up on their recent Networking Field Day presentation, digging in a little deeper and providing some further context. In this post, Raghavendra Rachamadugu focuses on the importance of intent-based analytics that Apstra offers through AOS. While getting shiny charts of your network are nice, as the sheer amount of data grows, having a general analytic view will often obscure small but critical problems. Raghavendra gives a very precise definition of intent-based analytics, and explains how Apstra implements it.


Apstra’s NFD19 Experience: Part 2

Carly Stoughton reviews what she presented on for Apstra at Networking Field Day last month. This presentation started with a architectural overview of Apstra Operating System. She then went on to show how AOS Server provides pre-built building blocks, allowing you to build out a data center is AOS in under six minutes. All of this can be customized and configured to fit an organizations needs.


Apstra’s Intent-Based Networking

Pete Welcher continues his excellent look at the presentations from Networking Field Day last month, focusing on Apstra in this post. As Pete points out, the company was ahead of the curve, trumpeting Intent-Based Networking before it became a buzz word. He reviews their vendor-neutral approach, and how quickly the company demonstrated deploying and configuring AOS.


MPLS for the masses: The need for simplicity and standardization, at least in networking (The wheel has already been invented)

Nicola Modena found a kindred spirit when he heard Apstra present at Networking Field Day last month. Both share an appreciation for removing the superfluous and using the right tools and in the right way. Their Apstra Operating System was made to create and manage multivendor Clos IP Fabrics. As part of this, Apstra included a number of standard configuration models that fit within this ethos. After talking to Apstra, while their customers are at liberty to modify these configuration, the vast majority leave them in their essential state.


Network Automation and Monitoring with Apstra AOS

Jed Casey attended his first Networking Field Day event earlier this month. He got to hear from a variety of prominent networking companies, and in this post, he highlights what he saw from Apstra. Their AOS has been an early innovating in the intent-based networking space. During this presentation, they discussed bringing intent to automation and monitoring.


The Glue that brings the Intent together!

While Apstra is no stranger to Networking Field Day, Al Rasheed got to hear them for the first time as a delegate at the event earlier this month. He digs into their presentation, and how the company’s AOS isn’t just about using Intent for Day 1 operation, but how the company has innovated around bringing intent to automation and analytics.


Apstra’s NFD19 Experience: Part 1

Carly Stoughton has presented at a few Tech Field Day events, but Networking Field Day earlier this month was the first time the delegates got to see her present for Apstra. Using her whiteboard prowess, she was able to showcase Apstra AOS and how it enables organizations to embrace intent across automation and analytics.