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Intent-Based Networking and Security

It is an exciting time in networking, and Apstra is leading innovation in the area of Intent-Based Networking. Apstra pioneered this concept and was the first to bring it to market with the Apstra Operating System (AOS). The reason behind this excitement is that businesses need to be responsive and agile to key initiatives; and networking is critical to most of these key initiatives. Business leaders also realize that they need to think of networking in a fundamentally different way. They must move towards a massive simplification of their network operations, enabled by autonomous self-operations. I wanted to be a part of the effort along with the passionate team at Apstra. This is why I am at Apstra. Exciting!

In my debut blog at Apstra, having spent the past 6+ years at Palo Alto Networks, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on how network security fits into this new networking paradigm…



Intent-Based Analytics: What is it?

In my previous blog on Intent-Based Networking (IBN) I tried to provide some clarity about our vision of what IBN is, and what it is not. We stressed the importance of automating each and every phase of a service lifecycle by leveraging a single source of truth. Arguably, the most important phase is “closed-loop validation in the presence of change”. And at the core of it is what we call Intent-Based Analytics (IBA). Let’s define it and dig deeper into it…



Intent-Based Networking Examples: Part 1 – Intent

This is the first blog in a three-part series on “Examples of Intent-Based Networking”.

David Cheriton, Apstra Founder and Chief Scientist, published a blog titled Transition to Vendor-Agnostic Intent-Based Networking in which he states, “Intent raises the level of specification for network engineers to allow him or her to express what is needed, and not how to achieve it.”

Let’s understand that vision by looking at an example of “Intent”..