Juniper Networks Acquires Intent-Based Networking Company Apstra

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AI-driven network solutions provider Juniper Networks has acquired Apstra, a provider of intent-based networking and automated closed loop assurance. Apstra was founded to automate the data center as a holistic system from its initial design to all aspects of its operation and maintenance.

Juniper’s strategy is to change the way networks are built, operated and secured in the cloud era by using AI-driven automation. Apstra would accelerate this by combining “next generation” network automation based on an open, multivendor architecture with Juniper’s data center networking portfolio based on Junos – Juniper’s open, programmable and high-scale operating system for “next generation” data centers and cloud networks. The combined solution would help public and private cloud builders optimize operations for application experience as they accelerate on the path toward the self-driving network.

The Apstra solution would do far more than automate repeated operations steps. With Apstra, architects describe how the data center should behave in terms of outcomes and the system implements and continuously assures that the network operations and experience match the intent. These capabilities would make Apstra stand apart in providing proactive insights, along with automated root cause identification and remediation. While safeguarding the network, Apstra also enables self-service delivery, with its advanced automation accelerating time to market along with lowering data center outages and OpEx.

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Photo Rami Rahim, CEO of Juniper Networks
“Adding Apstra’s intent-based networking and automated closed loop assurance advances our vision to transform data center operations,” said Rami Rahim, CEO of Juniper Networks.

Apstra’s multivendor integrations extend its closed loop automation and analytics to customers independently of their underlying infrastructure, including those running SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud). The acquisition would expand Juniper’s commitment to open programmability, adding to its portfolio of solutions that includes powerful switching platforms with native SONiC integration and a deployment-hardened, cloud-native routing stack for the SONiC ecosystem.

“Juniper’s Data Center portfolio is consistently recognized by both analysts and customers as industry leading, with top marks for performance, scale, security and simplified operations through automation,” said Rami Rahim, CEO of Juniper Networks. “Adding Apstra’s intent-based networking and automated closed loop assurance advances our vision to transform data center operations. With the combination of Juniper and Apstra, customers get the best infrastructure and fabric management with integrated design, deployment and automated root cause identification and remediation to satisfy any Data Center environment. This is networking for the modern cloud era.”

“We founded Apstra to automate the data center as a holistic system from its initial design to all aspects of its operation and maintenance,” said David Cheriton, CEO and co-founder of Apstra. “Our automation allows valuable network engineers to focus on strategic issues and avoid spending time on network configuration and troubleshooting, particularly with the attendant risk of human error. Joining Apstra with Juniper’s strong reputation in networking and its commitment to open networking removes the long-standing tradeoff between manageability and vendor lock-in and advances the industry toward the true self-driving network.”

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