Juniper launches new Apstra to boost intent-based networking

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The new offering includes streamlined connectivity and integrations with VMware NSX-T and SONiC.

Juniper Networks announced this week the release of version 4.0 of Apstra software platform. Apstra is an “intent-based” networking solution the company acquired earlier in the year.

Juniper Apstra helps organizations to minimize the time and costs associated with deploying and managing traditionally complex data center networks. The new software version builds on the unique multivendor capabilities of the Apstra solution to support VMware NSX-T 3.0 and Enterprise SONiC. This is in addition to previously supported data center switching from Juniper, Nvidia (Nvidia Cumulus), Arista Networks and Cisco Systems.

The Apstra software also has new intent extensions and connectivity templates that provide a more simple and flexible way of connecting attached systems, the company says.

Juniper is offering Apstra with its QFX Series switches and SRX Series Services Gateways in what they call drop-in “building block” solutions that can grow with evolving data center needs.

A look at what’s inside Apstra 4.0

Apstra 4.0 (formerly known as AOS) takes intent-based networking to the next level by extending intent to connections for attached systems. It’s a method of essentially ensuring standardized operations in customized ways, Juniper says.

New connectivity templates enable operators to flexibly create their own reusable and validated templates. These facilitate operations with bulk, accurate adds across the entire fabric in minutes. The bulk adds include servers, workloads and devices. They also check that everything in the network is functioning properly. Apstra’s single source of truth knows the intended state of the network and informs operators when anything deviates from expectations.

“Organizations are looking for new ways to enhance the experience of users and operators in the data center,” said Mike Bushong, VP Data Center, Juniper Networks.

“Our Apstra software provides the perfect foundation by delivering closed-loop automation, analytics and assurance for intent-based networking across vendors. In operations, speed is nothing without control, and with the newest Apstra extensions and multi-vendor solutions, teams can make changes more quickly with predictable outcomes.”