Apstra Deployed with Dell EMC and OPX by Awnix in Open IaaS Network

June 3, 2018


Apstra, the pioneer of Intent-Based Networking, announced today that Awnix, a leading provider of cloud services and products, has deployed the first AOS supported deployment of OpenSwitch (OPX) on Dell Z9100-ON switches in a Tier 1 service provider production network.

The telecom service provider deployment includes a combined solution as part of a hybrid cloud for OpenStack Deployments and is part of an open IaaS network infrastructure offering.

The Awnix, Dell EMC, Apstra solution provides a cloud platform that meets the needs of both internal and external users at the telecom provider. The solution includes the features and ease of use desired by the service provider, while increasing control, auditability, security, and ease of management. The outcome is lower cost—beyond what is available from public cloud service providers or proprietary on-premise alternatives.

“The Z9100s are amazing. In fact, the entire line of Open Networking switches from Dell EMC is phenomenal – and Apstra’s AOS software is the best management and monitoring tool I’ve seen for networking in decades,” said Rick Kundiger, Awnix CEO. “100Gb is the new 10Gb; big brands are the past; cost effective devices and tools, security, and reduced lock-in are in now. In today’s highly competitive cloud and IoT space, companies that can iterate faster for less will win. By combining our cloud with Dell EMC’s switches and Apstra AOS for management, we can help customers achieve that desired win.”

“Dell EMC’s Open Networking initiative is about choice and flexibility, without a compromise on technology,” said Drew Schulke, Vice President Dell EMC Networking. “With OpenSwitch, Dell EMC Networking expands its Open Networking strategy to Open Source Networking enabling Awnix to combine OPX with Apstra’s AOS to give unparalleled value and flexibility to the customer.”

“Apstra’s AOS provides scalable vendor-independent intent-based automation of the entire life cycle of network services – from day zero, to day one, to day two and beyond – including change operations, as well as advanced intent-based analytics for unmatched reliability, visibility, and troubleshooting ability,” said Mansour Karam, CEO and Founder at Apstra. “As new products become available, they can be incorporated seamlessly without having to change operating procedures. Apstra is pleased to collaborate with Dell EMC and Awnix to deliver the first AOS support for an OPX cloud deployment in a Tier 1 service provider production network, providing greatly enhanced agility, reliability and reduced cost.”

The Dell EMC Open Networking strategy helps customers innovate network operations for greater business agility. Dell EMC Open Networking allows customers to choose from a rich set of open network operating systems and software applications for greater automation, security, analytics, and ultimately greater flexibility. With Dell EMC Networking, customers can break vendor lock-in and embrace innovation that drives out complexity and can lower the total cost of ownership.

The OpenSwitch platform is an open source, Linux-based network operating system (NOS) for disaggregated switches built around OCP-compliant hardware, utilizing an open network installation environment (ONIE) boot loader.

AOS delivers a turnkey Intent-Based distributed operating system and a data center application suite that offer game-changing network service agility, increased uptime and dramatically improved infrastructure TCO.

Awnix is a leading provider of cloud services and products that provide organizations with a fast and easy way to transition away from expensive legacy virtualization platforms, and towards a secure private cloud to run their virtual servers, containers, and virtualized network functions.

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