Small Business Saturday; New Platforms for Yandex.Checkout and Nets: News Roundup

Payments
Small Business Saturday; New Platforms for Yandex.Checkout and Nets: News Roundup
Payment Facilitor
Small Business Saturday; New Platforms for Yandex.Checkout and Nets: News Roundup
Small Business Saturday kicks off holiday shopping with a bang while Yandex.Checkout and Nets both launch new payment platforms. The European Union also blocks geoblocking and UnionPay launches QR code payments in Singapore. Here’s your weekly news roundup.

Design Flexibility

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Design Flexibility
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Design Flexibility

Apstra Operating System (AOS™) offers a great deal of flexibility when designing a network. When using Apstra’s flagship L3 Clos app, or leveraging AOS’s unparalleled extensibility features, network designers have a great deal of power at their fingertips. AOS allows network designers to customize their network for their business needs without sacrificing manageability. Are you a network designer? Let’s find out what Apstra can do for you!

Degrees of Freedom

Network designs are made up of simple yet powerful patterns offering a great deal of flexibility. AOS is a platform to express those patterns in what we call ‘reference designs.’  A reference design is the heart of an AOS application.  In AOS’s L3 Clos data center app, there are two main network device roles: “spine” and “leaf.”  Within a single L3 Clos, each leaf is connected to every spine.  From this idiom, many different networks can be designed, deployed, and operated with AOS.  Network designers have many degrees of freedom to help them build the network that is right for their business.  

AOS allows you to customize the patterns for your specific business needs.

Of course, you can specify the number of spines and the number of leaves. However, beyond this you can also be very specific about the number of uplinks and their speeds. Further, in AOS you can create different types of racks and deploy networks that contain a mix of these types. Each rack type can be customized to support one or more leaves in the rack, with a specific number of uplinks and uplink speeds. Also, you can connect your network to the rest of the world via the spine, or via the leaves.

For hosts connected to the edge of the network, you can connect them to one or more leaves. You can connect them via layer 2, or via layer 3 running routing on the host. Further, you can establish multiple layer 2 (VXLAN) across racks to establish connectivity between groups of hosts.

A number of common host connectivity options are available in AOS.

Lastly, as always, AOS allows you to do all of this in a vendor-agnostic way. You can use whatever vendor and whatever device models you like to make these network designs real.

All of these degrees of freedom in your design are available independent of each other, which means you can customize your network in practically infinite ways. No matter what design you come up with using this palette, AOS will provide the same unmatched level of automation and validation that our users expect from it.

Extensibility

What if you need more from AOS, though? You might need specific telemetry, specific hardware support not available out of the box, or you might need other fundamental design idioms. AOS can be extended a number of ways to support all of this. In fact, there are development tools in AOS to help people with software development skills build and test such extensions.

We won’t cover extensibility too much in this post, as there will be a lot said about it in upcoming posts. Just know that extensibility is extremely important in AOS, and Apstra is committing the resources to it to make our platform the go-to platform for NetOps- and DevOps-minded folk.

Conclusion As you can see, AOS does indeed provide an enormous amount of flexibility to you, the Network Designer. Whatever your goals, AOS can put you on the path to accomplishing them. Want to find out more? Download the
AOS Architecture Overview white paper and the
AOS 2.0 Data Sheet. Finally, reach out today and
schedule a demo so you can see for yourself all of this in action!
 

 

WePay on Chase Acquisition: “The Same, Only Better”

Payments
WePay on Chase Acquisition: “The Same, Only Better”
Payment Facilitor
WePay on Chase Acquisition: “The Same, Only Better”
As WePay Chief Strategy Officer Rich Aberman sees it, there are two primary types of acquisition plays in the payments industry.

First, there’s the kind where one payments company buys another payments company and rolls it into an existing business, for the boost in revenue or transaction volume.

Then, there’s what Chase is doing with its plans to buy WePay.

UnionPay Push QR Code Payment Acceptance Now Available Outside Mainland China

Payments
UnionPay Push QR Code Payment Acceptance Now Available Outside Mainland China
Payment Facilitor
UnionPay Push QR Code Payment Acceptance Now Available Outside Mainland China
Currently being launched outside mainland China, a new UnionPay initiative enables merchants to offer ”push” QR code payments to their customers at the upcoming Macau Food Festival.

Earnings Review: PFs Report Strong Results in Third Quarter

Payments
Earnings Review: PFs Report Strong Results in Third Quarter
Payment Facilitor
Earnings Review: PFs Report Strong Results in Third Quarter
As PaymentFacilitator.com previously reported, Square released its earnings report last week, again beating analyst expectations. Following on the heels of that report, we take a look at how other companies that have embraced the payment facilitator approach fared during the last quarter.

Visa Launches Transit Program, Klarna and Nets Bring Pay Later Options into Stores: News Roundup

Payments
Visa Launches Transit Program, Klarna and Nets Bring Pay Later Options into Stores: News Roundup
Payment Facilitor
Visa Launches Transit Program, Klarna and Nets Bring Pay Later Options into Stores: News Roundup
Visa Europe streamlines commuter payment acceptance and Shopify offers business owners the ability to view online customer commerce in real time. Klarna partners with Nets to offer a pay later solution for offline storefronts and Ayden partners with Yandex.checkout to enhance online commerce in Russia.