Gartner Cool Vendor and IBNS: The Journey to Autonomous Network Operations

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Gartner Cool Vendor and IBNS: The Journey to Autonomous Network Operations
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Gartner Cool Vendor and IBNS: The Journey to Autonomous Network Operations

It’s been an exciting few months at Apstra! Among everything else going on, we have earned recognition from industry analyst Gartner. First, Apstra Operating System™ (AOS) was profiled in Gartner’s Innovation Insight Report: Intent-Based Networking Systems (IBNS) , as the only full offering defining a new category in data center networking. Gartner predicts 1000 IBNS deployments by 2020. Then Apstra was profiled in their Market Guide for Network Automation report in March. And then earlier this week, Apstra was named a Gartner Cool Vendor in Enterprise Networking, 2017.

On behalf of the entire Apstra team, we are very proud and appreciative of the validation that comes with Gartner’s vote of confidence.

We started Apstra because we knew that networking infrastructures are increasingly becoming a critical asset of businesses — especially in this age of IoT, Self-Driving Cars, ubiquitous Virtual Reality, and Delivery Drones, all of which require tremendous networking resources at the core.

We started Apstra because it was (and is still!) mind-boggling that network engineers are asked to operate their ever-increasing and ever more critical networks by typing arcane CLI commands on a box-per-box basis. It made no sense that when systems as mundane as thermostats were being fully automated using well understood approaches to automation — intent driven, closed loop, and vendor-agnostic — no such approaches to automation existed in the networking world.

So we set ourselves to drive the industry towards delivering a Self-Operating Network™ — a network that configures itself, defends itself, and fixes itself; and with AOS, we pioneered Intent-Based Networking and delivered the first and only vendor-agnostic, intent-based Self Operating Network.

According to Gartner, an Intent-Based Networking System such as AOS reduces network infrastructure delivery times to business leaders by 50% to 90%, while simultaneously reducing the number and duration of outages by at least 50%.

It will also reduce the number of operation teams using the command line interface (CLI) from 85% today to 30% in 2020!

We believe in a world where CLI is no longer used in networking, the same way DOS is no longer used to run your computer. We believe in a world where network operations are fully autonomous — delivering on massive improvements in uptime, agility, economics, and enabling operations that scale at the speed of your business.

If you share our belief; if your network infrastructure is becoming increasingly critical to your business; if you are interested in increased uptime, agility, and fundamentally different economics for your data center network infrastructure, then I invite you to follow Gartner’s recommendation. Don’t wait for your refresh cycle! You can fund your Intent-Based Network System using uptime improvements alone… Not to mention improved agility and massively streamlined operations.

We would love to hear from you — join the journey towards no CLI and autonomous network operations!

Mansour

Claw Back the Cost of Network Failure

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Claw Back the Cost of Network Failure
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Claw Back the Cost of Network Failure

The network is the underlying foundation of the data center. If that foundation becomes unstable, everything else, apps and all, are affected. The bummer is that most large data center networks are, in fact, unstable.

Complex networks experience rapid entropy and require constant human care. This entropy manifests itself as a lack of network agility and poor network availability. Whatever the reasons networks are not working as desired, the effects are the same; apps and services quickly break, impacting both operations and customers.

Of course, CIOs and IT departments would reduce network entropy and instability if they could. However, they can’t, and here’s why.

UN Report: Alipay and WeChat Pay Enable Phenomenal Digital Payments Growth in China

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UN Report: Alipay and WeChat Pay Enable Phenomenal Digital Payments Growth in China

A recent study by the UN-based Better Than Cash Alliance supports what payment facilitators have long known – that enabling access to electronic payments is increasing financial inclusion and creating opportunity.

The report, titled “Social Networks, e-Commerce Platforms and the Growth of Digital Payment Ecosystems in China — What It Means for Other Countries,” looks at the economic impact in China of leading payment facilitator Alipay and WeChat Pay. It says the two companies enabled $2.9 trillion in digital payments during 2016, an increase of more than 20 times over the past four years.

That eye-popping number is just the beginning – the impact of the access to digital financial services is the real story.

Among the report’s key findings is that companies like Alipay are making it easier for small and micro merchants to access the capital they need to grow their businesses. More than 4 million small businesses had accessed a total of $107.3 billion USD through the Alipay platform as of last September, the organization said.

The report looks at the factors behind the success of digital financial inclusion in China, in hopes of helping other countries replicate it.

Among the lessons it mentions for payments providers is the value of making tools such as APIs widely available so developers can integrate the payments platforms with software that addresses user needs more specifically. The report also credits QR codes for expanding payments to underserved populations in a significant way.

According to the report, the conditions that made transformation possible in China – primarily the proliferation of smartphones and an existing social media network – are present in a number of other economies as well.

South Africa, for example, sees three-fourths of its internet traffic taking place over mobile channels. Yet only 15% of the South Africans reported making a purchase using a mobile phone within the previous month, the report said.

“Widening access to financial services has always been at the heart of Ant Financial’s mission and we are proud to have empowered more people to save, invest and gain access to capital,” Eric Jing, CEO of Ant Financial Services Group, which operates Alipay, said in a press release about the study. “There is a quiet revolution underway and we know, firsthand, that our services are making a real difference to hundreds of millions of consumers.”

“But, as this groundbreaking UN report highlights, this revolution is only just beginning. We see tremendous potential to bring many more people into the financial system, in China and markets around the world,” he continued.

The Better Than Cash Alliance is a partnership of governments, companies, and international organizations that advocates for financial inclusion through a transition from cash to digital payments.

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Double Diamond Payments Research Latest Reports On Major Trends In Payments Industry

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Double Diamond Payments Research Latest Reports On Major Trends In Payments Industry

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ISV are Set to Make $4.4 Billion on Payments in 2021 – ETA and Double Diamond Group

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ISV are Set to Make $4.4 Billion on Payments in 2021 – ETA and Double Diamond Group

ISVs and SaaS providers are increasingly becoming payments companies, with 88% growth to $513 Billion in Gross Payments Volume by 2021, representing $4.4 Billion in Net Revenues to the ISVs…

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