Juniper upgrades its intent-based software to embrace edge deployments

Juniper Networks is extending its Apstra software to edge data centers and branches offices to support intent-based networking and analytics in smaller environments.

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Juniper Networks has added features to it’s Apstra intent-based networking software it says will help customers secure and support smaller data centers at distributed edge networks. 

The Apstra software keeps a real-time repository of configuration, telemetry, and validation information to ensure the network is doing what IT teams want it to do.

The software includes automation to provide consistent network and security policies for workloads across physical and virtual infrastructures. In addition, its baked-in analytics performs regular network checks to safeguard configurations. 

Typically deployed in larger data centers, Apstra is now suitable for edge data centers, branche offices, and colocation facilities that don’t need the scale a large, centralized data centers.

This means enterprises can overlay flexible Ethernet VPN-Virtual Extensible LANs (EVPN-VXLAN) on top of their physical networks in a configuration made up of only two leaf switches. Additionally, teams can add access switches to the architectue whenever needed. Apstra automatically registers the new devices and applies pre-validated configurations, wrote Mansour Karam, founder and president of Apstra in a blog about the announcement.

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