Juniper Apstra Freeform Demo: Network Automation for Any Topology, Any Scale, Any Data Center

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Design any network topology with Apstra Freefrom

Apstra Freeform is a new feature in Apstra 4.1.1 that adds support for user-defined network reference designs. Users can visually design any network topology using an interactive canvas and deploy user-driven configuration templates. You can still leverage Apstra's existing set of powerful lifecycle management features such as device management, OS upgrades, analytics dashboards, Time Voyager, and more.

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You’ll learn

  • What is Apstra Freeform

  • How to use Apstra Freeform

Who is this for?

Network Professionals Security Professionals


0:01 [Music]

0:07 appstr freeform is a new feature in

0:09 appstra 411 that adds support for

0:12 user-defined network reference designs

0:15 users can visually design any network

0:17 topology using an interactive canvas and

0:20 deploy user driven configuration

0:22 templates

0:23 you can still leverage abstra existing

0:25 set of powerful lifecycle management

0:27 features such as device management os

0:30 upgrades analytics dashboards time

0:32 voyager and more with the introduction

0:35 of appstr freeform in addition to the

0:37 already supported data center reference

0:39 designs

0:40 appstra can now be used to manage data

0:42 center networks of any scale or

0:44 architecture

0:48 let's take a look at how appstr freeform

0:50 works start by creating a freeform

0:53 blueprint

0:57 you can then use the canvas to add

0:59 systems to the topology

1:01 these systems can be internal systems

1:03 which are managed by appstra or external

1:06 systems which are not managed by appstra

1:10 for each system choose a device profile

1:12 to model the hardware characteristics

1:14 and the blueprint

1:21 complete designing your topology by

1:24 adding links between systems

1:32 you can also use colors and tags to

1:34 enrich the topology with operational

1:36 context

1:42 the topology that you have designed can

1:44 be inspected in multiple views

1:46 such as the systems view

1:50 and the links view

1:55 once you are happy with your topology

1:57 create a config template which can later

1:59 be assigned to each system for

2:01 deployment

2:02 config templates can be typed in the gui

2:05 copy and paste it from another text

2:07 editor

2:08 or imported from a json file

2:22 config templates support jinja 2

2:24 templating as well as a powerful set of

2:26 capabilities to help users tie their

2:29 operational context with their config

2:31 templates

2:34 property sets provide a way for users to

2:36 define their own set of variables to be

2:38 consumed by the config templates

2:42 the three pane config template editor

2:44 allows you to browse through the many

2:45 jinja variables that are automatically

2:47 generated by the blueprint and supports

2:50 real-time previews of jinja template

2:52 rendering

3:01 before deploying the blueprint bring

3:03 devices under appstore management this

3:06 is done easily by apstra existing set of

3:08 device management capabilities like the

3:11 gui based agent installation or the

3:13 appstra zero touch provisioning server

3:16 you can also use the gui to upgrade

3:19 device os versions

3:31 deploy the blueprint by associating your

3:33 devices to the systems and the topology

3:40 and then commit the staged blueprint

3:43 once the blueprint is committed the

3:45 deployment status is monitored in real

3:47 time and the active network topology is

3:49 validated against your design

3:53 the result of these validations are

3:55 presented to you in the active blueprint

3:57 and are updated in real time which

3:59 include link and cabling status

4:02 configuration deviation monitoring and

4:04 many more

4:12 appstr self documents so every time you

4:15 commit the blueprint a snapshot of your

4:17 network is saved as a blueprint revision

4:20 if you want to roll back the

4:21 configuration of your entire network to

4:23 a previously saved state

4:25 simply select a revision and click on

4:27 rollback

4:29 advanced analytics for device health and

4:31 network performance are available under

4:34 the analytics tab and automatically

4:36 enabled dashboard

4:42 alerts are generated when abstract

4:44 detects anomalous behavior of your

4:45 network

4:46 you can also drill down into each

4:48 dashboard for real time and historical

4:51 views of the raw data

4:53 and these are all the benefits you get

4:55 with appstra freeform reference design

4:57 available starting at standard licensed

4:59 tier

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