Apstra’s intent-based data center automation technology is being used by Bloomberg Television at its new broadcast facility in London. This seems kind of unusual given that Apstra’s software is primarily used in data centers.
But Apstra CEO Mansour Karam said in an email to SDxCentral that Bloomberg built a leaf/spine data center network to power its media production at the facility. Bloomberg’s IT infrastructure connects the building’s central studio, three other broadcast positions around the building, two recording studios, a photography studio, three control rooms, and all of the company’s production equipment. This IP data network includes more than 90 network nodes connecting more than 4,000 network ports. And the components of the network come from multiple vendors.
Bloomberg’s network engineers are using Apstra’s software to gain visibility across the network fabric supporting the building’s media production systems. Apstra’s intent-based network monitoring gives them real-time, continuous validation of their network performance. Bloomberg is also using Apstra’s software to create customized tests and queries to detect traffic anomalies and for compliance.
“Once these telemetry collectors and intent-based analytics probes are created, they are available for everyone to use,” said Karam. Much of this software is available as “canned” probes in Apstra Operating System (AOS), and all are publicly available in the Apstra GitHub repository.
“Apstra’s system gives us a single view into the entire media production network – regardless of our devices, switches, operating systems, or vendors,” said Tony Lott, head of capital projects for Bloomberg’s IT infrastructure team, in a statement.
Apstra takes early credit for intent-based networking (IBN). And Karam recently chimed in with his thoughts about whether the term IBN has real merit or not.