The 10 Coolest Networking Startups Of 2016 (So Far)

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CEO: Mansour Karam

Network automation startup Apstra launched out of stealth mode in June with plans to automate data center operations. Its vendor-agnostic operating system, Apstra Operating System (AOS), manages data center networks designed to improve agility required for the cloud.

The startup says AOS is comprised of software agents that sit on top of each network device and can "massively reduce" total cost of ownership through vendor-agnostic automation that leverages the choice of hardware. The software will be subscription-based and available later this summer.

In statement to CRN regarding its channel strategy, Apstra's Karam said, "Because of the vendor-agnostic nature, AOS is ideal for system integrators and value-add distributors looking to add value by providing complete solutions to end users. Apstra is already engaged with partners, and plans to deliver its solution through a network of distribution partners, system integrators and resellers worldwide with a strong commitment to partner and customer success."

Karam was a former top executive at Arista Networks and Big Switch Networks. Apstra is being funded by David Cheriton, who co-founded Arista.

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