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Learn how modern network switching is changing the DC game

Tuesday, 21 February 2023

} 12.00 pm – 1:00 pm AEDT


Events Team | events@aiia.com.au


Find out how Apstra transformed the DC switching market for Juniper & it’s customers in Australia and New Zealand.

Juniper acquired Apstra in 2021, a move that has seen the Juniper DC business grow for an incredible seven straight quarters. Apstra was co-founded in 2014 by David Cheriton, perhaps the best known Stanford (Emeritus) Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Googles first ever investor and co-founder of Granite Systems and Arista Networks.

The goal for Apstra was to deliver best-in-class DC orchestration and management, something that was achieved, with Apstra being very well regarded as delivering an exceptionally straightforward deployment and operational model.

Apstra leverages the power of intent-based-networking (IBN) and intent-based-analytics (IBA) with incredibly advanced software to deliver what were previously regarded as complex business challenges, with ease of deployment and operation.

In this session, you will learn more about the incredible history of silicon valley’s Networking industry, the truly major challenges that Dr Cheriton has worked on and solved and how his most recent work with Junipers Apstra leveraging the power of graph databases and open standards is leading to a step change in how modern Data Centre Networks are designed, built, operated, and managed.


Dr David Cheriton - Chief Data Centre Scientist

David is the founder and chairman of Optumsoft and the Chief Data Centre Scientist at Juniper Networks. Previously, he was cofounder and CEO of Apstra, which Juniper acquired in 2021, a technology which is now at the heart of the companies Intent Based Networking strategy for the Data Centre. David Cheriton is Professor Emeritus of the Stanford Computer Science Department and previously headed of the Distributed Systems Group at Stanford University. The SIGCOMM Lifetime Achievement award was presented to David by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), for his contributions in data networking and systems. In addition, David was the co-founder of Granite Systems (acquired by Cisco in 1996) and co-founder of Arista Networks (formed 2004). Amongst other significant achievements, David co-founded Kealia Inc. (acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2004) and co-founded Apstra in 2014. Through his work and relationships at Stanford University, David has also been credited as an angel investor to both Google and VMWare and as a mentor to the founders, engineers and data scientists at both organisations. Professor Cheriton was listed on the Forbes Midas List, a roster of the best dealmakers in technology venture capital published yearly by Forbes Magazine.

Mr Ivan Evans - Practice Lead - Data Centre (ANZ)

Ivan Evans is the Head of Junipers Apstra powered DC business in Australia and New Zealand. A seasoned industry veteran that worked his way up from a field engineer to principal TAC engineer at Bay Networks, then onto senior SE roles at Nortel and Cisco before moving to sales, sales management, and GM roles. Ivan currently leads the DC sales division for Juniper in ANZ that has grown for seven straight quarters. Outside of work, Ivan is the proud father of two adult daughters that have also followed him into the ICT industry.

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