Humpty Dumpty and Disaggregation

They came for your servers twenty years ago and people thought it was a passing fad, said that it would never work. But they went ahead and swallowed most of them.

Now they are back and they want your network switches.

Who are they?

The Disaggregators – and they will break up anything they can get their hands on. They say they want you to have freedom and choice. But freedom is rarely free and choice can makes things overly complex. Fortunately, to have your cake and eat it too, there’s the big red easy button solution called Apstra.

Brief History Lesson

But let’s step back for a second. To disaggregate something in the infrastructure world we all know and love is to separate out its components so that you have the option to use different sources at each layer. Once you get hardware disaggregated, then everything after that is virtualized (i.e. it’s just 1’s and 0’s). Microsoft started the desktop and server disaggregation craze with Windows, then VMWare started the virtualization era in the 90’s and eventually had a few buddies doing similar things, e.g. KVM and Docker.

However, the network just sat around in Black Box mode where vendor’s proprietary software and hardware was fully bundled and never the two shall part. But after a few fits and starts in the early 2010’s, the full disaggregation of network hardware and network OS’s is officially ON and everybody and their grandma is coming out with Network OS’s completely disaggregated from any hardware component. And this is a very good thing because nothing spurs innovation more than competition!

Whitebox-palooza

Cumulus and Pica8 started the commercial offering in the early 2010’s. Sidebar: I remember “competing” with Cumulus circa 2012 at a large Financial when I was at Arista and I was so NOT at all concerned for Arista (nor Cisco) as it related to white box. Arista could barely unseat Cisco’s decades long near-monopoly of the Enterprise data center space – and remember Arista’s EOS look-and-feel is “awfully similar” to Cisco’s IOS. But suddenly, people expected The Certified, i.e. CCNA/NP/IE’s, to use config files in a Linux OS to make network changes and troubleshoot? Never gonna happen! Or so I thought.

The new offerings kept coming. SnapRoute was all the rage at one point, also a commercial offering, but haven’t heard much about them of late. Microsoft’s SONiC, Dell’s OpenSwitch (OPX) are actually FREE offerings, with both companies having different reasons for offering it up (Microsoft to spur innovation for Azure and Dell to sell more servers and own entire stack). Facebook makes their own NOS called FBOSS and is “giving it back” to OCP (so people can copy it). Amazon does whatever the hell they want to do, pretty sure they leveraged a bit of a Cumulus offering at one point but it’s a Frankenstein creation that they aren’t sharing with anyone. AT&T is building their own. Then there are the long time entrants Metaswitch and IP Infusion which continue to evolve. But what’s probably most amazing is that Cisco, Juniper, Mellanox and Arista all have their own disaggregated solutions. Although truth be told, most of them tend to keep it on the downlow and may call it something else – and are likely are only doing it so Big Cloud will continue talking to them. One mustn’t upset your Black Box derived, Wall Street analyzed revenues!

What took so long for network to get on board the disaggregation train? Well when you have a near monopoly in the Enterprise, like Cisco did, the only goal was to sell more boxes so the focus was on improving “speeds and feeds”. But then Arista showed up and Enterprises had a viable choice. In parallel, the Cloud started it’s march towards maturity, so now Enterprise IT Departments had competition. If they didn’t get their act together, the Business was going to just use the Cloud and executives would question why they even had an Enterprise IT department. Companies also tired of vendor lock-in across all technology silos. Oh, and perhaps the final piece of the puzzle was API’s explosion to ubiquity.

So can/would you disaggregate your network such that you use best of breed/best of wallet decision making and winding up with Vendor A in the spine, Vendor B for HPC, Vendor C for VDI, Vendor D for Low Latency App, etc? That sounds like an Operational nightmare!

The Humpty Dumpty Problem

Now that everybody has disaggregated everything into separate pieces, who is going to put Humpty Dumpty back together again? Well, Apstra can not only accomplish this but it also provides support for the combinations that are part of their solution, so you can be completely de-risked in your ability to take advantage of your choices, including any Open Source, formerly unsupported offerings.

What’s more, you could still have the Black Box solutions in parallel as you get more and more comfortable with “NOS of the day”. And if you don’t like one implementation for either a technical or business reasons, click a button and Apstra swaps it for another in seconds – how’s that for a PoC?

Conclusion

Disaggregation is only ready for prime time if there is a supported means to reaggregate.  So give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of Network OS’s yearning to breathe free… and Apstra will vet them  and guarantee support for the ones that produce as advertised!

 

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INFINICEPT LAUNCHES UNDERWRITING ON DEMAND, PROVIDING INSTANT AUTOMATED MERCHANT UNDERWRITING FOR ANY PAYMENTS COMPANY

INFINICEPT LAUNCHES UNDERWRITING ON DEMAND, PROVIDING INSTANT AUTOMATED MERCHANT UNDERWRITING FOR ANY PAYMENTS COMPANY

Fast, easy set-up. Designed to work right “out-of-the-box”

DENVER – April 16, 2018 – Infinicept, creators of the innovative, turnkey payments platform Payment Facilitator in a Box™, launches unprecedented underwriting on demand (UWoD) functionality, extending frictionless underwriting pioneered in the Payment Facilitator model to the entire merchant acquiring market.

The product functionality serves the entire merchant acquiring marketplace from merchant acquirers to financial institutions to marketplaces, payment facilitators, aggregators and ISOs. Organizations requiring instant automated merchant underwriting will enjoy the fast, easy set-up that works right out-of-the-box with minimal customization needed. This solution has been pre-configured and is backed by the payment industry’s best and most talented underwriting experts that collectively have over 75 years of experience. Leveraging this experience allows Infinicept customers to be set up for success with minimal effort.

Configurability Without Complexity

For those organizations that require more customized merchant underwriting, the UWoD functionality provides the ability to configure underwriting triggers that best serve their business model and risk appetite. Once the underwriting services are selected for each trigger, the user can set the result for each attribute based on their risk profile.

Any organization that underwrites merchants can leverage the full set of APIs and web hooks to integrate the underwriting on demand functionality directly into their own solution. The functionality is supported by an easy to use, all-inclusive dashboard as well as an intuitive manual review dashboard for those instances where human input is needed.

UWoD can be used alone or as part of the full suite of Infinicept solutions. The Infinicept platform is an artful technology solution that fully supports frictionless merchant acceptance, underwriting, boarding and back office operations with a series of automated modules that can be adapted to any vertical market. Its unique, agnostic framework allows organizations that support Payment Facilitators to easily integrate their platform with any sponsor, processor, gateway and/or CRM without starting from scratch.

“Underwriting on Demand is a true differentiator in the industry,” said Todd Ablowitz, Co-Founder and chief executive officer of Infinicept and payments consultancy Double Diamond Group. “The Payment Facilitator ecosystem is a $4.4 billion opportunity by 2021, and it is completely disrupting traditional ISOs and acquirers. PFs know that rapid onboarding is crucial for growth, yet underwriting is one of the functions you must get right. Underwriting on Demand provides that rare combination of a beautiful system out-of-the-box, while allowing just about anything to be configured. It really is the best of both worlds and best of all it is backed by the industry’s premier risk and compliance experts.”

“We started this for Payment Facilitators. We designed underwriting for the PFs that had triggers, meaning, at different processing levels or events, the PF was supposed to take different actions,” said Deana Rich, Infinicept co-founder and chief executive officer of Rich Consulting. “Infinicept mirrors that process. Once complete, what we realized was, EVERYONE needs triggered underwriting!”

About Infinicept

Infinicept, is a robust suite of automated services that collectively perform as an operational backbone for Payment Facilitators. Whether used as a fully integrated package, or a la carte, Infinicept makes it possible for Payment Facilitators to get up and running in weeks, not years. For more information visit http://www.infinicept.com.

Media Contact:

Greg Myers

Chief Marketing Office

greg@infinicept.com

(214) 738-0406

INFINICEPT LAUNCHES UNDERWRITING ON DEMAND, PROVIDING INSTANT AUTOMATED MERCHANT UNDERWRITING FOR ANY PAYMENTS COMPANY

INFINICEPT LAUNCHES UNDERWRITING ON DEMAND, PROVIDING INSTANT AUTOMATED MERCHANT UNDERWRITING FOR ANY PAYMENTS COMPANY

Fast, easy set-up. Designed to work right “out-of-the-box”

DENVER – April 16, 2018 – Infinicept, creators of the innovative, turnkey payments platform Payment Facilitator in a Box™, launches unprecedented underwriting on demand (UWoD) functionality, extending frictionless underwriting pioneered in the Payment Facilitator model to the entire merchant acquiring market.

The product functionality serves the entire merchant acquiring marketplace from merchant acquirers to financial institutions to marketplaces, payment facilitators, aggregators and ISOs. Organizations requiring instant automated merchant underwriting will enjoy the fast, easy set-up that works right out-of-the-box with minimal customization needed. This solution has been pre-configured and is backed by the payment industry’s best and most talented underwriting experts that collectively have over 75 years of experience. Leveraging this experience allows Infinicept customers to be set up for success with minimal effort.

Configurability Without Complexity

For those organizations that require more customized merchant underwriting, the UWoD functionality provides the ability to configure underwriting triggers that best serve their business model and risk appetite. Once the underwriting services are selected for each trigger, the user can set the result for each attribute based on their risk profile.

Any organization that underwrites merchants can leverage the full set of APIs and web hooks to integrate the underwriting on demand functionality directly into their own solution. The functionality is supported by an easy to use, all-inclusive dashboard as well as an intuitive manual review dashboard for those instances where human input is needed.

UWoD can be used alone or as part of the full suite of Infinicept solutions. The Infinicept platform is an artful technology solution that fully supports frictionless merchant acceptance, underwriting, boarding and back office operations with a series of automated modules that can be adapted to any vertical market. Its unique, agnostic framework allows organizations that support Payment Facilitators to easily integrate their platform with any sponsor, processor, gateway and/or CRM without starting from scratch.

“Underwriting on Demand is a true differentiator in the industry,” said Todd Ablowitz, Co-Founder and chief executive officer of Infinicept and payments consultancy Double Diamond Group. “The Payment Facilitator ecosystem is a $4.4 billion opportunity by 2021, and it is completely disrupting traditional ISOs and acquirers. PFs know that rapid onboarding is crucial for growth, yet underwriting is one of the functions you must get right. Underwriting on Demand provides that rare combination of a beautiful system out-of-the-box, while allowing just about anything to be configured. It really is the best of both worlds and best of all it is backed by the industry’s premier risk and compliance experts.”

“We started this for Payment Facilitators. We designed underwriting for the PFs that had triggers, meaning, at different processing levels or events, the PF was supposed to take different actions,” said Deana Rich, Infinicept co-founder and chief executive officer of Rich Consulting. “Infinicept mirrors that process. Once complete, what we realized was, EVERYONE needs triggered underwriting!”

About Infinicept

Infinicept, is a robust suite of automated services that collectively perform as an operational backbone for Payment Facilitators. Whether used as a fully integrated package, or a la carte, Infinicept makes it possible for Payment Facilitators to get up and running in weeks, not years. For more information visit http://www.infinicept.com.

Media Contact:

Greg Myers

Chief Marketing Office

greg@infinicept.com

(214) 738-0406

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