Cisco Announces Intent-Based Networking to the Data Centres

Cisco Announces Intent-Based Networking to the Data Centres
The Siliconreview
01 Febuary, 2018

Cisco recently announced powerful assurance innovations across its intent-based networking portfolio that will help IT teams shift from reactive to proactive. It will address the 43 percent of time IT spends troubleshooting while making IT operations more proactive, agile and automated.

When the tech company unveiled its intent-based network system (IBNS) solution at its “Network. Intuitive.” event in San Francisco last year, that version focused on bringing the concept of a “self-driving” network to the enterprise campus and was dependent on customers having the new Catalyst 9000 switches.

The company’s solution works as a closed-loop system where the data from the network is collected and then analyzed to turn intent into commands that can be orchestrated.

Cisco already had the policy piece in place in the form of Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), the software-defined networking product that allows propagation of traffic flow and security policies across different networks. Cisco describes ACI as the tool you use to write your intent.

Over the last couple of years, the explosion of devices, adoption of cloud, and exponential growth of security threats have challenged current approaches for building and managing networks.

The tech mammoth’s vision is to create a network that anticipates operational issues, stops security threats in their tracks, and continues to learn, adapt and protect. To realize this, Cisco is driving the intent-based networking revolution by transforming the entire network, from the data center and campus to the branch and edge.