Cisco talks about intent-based networking (IBN)

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Cisco has released a fresh video which talks about intent-based networking (IBN).

Described as “the biggest change to networking in decades”, the Cisco has been pushing hard to bring intent-based networking to different markets.

Described by many as an emerging networking technology which will not become mainstream until 2020, intent-based networking relies heavily on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). This allows network administrators to define a desired state of the network and let IBN implement infrastructure configuration, security policies, and other settings in order to maintain that state.

Some of the other key features of IBN is its ability to convert a higher-level business policy to necessary networking configuration as well as automatically implement networking changes across existing networking infrastructure. It also offers awareness of the network state and automatically takes corrective actions like blocking traffic, modifying network capacity or notifying when certain intent criteria are not met.

Originally announced by Cisco back in June 2017, IBN aims to bring an intuitive networking as an intelligent, highly secure platform, powered by intent and informed by context.

Cisco has previously introduced a couple of new technologies, including DNA Center, Software-Defined Access (SD-Acces), Network Data Platform and Assurance, Encrypted Traffic Analytics, and a completely new set of services, called “DNA Services”.

These allow users to deploy new technologies for intent-based systems much faster. More recently, Juniper has also jumped on-board the intent-based networking train and Cisco brought IBN to WAN with SD-WAN vAnalytics and Meraki Insight and also extended it to the Internet of Things market.

The latest video from Cisco tries to give a simpler look at the intent-based networking and describe some of its usage scenarios. More information about Cisco’s implementation and usage of intent-based networking can be found over at Cisco’s dedicated DNA web page.