In today's world, the network connects everything. From users and devices in a campus or branch location to an application in the data centre or cloud, the network has the potential to constantly adapt, protect, and inform across all IT and business processes. But how?
Only with an intent-based network. By capturing business intent and activating and assuring it networkwide, you can bridge the gap between what your business needs and what your network delivers.
Cisco policy and assurance integrations are now available and working across multiple network domains. These integrations enable consistent performance, compliance, and security enforcement in the campus and branch, WAN, and data centre and cloud domains.
Our announcement blog describes the benefits of aligning policies across network domains.
What intent-based networking can do for you
Centralise network policy control, automate management, and integrate IT workflows.
Use network monitoring and analytics, aided by machine learning, to pinpoint, report, and remedy issues before they become problems.
Detect and contain threats everywhere, in real time. Use network intelligence to quickly alert security operations.
Deliver IT and business innovation now and in the future, built on an open, intent-based networking platform.
Download the white paper and get a technical look at Cisco's vision and the architecture and benefits of an intent-based network.
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“Cisco DNA Centre helps me find problems proactively, before users contact me. With a mostly wireless network, I'm able to find devices throughout the network and quickly solve any problems with the help of analytics.”Manuel Ortiz III, Senior Wireless Engineer, Houston Methodist Hospital
“Cisco Network Assurance Engine enables us to greatly reduce the risk of production outages, accelerate timeliness, and achieve high-quality application migrations.”Jan Holzmann, Team Lead Data Centre Operations, Bosch
“In addition to security, visibility, and availability, Cisco technologies give all of us the ability to sleep at night. And ever since Cisco Tetration was launched, not a single outage has been blamed on the network.”Eugene Pretorius, CIO of Infrastructure and Security Services, First National Bank (FNB)
An intent-based network bridges the gap between business and IT. It captures business intent and continuously aligns the end-to-end network with that intent. Intent can apply to application service levels, security policies, compliance, operational processes, and other business needs.
Organisations need to move faster and with confidence. Many networks cannot keep up with the scale, complexity, and threats of today's business environment. The business benefits of intent-based networking are clear in three main areas:
Intent-based networking captures and translates business intent so that it can be applied across the network. The network continuously monitors and adjusts to ensure alignment. That's achieved through a closed-loop system that includes:
For intent-based networking to achieve its full potential, all these functions build on a programmable network infrastructure.