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Intent-Based Networking

Intent-based networking

The next leap forward in intent-based networking

Competing and thriving in today’s environment requires a network that is more responsive and agile than ever before. One that is powered by intent and informed by context--with security embedded throughout, continuously learning and optimizing to meet business outcomes.

Only Cisco delivers an end-to-end, intent-based networking strategy. Our powerful assurance solutions break new ground across data center, campus, branch, and WAN.

New network assurance innovations

Enterprise network assurance

Insights and visibility for enterprise networks

Get 360-degree contextual insights across users, devices, and applications. Assure network performance with real-time and historical data analytics, to learn, adapt, and even detect problems before they happen.

Data center network assurance

Continuous verification for data center networks

Validate business intent with always-on assurance. Predict the impact of configuration changes, proactively verify network behavior, and assure network policy and compliance.

Your trusted advisor for network assurance​

Ease IT operations, predict network outages, improve productivity, and reduce risk. Leverage unique expertise, actionable insights, innovative tools, and best practices from Cisco Services.

Featured content

Gartner's analysis of intent-based networking

Gartner's analysis of intent-based networking

See how these solutions can lower network infrastructure delivery times and reduce outages by at least 50 percent.

Accelerate adoption of intent-based networking

The journey to intent-based networking

Read analyst firm ESG's perspective on the 10 principles for accelerating adoption.

Business and IT alignment

Building the bridge between business and IT

Get a technical look at Cisco's vision and the architecture and benefits of an intent-based network.

See what customers are saying

Houston Methodist hospital case study

"DNA Center 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
Bosch case study

"Cisco Network Assurance Engine enables us to greatly reduce risk of production outages, accelerate timeliness, and achieve high-quality application migrations."

Jan Holzmann, Team Lead Data Center Operations, Bosch

News and events

Finding the needle in the haystack

Finding the needle in the haystack

New network assurance capabilities help you pinpoint and resolve issues faster.

Intent-based networking for data center

Data center intent-based networking

Roland Acra discusses Cisco's strategy for intent-based networking and how network assurance fits in.

The future of networking is here

The future of networking is here

Learn how intent-based networking changes the way a hospital operates.

What is intent-based networking?

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.

Why is intent-based networking important?

Organizations 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:

  • Speed and agility. The network is able to rapidly respond to an organization’s needs with little manual intervention.
  • Business value. The reduced time and effort required to maintain the network translates into more time for IT innovations that provide real value to the business.
  • Reduced risk. Improved network visibility, analytics and automation result in faster threat detection and containment, continuous compliance, and reduced downtime.

How does intent-based networking work?

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:

  • Translation: Business intent capture and translation.
  • Activation: Automated policy activation, networkwide.
  • Assurance: Continuous monitoring and verification.

For intent-based networking to achieve its full potential, all these functions build on a programmable network infrastructure.

How can you get started?

  • Start by understanding the fundamental business case and technology requirements of an intent-based network.
  • Identify a domain (such as data center, campus, or WAN) that would most benefit from the transition.
  • Assess which elements of the existing network infrastructure support an intent-based architecture and which need upgrading.
  • Choose a technology partner that can help you create and implement your intent-based network roadmap.

Learn how Cisco can help

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