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Cisco brings intent-based networks to the data center

Submitted by on January 31, 2018 – 8:25 pmNo Comment

When the 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. Cisco’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.

To accomplish that, Cisco’s IBNS requires two components: translation to capture intent, translate it into policy, and check integrity, and activation to orchestrate the policies and configure the systems. The new third leg – assurance, which constantly verifies configurations — looks for insights and takes corrective action. While this is being rolled out as part of the data center IBNS release, I’m sure assurance will also be part of the campus solutions, as well. This is the component that turns an automated system into and autonomous one.

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