Intent-Based Networking just got bigger!

You know it is a bold statement when the CEO of $47B networking powerhouse Cisco announces that “intent-based networking will redefine the network for the next 30 years”.

We at Veriflow can’t agree more and are thrilled by Cisco joining the intent-based networking (IBN) transformation within today’s networks and data centers. When a major player announces alignment with a new trend, this validates the challenges faced by customers, creates industry awareness, and benefits the overall market through innovation. 

Veriflow is proud to be an early pioneer and enabler of IBN for multi-vendor networks. Veriflow’s technology complements Cisco’s IBN platforms by providing continuous network verification capabilities.

At Veriflow we have been talking intent since our founders published one of their first pieces of research in 2011. But to most of the networking world, this is a relatively new concept. So, what is IBN and where did it come from?

Intent is more of an approach than a single piece of technology, and is in its early stages. In Gartner’s Emerging Technology Analysis: Intent-Based Network Design and Operation the analyst firm wrote that, “While none of these vendors provides a complete solution, each has representative elements” when speaking to the available technologies around IBN. While IBN may be in the early stages, this does not mean network operation teams cannot step into IBN now and begin benefitting from the technology today.

IBN is a closed-loop system. IBN starts with the desired business outcome and uses elements of machine learning, data analytics, and the domain expertise of networking teams to ensure continuous operation. IBN promises to automate many of the daily tasks and checks associated with keeping networks online and secure, assuring a new level of network availability and protection.

IBN promises to improve network availability and agility, key concerns to organizations that are transitioning to digital business models. IBN significantly saves time, reduces network management complexity, enhances automation, reduces the workload on networking teams, increases the robustness of the network, improves network security, and helps maintain regulatory compliance. IBN is about moving the network from fragile to agile.

Today’s method of managing networks is very prescriptive, is performed device-by-device, and takes a bottom-up approach. This results in a highly error-prone, time-consuming, resource-intensive process that considerably slows the evolution of the core business.

With Cisco’s timely announcement of its entrée into IBN, right before the Cisco Live event, we at Veriflow are sure there will be more buzz to come about IBN. Naturally, there will be many more questions than can be answered in this short write-up. To find more information on IBN, reach out to us at any time and we can show you exactly how IBN technology is something you can embrace today.