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Cisco Intent-based Network

Managing a network has always been a complicated process. Entire teams of administrators were responsible for managing the components, providing user rights and configuring policies in complex networks. Just to ensure that the network is stable and secure - so that it does what it is supposed to. Many admins have to laboriously use commands via the command line to control the network. However, as is well known, this type of administration cannot be scaled well.

The idea of ​​simplification and, at the same time, the approach of intent-based networking (IBN) is that administrators simply control the network via intents. A common intent in companies could be, for example: "Optimal voice quality for VoIP applications" or "Access to this resource only for user group XY". The intent-based network from Cisco automatically adapts the network to the selected intents. Even if the hardware is expanded or changed, the IBN automatically reconfigures itself and adapts to the current requirements. Thanks to an intent-based network, security guidelines can also be implemented quickly and easily. IBN saves a lot of time, resources and money, especially in sensitive and business-critical IT environments.

Platform, idea or component?

Intent-based networking is one approach. There are currently several definitions. Gartner defines IBN as “a kind of software for the lifecycle management of networks”. The further development of the IBN will therefore remain exciting. The popular Cisco network solution Meraki can of course also be placed in connection with Cisco DNA as part of an intent-based network.

How intent-based networking works

Just define business goals. The intent-based network then implements these in such a way that they can be easily applied to the entire network. With the help of adjustments and continuous monitoring, the correct alignment of the entire network is ensured. In summary, the closed-loop system consists of the following components: translation, activation and assurance. All of these functions must be integrated in a programmable network infrastructure so that the full potential of IBN can be exploited.

Your advantages with an intent-based network

Automation, analysis and IT integration

  • Holistic network view
  • Policy-based device provisioning
  • Faster troubleshooting thanks to AI-supported analyzes
  • Integration of the network in IT and business processes

Enable multi-cloud environments

  • Optimizing the application experience
  • Secure cloud access with built-in, comprehensive security
  • Simple operation via a central management dashboard
  • Forecasting and planning with well-founded recommendations

Detect, contain and defend against threats

  • Comprehensive visibility of users, devices, applications and processes
  • Reduction of the attack surface
  • Faster incident response
  • Blocking attacks

Integration with other domains

  • Expansion of IBN in the entire WAN - from the campus / branch network to the data center to the cloud
  • Enforcement and monitoring of common guidelines
  • Reliable compliance with legal requirements
  • Automation of the application experience

Cisco DNA Center

The Cisco DNA Center considers the hardware, software and licenses of a network separately. Every component is abstracted. This approach enables you to administer your network easily and effectively. Regardless of whether you want to activate individual functions or entire networks. The Cisco DNA Center automatically refers to the best possible option in all decisions. Tedious configurations, tedious testing and commissioning are now a thing of the past. The Cisco DNA Center does all of this automatically.

Another option with Cisco DNA Center is to virtualize and operate networks. By collecting active and passive data from usage components, integrated systems and third-party components, you can call up the health status of your network at any time. The so-called health score is not only available for the entire network, but also for individual applications, end devices or users.

Cisco Software-Defined Access (Cisco SD-Access) is also based on the principles of the Cisco DNA. It is the industry's first solution with an intent-based network for companies.

Cisco DNA Center Automation in two variants:

"Base Automation"

Base automation includes plug and play with templates as well as software and image management (SWIM). In contrast to service automation, templates and configurations have to be created manually.

"Service Automation"

Today, service automation describes software-defined access (SD-Access). Thanks to the assignment of roles and functions, the administrative effort is considerably reduced. Because the necessary templates are then automatically created by Cisco DNA Center. Configuration and activation are also automated.

Better networks through AI support

Due to increasing complexity, large networks are becoming more and more difficult to control. The demands of users in terms of performance and availability also represent a task that should not be underestimated. Network admins are increasingly reaching their limits, which in the worst case endangers the security of the entire company network.

Cisco would now like to counter this development with the intent-based network. Artificial intelligence and machine learning support with proactive management. Problems are identified and resolved before they can cause harm.

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