Cisco showcases software-driven ‘intent-based networking’ solutions

Cisco showcased its ‘intent-based networking’ solutions at a customer event in Las Vegas earlier today. The company unveiled the solutions at an event in San Francisco earlier this month.

In layman’s term, intent-based systems work in a manner where administrators can ‘tell’ the network the goals that they are looking at. How these are achieved is determined by the network. Automation plays an important role here.

The key cornerstones of this Cisco’s ‘intent-based networking’ solutions are contextual information and machine learning. The two are said to help the solution to be intuitive as well as scale-up as per client’s needs.

Cisco’s approach endeavours to create an intuitive system that constantly learns, adapts, automates and protects, to optimize network operations and defend against today’s evolving threat landscape.

The company claims that the new solutions represent one of the most significant breakthroughs in enterprise networking. The intent-based networking solutions are aimed to help businesses unlock new opportunities and solve challenges faced in the era of increasing connectivity and distributed technology.

With this new approach, Cisco aims to alter the blueprint for networking with reimagined hardware and advanced software. This shift from hardware-centric to software-driven networking, going by Cisco’s claims, will enable customers to experience leap in agility, productivity and performance.

According to the company’s CEO Chuck Robbins, “The network has never been more critical to business success, but it’s also never been under more pressure.” “By building a more intuitive network, we are creating an intelligent platform with unmatched security for today and for the future that propels businesses forward and creates new opportunities for people and organizations everywhere,” he added at the company’s launch event.

“Cisco’s Encrypted Traffic Analytics solves a network security challenge previously thought to be unsolvable,” as per David Goeckeler, senior vice president and general manager of networking and security. “ETA uses Cisco’s Talos cyber intelligence to detect known attack signatures even in encrypted traffic, helping to ensure security while maintaining privacy,” he added.

Cisco claims that 75 of the world’s leading enterprises are conducting early field trials on these networking solutions. These include DB Systel GmbH, Jade University of Applied Sciences, NASA, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Scentsy, UZ Leuven and Wipro.

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