Cisco launches second edition of intent-based solutions

Mathematical modelling and contextual insights can help IT teams shift from reactive to proactive

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Cisco launches second edition of intent-based solutions Goeckeler said Cisco is reinventing the network from the ground up to deliver a secure and intelligent platform for digital business.
By  David Ndichu Published  February 5, 2018

Cisco says it can reduce by 43% the time IT spends troubleshooting, thanks to the enhanced mathematical modelling and contextual insights available in its latest software products.

With its intent-based technology, Cisco wants to create a network that anticipates operational issues, stops security threats in their tracks, and continues to learn, adapt and protect. To realise this, Cisco is applying intent-based networking technology on the entire network, from the data centre and campus, to the branch and edge.

“The network has never been more critical to business success,” said David Goeckeler, executive vice president, networking and security business at Cisco. “We’re reinventing the network ground up to deliver a secure and intelligent platform for digital business. Today, we are taking another major step toward that ambitious goal with intent-based networking innovations designed to deliver contextual insights and assurance that will help transform IT from reactive to proactive.”

Launched last year, Cisco has recently introduced its second wave of intent-based networking solutions. These intent-based networks capture and translate business intent into network policies, and activate them across the infrastructure. With the introduction of assurance capabilities, they can now continuously verify the network is operating as intended.

In the data centre, the Cisco Network Assurance Engine uses continuous verification of the entire network to help keep business running as intended, even as the network changes dynamically. In campus and branch networks, Cisco DNA Centre Assurance is delivering a new level of insight and visibility to reduce the time and money IT spends troubleshooting across wired and wireless environments.

And, finally for customers with distributed IT operations, the new Cisco Meraki Wireless Health reduces mean time to remediate wireless issues with richer analytics and insights.

Cisco says nearly 200 customers are in early field trails with the new assurance technologies globally, including Robert Bosch GmbH, REWE Group, Houston Methodist Hospital and Scotiabank. More than 1,100 customers are deploying the recently announced Catalyst 9000 Series switches, with 150 running DNA Centre pilots. In the data centre, Cisco has more than 14,500 Nexus 9000 customers, with a 45% ACI attach rate.

“Regional businesses are having to cope with increased technological complexity, lower budgets and the onslaught of increased security threats and at the same time continuously transforming their IT infrastructure into an agile and scalable one,” explained David Meads, vice president, Middle East & Africa, Cisco.

“With corporate margins under pressure, network management together with proactive and timely attention to network bottlenecks is non-negotiable for organisations that are digitally transforming. Cisco’s latest suite of Assurance products will help our customers achieve a higher level of automation with increased certainty, allowing them to confidently move at a faster pace without compromising security policies,” he concluded.

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