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Cisco boosts intent-based product portfolio

Network Assurance Engine, DNA Centre Assurance and Meraki Wireless Health seeks to solve nagging network issues

Cisco boosts intent-based product portfolio
Cisco software offerings fuel evolution of networking portfolio toward subscription-led model.

Cisco has introduced three new assurance products based on its intent-based networking technology.

In the data centre network, the Cisco Network Assurance Engine provides IT teams the ability to instantly pinpoint why and when the network is not acting as intended, then offer suggestions on how to address the issue. Cisco has employed more than 30 years of codified domain knowledge to provide mathematically accurate models of the network.

This more comprehensive view into their network helps enable IT teams to, make changes to the network faster and with more confidence, catching human configuration errors before they cause problems; proactively eliminate network outages and vulnerabilities by continuously analysing the state of the entire network and; reduce risk by assuring that security policies are being applied consistently across the network, and ensure policies are compliant with business requirements—every minute of every day.

Cisco has teamed up with ACI and Tetration to provide the ability to translate application intent and activate those policies across the network. Now, with the Network Assurance Engine, Cisco says it can deliver the final element of intent-based networking – the assurance of intent.

In the campus and branch, Cisco is enabling ‘everything as a sensor’ and aggregating intelligence from the network, application, client and things to help provide IT with full context. The company says these capabilities will reduce the 43% of time that IT spends troubleshooting and improve the experience for employees and customers.

The Cisco DNA Centre Assurance is designed to provide a 360-degree contextual view that “connects all the relationships of who, what, where, when, how.” Spanning wired and wireless environments, it delivers a more wholesome picture of what is happening between users and applications with real-time, historical and predictive capabilities. DNA Centre Assurance helps IT teams address three major issues, including, the ability to get to the root cause in minutes—not days or weeks—by isolating where exactly the issue happened; problem replication by going back in time to when an issue occurred. IT can then view a complete 360 snapshot of the status of the network, user, device and application at the exact moment the issue arose. Finally, the DNA Centre Assurance helps with problem resolution by proactively fixing the issue through guided remediation.

The third product is Cisco Meraki Wireless Health, which provides IT with visibility and rich analytics to troubleshoot wireless issues faster and deliver a better user experience. Cisco Meraki uses a cloud-managed IT model to automate operations, simplifying the complexity of IT. Now, Meraki Wireless Health allows IT teams to quickly identify wireless anomalies, find poorly performing access point and clients, and provide actionable insights to improve the wireless experience.

Powered by network analytics and rich contextual data, Cisco Services offers new services to help customers streamline the deployment of the new assurance solutions. From advisory and implementation, through optimisation and managed services, Cisco and its partners want to help customers to adopt intent-based networks.


The Cisco Network Assurance Engine is available now, initially for Cisco ACI customers, with a free, 30-day, no-commitment trial. Customers can purchase it via software subscription. The Cisco DNA Centre Assurance is also available now. Customers can purchase it via the Cisco ONE subscription offer for networking. The Cisco Meraki Wireless Health on the other hand will be available in early 2018. It will be included with the standard subscription for Meraki Wireless Access Points.

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