Cisco Wants to Reconquer Your Network With 'Intuitive' Plan

Craig Matsumoto
6/29/2017

For Cisco, "network intuitive" isn't just its new technology strategy. It's a way to gain control of service provider and enterprises' entire networks, fending off the threat from other vendors and white boxes.

It's true that intent-based networking -- which is at the heart of Cisco's big technology announcement from last week -- represents a radically new way to communicate with the network. But the new, intuitive network is also controlled by Cisco, as Mitch Wagner points out on our sister site, Enterprise Cloud News.

The message around "network intuitive" was driven home repeatedly at Cisco Live this week, where the media was treated to at least four or five rehashes of the technology that was announced a week earlier. Cisco is a little concerned that customers and the press might not get it at first.

Then again, Cisco isn't the only one pitching intent-based networking. Major vendors have been pushing in that direction for a few years now, and startup Apstra has built its entire business around the concept of a multivendor intent-based network, as Wagner points out.

Read the full story at Enterprise Cloud News.

— Craig Matsumoto, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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