Cisco's Next Networking Frontier: Intuitive Networks

Craig Matsumoto
News Analysis
Craig Matsumoto, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cisco today unveiled what it calls the intuitive network, a move CEO Chuck Robbins described as "redefining the network for the next 30 years."

The announcement boils down to a concept called intent-based networking, which the industry has been kicking around for a few years. The idea is that network operators would simply state what they want the network to do -- allowing one set of users to connect to another, for example -- and the network would configure itself to make that happen.

The network would further use telemetry and machine learning to figure out how well things are going, making on-the-fly adjustments as necessary.

It's a long-term vision that seems likely to spread to Cisco's entire portfolio, including products for the service provider core. But the intuitive network is getting its start in the enterprise, where Cisco announced the next generation of Catalyst switches, based on an updated and programmable version of the IOS XE operating system and an intelligence center based on Cisco's Digital Network Architecture.

Read the whole story on Enterprise Cloud News: Cisco Declares a New Era of Intent-Based Networking.

Craig Matsumoto, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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