Whether you’re building a multi-story skyscraper, a new house, or a shed in your back yard, the starting point is always the same: building a solid foundation. That is just as true when you are implementing intent-based networking (IBN).
IBN transforms a hardware-centric, manual network into a controller-led network that captures business intent and translates it into policies that can be automated and applied consistently across the network. This is an especially effective approach as the number of users, devices, and distributed applications continue to grow, causing the networking environment to become exponentially more complex. IBN continuously monitors and adjusts network performance to help meet business goals of security and automation.
Here are 3 reasons you need to build a solid foundation as you implement IBN.
Need for Redundancy and Resiliency
Supporting thousands of connected devices across a vast business ecosystem requires a network that can sustain outages, meet the varied needs of a remote workforce, and bounce back quickly should the need arise. Implementing an IBN centralizes security policies as well as network intent to form a strong digital foundation for your network.
Need for Central Control
An IBN builds on software-defined networking (SDN) by using a network controller that acts as a central control for network abstraction. This lets IT treat the network as an integrated whole enabling various network domains like WAN, data center and cloud to collaborate and extend its benefits throughout the enterprise.
Need for Security
An IBN provides the needed layered security to protect the enterprise’s digital assets. With the cost of a breach now pegged at an average of $4 million, cybersecurity is the number one focus for the C-suite and every other leader in an organization. A disconnected set of disparate security solutions no longer offers the protection an enterprise needs. An IBN centralizes the organization’s security profile and an effective incident response to provide protection against increasingly sophisticated cyber criminals.
Cisco DNA automation uses an intent-based policy to transform previously manual onboarding, configuration, provisioning, and software management processes to simplify and scale network operations. Cisco DNA automation leverages visibility, intent, deployment, management, and extensibility to help you more efficiently manage your network and set a firm foundation to build your IBN.
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