Intent-based networking PR blitz: Huawei, Cisco, Apstra

Intent-based networking
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Intent-based networking is the hot new buzzword for networking vendors. The mission statement: data center operators must shift from a manual network management model to an automated one where the network detects the ‘intent’ behind data packets flowing through the network and translates that into network policies that are activated across the entire infrastructure automatically.

There’s been several announcements regarding intent-based networking in the past week. And here they are:

ITEM: Huawei announced a comprehensive upgrade of its CloudFabric solution that enables customers to adopt intent-based networking for their data centers. Huawei’s ‘Intent-Driven Networking for CloudFabric’ solution helps enterprises identify intent to implement automatic network configuration, predictive analysis, and intelligent O&M with continuous verification and optimization. New functions and key components of the solution include intent-based network automation, predictive analysis and anomaly detection, and a performance 400G core switching platform. Read more …

ITEM: Huawei also launched its ‘Industry-Oriented Intent-Driven Network’ solution, which it says will drive in-depth integration of ICT infrastructure, AI, and industry-specific production systems in order to accelerate digital transformation across industries. Read more …

ITEM: Cisco announced that it has released new developer capabilities across its intent-based networking platform, including new developer tools and open APIs into its ‘Cisco DNA Center’ – the command and control center for campus, branch and edge intent-based networks. With the availability of network-wide APIs, Cisco now allows developers to easily program this system, tapping into all of the analytics and insight the network can provide. Read more …

ITEM: Apstra has unveiled AOS 2.2, the latest version of its turnkey intent-based distributed operating system and data center application suite. Features supported in AOS 2.2. include automated multi-tenant EVPN across multiple vendors, Apstra’s first supported open source network operating system, and improved intent-based analytics with extensible telemetry and enterprise class capabilities including RBAC and audit trails. Read more …

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