Introduction to Intent-Based Networking

October 16, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Intent-Based Networking

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In June this year, Cisco launched their Software Defined Access (SDA), which is a solution in the intent-based networking space. There are also other players in this space, such as Apstra. What is intent-based networking, though?

Traditionally we have built networks with a imperative approach, meaning that we must precisely specify all of the components to end up with our desired state. To demonstrate this, let’s start with a simple example where we have traditional network architecture.