Data is an asset to your business, but it’s also a threat. Your employees are demanding access to your work resources from more devices, and more outside networks than ever. This puts pressure on IT, increases your attack surface, and exposes your corporate network to threat vectors.
If anything is true in IT, it’s constant change. Every few years—a new evolution happens. While there are always incremental improvements in technologies such as chip designs, network speeds, and storage technologies, sometimes these small changes synergistically align on multiple fronts into something that’s new and exciting.
Intent-based networking is such a combination. It’s a new way to conceptualize and interact with the network that may fundamentally alter the foundation of networking in your organization. But what is “intent-based networking”? And how does it differ from the day-in, day-out networking that’s been running your enterprise for years?
According to the analyst firm ESG, “The concept of intent-based networking is that the network team could simply describe, in plain language, what they wanted to accomplish (the intent) and the network would be able to translate the intent into the numerous policies that would establish the appropriate configuration and settings changes across a complex and heterogeneous environment leveraging automation.”¹