Building the bridge between business and IT

Networks are at the heart of the unstoppable evolution to a digital economy. Digitalisation
is changing the way businesses, partners, employees, and consumers interact at an unprecedented pace. The modern organisation is facing unprecedented rates of change in market forces, customer behaviours, employee expectations, technological innovations, and security threats. 

Today, products and services can be customised, ordered and delivered at the click of a button using web-based applications. Business data can be acquired, analysed and exchanged in near-real time. Geographic boundaries between businesses, consumers and employees are diminishing. And the network is at the centre of communication to and between the applications driving the digital economy.

Business goals and modern networks are now interlinked as technology powers new digital transformation initiatives and more business processes. However many organisation’s networks cannot keep up with the scale, complexity, and threats of today's business environments.

Introducing Intent-Based Networking

By capturing business intent, Intent-Based Networking uses analytics, machine learning, and automation to align the network continuously to changing business needs helping to bridge the gap between what a business requires and what its network delivers. 

Intent can apply to application service levels, security policies, compliance, operational processes, as well as other business needs. Capturing the business intent, in business language, Intent-Based Networking translates this into IT policies that can be applied and constantly monitored across the network. That's achieved through a closed-loop system that includes three building blocks - translation, activation and assurance.

Download our infographic below to discover how intent-based networking works and the overall business outcomes organisations, like yours, can expect.

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Cisco Intent-Based Networking Solutions

Cisco’s solutions help customers achieve end-to-end intent-based networking based on Cisco’s open platforms and third-party technologies.

Data Centre

  • Cisco Network Assurance Engine (NAE) provides always-on assurance for data centres. NAE predicts the impact of changes, proactively verifies network behaviour, and helps assure policy and compliance.
  • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI): Policy-based automated network fabric, covering the translation and activation phases of the intent-based network framework.
  • Cisco Tetration Platform: Gain visibility with deep forensics across everything in your data centre in real time, to quickly identify network and server bottlenecks.

Enterprise Networking

  • Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA) takes a controller-based approach to automating and assuring services across your campus, WAN, and branch networks. Based on an open and extensible platform, Cisco DNA allows you continuously align network performance and security to business intent, so you can streamline operations and facilitate IT and business innovation.

As a Tier 1 Cisco Gold Partner, CDW is fully equipped to help orchestrate and deliver whole-scale Cisco architectures. Our deep knowledge and expertise enables us to successfully scope the right technology to tackle any challenge, connecting the data, people, process and things at the heart of every digital transformation.

To learn how Cisco Intent-Based Networking solutions can help create an intuitive network for your organisation, contact your CDW Account Manager.

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