Cisco Systems this month announced new solutions that take its intent-based networking technology to the software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN), promising increased visibility and control for disparate branches. WANs have traditionally been difficult to analyze for problems, the company said, because they are often fragmented into distinct systems that are sometimes out of the control of IT departments.
Using intent-based networking, Cisco said its new offerings will provide such control at the level of every individual branch of those sprawling WANs. Intent-based networking is kind of an offshoot of the sofware-defined movement, with Cisco defining it as “as the ability to capture an organization’s requirements or ‘business intent’ and continuously align to it.”
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