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Over the last several months, Intent-Based Networking (IBN) has gained momentum as a viable technology that aims to further automate traditional network management. Although IBN is not a new idea as such, it has garnered significant attention of late as technology catches up with the concept.
Many network equipment providers have created software to support this approach – for instance, Cisco and Juniper have started incorporating Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies into network automation.
What is intent-based networking?
IBN is all about simplifying the process of implementing new upgrades and changes in any networking environment to ensure the results match the original intent. This change will improve agility, reliability, and protection of the network reducing technological debt, without increasing workloads or adding complexity.
Using Gartner’s definition as a reliable reference point, IBNS (intent-based networking)) consists of the following aspects:
The above four aspects allow IBN to obtain requirements from end users, configure a design for the network based upon this intent, validate the design, implement the required network configurations and then continuously ensure that the intent of the system is being met, and changes are made as needed.
Deeper insight into Intent Based Networking
IBNS platform provides the ability to see in real-time what devices are connected to the network and evaluate them for security. There are five key elements that need to come together to make it all work
Networks Architectures of the future would look very different
With the rise in adoption of network function virtualization and deployment of software-defined networking, the average network architecture will look drastically different in 5-6 years from what we use today.
With local communication service providers transforming their networks and adding new services, both IBN and software-defined networking (SDN) share enough potential to transform the way networks are designed, implemented, and managed. Rather than competing against one another, SDN and IBN technologies may well work best when implemented in combination which each other.
By 2020, it is estimated there will be around 50 billion connected devices, hence, network administrators will need to ensure their networks can handle this enormous data. Both software-defined networking, alongside intent-based networking, could be the answer to handle this complex network scenario through their various methods, techniques, and technologies.
Despite the significant benefits provided by IBN, the approach doesn’t eliminate the need for a service provider altogether. Customers will always need services that can’t be fully automated, like responding to security vulnerabilities, system failures etc.
However, IBN helps the service provider to deliver the greatest value at the lowest cost with high service levels and quality of experience. I believe that IBN would be a phased journey for many companies and the specific path taken will be dependent on the organization’s priorities.
Indeed, IBN is a game changer as it will revolutionize the way Managed Services are delivered in the future with significantly lower opex and an improved issue resolution time. We are certainly taking the first big step towards self-driven networks of a futuristic world.
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Jason Chandralal Jason Chandralal is general manager of Product Engineering Services at Happiest Minds Technologies. He is responsible for defining and leading Test Engineering solutions in the area of Datacenter Technologies specially focused on SDN and NFV technologies. Jason is also responsible for embedded and Systems and device related technologies associated with Internet of Things and Industrial Automation. He has over 24 years of experience in Telecom, Datacom, Networking and IoT product development and testing working across Network Equipment Provider, Telecom Service Provider, Hi-Tech and Manufacturing customers with specialization Networking and Testing, QA. Before, Happiest Minds, Jason has held multiple senior roles in Large PES organizations based in India and did work stints in US and Europe.
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