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Emerging Technology Analysis: Intent-Based Network Design and Operation

Published: 08 November 2016

ID: G00316415

Analyst(s): Joe Skorupa , Andrew Lerner


Intent-based network design and operation will open new opportunities to differentiate in the crowded networking markets. This report will help senior technology product marketing leaders enter this emerging market.

Table Of Contents


  • Technology Description
    • Operating Requirements
    • Primary Elements of an Intent-Based Networking System (IBNS)
    • Differences From Existing Technologies
    • Intent Versus Prescriptive
    • Consumption Models
    • Intent Versus Policy
  • Technology Adoption
    • Factors That Will Drive Adoption
    • Factors That Will Inhibit Adoption
    • Standards and Community
    • Vendor Activity
  • Technology Impact
    • Emerging Vendors
    • Incumbent Vendors
  • References

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