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Innovation Insight: Intent-Based Networking Systems

Published: 07 February 2017

ID: G00323513

Analyst(s): Joe Skorupa , Andrew Lerner , Sanjit Ganguli


Intent-based networking is nascent, but could be the next big thing in networking, as it promises to improve network availability and agility, which are key as organizations transition to digital business. I&O leaders responsible for networking need to determine if and when to pilot this technology.

Table Of Contents


  • Definition
    • A New Way to Network
  • Description
    • Network Middleware vs. Human Middleware
  • Benefits and Uses
    • Example No. 1: Real-Time Application-Centric WAN Performance on an Existing WAN
    • Example No. 2: Data Center Networking — New Leaf/Spine Network
    • Adoption Rate
    • Why Now?
    • Contrarian View of Adoption
  • Risks
    • Technological Feasibility
    • Vendor Immaturity
    • Risk Aversion
    • Intent Washing
    • Network Centricity
  • Evaluation Factors
  • Technology Alternatives
  • Recommendations
  • Representative Providers

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