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Intent-based networking

Intent-based networking

(also IBN)

Intent-based networking definition

Intent-based networking (IBN) is a modern approach to network management that focuses on making networks smarter, more automated, and easier to control. It’s a smart way to run computer networks — instead of dealing with technical settings and configurations, you simply tell the network what you want it to achieve (like wanting the network to speed up or requiring extra security measures). The network uses advanced technology to figure out the technical details and deliver what you asked for.

See also: network automation

How does intent-based networking work?

  1. Network administrators use user-friendly commands to communicate what needs to be done (for example, giving priority to video conferencing).
  2. The IBN system checks if these goals are clear and can actually be achieved. The goals need to be very clear because otherwise they may confuse IBN, leading to problems rather than improving anything.
  3. Once confirmed, the system turns these goals into specific network rules (like routing traffic for video conferencing more efficiently because it needs to be prioritized).
  4. The system automatically sets up the network to follow these rules. For example, it may adjust things like bandwidth and security measures.
  5. IBN keeps an eye on the network, ensuring it meets these goals. If not, it makes real-time changes.
  6. Using data and machine learning, the system gives admins insights, so they can optimize performance and security.
  7. Admins use an intuitive interface to interact with IBN, where they can state goals and check on network status.
  8. IBN provides feedback on how well the network aligns with goals and suggests improvements.

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