If you’ve paid for a Packet Pushers Ignition membership, you now have access to a brand-new whitepaper: “An Introduction To Intent-Based Networking.”
Head on over to Ignition.packetpushers.net, log in, and you’ll find it in the Downloads section.
The whitepaper covers the key technology concepts and business drivers behind Intent-Based Networking (IBN).
It examines how IBN systems combine automation, orchestration, and continuous validation; provides a technical overview of how IBN systems work; explores benefits and drawbacks; and offers 5 key takeaways.
Written by our friend and colleague Phil Gervasi (@network_phil on Twitter), the whitepaper includes:
- 19 pages
- Color illustrations
- A technical overview of IBN
- Enterprise business drivers
- Benefits and drawbacks
- 5 key takeaways
From The Introduction:
Intent-Based Networking (IBN) extends the automation principles of SDN by putting business intent at the heart of network service delivery, while also enabling cloud-like automation and software-driven operations in the data center.
SDN moved network operations away from hand-curated, device-by-device configuration and towards automation.
IBN moves up the value chain by starting with business intent – that is, the outcome the network should deliver – and then programs the requisite devices to achieve that outcome. To do so, IBN incorporates automation, orchestration, monitoring, analytics, and validation.
The result is a new way to operate the network so that it can flexibly change to meet business requirements and adjust to new design demands.
If you need to get up to speed on IBN (or bring others up to speed), this introduction is a great place to start.
Table Of Contents
- Data Driven Intent
- CI/CD Model In Intent
- Declarative Intent
- Closed-Loop Validation
The Intent Engine
IBN Seeks Device Independence
Based On Open Source Software
Benefits Of An IBNS
Drawbacks And Considerations
About The Author