Cisco brings intent-based networking to IoT

IBN represents a fundamental shift in the way networks are built and managed

Cisco is empowering partners and developers around the world to build upon its IoT platform, Al-Zoubi said.
Cisco is empowering partners and developers around the world to build upon its IoT platform, Al-Zoubi said.

Cisco is introducing new IoT networking products, developer tools, validated design guides and partner specialisations to cater to new intent-based environments. 

“In IoT, the conversation is about business outcomes. It starts with secure connectivity as the foundation of every IoT deployment. By providing scale, flexibility and security, we’re turning the network into a secret weapon for our IoT customers,” said Osama Al-Zoubi, chief technology officer, Cisco Middle East and Africa. “And, with a new DevNet IoT developer centre, we’re empowering thousands of partners and developers around the world to build upon our IoT platform.”

The new tools include:

New IoT networking platforms: Cisco is introducing new Catalyst industrial switches and industrial Integrated Services routers purpose-built for IoT environments. They are powered by IOS XE – its new operating system that powers intent-based networking across the campus, branch and WAN. The new platforms are managed by Cisco DNA Centre, which gives customers a single pane of glass view across their campus, branch and IoT environments.

IoT developer tools: Cisco’s developer program, DevNet, features a new set of developer tools to enable customers and partners to build apps for the IoT Edge. The new IoT Developer Centre is complete with learning materials, developer tools and support resources so partners can start building solutions and applications today.

Blueprints for utilities, manufacturing and remote and mobile assets: Working with industry partners, Cisco has created three new Cisco Validated Designs: blueprints for IoT architectures that have been tried and tested in real environments. Cisco Validated Designs enables customers and partners to quickly accelerate from proofs of concept to successful, scaled deployments

IoT partner trainings:  Cisco is building a global ecosystem of IoT partners by providing IoT training and specialisation programs. Cisco IoT certified partners gain the highest visibility across its sales teams and customers as trusted advisors across all IoT projects.

Internet based networking

Intent-based networking (IBN) represents a fundamental shift in the way networks are built and managed. Moving away from the manual, time-intensive methods by which networks are traditionally managed, these modern networks capture business intent and translate it into network policy. For the past few years, customers have been embracing this new way of networking across the campus and branch. Now, IT can work with operations to manage these environments. 

Intent-based networking delivers three major benefits for customers:

Scale: Cisco has simplified IoT deployment. IT teams can now leverage their expertise with familiar tools like Cisco DNA Centre to scale in an automated, simplified way. Complex deployments that previously took months can now be completed in hours or even minutes. 

Flexibility: In many cases, the cost and effort of replacing IoT infrastructure can be prohibitive. A modular design means Cisco platforms are flexible and future-proofed. So, customers can easily upgrade to new technologies, like 5G, without replacing the networking infrastructure. The Cisco Industrial Routers are the industry’s first and only 5G-ready IPv6 deployable industrial routers.

Security: Cisco pursues a multi-layered security approach, where security in built into every layer of the IoT stack, from the networking hardware to the operating software and the edge computing apps.

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