There is always a "next big deal" in networking … Five years ago, Ethernet was in the data center, then SDN, and now SD-WAN. As the adoption of SD-WAN increases, and from bleeding to the leader, the next big thing is deliberately based on the network horizon. Whether you have heard of the concept of "intentional networking" or not, the approach we will undoubtedly have to hear much more in the coming months and years. More than just a technology, this is a sacred grid for networking. It is a drastically new approach that allows the network to be continuously coordinated with the different needs of the organization. It combines all the latest network innovation, including SDN, virtualization, machine learning, model-based APIs and a number of securities innovations into a closed-loop system that can identify, predict, and respond to business needs. The Intentional Networking System includes these four key things:
Translation and Authentication – The system takes up a higher level of business policy (us) as an end user and converts it into the required network configuration (how). The system then generates and validates the resulting plan and configuration for correctness.
Automated Implementation – The system can configure appropriate network changes (how) on existing network infrastructure. This is usually done by network automation and / or network composing
Network Status Knowledge – The system takes real-time network status of systems under administrative control and is protocol and traffic agnostic.
Insurance and Dynamic Optimization / Recovery – The system continuously monitors (in real time) that the system's original business intentions are met and corrective actions (such as traffic blocking, network capacity modification or notification) can be made if the desired intent is not met.
What are the benefits?
Intentional networking provides many benefits to organizations of all sizes. Each IT administrator wants to achieve better access control, tremendous scalability, security, and multi-vendor device management, and the most attractive – aggregate, speed, automation, and simplicity – within the network – to handle hundreds of thousands of heterogeneous devices.
Intentional Networking by Redesigning Software Network Solutions
The software-defined network or SDN is a set of network objects (switches, routers, firewalls), all of which are automated. Intentional Networking Takes Advantage of SDN Capabilities but Has Access to Intelligence
What are the risks?
Intentional networking needs a fair re-design and change of processes that are not free of their own risks. In addition, as with any major technological transition, technological and process risks are associated with implementation. You will need to carefully plan migration to take advantage of rewards quickly, without affecting existing service levels.
Intentional networking is about to begin, but the next big thing is networking, as network availability improves and agility, which are key to organizations' digital business transition. The I & O managers responsible for networking need to determine when and when to try this technology.