Cisco Expands Intent Based Networking to IoT

Cisco is expanding its Intent-Based Networking (IBN) portfolio to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT).

Among the IBN updates from Cisco is a new Catalyst 9500 switch, the Aironet 4800 WiFi access point and a new software subscription for routing. Additionally, Cisco announced enhancements to its Identity Services Engine (ISE) providing improved visibility for IoT, as well as an extension to the SD-Access solution for enabling consistent policies across a distributed campus.

Prashanth Shenoy, vice president of marketing for Enterprise Networking at Cisco, explained to EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet that IBN takes the intent of what the business wants to do and translates that into a policy language so that organizations can automate and secure operations by leveraging the power of the data and its context.

Cisco first announced its IBN strategy in June 2017. It further expanded the effort with additional assurance and analytics capabilities on Jan. 30.

During Cisco’s 2Q18 earnings call, CEO Chuck Robbins said that he was particularly bullish on intent-based networking, thanks to the rapid adoption of the Catlyst 9000, which was the primary switching platform that enabled the strategy.

Cisco is now expanding on Catalyst 9000 with the new 9500 series, which is a 100 Gbps switching platform. The Catalyst 9500 also supports the newer 25 Gbps interface, as well allowing for flexible deployment options.

The new Aironet 4800 access point provides an integrated set of performance security and analytics capabilities to help accelerate and protect IoT workloads.


Shenoy explained that the new policy extensions for the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) understand over 620 different IoT device profiles. Those profiles can be correlated with the context coming from an IBN deployment to further validate the device profile and help to provide policy.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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