In the context of Cisco Live U.S., the American company has launched some significant innovations regarding the “intense-based networking,” also guided by an analysis of the technological trends that will characterize this “new normality” that we have begun to experiment
According to Alberto Degradi, CTO Infrastructure South Europe of Cisco, these new trends are divided on three main fronts: the new experiences that translate into an increase of everything that can be done online, to the fact that before we were accustomed to Another point is the new rules, as this unforeseen emergency forced companies, but not only, to make their staff work remotely, we will increasingly enter a new form of more distributed work, we will return to the office but the smart work
And not least, there are new priorities that concern the importance of digital infrastructure and its strategicity, not only for companies but also for the country system, unfortunately this cannot but associate a computer risk, so computer security is another aspect that can no longer be Obviously, in all these trends there is a technological aspect to be taken into account together with the need to have an infrastructure, and therefore a network, able to make it easy to implement all these priorities and manage them in the best way.
If we think about com-integrating the network 20 years ago, we realize how and how much has changed, today we have the user who needs a network to access the applications, which is actually a multiplicity of networks, whose goal is to allow to use
Another difference with the past is that before we were used to considering the user essentially on a campus, an office, but today we have to consider it in a wider way, that is that it can work in a different environment than that of the office and with different devices Another transformation of recent years is the one that concerns applications, that before were all inside the Data Center, today can be a little everywhere, in fact today we are talking about multicloud, that is different environments that include the data center, one or more public cloud, the
The network is in the middle and today IT managers are facing four new challenges: knowing who connects and who to connect, but also knowing who can talk to who, overturning the paradigm of blacklists that become whitelist, third challenge
About two years ago, to meet these needs, Cisco launched the “intent-based networking” with the aim of ensuring that the network adapts to the business intent, that is, that it allows to realize business intentions through a policy model that L’intent-based networking has two strands, one is that of automation and the other that of insights; the automation allows precisely to automate going to bring benefits to the business and user experience, while the ins
At Cisco Live 5 functions related to the “intent-based networking,” two concerning the automation part and three about the insights part, were revealed.
The first in the automation field is called Cisco User-Defined Networks, today it is the user who creates its space within a wireless network, such as a university campus, through an application that downloads to your device All these devices are then able to communicate with each other within a network, for example that of the university, and everything happens in self-service mode. The advantages are the possibility for the user to create his own infrastructure within an existing one, on the other hand those who manage IT have an operating relief but at the same time continues to have control over everything that happens in the same way as corporate users
The second announcement concerns the SD-WAN part of the “intent-based networking” that is the integration of Cloud Security within the SD-WAN solutions, which include Viptela and Meraki, is important because it is
The network will receive an increasing number of devices, but there will also be growth in the diversification of these devices, especially the IoT endpoints. If when you put a computer or tablet into service you can profile because it is known, it doesn’t happen the same thing for IoT devices, it is actually a much more detailed and much more complex activity. Here comes Cisco DNA Center with AI Endpoint Analytics that, thanks to artificial intelligence and the ability to analyze data, when connecting a new device starts a deep analysis and consequently a profiling and configuration in the menu. Once the device is identified and qualified, a policy is automatically applied to it. One more aspect is the possibility of creating groups, thanks to the DNA Center with Group Policy Analytics, i.e. on the basis of traffic you can cluster the devices, assigning them an ad hoc policy, in fact the identification of the device that
Other new applications are the new applications added to Cisco DNA Spaces, the software that uses site analytics to get more information about the behavior of people and things and how they interact in physical spaces. In particular, a Right Now app that allows you to be instantly updated on how many people are present inside the company buildings, providing and setting a threshold of presences to be respected. When the attendance limit is exceeded, the Notification Trigger app automatically generates a notification, via text, via display or other information that informs who manages the building and informs who is entering the building. In addition, the Impact Analysis App is available, allowing you to have a vision, even historical, of what happened during a day or a week: how many people have entered and exited, how many occasional users and how many more frequent and therefore allow to put into action actions And finally, the Proximity Tracing app that offers the possibility to track people’s proximity based on two basic elements: time and distance, and allowing a prompt intervention in case of criticality. These four applications are an important ally for companies for a safe return to the office, they are applications that already exploit an element that is now present in every environment: wireless, allowing through simple installations the digitization of all areas of the company.