Cisco’s new train­ing, de­vel­oper pro­grams ac­cel­er­ates adop­tion of in­tent-based net­work­ing New net­work can rec­og­nize in­tent, mit­i­gate threats

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Cisco yes­ter­day an­nounced that its global ecosys­tem of cus­tomers, de­vel­op­ers and part­ners are em­brac­ing the com­pany’s am­bi­tious vi­sion for a new era of net­work­ing. Un­veiled last week, Cisco’s new net­work can rec­og­nize in­tent, mit­i­gate threats, and learn over time-rep­re­sent­ing one of the most sig­nif­i­cant break­throughs in the his­tory of en­ter­prise net­work­ing.

This new net­work is the re­sult of years of re­search and devel­op­ment by Cisco to rein­vent net­work­ing for an age where net­work en­gi­neers man­ag­ing hun­dreds of de­vices to­day will be ex­pected to man­age one mil­lion by 2020. Com­pa­nies that are man­ag­ing their net­works through tra­di­tional IT pro­cesses will not be able to scale in this new age. Cisco’s ap­proach cre­ates an in­tu­itive sys­tem that con­stantly learns, adapts, and pro­tects, to op­ti­mize net­work oper­a­tions and de­fend against to­day’s evolv­ing threat land­scape.

“Cisco is de­liv­er­ing a more in­tu­itive sys­tem that au­to­mates the edge of the net­work and em­beds ma­chine learn­ing and an­a­lyt­ics at a foun­da­tional level,” said Scott Har­rell, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Prod­uct Man­age­ment for En­ter­prise Net­work­ing, Cisco. “In­tent-based net­work­ing sig­ni­fies a par­a­digm shift for our in­dus­try and a com­pletely new era of net­work­ing. It’s ex­cit­ing to wit­ness our global ecosys­tem-three mil­lion net­work en­gi­neers, 60,000 part­ners and 450,000 de­vel­op­ers-em­brace the fu­ture of net­work­ing.”

Al­ready, 75 lead­ing global en­ter­prises and or­ga­ni­za­tions are con­duct­ing early field tri­als with these next-gen­er­a­tion net­work­ing solutions, in­clud­ing Jade Univer­sity of Ap­plied Sciences, NASA, New­cas­tle Hos­pi­tals, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Scentsy, UZ Leu­ven and Wipro.

In­tent-based net­work­ing

To drive adop­tion of its in­tent­based net­work­ing solutions, Cisco an­nounced new train­ing and de­vel­oper pro­grams to 28,000 net­work­ing pro­fes­sion­als at the com­pany’s an­nual user con­fer­ence, Cisco Live. At­ten­dees will learn about the im­pact in­tent-based net­work­ing will have on their or­ga­ni­za­tions and be­gin de­vel­op­ing the skills needed in the new era of net­work­ing.

Net­work en­gi­neers: To­day, 80-95 per­cent of net­work oper­a­tions are man­u­ally con­fig­ured. In­tent-based net­work­ing au­to­mates rou­tine tasks by trans­lat­ing busi­ness in­tent into net­work con­fig­u­ra­tion, free­ing up net­work IT teams to drive more strate­gic ini­tia­tives with the busi­ness. To help net­work en­gi­neers evolve, Cisco is em­bed­ding new skills into its learn­ing cur­ricu­lum. This fall, Cisco will in­tro­duce two new train­ing of­fer­ings around SDAc­cess, build­ing on the ex­ist­ing DNA train­ing port­fo­lio and Net­work Pro­gramma­bil­ity train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tions avail­able for net­work en­gi­neers and ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­op­ers. To learn more, read this blog.

Ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­op­ers: The shift to open, pro­gram­mable net­works will cre­ate a range of new op­por­tu­ni­ties for app de­vel­op­ers. As the net­work be­comes code, and apps and in­fras­truc­ture be­come more closely in­ter­twined, app de­vel­op­ers will gain a new plat­form to in­no­vate. The new DNA De­vel­oper Cen­ter will pro­vide Cisco’s DevNet com­mu­nity of more than 450,000 de­vel­op­ers with the tools they need to bring ap­pli­ca­tions di­rectly into the net­work and cre­ate smarter soft­ware.

Chan­nel part­ners: The shift from hard­ware- to soft­ware-cen­tric net­work­ing is driv­ing Cisco’s chan­nel part­ners to evolve their net­work­ing prac­tices, de­velop new skills and pur­sue new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties. Cisco is pro­vid­ing the pro­grams, in­cen­tives and tools to help its part­ners build net­work­ing prac­tices that in­cor­po­rate soft­ware, se­cu­rity, au­to­ma­tion and an­a­lyt­ics for their cus­tomers. Read this blog to learn more.

Scott Har­rell

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