4.1.3.4 Lab – Researching Intent-Based Networking (IBN) Answers

4.1.3.4 Lab – Researching Intent-Based Networking (IBN) Answers

Objectives

  • Part 1: Explore the Cisco Intent-Based Networking (IBN) website
  • Part 2: Introduction to Intent-Based Networking with Cisco DevNet
  • Part 3: Explore IBN Community Requests and Share Your Own

Background / Scenario

Today the network connects everything. What if the network could constantly adapt, protect, and notify based off the intent of the business owner? With an Intent-Based network, based on an open platform, the network can capture business intent and align the end-to-end network with that intent to bridge the gap between what the business needs and what the network delivers.

Required Resources

  • Computer with Internet Access

Instructions

Part 1: Explore the Cisco Intent-Based Networking (IBN) website

In Part 1, you will be introduced to an overview and multiple use cases of Intent-Based Networking with Cisco. While reading through this site and watching the embedded videos you’ll learn about human intent being being transformed into machine policy implementation. Click on the link below to access the Cisco IBN solution website.
https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/Intent-Based-networking.html#~stickynav=6

Step 1: Read through the Cisco Solutions website above and answer the following questions:

What is Intent-Based networking (IBN)?
An intent-based network bridges the gap between business and IT. It captures the intent of the business and continually aligns the end-to-end network with that intent. The intent can be applied to application service levels, security policies, compliance, operational processes, and other business needs.

List at least two reasons for using IBN.
Answers will vary but may include:
– speed and agility. The network can quickly respond to an organization’s needs with little manual intervention.
– Commercial value. Less time and effort required to maintain the network translates into more time for IT innovations that deliver real value to the business.
– Lower risk. Increased network visibility, analytics, and automation deliver increased threat detection and containment, ongoing compliance, and reduced downtime.

Part 2: Introduction to Intent-Based Networking with Cisco DevNet

In Part 2, you will be introduced to Intent-Based Networking with Cisco DevNet. While reading through this blog you’ll learn about networks being programmable and how Intent-Based networking can be integrated via code. Click on the link below to access the Cisco blog.
https://blogs.cisco.com/enterprise/building-Intent-Based-network-withdevnet?ccid=cc000006&dtid=esoxsp000263&oid=psten009481L

What is the first step to get started and hands-on with coding?
Answers may vary but will include:
– take an introductory code class
– review the DevNet DNA Developer Center
– Code an intent and share it with the DevNet community

With IBN in use, what should happen if a business owner specifies an intent to the network?
Answers will vary but may include the following:
The intent will be translated into network action and the action is triggered on the network. Assurance will continuously monitor, learn, and optimize network performance according to original intent.

Part 3: Explore IBN Community Requests and Share Your Own

In Part 3, you will view other community members requests for IBN code and you will share your idea for a business intent with the community. Developers in the community can turn your idea into code. Click on the link below to access the Cisco DevNet Community for Intent-Based networking and login using your
Netacad.com account:
https://developer.cisco.com/codeintent/

Step 1: Read through some of the intents developed by the community.

a. After reading through some of the intents built by community members, pick 2 intents that interest you and list them below.
1.__________________answers vary
2.__________________answers vary

Step 2: Make an Intent Wish

a. Create your own Intent Wish on the Cisco DevNet website and post it below:
Title: ___________________answers vary
Event Details:
_____________________________answers vary

Reflection

1. Can you think of other use cases for Intent-Based Networking (IBN) than what you’ve found in the 3 websites?
__________________answers vary

2. What type of programming skills do you think you’ll need to deploy Intent-Based networks?
__________________answers vary


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