Intent-based Networking Bridging the Gap Between Business Intent and Network Operations
Intent-based networking, often known as IBN, is an emerging technology that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms to manage and optimize computer networks. The primary concept of IBN is intent, which refers to the desired outcome or goal a user wants to achieve through the network.
IBN aims to make network management easier and more intuitive by focusing on business objectives rather than technical configurations. The Intent engine, Radio Intelligent Controller (RIC) from the RAN, and Network Data Analytics Function (NWDAF) from the 5G core network are the three elementary modular components that make intent-based networking feasible. Together, they provide a seamless tapestry of network optimization and performance enhancement.
Intent-based Networking: Benefits and some key challenges:
- Automation and Efficiency
- Real-time Adaptability
- Simplified Network Management
- Enhanced Security and Compliance
- Cost Reduction