Intent-Based Networking (IBN) will help you bridge the gap between your objectives and technology investment.

By capturing business intent and constantly learning, adapting, and using contextual insights, you will be able to automate many previously labour-intensive tasks and ensure a consistent digital experience for all your users.

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What is Intent-Based Networking?

Intent-based Networking is built with business outcomes in mind. An IBN translates business intent into automated network policy, providing network operations agility. Built from traditional network components, plus integrated orchestration, your IBN will utilise intelligent insights to provide correct application of your business intent assuring your team can identify and remediate any issues before your user experience is impacted.

  • 67%

    of users saw a reduction in network provisioning costs from a software-defined approach

  • 75%

    of OPEX budget is spent on changes and troubleshooting

  • 70%

    of policy violations are due to human error


  • Programmable

    Customise and design your device and user configuration using best practice, then apply it automatically across your network. Ensuring that any changes you make will be rolled out to every device; keeping your teams up to date and secure. The automation approach saves your team time, whilst maintaining a consistent and secure experience across your business.

  • Built on standard network components

    An intent-based network can be built on your existing network components, such as switches, routers, and access points. So, you won’t have to replace your existing infrastructure to experience the benefits of intent-based networking. Maximising the return on your existing technology investment.

  • Simplified best practice configuration

    Intent-based networking allows your technology environment to be configured to the highest standards using industry best practices with minimal interaction from your team. Minimising the possibility of human errors and saving your business time and resources.

  • Consistency Across
    The Networks

    Including best practice configuration templates within your design, deployment, and management phases. Rolled out through a centralised system that simplifies and provisions all your components in the same way, ensuring a consistent experience wherever your teams are based.

  • Ease of

    Your teams can manage your intent-based network through a modern-day web interface without the need to understand and utilise complex command syntaxes. In addition, intent-based networking supports API access, allowing your teams to benefit from automated and scripted management, configuration, changes, and monitoring. Saving them time so they can focus on other business critical projects.


  • Operational efficiency

    Through simple automation, your teams can template daily, repeatable tasks such as configuration and device management, to save time. With the touch of a button, you can apply best practice design that is secure, device relevant and consistent, giving you one less thing to worry about.

  • Ensured compliance

    Rest assured knowing that you are applying a consistent and best practice security approach every time you roll out a new device or site. By requiring minimal intervention, you reduce the risk of human error and will have a digital audit trail of activity.

  • Reduce risks to your business

    Use network monitoring and analytics, aided by machine learning, to pinpoint, report, and remedy issues before they become problems. Protecting you from a cyber-attack and allowing your business to keep running.

  • Invest in innovation

    Deliver innovation now and in the future, with a network that is able to adapt to new applications and service requirements. Built to integrate with APIs and DevOps tooling, it gives your teams the ability and flexibility to respond to technology advancements and business growth.

Technology Portfolio
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    Software-Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-Wan)

    SD-WAN is a transport agnostic virtual network architecture that uses a centralised control system to direct traffic across your network, lowering operational costs and improving resource usage for multi-site deployments. Your network administrators can use bandwidth more efficiently, to ensure the highest level of performance for critical applications without sacrificing security or data privacy.

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    Software-Defined Access (SDA)

    An SDA solution is a programmable network architecture that provides software-based policy and segmentation from the edge of your network to your applications. Implemented via platforms such as Cisco Digital Network Architecture Centre (DNA-C), SDA provides design settings, policy definition and automated provisioning of all your network elements. As well as assurance analytics for an intelligent wired or wireless network.

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    Digital Network Management Platform

    As the foundation of your SDA architecture, digital network management platforms such as Cisco DNA-C allows your solution to be managed by someone without in-depth traditional networking knowledge. DNA-C acts as a controller and analytics platform, supporting the expression of intent for multiple use cases, including base automation capabilities, SDA fabric provisioning, and policy-based network segmentation. It also provides you with analytics and assurance for both your wired and wireless networks, providing end-to-end visibility into the network with full context through data and insights.

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    Switches are a core pillar of your network, they connect your devices to each other so they can share information seamlessly. Catalyst switches act as the building blocks of your intent-based networking fabric on which you will provision your SDA overlays. The Catalyst series of switches are purpose built for the enterprise campus and will deliver unrivalled scale and buffering for your applications. The switches will act as a border/control point and will provide enough port capacity to support the number of edge nodes and external connections your network needs.

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    Identity security engines such as Cisco ISE will carry out authentication/authorisation for endpoints connecting to the network. It will allow for best practice policy assignment and segmentation to be applied automatically across your business. Cisco ISE is also used for your teams to utomate their management of network devices leveraging role base authentication and authorisation.

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    A router connects multiple switches, and their networks, to create a holistic intent based network. These networks may be in a single location or across multiple locations, the router also allows networked devices and multiple users to access the internet. The router is responsible for directing traffic and choosing the most efficient route for information to deliver consistent experiences for your users.

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    Wireless Access Points

    Natilik work with you to assign best in class wireless access points into your bespoke environment, providing optimised radio frequency (RF) designs to maximise coverage, resilience and throughput. With Wi-Fi 6 certified access points allowing for better transit time to and from devices. This reduction in latency gives your teams greater reliability even within high density environments.

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Why Natilik for Intent-based Networking?

With proven success in deploying intent based network infrastructure, Natilik pride themselves on applying best practice and innovative automation to maximise the ROI seen by clients. With the capacity to bring to life the benefits on a global scale by award winning industry experts and a best in class technology portfolio.

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