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Cisco unveils subscription service for AI-based networking

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Cisco today unveiled The Intuitive Network to deliver security and networking that learns, adapts, and gets smarter over time through the use of artificial intelligence.

“The network has been foundational to business and society for the last 30 years and today I really believe we’re redefining the network for the next 30 years,” Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said at an event held today in the Dogpatch neighborhood in San Francisco. “What we believe we can do for our customers is translate their business intent into the network. We can automate policy, we can understand what our customers are trying to do. Think about a manufacturing facility that connects all their assets, and then as they need more capacity then the network dynamically provisions based on what they’re trying to achieve in their business.”

Cisco also unveiled today the Catalyst 9000 series of networking platforms, the first made specifically for intent-based networking. With Catalyst 9000 machines, intent-based networking can detect malware with 99 percent accuracy without the need to decrypt data, what Cisco VP for networking and security business units David Goeckeler called a “huge step forward for cybersecurity.”

“The network has to be a fundamental part of the security solution in the future or we won’t have security in the future,” Robbins said.

The Intuitive Network is being tested with more than 70 customers including Royal Caribbean Cruises and NASA.

Above: Cisco VP for networking and security business units David Goeckeler unveils the Catalyst 9000 series at an event held June 20, 2017 in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco

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