"Intent-based networking is a significant development for the networking industry. It encompasses not only advanced levels of visibility, automation, and assurance but it is the platform on which new machine learning–based network management functionality will be built," said Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure, IDC. "End users can gain significant advantages from automating once-manual processes. This becomes increasingly important as organizations adopt new technologies that continue to strain the network. A network, and broader IT environment, that is able to control itself, respond to the needs of the business, troubleshoot issues that arise, and dynamically secure the environment is one that is more agile, secure, and prepared for the future."