Cisco introduces predictive networking technology

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Lead the way for self-healing networks, CEO promises

Cisco introduced new predictive networking technology this week that it says will help businesses improve network reliability and performance. The new predictive analytics engine is making its way into new Cisco products and will help IT teams prevent network issues before they happen.

Cisco has already tested the predictive networking engine with customers. Chuck Robbins, president and CEO of Cisco, said early adopters of the technology are already seeing improvements in efficiency and cost.

“The future of connectivity will rely on self-healing networks that can learn, predict and plan,” Robbins said.

“Cisco has been working on a first-of-its-kind predictive analytics engine that will help IT teams prevent issues and improve user experience. Cisco has tuned and tested predictive models with customers in various industry segments, incorporating advanced analytics and machine learning techniques to enable greater accuracy and ease of use,” said the society.

The new engine has been part of an ongoing development process for about two years, Cisco said. Predictive network technology gathers network telemetry data, learns patterns, and predicts network issues that may affect user experience. It then presents troubleshooting options. Customers have the final say on predictive engine range.

“Customers can decide how far and wide they want to connect to the engine across the entire network, giving them flexible options to expand as needed,” he said.

“AI and ML capabilities enable Cisco’s predictive networks to learn by aggregating data across a large number of services,” said Stephanie Chan, columnist and video producer at Cisco. Chan explained that predictive networking technology relies on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to identify patterns from aggregated network data. The system is continually optimizing, she says.

“And because it puts experience first, it not only works like the human mind, but it’s also created for the human mind,” she said.

Cisco says the network is evolving

Pretty heady stuff.

Speaking of heady stuff, Cisco’s Stephen Spiers sees a march of network evolution that is “a journey, not a destination because next year, as Darwin acknowledged, our species of network will evolve further.”

Spiers – pushing Cisco’s business-critical service offerings – explained the issues Communications Service Providers (CSPs) face when launching 5G Autonomous (SA), Open RAN and other efforts, calling it “a whole list of things to do”.

“There will be more mature parts of your network, using technologies that have been deployed perhaps for a good number of years. Are you considering the implications of upcoming product “end of life” timelines? Have you applied the latest patches and, perhaps more critical, security advisories? Have you thought about how you continuously optimize these parts of the network? Have you thought about how you can reduce your energy consumption and contribute more to your organization’s “green strategy” goals? ” He asked.

Back to Chan, “Networks have been responsive for 35 years, and the old ways of rerouting traffic and detecting problems after they’ve happened aren’t enough anymore.”

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