At Cisco Live, networking pros heard a lot about Cisco's new intent-based networking strategy and technologies. On the surface, the technologies look like an evolution of Cisco's existing enterprise network products. Intent-based networking was actually available with Cisco's ACI platform, Digital Network Architecture (DNA). It was announced in March 2016, and the Catalyst 9000 family of switches is a version of the venerable switch. New technologies include software-defined access and encrypted traffic analytics.
However, we need to focus on the bigger picture rather than the individual products. Altogether, they're actually a long-awaited realization of software-defined networking branching out beyond the data center and finding its way into the enterprise.