A primer on closed-loop automation

MATT CONRAN | August 1, 2018

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Recently, I was reading a blog post by Ivan Pepelnjak on intent-based networking. He discusses that the definition of intent is "a usually clearly formulated or planned intention" and the word “intention” is defined as ’what one intends to do or bring about." I started to ponder over his submission that the definition is confusing as there are many variations.To guide my understanding, I decided to delve deeper into the building blocks of intent-based networking, which led me to a variety of closed-loop automation solutions. After extensive research, my view is that closed-loop automation is a prerequisite for intent-based networking. Keeping in mind the current requirements, it’s a solution that the businesses can deploy. Now that I have examined different vendors, I would recommend gazing from a bird’s eye view, to make sure the solution overcomes today's business and technical challenges. The outputs should drive a future-proof solution.

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Indegy provides situational awareness and real-time security for industrial control networks to ensure operational continuity and reliability. The Indegy platform delivers comprehensive visibility and oversight into all OT activities, including changes to controller logic, configuration and state, across all vendor devices, by utilizing control network inspection of proprietary control communications, and patent-pending agentless controller verification technology that validate PLC firmware, code and configuration. W

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Indegy provides situational awareness and real-time security for industrial control networks to ensure operational continuity and reliability. The Indegy platform delivers comprehensive visibility and oversight into all OT activities, including changes to controller logic, configuration and state, across all vendor devices, by utilizing control network inspection of proprietary control communications, and patent-pending agentless controller verification technology that validate PLC firmware, code and configuration. W

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