The financial potential of the new digital economy is driving the rapid evolution of today’s networks. For decades, the substructure of the network remained relatively unchanged: data traffic was routed from point A to point B over a predictable array of devices, cables, and ports using well established protocols and commands. Over the past couple of years, however, things have begun to change dramatically. Virtualization, Software Defined Networks (SDN), and the cloud have fundamentally changed where data is stored and how it is accessed. And the next milestone on the network evolutionary path, Intent-Based Networking (IBN), is set to radically change the nature of network design, connectivity, and productivity even further.