An intent is a desired property of your network. An intent can describe a business policy or an architectural goal. You can use intents to design, manage, and to verify networks based on business policies. Intents enable prediction of network behavior in advance.

vRealize Network Insight provides a powerful set of system defined intents out-of-the-box. You can also configure custom user-defined intents from a menu of intent templates.

Periodically, vRealize Network Insight verifies whether each intent is satisfied, using a model of all possible network-wide behavior. If an intent is violated, it triggers an event.