Network Intelligence

What Does Network Intelligence Mean?

Network intelligence (NI) is the ability of a given network to examine data packets continuously in real time and to analyze those packets to determine any data relationships and communication patterns. Network intelligence uses concepts and processes from packet capture, deep packet inspection (DPI) and business intelligence (BI) in order to realize its goals.


Techopedia Explains Network Intelligence

Network intelligence (NI) is a technology that is usually implemented as a middleware in order to capture information and feed it to a network operator application so that it can be used for processes such as traffic shaping, bandwidth management, policy management such as internet usage rules in offices, usage-based charging and billing, service and revenue assurance, lawful interception for cyber security and many more.

At the most basic level, NI is simply used to read and then analyze data packets going through the network in order to determine the source, destination, protocols used and other parameters so that the resulting information can be used for making certain decisions.

NI is often used by a wide range of applications and by service vendors who provide solutions over networks such as communications service providers, ISPs and cloud computing service providers for billing and charging, data mining for new products and services, and enhancing security. This is also used by private and public enterprises and governments primarily to extend network controls and enforce security.


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