Managed service providers can offer co-management as a tier within a particular set of products and services, such as a software-defined wide-area network (SD WAN).
Through a self-service portal, for example, customers can use co-management to define intents. These could be based on the applications their organization uses most often, the various branch offices or other sites they're operating, and even their WAN links.
Intent-based policy management translates intents into policies across network domains for application-aware routing or quality of service on a given site without worrying about specific vendors' parameters.
This offers the network flexibility and control businesses want as well as the support they sometimes need. If there are policies customers need to change that can't be supported through their portal or application programming interfaces (APIs), the managed service provider can do so directly.