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Cisco DNA Center

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco DNA Center

When you have relaxed calendar for migrating to [Cisco] DNA Center, it perfectly do the automation job. As setting it up very time consuming, it requires flexibility on operations. In a tight calendar, [Cisco] DNA Center migration is a stressful process.While it is the perfect tool as a network automation product with various vendor support, you may also need to consider is it fully compatible with your current devices on your network. As we were setting up a new infrastructure, we purchased all equipment compatible with Cisco's solution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

N-Central would be most appropriate in a situation where an experienced admin would like a product that is as customizable as possible. The products allows for a lot of customization, but would be less appropriate in a situation where a less experienced admin is looking for a product that requires less set up.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Management Tasks

Cisco DNA Center
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
6.4
Patch Management
Cisco DNA Center
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
6.4

Pros

Cisco DNA Center

  • Ease of automation and configuration templates make the future you very glad you did it!
  • The PnP for switches that allow to boot up and contact the network with a pre-configuration is so amazing. Makes life easy!
  • Integrates well with our ISE platform, they have really made it well worth the cost to have everything with the name CISCO on your equipment. All of their devices work so well with this software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

  • Remote tasks - entry-level techs can run basic tasks without physically touching a piece of equipment.
  • Remote support - remote controlling user devices is easy and saves a lot of time with having to initiate a remote session.
  • Management of devices, particularly patch management and anti-virus management - you can automatically approve and deploy patches and schedule automatic AV scans.
Nicolas Poague | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco DNA Center

  • En el data Center, integrando los equipos que se encuentra en el corazon de la red y previniendo que esten actualizados // For Data Centers, integrating equipment that is the core of a network, and preventing them from being updated
  • En las diferentes areas del campus para poder monitorizar el funcionamiento de los dispositivos // Improving remote monitoring of devices
  • En la identificacion de problemas de seguridad de los dispositivos de red // Improving identification of network security issues
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

  • It is a large piece of software and does take some time to get set-up and configured.
  • Limitations with some basic monitoring like site down/internet down and server state make it difficult to have accurate monitoring information.
  • Reports and reporting are minimal, not very customizable and not pretty.
Robert Guy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco DNA Center

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central) 8.9
Based on 2 answers
Overall we have liked our solar winds experience, however, as our company has grown to support larger enterprises, this product does not have the functionality that our teams need in order to fully support them. The lack of granularity with backups and lack of ability to support nutanix environments is slowly drawing us into the use of other tools.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco DNA Center

Cisco DNA Center 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Cisco DNA is a network controller and management dashboard that lets you take charge of your network. Cisco DNA Center provides a single dashboard concentrate and is easy to use. Maybe we should be open to multi-brand integration, as it can integrate other devices not made for Cisco and the different providers can reduce services.
Michał Sabat | TrustRadius Reviewer

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central) 8.8
Based on 3 answers
The user interface is fairly straight forward, with logic groupings for objects. I did not deploy this software, but am one of the daily administrators. Once you get the correct agent package (Which can be a challenge) the integration into AD is not bad. The UI could be more customized, but that may have been a design choice.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco DNA Center

Cisco DNA Center 9.0
Based on 37 answers
Cisco is recognized for good products and good support on failure situations. When you buy a Cisco DNA Center you buy a SMARTnet contract that you can use to contact with Cisco Support (Cisco TAC) who are experienced engineers and solve any issue. On the other hand Cisco has a big community who will help you or you can find if your problem was presented by other.
Cesar Durán | TrustRadius Reviewer

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central) 8.4
Based on 14 answers
Every time we have reached out to SolarWinds they are quick to respond, even offering support chat 24/7. Their support team is great and works with you to find solutions to issues. They have taken items we had issues with before and used those to create updates so that the issue is handled better in the future.
chris maddox | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco DNA Center

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central) 8.3
Based on 4 answers
Make sure if you your using a vm you follow the instructions for provisioning to the letter or it will be starting from square one
Howard Magnes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco DNA Center

Meraki does what should be expected at it's price point, but it is geared to SMB. When it comes to enterprise networks, DNA Center is the clear path forward. It allows for more devices than just the ones it configures, it provides more customization and on boarding options, and the control stays within the organization. The DNA Center telemetry provides a more robust reporting than the Meraki dashboard, and again, the data stays on site. I see both being important in their own ways, but Meraki falls short in larger enterprises, and that is where DNA Center shines the most.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

SolarWinds N-central is on the more unique side of tools because it can do so many things, and do most of them quite well. For patching, it is much easier to use than SCCM. In terms of monitoring, it is not great out of the box and requires tweaking to take full advantage. Since it is agent-based, any time an agent fails to check in, it means that that device is effectively no longer being managed. It can take a great deal of effort to maintain and remediate agent issues.
It is a great tool to manage small to medium-sized environments, but would struggle to cover all the angles required in a larger enterprise setting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco DNA Center

  • Efficient time spent elsewhere. I can spend my time troubleshooting other portions of the network instead of housekeeping current gear.
  • Assistance with inventory; it keeps an inventory of all the devices you add to it, so it can serve as an inventory of equipment if that's what you'd like from it.
  • Visibility; we can see more of the status of our gear, if it's unreachable, or if things are misbehaving the dashboard shows that there are irregularities.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

  • Allows the service desk to quickly connect to computers and troubleshoot issues in less time
  • Minimizes user downtime by allowing installs to run in the background
  • Allows for management of updates and the ability to let the user postpone the update if needed
Ashley Babiarz | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Cisco DNA Center

Pricing Details

Cisco DNA Center

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco DNA Center
8.7
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco DNA Center
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
8.9

Usability

Cisco DNA Center
9.0
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
8.8

Support Rating

Cisco DNA Center
9.0
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
8.4

Implementation Rating

Cisco DNA Center
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
8.3

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