Cisco DNA Center

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Cisco DNA Center

8 out of 10
June 14, 2022
We use Cisco DNA Center as a single pane of glass to view our network equipment across six locations throughout the state of California. I …
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Cisco DNA Software

10 out of 10
January 04, 2022
The software helps to scale the network in my organization as per need. It also facilitates automation for which specific policies can be …
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Cisco DNA Center Review

7 out of 10
May 03, 2021
We have lot of Cisco equipment on our IT network and DNA Center controller-based dashboard is used to provide support for Hospital IT …
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What is Cisco DNA Center?

Cisco DNA Center is the network management system, foundational controller, and analytics platform at the heart of Cisco’s intent-based network. DNA Center addresses the demands of digitization, cloud, IoT, and mobility by eliminating IT complexity and facilitating alignment with business intent, unifying policy, automation, and assurance with integrated security.

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Score 7 out of 10
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We, as a Cisco partner, install Cisco DNA Center for our customers as well as in our lab. We have been with it since the earlier 1.1 on the M4 server (we got our server after the issue with the partitioning on the hard drives), and dealt with many of the bugs throughout 1.2, and are currently on 1.2.8. We have evaluates the auto-provision and PnP functionality, SD-Access with fabric at a single site, API and API integrations with custom software, and Assurance modules both within DNA Center and integrated into ticketing systems.
  • PnP is absolutely amazing. The idea that the server need only boot up and get a DHCP address (with DNS or Option 43) greatly increases the deployment speeds, especially tying to golden standard images and configuration templates.
  • API documentation and integration is better than any other Cisco product I have seen, and in the top 3 of any product I have worked with. The Developer toolkit was able to not only show configuration examples, but also show you the actual feedback from that call to assist in quality testing.
  • ISE integration with the auto-provisioning makes a zero-touch deployment seemless across multiple platforms. Having the DNA Center contact the ISE environment greatly assists in speed-to-deployment of new gear.
  • The overall UI is very intuitive and walks you through each piece of a new deployment. Whereas in products like ISE, I always talk about working backwards (define the result, the conditions, and then add to policy - but the tabs are listed in reverse order), DNA Center provides the step-by-step boxes to take a new deployment to a fabric-enabled campus to assurance and monitoring.
  • The configuration templates, with ability to add variables, allow engineers to create the one golden standard configuration for a particular switch type, and supply the variables to that particular switch. This has been a large limiting factors with many customers, as the templates were not dynamic enough.
  • The PnP holding area for switches allows the switches to boot up and contact DNA Center, but will sit in an unprovisioned state until ready.
  • Allowing templates to only be available for particular network devices or line of network devices prevents engineers clicking without thinking.
  • The DNA Center provides a dot1X configuration to the switch that I have never seen before. It seems overly complex and may be hard to troubleshoot from the CLI.
  • Documentation needs to be much more available through the Cisco website. Contacting TAC for every issue and upgrade is quite honestly unacceptable. Calling TAC undermines the trust of a product and I have had customers steer away from DNAC for that exact reason.
  • Explaining the DNA Center "magic" to CLI needs to be documented in much greater detail. When I hit the bug in 1.2.6 which evaporated my fabric, I was desperate to get it back up. It was an issue with my LISP underlay, but unfortunately, I didn't know LISP at the time. Again, this is increasing the fear with the customer base (especially the senior engineers), who need to know "what happens when DNAC goes down".
  • Cisco continues to push customers to their in-house resources with their seeding programs. This makes it difficult as a partner to sell services with DNA Center to assist. In one instance, we worked with the customer for 3 days on their DNA Center, and when we went to make a service sales attempt, we were cut short by the Cisco SE saying "don't forget you get a free X number of hours with our team". What is our motivation for being so invested if Cisco seeds the device and the services? We are not making any money on the deals.
  • I am hopeful about the 1.3 train, but 1.2 was so plagued with bugs that customers were jumping minor releases way too often. The same problem happened with Firepower. I am not sure if these were not unit tested because there wasn't enough resources or time, but jumping from failed minor release to failed minor release is a great way for customers to lose faith in the product.
  • The documentation of what the initial set-up *does* needs to be better documented. There are 4 ports, but only 2 are necessary (cluster and enterprise). This needs to be better explained that only one interface can get a default route, so that needs to be taken into account. Also, why the service subnets exist needs to be better explained. I have dealt with way too many customers who fumble past the address space needed for DNA Center because no one puts on the web site "these are tunneled IPs used by Docker." Again - very poor public documentation is available.
  • DNA Center needs to be advertised as what it is. It is an absolutely amazing product, which needs ISE for the SDA. For ETA, Stealthwatch can report back to ISE. That has nothing to do with DNA Center. This is only causing confusion. When I finally de-tangle the Cisco products for a customer, they generally are willing to sign off on more of the products than the campaign of DNAC, ISE, Stealthwatch, Threat-Grid, Firepower, and Cat9K -or- nothing.
Cisco DNA Center can be a pricey option to install. If customers are looking to just do Prime or PnP features, there are a million products, and most are cheaper. I would at least tell them the benefits that DNA Center provides with the PnP functionality, because it certainly provides a step above, but not enough to justify the price point. For Prime (or SolarWinds) functions, we are being promised most of the necessary features in version 1.4, so I would only recommend for that case on a roadmap from Cisco.

However, for customers who are looking for the benefits of SD-Access, I would highly recommend this product. Cisco got the SDN right on this one. The DNA Center pushes the configuration, but allows access to the switch in case you need to manually change something. The SD-Access deployment with the concept of the OOB network being the default VRF is absolutely outstanding. The DNA Center alleviates the strain of manual configuration, but provides the functionality with tested protocols such as LISP and VXLAN.
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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We use DNAC to manage our Cisco infrastructure. We use it to push out configs, inventory & troubleshooting. Built in automation simplifies network management by automatically applying the right policy in the right place, all through a centralized dashboard.
  • Assurance.
  • Automation.
  • Centralized dashboard.
  • North/south reporting.
  • Ease of use.
  • Upgrading code.
We have multiple switch stacks in multiple building and closets. We use DNAC to push out configs and policies. It is also very useful for troubleshooting wifi issues with Assurance. The product provides a single pane of glass approach to network management.
Score 10 out of 10
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It is used to manage the SDA solution for both our biggest campuses. Our biggest drive to introduce it was to do segmentation in our networks in order to improve the security for our users and developers.
  • It has a nice GUI.
  • It simplifies management of very complex scenarios we couldn’t set up without it. (Segmentation.)
  • The GUI is not very intuitive: if I want to see what IP pools are in use for a specific site, I have to navigate through a lot of sections whose titles don‘t really sound like IP pools can be found behind them.
  • In Assurance it is not intuitive for me to filter the Client list for example for "clients whose IP starts with 192.168.111.". I always end up trying different syntax, give up, show the entire list and scroll until I manually find the entry (so far we only have 250 clients enrolled).
It is well suited for a company with campus sites where there is quite a lot of hardware to manage. DNA Center, to me, is a tool to manage a lot of hardware (with auto deployment, templates and so on). It is also great to manage SDA.
It is a young product that needs to mature. Right now a software update is a very serious thing and could take several hours and crash and need TAC support. Partners do not yet seem to be 100% up to speed to give high quality support.
June 14, 2022

Cisco DNA Center

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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We use Cisco DNA Center as a single pane of glass to view our network equipment across six locations throughout the state of California. I describe it to people as Cisco Prime on steroids, which is great if you are familiar with Cisco Prime. It is an easy transition. We went from six separate instances of a prime, with six panes of glass, to one single pane of glass for all sites. We view the health of both our wired and wireless infrastructure. It is easy to drill down into problem areas. It's also easy to view and find things on the campus maps.
  • At a glance view of the health of your network
  • Mapping and heat maps
  • Ease of software upgrades
  • Managing access for users to have control of over multiple sites
  • Add more image repository servers. Right now it's capped at four.
  • Allow backup of the system to something other than Linux.
Cisco DNA Center is great for managing software upgrades across multiple device platforms and sites. It's also great for a quick at-a-glance view of the overall health of your network access, whether it be wired or wireless. It is not the best for smaller deployments, in my opinion. That might be overkill.
January 04, 2022

Cisco DNA Software

Score 10 out of 10
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The software helps to scale the network in my organization as per need. It also facilitates automation for which specific policies can be set and thus makes the operations much more efficient in our organization. It thus lets us build an intelligent network system without much of the hassle required once the setup is done.
  • Policy based automation
  • Low cost
  • Not too complicated to set up
  • Online resources/tutorials
  • User base is not so big
  • Reduce dependence on other software
[Cisco DNA Software is well suited] for policy-based automation, network scaling, and basic network management works.
Yes. Through the automation functions provided, all of it became an easy task to accomplish and thus let me spend time on other developments in the organization.
They always helped quickly if any assistance was needed and also guided me through the various steps in the setup. They were steady in resolving issues if any occurred.
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco DNA Center is being used by the whole organization, the initial roll out has been to manage the 3750 switch replacements.
  • Day 0 - provisioning.
  • Automatic upgrades.
  • Application telemetry.
  • Easier access to features types.
  • Implementation.
  • Reporting, assurance.
Best suited in an organization where you can benefit from day 0 provisioning which makes it easier to deploy the equipment and saving time and money in shipping. Less appropriate in small environments such as a single building. Overall Cisco DNA Center has been hard to implement due to the multiple layers required to make the system function properly but once implemented we are happy with the product.
Rik Aragoza | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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My department uses it for evaluation and possible mass-deployment at the moment.
  • Management
  • Overview
  • Implementation
  • Better clarity in the menu options.
Medium-scale to Large scale corporations, as it will tie up most of the infrastructure in 1 cohesive control center. Small to Medium-sized enterprises are a bit too small for Cisco DNA, however, if rampant growth is expected, it should be highly considered albeit the price for the initial investment is high.
Initial hands-on experience dictates that it's intuitive, user-friendly and easily to operate, along with the Support Center option and or privileges that purchasing one entails. Much like other Cisco products, support for Cisco DNA Center has been good thus far, as they provide useful insights into possible deployment options and / or tips and tricks from the experts.
Nilufa Hossain | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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Cisco DNA Center has been very helpful in automating new configuration deployments within our organization. It helps us deal with not knowing what’s going on in the network. It is a central platform for all of our network’s devices and Cisco products it serves. There are no complicated data representation or extraction procedures to learn, plus data can export to any readable format. A single user interface that manages all aspects of the network’s life-cycle makes detailed network analytics possible. Overall, it’s a great network management platform.
  • Automating networks is now quick and simple. All devices can be managed and monitored from a single dashboard.
  • Group tag scalability and network policy enable wireless assurance and enhanced security.
  • Security operations rely on APIs for automation, polling, threat detection, and response. It provides comprehensive notifications for fast and effective responses.
  • The initial releases had bugs and implementation was difficult, but after that it was fine.
  • Add support for legacy devices such as voice gateways.
  • Stateful network security may be a significant improvement over current methods that do not support third-party devices.
The implementation of Cisco DNA Center has assisted us in automating configuration. When it comes to traffic management or network analysis, this is a fantastic tool. It comes in handy when we need to deploy quickly. It's extremely adaptable because it can integrate with other programs and devices. With the help of Cisco DNA Center, automation and quality assurance have become second-nature processes. Before launching this program, we had to actually think about security.
Pranjal Mittal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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I have used Cisco DNA Software for almost a year and Cisco DNA Software makes it easier for us to judge the needs of the network and input it the same way, which makes the whole process more effective and efficient. Also, it provides all the needed features in one place like automation, analytics, etc.
  • Automation
  • Integration
  • Virtualization
  • Analytics
  • Better interface
  • Cost
  • Customer support
It is helpful for day-to-day uses in businesses and it is helpful for small and midsize customers only, so there is room for improvement there. The interface could have been better to make it more attractive and fun to use. Also, it helps in starting up our company's network equipment in a faster way.
Yes, it did make tasks simplified in many ways. We can check all the network requirements and even check statistics in a single place, which makes the overall process fast and efficient. Also, it helps in minimizing configuration errors; the processes which used to take days can be done in hours.
It is simply based on my overall experience with Cisco DNA Software.
Score 7 out of 10
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Cisco DNA Software is used in our organization to easily monitor all the network devices on our servers. It is easy to implement and configure with its UI-based, user-friendly application. It integrates easily with all Cisco routers and switches, without any hassle or additional setup. It makes troubleshooting any device easy and seamless.
  • End-to-end visibility
  • Easily integrates with Cisco products
  • Easy to set up and configure
  • User-friendly dashboard
  • Some third-party devices are not supported
  • Some legacy devices are not supported
I highly recommend Cisco DNA Software to anyone who uses Cisco devices and products. It makes it easy to manage them and the integration is seamless. However, some legacy devices and even some of the latest third-party devices are not supported by this application. Troubleshooting for Cisco devices is easy but for third-party devices, it's a hassle sometimes.
Initial setup is hassle-free and time-saving. Once it's set up, configuring the devices is a cakewalk. It gets easier and easier once you get the hang of the software. Each and every update of the app makes it more user-friendly and less cluttered. It made upgrading, troubleshooting, and configuring the devices so easy.
Support is vast and available 24/7. They are well versed and very responsive. My interaction with the support team has been very limited so I cannot comment on much.
Score 9 out of 10
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Cisco DNA Software is being used by our IT organization to run our network with open interfaces with our business applications. It integrates all the technology domains and we are able to manage all the devices across our network. Using Cisco DNA Software makes managing our network infrastructure very simple.
  • Strong security
  • Analytic tools work well
  • Automation of outputs
  • More helpful tutorials available
  • Setup can be complex
  • Integration with third-party applications
I would definitely recommend this to a colleague. Cisco DNA Software is best suited for any company that needs to monitor and direct their network traffic. This program gives the user good visibility of network issues and allows the streamlining of networks to be much more efficient. The views into these items saves a lot of time.
Using Cisco DNA Software has made managing our networks a lot simpler. We're able to see the amount of traffic we are getting, so we are able to get a better read on our analytics. Exporting data is fairly simple, and the formats that are provided are easily readable.
Overall support for Cisco DNA Software is fairly good. Whenever we have a question that needs an answer and we are unable to figure out, we reach out to the support team. They are able to figure out our needs and provide the proper support. They are always available via email or phone call.
Sonu Kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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We are currently using multiple network modules of cisco in the organization. D-NAC and DNA are deployed over here and currently, it's helping us for authorized network access and automated to monitor & manage entire network infrastructure. IT department doesn't require a full-time dedicated resource to manage the network infrastructure at various stages as the current model is very robust and reliable, and this makes our life so easy and leverage to focus on other important IT activities.
  • DNA dashboard enabled us to monitor/manage the entire network from one single interface.
  • No full-time dedicated network resources required, as it's very easy to manage the network from L2 engineer after DNA training.
  • Cisco DNA offers many more features that may also help other organizations as per their working model.
  • Cisco may be focused on promoting Cisco DNA solution in India as a larger number of organizations currently using the conventional network model are not familiar with Cisco DNAC and DNA (what it offers basically).
  • If Cisco DNA is used in more organizations will get more feedback from the end-users directly for an area of improvement and this will help to make this solution agile.
Where the organization doesn't want to deploy so many people to manage IT infra or small size organizations may take network services to support directly from Cisco authorized partners and to ensure smooth and customized solution DNA works well.
Score 7 out of 10
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We have lot of Cisco equipment on our IT network and DNA Center controller-based dashboard is used to provide support for Hospital IT network operations and provides in depth visibility into the network. Automation feature allows us to deploy new configurations in a quick and seamless manner.
  • Manage and monitor status of all devices on single dashboard.
  • Automation.
  • Data Analytics.
  • Other vendor devices support is not available.
  • Lack of support for old Cisco devices.
Very well suited for managing and monitoring new Cisco equipment.
It is very hard to integrate old Cisco equipment and any network devices other than Cisco.
Nikola Marks | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco DNA Center (CDC) is used as a central management platform for all devices including Cisco products on our network. Three layered end-user network architecture of the company is administered by our team on CDC. We use CDC in co-operation with Splunk. While we define and push security policies on CDC, its log data is collected and analysed on Splunk.
  • Automating network optimisation flow.
  • Wide integration ability.
  • Threat detection mechanism included.
  • With its optimised and secure built, it is the appropriate tool for remote access, especially became important during pandemic.
  • Graphical interface works slow.
The company backbone consist mainly Cisco devices and they work very well. Cisco DNA Center allows us to integrate them flawless. As my main concern is the security, CDC's integrated security modules provides me another angle on each end-point apart from other tools we use. Lastly, I save time with its automation features. I can define flows and manage them on a dashboard.
Score 7 out of 10
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We have a smaller network team that is using Cisco DNA Center to help automate infrastructure deployment and maintenance. Cisco DNA Center assists in automating tasks such as updating firmware on Cisco switches and routers, along with allowing on-the-fly switch replacement that's flexible enough to allow our desktop team to replace a switch if necessary.
  • Deploying firmware to Cisco devices.
  • Wireless assurance.
  • Automation of equipment deployment.
  • Ease of use.
  • Ease of deployment.
  • Obtuse UI.
Cisco DNA Center is well suited for mid-to-larger businesses that want to start getting into SDN in an approachable way. Cisco DNA Center is obviously better suited for organizations that already rely on Cisco for most of their networking infrastructure needs, but can work with other devices as well to some extent.
April 11, 2021

DNA Center experience

Score 9 out of 10
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DNA Center is used by the IT department, which allows us to face the problem of not having visibility of what was happening on the network. In addition, it is very useful for us in the deployment of new configurations in an automated way that without DNA would take more than twice the time to implement.
  • Automation
  • Scheduled tasks
  • Assurance
  • Easy deployment of new configurations
  • Reports
  • Assurance dashboards
  • Issues notifications
DNA Center automation and assurance is highly recommended for scenarios where you have a certified architecture with Cisco devices, as it allows you to extend the visibility and automated functionalities from the LAN to the border with the WAN. On the contrary, I would only recommend DNA Center Assurance if you have equipment from multiple manufacturers since there would be no compatibility of the automation module with devices other than Cisco.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use it across our organizations, we have many different models of Cisco switches and routers that are difficult to monitor and manage. We tried alternative 3rd party options but finally tried DNA Center and it has made life much easier! We need to upgrade all of our equipment to fully utilize the DNA Center capabilities. It gives us some great automation options and monitoring options, it is integrated well since it is the Cisco standard.
  • 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.
  • Sometimes it is difficult to find help with specific issues, more documentation and support portals are needed.
  • If the overall cost of support/maintenance could be more affordable this would be great.
  • I wish this could be a virtual appliance but for now you need the appliance hardware, as with many similar Cisco items.
This would be an excellent tool for a large scale Cisco network or one especially that is converting to Cisco gear as it will make transitioning to the new equipment a breeze.
Score 8 out of 10
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Actually, we are using Cisco DNA Center as a platform to speed up our network services provisioning, having an entire overview of our infrastructure and reducing the requited time for configuration, installation and troubleshooting.
We have a centralized management for our more than 20 locations across [Central America], enabling a visivility end-to-end.
  • Centralized management
  • Automation of installation
  • User access policies
  • Hard to set up initially.
  • High licensing cost for small and medium companies.
[Cisco DNA Center is good to use if] you want to define security policies for [a] domain in a centralized way. Also, if you have a lot of Cisco devices [distributed] in different and [distant] locations, Cisco DNA Center is a very good solution to automate the configuration, installation and monitoring [for] the [network] devices. Also, it brings you a possibility to integrate the security logs to Splunk in order to know what is happening in your infrastructure [and] generate alerts.
Simone Demaria | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Cisco DNA Center for networking management and reports on our Headquarters. The greatest benefit brought by DNA Center is a more secure network, an enhanced visibility and monitoring and an easier provisioning procedure.
  • Enhanced security with scalable group tag and local policy on the network.
  • The DNA Center Dashboard simplify the monitoring.
  • API's allow many automation and polling for monitoring and reporting purpose.
  • The most important improvement could be a stateful approach to the security on the network.
I think DNA Center is the best option in enterprise network architecture. The zero touch provisioning approach makes DNA suitable also for network infrastructure with a fast scalability.
Christopher J Evans | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco DNA Center is being used across our whole company network.We manage most of our company network and configure Cisco devices and Cisco DNA Center-compatible parts via DNA center. Company-owned computers, company IoT devices, and personal devices are all kept in different domains. Each main network device from these domains is managed from dashboard easily. However, each of these Cisco devices requires a separate license for using. Cisco DNA Center allow us to define security policies for each domain. Thanks to its included threat detection mechanism, we are able to monitor all end-points from Cisco DNA Center and integrate its log outputs to Splunk. The security team can see the threat on Cisco DNA Center as well, but our centralized security operation prefers to receive alert via Splunk and then respond to the threat.
  • Network segmentation flexibility. On dashboard to rule all domains on our network.
  • Command line still available with dozens of new capabilities.
  • Network analytics are detailed. Integrated artificial intelligience skills are useful for classifying logs for seperate routes on Splunk.
  • Integrated threat detection and response for security operations. Detailed alerts for quick and efficient response.
  • GUI usage becomes a must rather than being an option due to hugely extended command line capabilities.
  • Requires a good budget for licensing. Each network device included requires payment for DNA software integration.
As the number of network devices and end-points increases in the network, more centralization requirements occur. On the SIEM side, Splunk centralizes all the monitoring, visualization, and automation. Cisco DNA Center emerges on the hardware side with its automation and visibility increasing abilities.
Score 7 out of 10
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We all need to be certified in the CIsco Data Center before starting the implementation. Cisco Data Center is a command center and used for network management. This system is well-known as the intent-based network for the enterprise. It also allows the user to proactively monitor, optimize their network, and troubleshoot. The best part of Cisco Data Center is that it enables us to integrate with third-party software, and is easy to restore.
  • Ease of usage.
  • Good cost/benefit ratio.
  • Solving the automation of the network is quiet, fast, and easy.
  • Implementation is a bit troublesome, but once everything is in place, it works well.
  • Get new people to get used to the new system.
  • Still need to add support for some legacy devices like voice gateways.
If your enterprise needs to create internal/ operational efficiencies, you are urged for innovation and really in need of driving the revenue growth and your organization is looking for improvement for your business process agility, then this product is a star.
Score 9 out of 10
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Cisco DNA Center allows our IT Infrastructure team to centrally monitor and manage our Cisco-based network. The detailed analytics and dashboards available give us easy access to valuable insights and has become an integral part of our maintenance activities. This has been especially helpful in network mapping for a large distributed network such as ours that spans across multiple sites. The friendly user interface and integration options make the product extremely powerful without sacrificing ease of use.
  • Data analytics
  • Policy management
  • Centralized management
  • Monitoring/troubleshooting
  • Support for third party (non-Cisco) devices is limited.
  • Pricing can be expensive.
  • Integration options could be improved.
Cisco DNA Center is suited for large scale, high budget environments that primarily use Cisco products and utilize a centralized management and monitoring strategy. If you only have a couple of Cisco switches, a smaller network, or a lower budget, this may not be the most cost-effective solution out there.
The user interface is friendly and unintimidating. There has been a short learning curve.
Score 8 out of 10
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Mostly using this as a way to see all our Cisco equipment in one place, check their status, patch levels, firmware updates, and some basic config options. It solves the issue of having to bounce around to a ton of different management screens to do these all individually. We use it in the IT department to cover all our companies Cisco devices.
  • Make it easy for users for all levels to get info from the network devices.
  • Fairly simple setup
  • Snappy interface
  • Total cost of ownership with all
  • Confusing licensing situation
  • Infrequent updates
Very likely would recommend. The goal of keeping everything in the Cisco ecosystem is ease of use. You can count on their systems to work well together and mostly "just work". You pay the premium for such but that's life. After having all these devices connected to the DNA center, it would be tough going to any other vendor, which sounds like a smart business decision by them!
December 10, 2020

Cisco DNA Center Review

Score 8 out of 10
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Cisco DNA Center is the network management and command center that is probably recognized as the intent-based network for the enterprise. It is able to proactively monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize our network and ever since we have deployed DNA center products in our environment we have been very happy with the results.
  • It is very easy to use, simple to manage and it is all done from a single dashboard.
  • The monitoring features are very useful for our network engineers.
  • Overall, cost is not too high that it bars us from trying it out.
  • DNA Center has been on the market for a few years and it could use an update to it.
  • There is a limitation with the number of VRFs that you can have in your network, and this has caused us problems with some customers.
  • It requires knowledge in order to setup these tools in the Data Center environment. No need to setup without prior knowledge
Automating customers' campus networks, redesigning their networks, and giving much more visibility on traffic flows. If you plan to implement, I suggest you follow the guide step by step and do not proceed on your own, else you'll face a lot of problems and you'll need lots of support from Cisco TAC.
Score 9 out of 10
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Currently it is being used by us through the whole organization but for specific departments. We are planning to expand it more in near future as we are still new to it so moving slowly.
  • Automates network tasks.
  • Cost is reasonable.
  • Extended third party support.
  • Onboarding needs some work as I felt it needs more resources.
  • Integration with legacy applications but it is getting better.
From my experience, any product you purchase has to match your environment. You need to research it. For Cisco, it was an easy call for us, as we have multiple Cisco products so getting this was easy & also cost-effective too.