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Juan Javier Camacho | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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DNA center es parte de una solución de SD access para una entidad Estatal, no existen problemas en la parte comercial pero en realidad existen inconvenientes con la parte de licencias de los otros componentes de la solución

DNA center is part of an SD access solution for a state entity, there are no problems on the commercial side but in reality there are inconveniences with the licensing part of the other components of the solution
  • la rapidez con la que se configuran los dispositivos // how quickly the devices are configured
  • inteligencia artificial // artificial intelligence
  • interfaz grafica // its GUI
  • N/A
Es muy apropiado para escenarios de small business y enterprise , no la remiendo para service provider aunque se podría contemplar la opción de vender a terceros desde un service provider

It is very suitable for both small businesses and enterprise scenarios, not the best if you're a service provider or a third-party service provider

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Felix Rodriguez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Currently, there are 9K Series Catalyst Switches which have a premier license, but the problem is that it is very expensive in some cases to have the possibility of installing a DNA center for the cost of the physical equipment.

It is important that the center has different size options since this will help, depending on the size of the company that has a network implemented with it, to have the ability to choose the size of the appliance and also lower costs.


  • gestion de switches // Switch Management
  • gestion wireless // Wireless Management
  • integracion con ise // Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
  • empresas con una red extensamente grande // companies with an extensively large network
  • empresas con nuevas series de equipos wireless // companies with new series of wireless equipment
con empresas muy grandes que estan migrando una red de catalyst 2960x o de la serie 3000 o tambien que se encuentran migrando los access points.

with very large companies that are migrating a network of catalyst 2960x or 3000 series or also that are migrating access points.
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Carlos Martinez | TrustRadius Reviewer
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I consider DNA Center to be one of the best solutions Cisco has for infrastructure, the value it brings is substantial. Every detail was considered to provide the most complete information that network administrators need. The management reports are very detailed, they add value to the investment made. I recommend DNA Center for large infrastructures.

Considero una de las mejores soluciones que tienen para nuestra infraestructura, el valor que le aporta es sustancioso. Cada detalle fue considerado para arrojar la informacion mas completa que pueden recibir los administradores de la red. Los reportes gerenciales son formidables, aportan valor a la inversion realizada. Lo recomiendo en Infraestructuras de gran tamano.
  • Number of connected users in my network | Cantidad de usuarios conectados en mi red
  • Interaction with the active directory is fabulous | Interaccion con el directorio activo es fabuloso
  • The management report adds value | La reporteria gerencial agrega valor
  • It is very useful in my Data Center | Me es muy util en mi Data Center
  • All of our locations are covered | Los campus son cubiertos
  • Currently it works perfectly for my organization | Actualmente funciona perfectamente para mi organización
DNA Center provides an extremely high level fo security, which is very important for a Data Center. The reporting is very detailed and there was lots of support for implementation. For our instance all of our campuses are monitored and linked, and controlled from the the regional offices. It's great if you need to have have full control of the teams from a single location. Also the equipment capacities are impressive, it can handle a lot.

Para Data Center es sumamente importante, A nivel de seguridad aporta toda la informacion necesaria. Los reportes son completamente sustanciosos. La implementacion se facilita. Los diferentes campus estan monitoreados y enlazados. En las oficinas regionales se tiene todo el control de los equipos desde un solo punto de atencion. La capacidad que tiene de equipos es impresionante.
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Victor Manuel Murillo Tovar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Cisco DNA is presently used in all of our organization. It is perfect to know how it works our network with Cisco DNA Assurance. Currently, we don't have the wireless product with Cisco DNA, to know the full advantages that DNA provides.
  • You can know the health of your network.
  • You can watch out for issues in your network and resolve them.
  • It needs a feature that provides more visibility about the client.
  • It needs a feature that provides more information about the device network, like Cisco Prime.
For example, it is better suited for use in an enterprise network where you have or you want to know information about the clients or issues. This is when you need assistance from DNA Center.
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Luis Guerrero | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 14, 2019

Cisco DNA Center Review

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We're about to sell it, and we used it for app/product demos and have a showroom. The business problems it tries to eliminate are the speed issues when trying to resolve any issue in the network.
  • The application views and monitoring the health of the entire network through an application point of view
  • Batch management
  • Monitoring link status, bandwidth in routers and switches
  • Status of SMARTnet maintanence contract, requirements
  • Wish the dashboard included more detail
DNA Center is more effective in the branches when you don't have IT staff, or it is limited staff, and datacenter is not is an option.
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Verni Hernandez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Actualmente se ha implementado con un cliente para optimizar la red lan en Ecuador

It has currently been implemented with a client to optimize their LAN network in Ecuador.
  • Gestión de toda la red LAN // Management of your entire LAN network
  • Visibilidad de todos los servicios // Visibility of all services
  • Facilidad en los procesos de migración // Ease in migration processes
  • Costo inicial de la plataforma // Initial platform cost
  • No disponibilidad de ambiente virtual // No availability of virtual environment
  • Atado a un appliance específico // Attached to a specific appliance
Centralización de la gestión de la red lan con integraciones entre plataformas de seguridad y data center

Centralization of LAN network management with integration between your security platforms and data center.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Actualmente estoy consultando sobre una solucion que me permita integrar la administracion de los equipos de red de mi empresa, para lo cual debemos tener en cuenta que son equipos de distintas marcas pero con una tendencia a utilizar equipos CISCO en el DATA CENTER sin embargo actualmente tengo multiples Switch, APs y otros dispositivos que no son CISCO.
DNA permite utilizar APIs para integrar el reconocimiento de otros equipos que nos ayuda a mejorar la administracion de nuestra infraestructura de red, podemos desplegar en pocos minutos la implementacion de politicas de seguridad, acceso y control de trafico, en un entorno grafico, facil de utilizar y con muchas ventajas frente a un obsoleto sistema de configuracion basado en Linea de Comandos.
Aun mas DNA Center nos ayuda a tener una mejor vision de nuestra red, integrada para proporcionar las funcionalidades que requiere la empresa u organizacion y con ello ser mas productivos con la tecnologia.

I am currently consulting on a solution that allows me to integrate the administration of my company's network equipment, for which we must take into account that they are sometimes equipment of different brands, but with a tendency to use CISCO equipment in our data center, however, I currently have multiple switches, APs, and other non-CISCO devices.

DNA allows us to use APIs to integrate the recognition of other equipment that helps us improve the administration of our network infrastructure, we can deploy in a few minutes the implementation of security policies, access, and traffic control, in a graphical environment, easy to use and with many advantages over an obsolete configuration system based on Command Line.

Even more DNA Center helps us to have a better vision of our network, integrated to provide the functionalities that the company or organization requires and thus be more productive with the technology.


  • Despliegue de politicas en los equipos de red // Deployment of policies on network
  • Actualizacion y monitoreo del estado de los dispositivos // Updates and device status monitoring
  • Manejo de la gestion de seguridad // Security management administration
  • 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
En infraestructura de red mediana o grande donde haya una cantidad mayor a 20 switch o equipos a ser administrados DNA es una solucion apropiada porque permite que el personal de TI sea mas productivo y se enfoque en lo importante.
En pequenas redes que no tienen planificado crecer, podria implementarse pero no tiene un gran impacto, sobre todo por la inversion inicial y el costo de licenciamiento.

In medium or large network infrastructure where there is more than 20 switches or computers to be managed DNA Center is an appropriate solution because it allows IT staff to be more productive and focus on what is important.
In small networks that do not plan to grow, it could be implemented, but does not have a big impact, especially because of the initial investment and the cost of licensing.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Cisco DNA Center is being used by external business units in our organization to improve their network documentation. One of the main features that makes Cisco DNA Center powerful is the ability to create a network map and an inventory sheet. This allows the team to save an enormous amount of time in understanding the network design. Moreover, Cisco DNA Center is compatible with iOS legacy devices. This means that you can still use Cisco DNA Center if you have old devices in your network. After testing it on smaller sites, now we're starting to rule it out in bigger sites.
  • Network mapping
  • Inventory
  • The licensing model
  • Old devices have limited functionality
Cisco DNA Center is a good option to gain some time in network documentation activities like with network maps or network device inventory. Cisco DNA Center is an excellent option if your network is using IOS-XE only devices, which means you will have full support for the different modules. Moreover, you can automate some of the actions by using the Cisco DNA Center API.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 24, 2020

Cisco DNA Review

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We faced a challenge with guest and IoT access while maintaining PCI compliance. With DNA Center in conjunction with LSE, we were able to micro-segment these resources away from user traffic. This allowed us to securely deploy IP cameras and user tablets with much fewer hands-on steps to ensure only the proper equipment is allowed into the network.
  • Micro segmentation
  • Guest onboarding
  • Zero touch provision
  • Speed of user interface
Appropriate for userspace. It works really well for that, less so for use in a data center environment. I would really like to get both user space and data center space under one pane of glass to operate. There is also the core network that provides the conduit between users and data center/internet resources. I was hopeful that Cisco DNA Center would act as the primary control station for the enterprise network.

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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 05, 2019

DNA Center is powerful!

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We use DNA Center to deploy the SD-Access solution in a lab environment, and we will soon do so for a client as well. Undoubtedly the solution has incredible value. It is fast and flexible for meeting a customer's needs, and makes troubleshooting an unprecedented simple experience.
  • Automization
  • Assurance
  • Policy
  • Add a new features guide when there is a new version within the GUI.
  • Provide offline upgrade of server applications, so that it is isolated from the internet.
I think that it is better in medium/large deployments where the manual configurations, management, and troubleshooting is a heavy work traditionally.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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It is being used at the central office and we are still implementing DNA assurance.
  • Complete view of the Cisco infrastructure in your organization
  • You can automate actions for each device or user
  • Detects issues and tells you possible causes and sugestions on how to resolve the issue
  • It supports only a specific list of Cisco devices that can be added to DNA. If you have old ones, some of them could not be supported
  • For integration with Cisco Meraki solutions, it integrates only at the "inventory" level. You can see the devices but no more information, then DNA redirects you to the Meraki Dashboard
  • For automation, you need Cisco ISE, and the level of functionality you have is going to depend on what type of license you purchased
It is well suited for organizations with Cisco infrastructure, with a budget for technology.
It is less appropriate in small-sized organizations since it requires a big budget in order to have full functionality.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 08, 2019

New to Cisco DNA Center

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Se desea implementar esta solución para controlar el acceso a los recursos desde los diferentes departamentos del banco. Se desea llevar integrado a ISE.

You want to implement this solution to control access to resources from different departments of the bank. You want to bring in integration to ISE.

  • Navegación de equipo kiosco // // Navigation for kiosk equipment
  • Acceso desde cajeros // ATM access
  • Proteger areas sensibles para que no sean accedidas // Protect sensitive areas so they are not accessed by unwanted users
  • integración con SIEM // integration with SIEM
Se espera poder controlar el acceso de diferentes recursos de la red desde areas sensibles. Esto con la integración de otros productos como Cisco ISE

It is expected to be able to control the access of different network resources from sensitive areas. This applies to the integration of other products like Cisco ISE.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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It is being used across the whole organization. We are currently testing it and checking out all its features. Seems pretty good and intuitive.
  • The management report adds value
  • Assurance
  • SDA
  • Price
  • Information
I think Cisco DNA Center is really useful to manage environments and troubleshoot. It fits perfectly if you are looking for a single place to provision and monitor your wireless and wired environments. It is pretty intuitive.
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Dave Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We have a first generation appliance and have it in our lab/staging environment. Currently, we are using the 1.2.10 version of the DNA Center software. I would say that the initial installation was difficult with issues getting the 10GE Enterprise Port connected to a DC Catalyst 3850 Switch. We tried Trunk and Access mode and two different Cisco switches and could not get that port up and running. We finally got the appliance setup via 1GE port but being a lab that was fine. We will most likely re-image the box when 1.3 becomes available. On the whole I like DNAC with features like software image management and Assurance being invaluable to a network engineer. Once you get Cisco ISE integrated you can get full analytics and telemetry information based on identity across the network. SDA or Software Defined Access is a new way or even a paradigm shift in creating a campus LAN. It requires full Cisco ISE integration utilizing SGT's for user/device on-boarding. I really like the fact that a policy applies to that user or device no matter where or how they connect to the network. I would say that extending a fabric to other sites say over a WAN is still kind of a gray area with little documentation or best practices available yet.
  • Assurance
  • SWIM
  • SDA
  • Alerting
  • Improvements to GUI
  • Network mapping and diagrams
Again the assurance, in particular wireless assurance, is great. It greatly reduces time to troubleshoot and the use of proactive sensors is very attractive to our customers. SDA is interesting and great only if the customer want to implement and learn Cisco ISE. I like the policy-based network onboarding.
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David Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Cisco DNA Center is invaluable for us to manage and troubleshoot our production and lab wireless networks. We are also testing out SDA and are planning on adding to our lab network and possibly production. Also, we do utilize the SWIM options to help manage and roll out IOS and IOS-XE updates. We are now moving to ISE integration.
  • Wireless assurance
  • Wireless analytics
  • SWIM
  • Wired analytics
  • Alerting could be added
  • CLI command runner for maglev
  • Pre-built templates from CVD's
I'd for sure recommend it for wireless assurance - Prime is best for more complex deployments.
I do not like the fact that I have to do the manual process of doing the key generation and key imports into DNA Center from ISE. This is needed to get full identity information for wired assurance
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Toni Pohjavirta | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We started with Cisco DNA Center when it was still early on in beta to test out the features and provide feedback to the product units. In the early days it was mostly used to test the provisioning of SDAs, but six months ago we began a production deployment to design, provision, manage and monitor the new wireless environment. The aim from the beginning was to only use Cisco DNA Center to provision any settings to the wireless environment, which has caused some issues since not everything we need is available in Cisco DNA Center.
  • A single place for managing the configurations.
  • A single place to provision new locations and ensure the configuration is consistent and fast.
  • A single place to see my network quality.
  • You are unable to tweak all the settings you would like so you might need to do some manual work in the background.
  • You still need prime systems to do comprehensive management of the wireless environment.
  • If you change some of the settings manually, those can be overwritten next time you provision something.
  • It is not always clear what the impact is to production users when you need to change something new on the fly.
Cisco DNA Center fits perfectly if you are looking for a single place to provision and monitor your wireless and wired environment. If you are comfortable with being flexible with some of the details you might want, Cisco DNA Center can most likely get the job done.
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Matt DeShon | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use it for a centralized point to control the entire network.
  • SD-Access
  • Encrypted Traffic
  • Ability to control/access the network from anywhere
  • None
  • NA
  • None
Being able to access, and control the entire network from anywhere is a major plus as we have many sites and aren't always in one specific location.
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Tom Fredericks | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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DNA Center is being deployed in our core to help provide insight and network assurance for our access layer switching built on the Cisco Catalyst 9300 switches.
  • Provides helpful information otherwise not easily available.
  • "Single pane of glass" (management) for LAN/WLAN
  • Cost
  • No Meraki WLAN management/view
Cisco DNA Center is well suited for organizations that are "all in" on the Cisco IOS-XE software platform for their access/edge connectivity. At this point, I'm not sure how helpful it will be for organizations that elect to use other hardware platforms (i.e. Meraki) in their solutions.
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Kwang Lee | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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It helps to automate and manage various network devices. In addition, it helps to keep our network devices up to date with security patches.
  • Network automation.
  • Central management.
  • Easy to use and deploy.
  • Could use a user guide.
  • Better UI to help manage.
  • Integration with more 3rd party equipment.
Cisco DNA works well for a bigger enterprise level deployment, but the cost and management get too high for small to mid-size companies.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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DNA Center is being used primarily for assurance in one department. In the future, we will use the automation and provisioning and hopefully spread it to be used in the other departments. It is currently addressing the issue of having historical data and information when attempting to troubleshoot endpoints, but we hope to use provisioning to automatically deploy devices without having to have a trained on-site presence in the near future.
  • Historical visualized data: This data is comprehensive, and available for viewing without having to ask an end user to repeat this task.
  • Path Mapping: Endpoint path data will show the network health between two endpoints
  • Network Templating: The ability to set network configurations across multiple devices in a specific role is vital.
  • Image management: This allows us to set a single golden image, which can be used across the infrastructure effortlessly.
  • Initial setup: This was unnecessarily complex. You can tell that the product had more developer input than it really should have.
  • Documentation on initial setup: this could have been written a lot better.
  • Mapping: The hierarchical view is great, but I think most people would also like the option of seeing a traditional network diagram.
  • Integration with ACI: My customers want to see end-to-end networking across the infrastructure, not just endpoints. If I have ACI ruling my datacenter but it's not visible DNA center, I have to swap between 2 tools to observe visibility. That isn't something I really want to do
  • ISE Integration was a hassle: Ended up having to call TAC to make this work
  • Licensing costs: Licensing costs for DNA advantage are asinine.
  • IPAM support is extremely limited: Only Bluecoat and Infoblox at the time, that's pretty limited. I'd like to see it integrated with windows native IPAM and Solarwinds IPAM
If you have a ton of money and time to throw at brown-fielding an existing infrastructure, but you also desire to have a fabric that can be centrally controlled, this is the right product for you. If you're not interested in changing to Cisco's digital network architecture built upon a campus fabric model, this may not be right for you. If you have no need for programmability, this isn't the right product for you.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 13, 2019

DNA C

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DNAC is useful for config management, image deployment and mapping of our wireless environment.
  • Config management, we use it with their template system to ensure configurations meet our universal standards.
  • Image deployment, we deploy images to some of our campus switches, and use it to make upgrading/patching systems easier.
  • Wireless mapping, we use it with our wireless LAN controllers to help map out our AP's.
  • Browser compatibility, it's functionality favors Chrome, Firefox will not work 100% with it, and IE will not work with it at all.
  • Retroactive support for image deployment, some devices in our environment with dual supervisors have a hard time using SWIM (Their image management) to deploy/upgrade properly.
  • Config language is a bit difficult at first, their template language has a bit of a learning curve and you'll need to focus on the documentation to properly leverage your power user capabilities, but it's powerful despite the learning curve.
DNAC is well suited for a campus environment where there is a standardized config that needs very little in the way of variations. This will help to leverage the config management and image management powers of this tool. It's also well suited once you have zero touch provisioning in a fast-paced deployment environment where you're constantly adding new equipment and shipping it off with a working config.
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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.

Cisco has 30 years of experience and an end-to-end portfolio, so we can deliver for today’s needs what our competitors can’t. We help customers successfully manage technology transitions. Embedded security detects threats in mere hours instead of in months. And we’ve studied how networks are consumed and have applied those learnings to the new network.

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