Cisco DNA Center

Cisco DNA Center

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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,…

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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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  • 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.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • 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).
June 14, 2022

Cisco DNA Center

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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  • 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.
January 04, 2022

Cisco DNA Software

Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • 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
Nilufa Hossain | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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.
Sonu Kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • 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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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  • 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.
Simone Demaria | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • 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.
Christopher J Evans | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • 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.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • 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.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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  • 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
December 10, 2020

Cisco DNA Center Review

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • 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