Cisco SD-Access

Cisco SD-Access

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Cisco Software-Defined Access (SD-Access)

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What is Cisco SD-Access?

Cisco's Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) provides automated end-to-end segmentation to separate user, device and application traffic without redesigning the network. Cisco SD-Access automates user access policy so organizations can make sure the right policies are established for any user or device...
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Recent Reviews

To one's own liking

7 out of 10
November 05, 2021
Cisco's SD-Access has reduced the downtime largely. [It] helped us in planning global expansion which can now be more agile. We are …
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How Cisco SD-Access Differs From Its Competitors

Network Ops Experience

As I mentioned earlier, I only implemented the solution once on a very large customer. And during the implementation, I saw that the tools that the solution presents make it easier for the network administrator to reduce time in every way. And the integration of DNA and ISE makes the network much …
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Network Ops Experience

We were able to identify endpoints using SGTs with the solution, we defined policies to manipulate and permit/deny the access according to the customer profiles. We also exchange network policies with other network domains like ACI, through the configuration of Cisco ISE. Using Assurance we were …
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Network Ops Experience

Yes, Cisco Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) improved the network management experience; I have been able to identify endpoints or determine the right access policies using analytics, achieve zero trust security via segmentation, or exchange network policies with other network domains …
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Network Ops Experience

Cisco Software Defined Access has improved our Network Management Experience by providing us with a reliable, highly intuitive and wide-array of tools and sub-systems, which allows us to fully cover the day to day needs from a support and administrator perspective. The sheer coverage that it …
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Network Ops Experience

Yes, Cisco SD-Access helps to manage the whole fabric infrastructure of all our sites through a single pane of glass (Cisco DNA center). We can push configurations via templates to the various devices, create Qos and Data policies, using PNP, and get micro-segmentation using Cisco DNA Center. It …
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What is Cisco SD-Access?

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Product Details

What is Cisco SD-Access?

Cisco's Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) provides automated end-to-end segmentation to separate user, device and application traffic without redesigning the network. Cisco SD-Access automates user access policy so organizations can make sure the right policies are established for any user or device with any application across the network.

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Cisco's Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) provides automated end-to-end segmentation to separate user, device and application traffic without redesigning the network. Cisco SD-Access automates user access policy so organizations can make sure the right policies are established for any user or device with any application across the network.

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 7.7.

The most common users of Cisco SD-Access are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
With a lot of branches to manage, Cisco SD Access automation helped in saving cost and useful time on operations. It also helped us in audits.
  • Automation capabilities
  • Cost and time saving
  • Audit compliance fulfilment
  • There are controller bugs.
  • Cost is high.
  • Implementation is a bit complex, can be improved.
If my customers are having multiple sites and want to do automation and use policies in networking, this is the best solution.
The Automation, pushing template-based configuration to multiple devices in one push saves time and manpower. Also helps in Continuous Monitoring and Threat mitigation.
It help the organisation in many ways but still needs improvements in some areas like pricing and bugs.
November 25, 2021

Cisco SD-Access Review

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Deploy this solution on a single customer and you will be truly amazed as it offers advanced features such as end-to-end segmentation, network automation, and a good user experience for a faster, more secure, easier to manage, and more efficient network. The two-piece, controller-based orchestrator and Network Fabric design [are] incredible, with many benefits for companies using this solution.
  • Network security
  • Stability of the user experience
  • Effectiveness and efficiency
  • Network Visibility
  • Integration with third-party solution
  • Use of licenses makes the solution more expensive
  • DNA versions contain many bugs
I can't speak to the administration of Cisco SD-Access as I only implemented the solution provided. But it is amazing the solution contains many tools for the management of the whole network. Thanks to the security it contains you can apply different policies on the network for internal and external users and thus have much more control over who is connected.
For the speed that it presents to the administrator to make his work easier. Something that I did not detail before is the automation of services that is something very used nowadays to not be so pending of the network. And don't leave out the great documentation and help from Cisco TAC for problems and platform configuration.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I configured and implemented this solution [Cisco SD- Acess] for 2 large companies. The main benefit I can include about this solution so far is the consolidation of all the below points: -Security: Identify and verify all endpoints and network segmentation (high and low level) -Monitoring: Network, applications and endpoints health, the best benefit in this point is related to insights that the controller provides to solve network issues. -Configuration: The deployment can be done in a way that saves time, not only for the first deployment but also for subsequent device incorporation in the network.
  • Security: Macro and micro segmentation
  • Configuration: LAN Automation and provisioning
  • Monitoring and telemetry: Network metrics and insights
  • Documentation: Working in this solution I realized there were missing information details about the fusion device support for nexus.
  • Fusion router: This roll in the fabric should be already integrated in the solution, right now it is configured manually.
  • Bugs: Unfortunately the solution still present a lot of bugs, mainly in the controller.
The best way to use this solution [Cisco Software SD-Access] is in Campus LAN environments, [which] could be small, medium, and large sites, that includes remote branches also. And always use with 3 node (HA) availability. This solution is not appropriate for Data Center environments. This solution is not mean[t] to connect remote sites (the WAN itself). This solution is ideal to achieve high and low level hierarchies of security and connectivity of end users in a network.
  • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)
Security policies between SGTs (SD-Access) and EPGs (ACI), were made and we achieved end-to-end security between the LAN and the datacenter services. These policies are easy to handle and configure.
SD-Access TAC is well prepared to support this new solution, we always received quick support from them. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bugs still present in the solution and opening cases is very common. We needed to recur to the TAC many times for problems in our deployment and this delays a lot of implementations times.
November 05, 2021

To one's own liking

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Cisco's SD-Access has reduced the downtime largely. [It] helped us in planning global expansion which can now be more agile. We are planning to invest in other areas due to the cost-savings from SD-Access and enhance our overall performance and productivity. The employees are interested in up-skilling in the technology, hence utilizing the resources in a better way.
  • Agility
  • Flexibility
  • Expansion
  • Global Reachout
  • Licensing
  • Bug fixes
As far as my experience with SD-Access - I think it is well suited for multi-connectivity, network segmentation, and security. Things it is not so appropriate to use with, or I'd say things that can be improved are - better functionality with ISE, ease to understand licensing and better documentation for configuration (add-ons, etc), and licensing.
To soon to say much about it right now as I am exploring the features and capabilities in the current phase and would like more hands-on experience to comment on.
As far as my experience with SD-Access -I'd say things that can be improved are - better functionality with ISE, ease to understand licensing and better documentation for configuration (add-ons, etc), and licensing.
Ericson Aragoza | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are using Cisco Software Defined Access (Cisco DNAC SD- Access) as the primary tool for the automation of our network (segments), albeit the early stages. We are still testing and trying to formulate possible deployment scenarios to make sure what model would fit our requirements, but one thing is for sure - we are going to use SD-Access moving forward.
  • Better Network Segmentation and Management
  • Policy-based, security access across all applications and network environment
  • Continuous Monitoring and Threat mitigation
  • Internet Security can be better integrated
  • Security Analytics can be further refined to prevent false positives
In our case, it will be used to revamp our Corporate Network. I would suggest that everyone who is going through upgrades and possibly more deployments in the near future / timeline of your Information Technology Map take a look at Cisco Software Defined Access, as this would ultimately assist and make the network management optimized in the long run.
We have been in touch with Support only a few times, and mostly for licensing and administrative concerns - all of which were resolved in a timely manner. So far no further issues have been received nor raised towards Cisco Support.
September 24, 2021

Cisco SD-Access review

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are using Cisco SD-Access for [the] whole organization. With the help of Cisco SD-Access, we are able to address the problems [of] automation through DNA center, network insight through assurance, and segmentation using SGTs. We deployed [Cisco] SD-Access in all our offices across Canada with two-layer architecture. Moving out from the complex traditional to next-generation networks save[s] our timelines for critical projects.
  • Automation, pushing template-based configuration to multiple devices in one push saves time and manpower.
  • Assurance [helps trace] issues related to devices, clients, and provide the troubleshoot as [the] best practices.
  • Segmentation, with the use of the SGT tags, we are able to achieve segmentation and micro-segmentation securely.
  • There are some issues we are facing like the stability of the DNA center versions.
  • Need to simplify the licenses used for Devices and the DNA center which is hard to understand and explain further.
If the use case [is] to have the automation and network insight in your network, Cisco SD-Access is a good solution to go ahead with. The only concern is the stability of the codes and the bugs/vulnerabilities. The other thing [is] as it is a new technology [you] would need more focus on the adoption program from Cisco.
Automatic ticket creation on the issues, location-based services for the wireless infrastructure through DNA Spaces, co-existing between Cisco DNA center and the Cisco Prime infrastructure helps for some of the features handled through Prime and some through DNA Center. With the help of Stealth Watch, we are getting more visibility across the network.
I would say it is excellent support on Cisco SD-Access from the Cisco Sales for all initial conversations which includes technical presentation demos, Cisco TAC for helping on day-to-day issues and troubleshooting, and [the] Cisco CX team for the smooth deployment of the product and the solution. We are happy overall [with] deploying Cisco SD-Access in our environment.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have 50 of our bigger sites ready for Cisco SD-Access. We finished refreshing the hardware to various models of the 9500 and 9300 Series. We have DNA-C running in EMEA, AMEC, and APAC, with full ISE integration. We have migrated a site of 4500 users to SD-Access (in one weekend) and have implemented two greenfield sites--one with a couple of thousand users and one small site with 60 users.

The site operations managers are thrilled with the Assurance module, and, after a period of learning along with Cisco, our management is happy with the visibility DNA-C offers.
  • Enhanced user experience
  • Better manageability
  • Better functionality with ISE
  • Better documentation of all the config that DNA-C adds to the on-boarded devices
I think Cisco Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) is suited for most types of sites and for most organizations.
Only when there is too much variation in the types of sites and their requirements might Cisco SD-Access be less valuable.
I think we got great support from Cisco. We started on this journey with Cisco as a partner and not just a vendor.
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