June 13, 2019
Score 7 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Cisco DNA Center
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.
- Efficient time spent elsewhere. I can spend my time troubleshooting other portions of the network instead of housekeeping current gear.
- Assistance with inventory; it keeps an inventory of all the devices you add to it, so it can serve as an inventory of equipment if that's what you'd like from it.
- Visibility; we can see more of the status of our gear, if it's unreachable, or if things are misbehaving the dashboard shows that there are irregularities.
DNAC is more reliable for our needs because it is a heavily integrated Cisco product developed with good integration between its components in mind. The visibility DNAC provides helps us pinpoint wireless user troubles when integrated with Cisco ISE, and the status alerts shown on its dashboard alleviate the headache of "what's wrong with my network" today.
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.