DNA Center - good product, but needs to mature
Updated June 15, 2022

DNA Center - good product, but needs to mature

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco DNA Center

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).
  • So far not much, since we‘re still running in a pilot phase. Once we have WiFi users in it, its impact will get bigger.
I was not involved in picking DNA Center as our final solution.
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.

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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.