CMX in The Cloud
June 04, 2021

CMX in The Cloud

Yahya Jaber | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco DNA Spaces

We are running the Cisco DNA Spaces as a part of a project to do indoor wayfinding. The area of the project is two floors with 50 access points and a 9800 WLC.
The design has been done to support the location tracking and will be integrated with a 3rd party vendor to do the indoor maps and reflect them on a mobile application.
  • Location tracking
  • Location analytics
  • Marketing
  • Integration with other vendors
  • BLE beacon management
  • Licensing.
  • Maps without using Cisco Prime
  • Integration with ISE
  • Move a previously complex buggy SW to cloud
  • Subscription
  • Ability to integrate with 3rd party vendors in a couple of clicks.
  • Feature set that it has are great.
We are using this to integrate with a vendor to do the indoor wayfinding, up to now the DNA Spaces is perfoming very well. [We have] no problems similar to CMX. Though if a problem appeared it will take time to get resolved, as you have to engage TAC all the time.
The user could get to his/her destination quicker than before. With expanding and activating the other features we could easily use the asset tracking which is very quick if we picked a partner from the supported ecosystem it has.
We are using a vendor that relies on Google Maps for outdoor and developed by them for the indoor, they are one of the best companies in the world in that vertical.
This project is mainly [suited] toward the visitors although it can be used by the employees. Visitor now can find the room they want directly with a little bit of error due to the WiFi physics itself, but as a percentage, the experience of the visitor has increase at least 60% than before. For other, with the right application, we can set the users to be visible in case you want to meet.
This is still being discussed. We are planning to go for asset tracking in the next stage of this project, which will rely on the 9100 access points that have a BLE gateway and using tags to stick on the asset. This would require zone accuracy to a certain level which makes it easy to achieve. Cisco DNA spaces would be able to monitor the tags and push firmware upgrades quicker than ever.
If you want to have an on prem solution, you can still use Cisco CMX, but this comes with an extra hidden costs that are the hardware and the support. Also redundancy and license is something to consider. The cloud or SaaS is the way to move forward with such intensive applications.
Well suited:
  1. a cloud service to replace all the hardware mess needed when using on prem.
  2. location tracking
  3. location analytics.
  4. large ecosystem
  5. BLE beacon management.
  6. COVID contact tracing.
Less appropriate:
  1. integration with ISE.
  2. license per feature.
  3. subscription model.
Cisco DNA Spaces is considered to be a replacement for the Cisco CMX. It would require a proxy server to move the data from the WLC to the cloud in an Air gap model, some people will not like this due to security.