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MostafaMohammad
Real User
Network and Data Center Supervisor at a K-12 educational company or school with 51-200 employees
Jan 16 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the DNA analytics, which is very good for us. It is very important for everyone to be able to see everything that is happening in the network from one location. It is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Prior to implementing DNA Center, it was very difficult for us to create a large number of VLANs for our switches. This has made it possible for us to meet the need of maintaining connections when… more»

What needs improvement?

The network, data center, and SD-WAN are all being treated as different services, but I would like to have only one solution to manage all of them. Data is traveling from the inside to the outside… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our licensing agreement is for three years.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to using Cisco DNA Center, we had a traditional network. We had switches and routers from Cisco, HP, and Dell. We switched because we are joining all of the buildings together and given their… more»

What other advice do I have?

The Cisco Digital Network Architecture is the first solution with these types of capabilities that I have used. It allows me to monitor everything in the network, including end-to-end packet travel… more»
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Solution Selector Communication and IT Security at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 21 2019

What is most valuable?

People like to use the dashboards to get an overview of their network. If you have a bottleneck in your network then this solution can fix it. DNA Center is easier to use than Fortinet FortiManager.

What needs improvement?

The pricing of this solution could be improved. 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. This solution does not support IP version 6. I would like to see better integration with Cisco Meraki.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have experience with several solutions including FortiManager. Cisco DNA center is easier to use. Also, competitors like Fortinet and Aruba do not have a similar system. They are working on it and trying to get it, but they just don't have a DNA Center.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anyone who is looking into implementing this solution is to start with Cisco Assurance and do the mapping of the network. I would suggest asking for help from the partners to help with the installation. You can do it on your own but you will easily save the money that you spend on the… more»
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Daniele Leonardo De Fancesco
Real User
Network and Security Engineer at Lutech Group
Mar 05 2019

What is most valuable?

* Analytics, because it really can improve your network based on what your company really does. * Security, because with ISE integration you now have really centralized… more»

How has it helped my organization?

As a company, we significantly reduced operation and maintenance costs for our top customers, and simplified network resources planning.

What needs improvement?

Better compatibility with third parties and to other Cisco products because if versions are not perfectly matching requirements, it gives a lot of problems.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price is really high, but it's worth every single dollar you pay. Keep attention on licensing model because you don't really need top licenses on every node and that… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We always deployed traditional campus networks because there wasn't a real alternative.

What other advice do I have?

If you plan to implement, I suggest you follow the guide step by step and do not proceed on your own, else you'll face a lot of problems and you'll need lots of support… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we evaluated more traditional equipment like Catalyst 38xx/36xx/68xx and so on.

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What is Cisco DNA Center?

DNA Center is the network management and command center for Cisco DNA, your intent-based network for the enterprise.

Provision and configure all your network devices in minutes. Use advanced analytics to proactively monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize your network. Integrate with third-party systems for improved operational processes.

Also known as
DNA Center
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