Cisco DNA Center Overview

Cisco DNA Center is the #3 ranked solution in our list of top Network Management Applications. It is most often compared to Cisco Prime: Cisco DNA Center vs Cisco Prime

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.

Cisco DNA Center is also known as DNA Center.

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What users are saying about Cisco DNA Center pricing:
  • "I do know that Cisco does offer some really good promotions for DNA Center to bring the costs down."
  • "Our licensing agreement is for three years."

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Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
Robust, zero-day configuration with wireless assurance and telemetry, with outstanding support

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for network assurance and automation, network segmentation with ISE integration, and LAN automation deploying new devices out into the switching estate. This was for a TSA project that we were doing for a client.

Pros and Cons

  • "I think that their LAN automation is a very good feature."
  • "The task failure reporting or provisioning failure reporting could be a little bit better in the UI, with more information given to the user."

What other advice do I have?

Cisco DNA does not have a Cloud solution. It's an on-premises appliance. They may stand up if they bring in another heritage. They may have some heritage or legacy sites that they may bring over to the new network. We are multi-national. Our organization is based in London, New York, and Sydney. Our clients are all multi-national global clients. We do have some regional clients as well, but we are well-positioned to serve multi-nationals across three regions. My advice is to read the release notes thoroughly. Understand how to deploy, in a single or three-node cluster. Most importantly be…
MM
Network and Data Center Supervisor at a educational organization with 51-200 employees
Real User
Good security and analytics, easy to manage, and scalable across buildings and campuses

What is our primary use case?

We are an educational environment that is similar to a university, but we only teach management and leadership. We have a variety of visitors every day, more than 2,000 of them, and they are unknown to us. This makes it very difficult to centrally manage using a traditional network. We are currently in the second round of the implementation phase for this solution. We have two buildings with the solution implemented now, and we are working on other buildings. We are on the same campus but we are doing the work in four phases. Now that two are complete, we have two more that we are about to… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "It is simple to manage and it is all done from a single dashboard."
  • "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."

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 and tracking the specific packets. This solution is really stable and scalable. My advice for anybody who is considering this solution is to consider the size of the environment. If there are a very large number of switches or visitor access points then I recommend DNA. However, if there are a small number of switches and access points then I would recommend the Cisco Meraki because it is fine for…
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BR
Solution Selector Communication and IT Security at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Reseller
Provides network visibility to assist with troubleshooting and fixing problems

What is our primary use case?

My experience with Cisco DNA Center is with selling it and receiving feedback from my customers. I have not personally done any configuration or management with it. I have worked with the demo and also presented it to customers. My clients use this solution to give them more visibility into their network, and the management mode helps with to troubleshoot and fix problems.

Pros and Cons

  • "People like to use the dashboards to get an overview of their network."
  • "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."

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 consultants because they are experts. You will not waste time getting it up and running, and you will be back on track quickly. This is a good solution but nothing is perfect. That said, they are ahead of the other vendors. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Presales Engineer at PT. Mastersystem Infotama
Real User
Good monitoring, analytics, and technical support

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we implement for our customers. Our clients use this solution to manage their network, including their access points.

Pros and Cons

  • "The monitoring features are very useful for network engineers."
  • "DNA Center has been on the market for a few years and they need to update it."

What other advice do I have?

Cisco DNA Center is something that I recommend. We do not sell just the product, but rather, the entire DNA solution. We don't just upgrade a switch. Instead, we upgrade the entire network. DNA is definitely good for the customer. Overall, this is a good solution but it has been a few years since it has been updated. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.