Cisco DNA Center Overview

Cisco DNA Center is the #3 ranked solution in our list of top Network Automation tools. 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:
  • "Our licensing agreement is for three years."

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reviewer1234611
Network and Data Center Supervisor at a educational organization with 51-200 employees
Real User
Jan 16, 2020
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…
reviewer1073793
Solution Selector Communication and IT Security at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Reseller
Dec 21, 2019
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.
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Daniele Leonardo De Fancesco
Network and Security Engineer at Lutech Group
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Mar 5, 2019
With ISE integration you now have really centralized authentication, authorization, and profiling

What is our primary use case?

Automating customers' campus networks, redesigning their networks and giving much more visibility on traffic flows.

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 from Cisco TAC.
Umar Hanafi
Presales Engineer at PT. Mastersystem Infotama
Real User
Top 5
Apr 2, 2020
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.