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Pros
"People like to use the dashboards to get an overview of their network.""It is simple to manage and it is all done from a single dashboard.""The monitoring features are very useful for network engineers.""I think that their LAN automation is a very good feature."

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"The most valuable features the solution offers are compliance, reliability, and information about reliability.""Compared to other vendors, like NetBrain, managing the solution is easy. They made it very user-friendly.""The features we find most valuable is the configuration backup automation, the configuration compliance, the security vulnerability detection and upgrading devices.""I use it for monitoring the entire network for the company. We oversee nodes down, we oversee devices heading up to crossing the threshold for CPU usage. We oversee power so power backups on the switches, we oversee if they're down or if they're failing. We oversee any node down or any router from any vendor.""The feature that I really enjoy is the ability to script changes across all of your devices.""It allows us to manage backups in big companies. It is also useful in managing the configuration changes."

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Cons
"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.""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.""DNA Center has been on the market for a few years and they need to update it.""The task failure reporting or provisioning failure reporting could be a little bit better in the UI, with more information given to the user."

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"The interface of solar winds could be improved.""On NCM, reporting could be a bit better. It's completely become just one report. When I try to create a custom report, the solution just commits old server data.""The Network Configuration Manager needs to improve the access control list compliance.""The network logs could be improved. When the error logs come across with those false positive alarms in the error logs.""For each device, when you open the network performance monitor, it will give you all of the information about the device, but many of the natural configuration management features are not on that page.""Its whole architecture is a bit traditional. They can change the architecture to make it more modern and multi-tenant. Currently, we can do multi-tenancy, but we need to buy another product. Its look and feel can be improved. They can also put in more effort into building the THWACK community and use the information about various customer issues and requests to build the new releases."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Our licensing agreement is for three years.""I do know that Cisco does offer some really good promotions for DNA Center to bring the costs down."

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"With a minimal bundle, we pay about $3000 a year in licensing costs. If you have multiple devices in your network, you must buy the bundle, which is 100% identical for your infrastructure. If you have 15 devices, you need 15 licenses, for example. That's one bundle. You don't pay for anything over and above that.""You have a base license for 50 devices, and then you can add more licenses as you go."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: I think that their LAN automation is a very good feature.
Top Answer: This is taken care of before I am involved. It's handled by our presales engineer, and I work on the project delivery. I do know that Cisco does offer some really good promotions for DNA Center to… more »
Top Answer: With their provisioning status, if there's a failure in provisioning or in some type of task that DNA is trying to push out to a switch or whatever device, sometimes the task status errors or the… more »
Top Answer: It allows us to manage backups in big companies. It is also useful in managing the configuration changes.
Top Answer: The NCM is licensed per device. You have a base license for 50 devices, and then you can add more licenses as you go. It scales from 50 to a hundred and so on. Also, they have an annual fee that… more »
Top Answer: Its whole architecture is a bit traditional. They can change the architecture to make it more modern and multi-tenant. Currently, we can do multi-tenancy, but we need to buy another product. Its look… more »
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Overview

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.

Before you monitor your network, configure it! A reliable and secure network starts with carefully planned, executed, and monitored network configuration and change management. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) saves time and improves network reliability and security by managing configurations, changes, and compliance for routers, switches, and other network devices from Cisco, Juniper, HP, Dell, Brocade, Aruba, Rukus, and more.
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United Lincolnshire Hospitals, Air Rarotonga, NetSuite, Thai AirAsia, REA Group, 335th Signal Command, Agilisys, Marine Expeditionary Force
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company16%
Government10%
Manufacturing Company4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
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Comms Service Provider24%
Government11%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business67%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise22%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco DNA Center vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and other solutions. Updated: March 2021.
474,038 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco DNA Center is ranked 3rd in Network Automation with 4 reviews while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is ranked 7th in Network Automation with 6 reviews. Cisco DNA Center is rated 8.6, while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Cisco DNA Center writes "Robust, zero-day configuration with wireless assurance and telemetry, with outstanding support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager writes "Reliable, scalable, easy to use, good support, and offers the ability to script changes". Cisco DNA Center is most compared with Cisco Prime, Junos Space Network Director, Fortinet FortiManager, VMware NSX and Huawei eSight, whereas SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is most compared with Cisco Prime, Infoblox NetMRI, IBM Tivoli NetCool, Ansible and Fortinet FortiManager. See our Cisco DNA Center vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager report.

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