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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco DNA Center vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:

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

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"During our experience, the solution has been stable.""I have found the system to be very intuitive, functional, and they have great technology.""The most valuable features are ease of use and user interface.""It's a beneficial tool.""This is the most scalable product of its type.""The most valuable features for us at this early stage are the interface and the integration with existing VMware solutions.""I have found the solution to be stable.""From a security standpoint, the customer was able to better secure critical workloads while routing L2/L3 worked normally, giving them more confidence that they would be ready for any potential security incident mitigation or outage (DR)."

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Cons
"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.""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 solution can be quite pricey.""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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"One drawback is this solution requires a lot of other products in the VMware ecosystem to have a full end-to-end operation orchestration monitoring. You have to buy a lot of add-ons to fully utilize the functionality.""Quite a complex solution.""There are always issues integrating with Cisco.""The support needs improvement.""Some configuration maximums are limiting to the user, especially when it comes to the deployment of very, very large environments.""It could be cheaper!""I would like to see automation capabilities in the deployment process.""NSX could better integrate with open-source products. Of course, it integrates with some, but I know many people are uncomfortable deploying NSX with certain open-source solutions, such as Radar."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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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"This solution requires a licence.""The price is based on the virtual desktop infrastructure(VDI) side and also is dependant on the size of the environment. The price is expensive and it could attract more purchasers in smaller organisations if it was reduced.""You can scale NSX if you have the resources, but it's usually expensive and complex to scale up.""There is a license required for this solution and there is also a support license available. The price of the solution could be better.""The licensing fees are expensive and we pay on a yearly basis.""I was not involved in the purchase of the solution but I hear it is on the expensive side.""VMware NSX is expensive and everything is licensed. We have to pay for each individual feature.""The price of this product is too high."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The solution has the capability to scale.
Top Answer: The pricing is quite expensive. It'd rate it at a two out of ten in terms of affordability. We have customers who would like to deploy DN architecture, however, DN architecture requires a DNF… more »
Top Answer: The architecture should not be limited only to the USXC as a platform. Let's say if I'm referring to the Catalyst 1000 Series or an MB Series of an SG or FX. Due to the fact that there are mid-market… more »
Top Answer: There are some very major differences between both the Products and to name a few. -Cisco ACI have physical network gear (9K Switches) where the Code runs in ACI Policy Mode & the UCS server where… more »
Top Answer: Once you know your way around the Cisco ecosystem, using Cisco ACI is not so difficult. It is a global product, so when you change one interface, changes are automatically reflected on every switch… more »
Top Answer: Overall, for me, it's a good solution and has been working well.
Ranking
3rd
out of 20 in Network Automation
Views
8,488
Comparisons
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4
Average Words per Review
878
Rating
8.0
2nd
out of 20 in Network Automation
Views
23,513
Comparisons
16,538
Reviews
21
Average Words per Review
397
Rating
7.8
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Also Known As
DNA Center
VMware Nicira
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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.

VMware NSX is the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). By bringing the operational model of a virtual machine to your data center network, you can transform the economics of network and security operations. NSX lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to VMs with a policy-driven approach.
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City of Avondale, Lumeta, Kroll Ontrack, Heartland Payment Systems, Baystate Heallth, Exostar, Tribune Media, iGATE, NTT Communications, Synergent, California Natural Resources Agency, Bloomington Public Schools, Columbia Sportswear, Join Experience S.A, Schuberg Philis
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company17%
Government10%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm24%
Retailer20%
Manufacturing Company8%
Comms Service Provider8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company25%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm6%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise56%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise67%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco DNA Center vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,305 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco DNA Center is ranked 3rd in Network Automation with 5 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 2nd in Network Automation with 23 reviews. Cisco DNA Center is rated 8.0, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. 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 VMware NSX writes "A flexible option for managing security, but setup is complex and documentation is lacking". Cisco DNA Center is most compared with Cisco Prime, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Junos Space Network Director and Huawei eSight, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Cisco Secure Workload, Nutanix Flow, Guardicore Centra and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. See our Cisco DNA Center vs. VMware NSX report.

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