We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"The solution has the capability to scale."
"It has reduced the number of people on the network team along with the system engineer involved in the security process. So, it is valuable."
"From a distributed firewall perspective, it's a solid solution."
"The most valuable feature is the ability to create, develop, and deploy servers in minutes to hours, rather than days."
"The most valuable features for us at this early stage are the interface and the integration with existing VMware solutions."
"The most valuable features are security and dynamic routing."
"This is the most scalable product of its type."
"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)."
"The most valuable features are stability and low cost."
"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."
"The solution can be quite pricey."
"We would to have a reverse proxy. This would add great value to the solution."
"We would like better integration with the standards on the market. For example, with OSPF, their integration in NSX is very low. It's not a full OSPF integration. It is too thin from a protocol perspective."
"It could be cheaper!"
"Everybody needs a network to connect to, and VMware doesn't readily provide one."
"I would like to see automation capabilities in the deployment process."
"The training costs a minimum of $3,000, which is expensive and should be reduced."
"Traffic flow introspection topology visibility is definitely needed because at the moment, NSX-T lacks in this area."
"There are always issues integrating with Cisco."
"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."
"We can't go without NSX, so it's invaluable from this perspective."
"The solution is very expensive."
"The licensing fees are expensive and we pay on a yearly basis."
"It is an expensive product, but cheaper than some competing solutions."
"The price of this product is too high."
"This solution requires a licence."
"VMware NSX is expensive and everything is licensed. We have to pay for each individual feature."
"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."
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 ranked 3rd in Network Automation with 5 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 1st 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, Junos Space Network Director, Ansible and Huawei eSight, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Nutanix Flow, Cisco Secure Workload, Guardicore Centra and Illumio Adaptive Security Platform. See our Cisco DNA Center vs. VMware NSX report.
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