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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco DNA Center vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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Quotes From Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:

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.""The solution has the capability to scale."

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"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."

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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.""The solution can be quite pricey."

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"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."

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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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"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."

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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: Overall, for me, it's a good solution and has been working well.
Top Answer: The licensing is complex. Sometimes I have trouble understanding it.
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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%
Government11%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Retailer22%
Financial Services Firm22%
Manufacturing Company9%
Comms Service Provider9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company25%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm6%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise58%
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: September 2021.
541,708 professionals have used our research since 2012.

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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