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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."

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"Any administrator with basic networking knowledge, in a couple of days, can be in full control of their networking without going through a networking engineer.""The microsegmentation is a good feature. You can segment details, products, or hardware information.""The initial setup was straightforward. You just have to click it and follow the manuals.""NSX can reduce costs and has good service. It is easy for you and your users to use.""The microsegmentation is great, and the security team thinks it is great.""The solution is robust as it covers everything we want to do and is stable, so we're happy enough with it. We have had no problems so far. Everything is great.""We are happy with the scalability.""The organization of it is logical, useful, and intuitive."

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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."

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"It takes time to do the initial setup. It is a bit slow, which is surprising.""The first time setting it up was difficult.""The next release of NSX should try to make Kubernetes and container integration a little easier than it is now. It's quite a complicated process.""The scalability is not perfect.""I would rate this product an eight because it's a good product but it needs more work. They should fix some of the bugs.""The solution is quite complex. You need to keep your thinking cap on and know what you are doing: Go to the training and listen to the solution architects when they come in because they have a lot of knowledge.""It was stable for one year, there was no impact. In the last two months, we had two big incidents.""We've have had good and bad experiences with them. We don't always find them to be so impactful. Sometimes the support guy isn't so on top of resolving the issue and it can take a while to sort out."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Our licensing agreement is for three years."

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"We haven't had to hire a dedicated network engineer because NSX handles 90 percent of it. The reduced overhead in terms of managing networks has been the biggest plus.""We have saved man-hours and decreased our security exposure.""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."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The monitoring features are very useful for network engineers.
Top Answer: Our licensing agreement is for three years.
Top Answer: We have had a lot of problems with the Cisco switches and have needed to upgrade the operating systems, which means that we have to upgrade the DNA. When we upgrade the DNA it means that we have to… more »
Top Answer: We are currently reviewing various SD-WAN vendors for our infrastructure and what I found lacking with Cisco Meraki is that you cannot use Active/Active HA with two MX devices. Only HA is available… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the ability to create, develop, and deploy servers in minutes to hours, rather than days.
Top Answer: It could be cheaper!
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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 Provider38%
Computer Software Company20%
Government9%
K 12 Educational Company Or School6%
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Retailer27%
Manufacturing Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider27%
Retailer4%
K 12 Educational Company Or School4%
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Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise62%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise74%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco DNA Center vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
442,845 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Cisco DNA Center is ranked 4th in Network Automation with 4 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 2nd in Network Automation with 21 reviews. Cisco DNA Center is rated 9.0, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco DNA Center writes "Good security and analytics, easy to manage, and scalable across buildings and campuses". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "Enables us to identify problems before they manifest, but they should develop more advanced features". Cisco DNA Center is most compared with Cisco Prime, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, Junos Space Network Director, Huawei eSight and NetBrain, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Nutanix Flow, Cisco Tetration, Cisco SD-WAN and Juniper Contrail Networking. See our Cisco DNA Center vs. VMware NSX report.

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