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Cisco DNA Center

Cisco DNA Center

4.3
(25 reviews)

Cisco DNA Center is the network management system, foundational controller, and analytics platform at the heart of Cisco’s intent-based network. Cisco DNA Center addresses the demands of digitization, cloud, IoT, and mobility by eliminating IT complexity and facilitating alignment with business intent, unifying policy, automation, and assurance with integrated security.

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Cisco DNA Center review by Shai S.
Shai S.
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"Director of Network Services"

What do you like best?

Consolidate view of the network and new abilities to see network issues which were not previously visible with prior tools.

What do you dislike?

Cisco still needs to add support for some legacy devices on the work such as voice gateways.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look at the outcomes dont just compare to other products, this is a new way of thinking about the network with new abilities to create automation as well. This is not prime 4.0

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has allowed us to consolidate/eliminate tools and improved efficiency of network administration.

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Cisco DNA Center review by Administrator
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"Starting DNA"

What do you like best?

Assurance - ensuring that the configuration standards and policies are properly applied across the network fabric. And it also checks for overlapping policies that conflict. For troubleshooting, you can create a custom health check when a customer/application has an issue and instantly see if the path has misconfigured rules/policies or a link with high errors, etc.

What do you dislike?

Change - nobody likes change. The CLI has become so crowded and complicated that you need to use the GUI. This is easier than when you first think about it, but it is still a drastic change to how we normally performed our jobs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are still in utilizing Assurance with some minor "config change" pushes when we find configurations that aren't too our standards. We will soon be implementing a full DNA setup at a new site and will begin utilizing the programmibility and automation.

What Network Management solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Cisco DNA Center review by Cristian B.
Cristian B.
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"Interesante"

What do you like best?

Provee opciones de despliegue y automatización no provistas en sus antecesores como PI por ejemplo. La capacidad de integración con el portafolio cisco es un plus, pero lo más atractivo me parece ser el esquema de licencias utilizado.

What do you dislike?

Tiende a ser una copia mejorada de lo existente, no logró diferenciar con claridad por qué debería optar por un DNA en lugar de un PI.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Principalmente centralizar la operación de la red a nivel general. Proporcionar herramientas intuitivas a operadores con menor dominio técnico a nivel inalámbrico

Cisco DNA Center review by Alexsandro R.
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"Network Engineer working with network projects last 14 years."

What do you like best?

DNA Center offer the opportunity to have full automation services into an easily way.

What do you dislike?

A world made by cloud and software solutions, be tied to a hardware can slow down the adoption of such platform.

Recommendations to others considering the product

DNA is coming to replace solutions as Cisco Prime. API is the new CLI. Take a trial to DNA and you're going to see the full capabilities DNA has to offer. Soon to be fully integrated with Viptela, its the kind of must have product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The lack of a view and control solution was solved with DNA Center.

Cisco DNA Center review by Consultant in Telecommunications
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"Automation is the new normal"

What do you like best?

DNA Center will allow your network management to evolve and automate your network reducing costs and introducing more flexibility. Recently announced interoperability with third party networking vendors could really make a difference.

What do you dislike?

The initial setup could be very complex. There's a lack of integration with third party product. I think Cisco should partner also with some OpenSource automation solutions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Is a paradigm change. Ensure your organization is mature enough for the automation. If not make awarness campaign highlighting the benefits for the company and also for the operations teams.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've improved the automation of repetitive tasks of the operations teams. Pay attention to properly educate your operations in benefits and skills on programming for automating repetitive tasks.

Cisco DNA Center review by Simon C.
Simon C.
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"Might not be for you (yet)"

What do you like best?

The automated tasks, and zero day deployment.

What do you dislike?

Not all devices are supported in DNA-Center.

We had a DNA-Center loan for about 90 days and experience that 95% of our devices are not supported.

DNA-Center actually gave us more work, and no benefits with our current device setup.

All new devices are bought with support for DNA-Center

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Nothing, as we have returned the Demo DNA-Center loan to Cisco

Cisco DNA Center review by G2 Crowd User
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"So far so good"

What do you like best?

So far we are using DNA center for Health Assurance on our equipment and to check the overall health of our network.

What do you dislike?

The product is a little daunting in terms of what it can do. We still need to learn not only what the product is capable of, but also how to implement it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

DNAC is a huge product that encompasses many areas of the network. Make sure you know what areas you need additional support with, and you have the support staff to implement.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are currently fixing issues that appear in DNAC on our network, and have benefited from less downtime.

Cisco DNA Center review by Daryl C.
Daryl C.
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"About as good as it gets..."

What do you like best?

DNA Center allows me to centrally manage my entire network with a few simple clicks. It really cuts down on reptative maintenance tasks to upgrade and deploy policy.

What do you dislike?

Expensive, requires an on-prem box. Very expensive if you want HA.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Centralized, point and click administration. Large scale management with limited support staff.

Cisco DNA Center review by Luis L.
Luis L.
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"DNA Center"

What do you like best?

I like more how eqsy is to configure a sdwan environment and how easy is to tshoot some problem.

What do you dislike?

There is no integration with viptela yet.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can reduce the number of monitoring and tshoot systems on the customer environment.

Cisco DNA Center review by G2 Crowd User in Information Technology and Services
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"Learning DNA Center..."

What do you like best?

Assurance and Command Runner are nice features that help the engineer troubleshoot without having to get on the actual CLI. Still a lot of knobs to learn but I really like to potential for provisioning being able to easily allow of deny access based on logical groups rather than just VLANs, IP addresses, and ports.

What do you dislike?

With anything new, the learning curve is tough. Also trying to understand the licensing aspects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

N/A

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Security and unified analytics.

Cisco DNA Center review by G2 Crowd User
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"CIsco DNA review"

What do you like best?

The capacity to configure, monitor and operate devices using CISCO DNA

The ability t scan your network.

What do you dislike?

The price of the deployment.

it is a new technology that will help the company to run their business faster.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As of now we hare looking into this solution and would like to implement it but have not deploy it yet

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This solution saves time and is easier to use in a big environment

Cisco DNA Center review by Ida B.
Ida B.
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"DNA easy tool"

What do you like best?

DNA makes it easy to see you network healthstate

What do you dislike?

I have nothing to complaine about at this moment. We have just started to use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The healthstate of Datacenter switches

Cisco DNA Center review by Umair A.
Umair A.
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"Cisco DNAC feedback"

What do you like best?

Its capability to monitor everything from the controller for fabric and non-fabric devices

What do you dislike?

Too early to tell anything. We haven't tested it long enough to know that at this time

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Centralized environment

Cisco DNA Center review by Sven H.
Sven H.
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"Next Generation Network Management"

What do you like best?

KI and Machine Learning for Network Analysis

What do you dislike?

Difficult migration from Cisco Prime and your swichtes need also a different license

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Automated segmentation based on policy by endpoint identities

Cisco DNA Center review by Consultant
Consultant
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"DNA-Center for Enterprise Networks"

What do you like best?

Assurance for troubleshooting and analysis of networks (brown field)

all in one GUI

What do you dislike?

each customer needs his own DNA-Center, even when he has a small network

Recommendations to others considering the product

DNA Center is a very nice tool for Cisco customer for doing Service-based configurations in the network over multi-Hardware.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

knowledge in the teams at the network administrators is not that much neccessasry, because ou get suggestions from the tool

Cisco DNA Center review by Adam B.
Adam B.
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"New way of creating LAN"

What do you like best?

Complex tasks which needs very complex knowledge are now a lot easier

What do you dislike?

Solution is very new and costs a lot of money.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Faster response to customer needs

Cisco DNA Center review by Art M.
Art M.
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"DNA"

What do you like best?

I like the automation and quick deployment

What do you dislike?

The cost. Even if I dont use DNA I still pay for the license

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rapid deployment in sites with no IT staf

Cisco DNA Center review by Alex Z.
Alex Z.
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"Software defined network on Cisco equipment cross wired and wireless networks"

What do you like best?

Software defined network with assurance for easy troubleshooting.

What do you dislike?

deployment is bit difficulty, cost on subscription.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Software defined network for our Engineering environment.

Cisco DNA Center review by George V.
George V.
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"Cisco DNA Center"

What do you like best?

Simplicity in provisioning and configuring

What do you dislike?

Licensing is tricky and remediation enforcement fuzzy

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Uniformity and compliance

Cisco DNA Center review by Internal Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"excellent architecture and solution for wired and wireless infrastructure"

What do you like best?

cisco product portfolio for wired adn wireless

What do you dislike?

i didn't see any drawback with respect to cisco Wireless LAN deployment using Cisco DNA centre

Recommendations to others considering the product

i would recommend because this the the one place solution for network infrastructure for WAN and LAN

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

single solution for entire LAN and WAN architecture/infrastructure

Cisco DNA Center review by G2 Crowd User in Hospital & Health Care
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"Cisco DNA-C (Still rolling it out)"

What do you like best?

Intent-based networking- Cisco DNA-C is just one part. But a big one.

What do you dislike?

Just a steep learning curve. And might as well go whole hog all at once: DNA-C, SD-Access, SD-WAN, NAE, ACI/APIC-EM...

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Automation. Telemetry-based visibility. Intent-based networking. NAC. Fabrics allow simplified designs allowing more flexibility on users.

Cisco DNA Center review by Consultant
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"Very good, the operation of this platform is very easy"

What do you like best?

The platform because is very important for other integrations. The security is very good and easy to manage all configurations. The cost of this is very cheap.

What do you dislike?

Maybe we need more documentation about this. Demos and other platforms.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visibility and control

Cisco DNA Center review by G2 Crowd User
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"We got your DNA"

What do you like best?

DNA Center is easy to setup, manage and maintain.

What do you dislike?

The interface is a little confusing at first but overall it was fine

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do your homework and understand what you are getting.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing my network and having a single point of administration

Cisco DNA Center review by G2 Crowd User in Animation
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"Very well received"

What do you like best?

Flexibility and the idea that we can protect our investment

What do you dislike?

Can be a bit of a learning curve. It’s the concepts that get me more so than the technology.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Too new to speak fluently about it

Cisco DNA Center review by G2 Crowd User
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"DNA Center in higher ed"

What do you like best?

Ability to implement software defined access

What do you dislike?

The subscription based license model for all managed devices

Recommendations to others considering the product

Analyze if the benefits are worth the expenses

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Extended layer 2 LANs across switches without the use of spanning-tree.

Cisco DNA Center review by G2 Crowd User
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"DNA Center"

What do you like best?

The automation components that allow for zero touch provisioning

What do you dislike?

It's not as nice as ACI, but it's a step in the right direction.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to auto provision switches as we expand

Cisco DNA Center review by G2 Crowd User
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"Great product review"

What do you like best?

The ability to manage the network as a controlized platform.

What do you dislike?

The cost is kind of high, if the cost can be reduced that would be great.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Troubleshoting WiFi client issue.

Cisco DNA Center review by G2 Crowd User in Telecommunications
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"Great product overall"

What do you like best?

The simplicity and ease of use is really the best feature on this product.

What do you dislike?

Frankly, like most things Cisco, the cost is difficult to digest

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simplification of network management

Cisco DNA Center review by Administrator
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"DNA for easy MGMT life "

What do you like best?

The facility with operate and integrate with your network and the visibility

What do you dislike?

Nothing To comment for the moment, my experience begin now

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visibility of the network

Cisco DNA Center review by Consultant
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"Great experience"

What do you like best?

The easy way to manage your network and segments

What do you dislike?

It's a little bit complicate setup the first time

Recommendations to others considering the product

Na

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The segmentation of the network

Cisco DNA Center review by G2 Crowd User in Hospital & Health Care
G2 Crowd User in Hospital & Health Care
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"DNA Center Review"

What do you like best?

Ease of use and one place to find issues on your network

What do you dislike?

at moment nothing seems to doing its job

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy wireless troubleshooting and provisioning

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