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Question: What are the major differences between Cisco DNA Center and Cisco Prime?
Answer: Although there are feature parity between, DNAC and PI, both are very different devices and have different purpose. when you login to DNAC, you will find 2 major sections. At top you have applications which includes design, policy, provision, assurance, platform. At bottom you have tools, which includes discovery, PnP, topology, etc. In my opinion tools in DNAC can more be related to PI but DNAC is much more advance there, since you have PnP capability (originally APIC-EM feature) but the application part is unique for DNAC which you dont have on prime. To give few example : In DNAC you can design your entire network define configurations like AAA, DHCP, DNS, IP POOL, username and password, SNMP etc and associate it to a site when the deice is assigned to a site, all this configuration can be pushed to the site directly. In DNAC you can integrate with ISE and define the policy on DNAC and it will be pushed to ISE and eventually to switches, which you can't do in prime. You can do LAN automation and have your underlay configured for ISIS routing automatically, which you cant do in prime. DNAC is centralized control for software define access which is an overlay technology reducing need to complex routing with VLAN and ACL based segmentation, you can do macro segmentaion on top on overlay using VRF and microsegmentation within VRF using SGTs, which prime does not do. DNAC have many API available which can be potentially used by other tools to consume data from DNAC I can go on and on but best would be you refer to Cisco documentations, you can start with DNAC design guide. https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/td/docs/solutions/CVD/Campus/CVD-Software-Defined-Access-Design-Guide-2018AUG.pdf
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"I think that their LAN automation is a very good feature.""The solution has the capability to scale.""The monitoring features are very useful for network engineers."

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"Enables oversight in order to tweak and tune.""The hardware Cisco provides is excellent. It's a well-made product.""The interfaces are a valuable feature.""Cisco Prime is helpful as it provides us with real-time monitoring. This allows us to be proactive in our environment.""It gives you the ability to upgrade switches remotely, schedule the upgrade time, perform backups, and monitor the health of all networks."

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"The task failure reporting or provisioning failure reporting could be a little bit better in the UI, with more information given to the user.""DNA Center has been on the market for a few years and they need to update it.""The solution can be quite pricey."

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"The solution can be slow at times.""The overall management capabilities of Prime need to be improved.""Lacking in integration with a SIEM tool.""The solution is not easy to configure.""If you think about a centralized monitoring system, Cisco Prime is not good because it does not support third-party vendors like Palo Alto or FortiGate."

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  • "I do know that Cisco does offer some really good promotions for DNA Center to bring the costs down."
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    The solution has the capability to scale.
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    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 »
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    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 »
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    The hardware Cisco provides is excellent. It's a well-made product.
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    We tried here to use it as a bigger monitoring tool. However, the problem is that a lot of new products from Cisco are not supported by Prime anymore. The solution is not easy to configure. It's not… more »
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    We primarily use the solution for wireless and to do backups on switches and routers. In addition, we're using it for the deployment of our new software versions.
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    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 Prime products deliver next-generation management by supporting an intuitive workflow-oriented user experience and integrated lifecycle operations across Cisco architectures, technologies, and networks.

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    Mohawk Industries, Universidad EAFIT, Halton Healthcare
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    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Cisco DNA Center is ranked 3rd in Network Management Applications with 3 reviews while Cisco Prime is ranked 4th in Network Management Applications with 5 reviews. Cisco DNA Center is rated 7.6, while Cisco Prime is rated 7.2. 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 Cisco Prime writes "Good management capability and wireless heatmap, but NetFlow needs to be improved". Cisco DNA Center is most compared with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Junos Space Network Director, VMware NSX and Huawei eSight, whereas Cisco Prime is most compared with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, Huawei eSight, Fortinet FortiManager, HPE Intelligent Management Center and ExtremeCloud IQ. See our Cisco DNA Center vs. Cisco Prime report.

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