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Cisco DNA Center vs. Fortinet FortiManager
July 2022
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"Cisco is a leading network company.""We have many people from the team who manage a lot of devices. By using Cisco DNA Center, it has taken some of that burden away, we are impressed with it. We did the investment in CAPEX, but in the OPEX was very low.""It does a lot of things automatically, and that's the big thing with it. They're making the software so that you don't need to be as knowledgeable as me on the switching and routing side to get your work done. If you want, you can have DNA troubleshoot your problem for you and give you solutions or fix it itself, if it was something that's just a configuration issue.""I think that their LAN automation is a very good feature.""DNA Center is scalable.""It gives us automation capabilities for pushing out the configuration to branch networks. It also provides visibility into the health of user network devices.""I like the visibility, instant build, network, policies, and the ability to control access. I also like that you can visualize your whole network.""The solution has the capability to scale."

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"Everybody is quite happy with the way that the graphical user interface works.""The solution is very stable.""The best feature of Fortinet FortiManager is its ease of use. It is easy to manage the firewall from Fortinet FortiManager. Additionally, the interface is very good.""There is something called zero-touch provisioning, where you can add a new device without any configuration. You just add it to FortiManager and then forget about it.""It has multiple features in one box, which helps to avoid needing a lot of equipment. This is something that makes them unique.""It is easy to manage a huge number of devices with FortiManager.""The initial setup was straightforward.""Fortinet FortiManager allows a full view of all the devices on the network from one location."

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Cons
"What could be improved is the licensing cost of Cisco DNA Center. It's a little bit expensive.""The task failure reporting or provisioning failure reporting could be a little bit better in the UI, with more information given to the user.""Cisco DNA Center was a new technology for us, at the beginning, it was not easy to do, but Cisco did a lot of training with us to a level we could handle everything. The team is managing itself now without the assistance of Cisco.""The solution can be quite pricey.""From the recent DNA point of view, there are some stability challenges with Cisco, but very minor.""There are some software problems from version to version. It takes a long time for DNA Center to recognize the video and control access devices.""Cisco could improve the security side of their solutions.""There should be an option for automation of template deployment by using the stored data. It is not easy to save configuration information for lots of devices without using other tools. There should be a tighter, better repository of information that can be merged with the templates."

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"Within the management of some features on FortiManager, specifically the management of user objects used for VPN service, FortiManager is quite weak.""Setting up FortiManager can be complex because it involves changes from other devices and a lot of configuration.""Its licensing model should be improved.""The solution could improve by having better integration with other solutions other than Fortinet.""The FortiManager is more complex and they can make it easier to use the VPN manager. All other features are okay. However, the VPN manager is more difficult and can cause some issues in the environment, if you do not have the experience to use it.""The GUI could be updated. It's not as good as it could be and is something the solution should improve in an upcoming release.""The CLI could be enhanced.""This solution needs more experienced technical support staff. There's nothing special about it compared to other vendors."

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  • "I do know that Cisco does offer some really good promotions for DNA Center to bring the costs down."
  • "The licensing cost for Cisco DNA Center is not more than that of other solutions."
  • "Licensing for Cisco DNA Center is a little bit expensive, just like any Cisco solution. Its cost could still be improved."
  • "We have a three-year license with them."
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  • "Fortinet is a high-end product and the cost is high. They should consider reducing the price, especially for existing customers."
  • "The license model they use depends on the size and is not limited to the users."
  • "This is an affordable solution, and its licensing model is based on the number of devices."
  • "For us, it is a little bit expensive."
  • "For the licensing fee, we paid around 10,000 to 15,000 euros."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:We have a large Cisco portfolio in our organization. We have a three-year license with them.
    Top Answer:There are some software problems from version to version. It takes a long time for DNA Center to recognize the video and control access devices.
    Top Answer:It has multiple features in one box, which helps to avoid needing a lot of equipment. This is something that makes them unique.
    Top Answer:Fortinet is a high-end product and the cost is high. They should consider reducing the price, especially for existing customers. If you want to add something or if you want to resubscribe, there… more »
    Top Answer:We have some visibility issues with the reporting. As the reporting is not properly available, we have to use many tools to get a meaningful outcome of the reports. There should be training available… more »
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    Overview

    Cisco DNA Center is a robust, intuitive network controller and management platform that provides secure, safe access to applications and networks. Cisco DNA Center allows you to take control of your network to increase the effectiveness of your Cisco products, lower your TCO, and improve your ROI.

    Your organization’s network is an integral part of your business’s success. In today’s aggressive marketplace, organizations need a network management system in place that can effectively automate deployments and connectivity, and manage the health of their infrastructure. Additionally, management systems also need to be able to strategically maintain the quality and safety of their systems so that the organization can direct valuable IT resources to concentrate on projects that can improve the overall effectiveness of the organization. An intent-based network controller such as Cisco DNA center will help your organization do that.

    Cisco DNA Center is a group of software solutions that will automate all your virtual devices, provide secure administration of your network, and ensure the best network experience for all users on the network. Cisco DNA Center does away with all the tedious, mundane tasks and simplifies workflow device installations, upgrading from hours to minutes using Plug-and-Play (PnP) and Software Image Management (SWIM).

    Cisco DNA Center’s intuitive, robust assurance feature makes every network point a sensor, continually communicating user connectivity and application performance in real time. This ensures all issues are resolved immediately.

    Cisco DNA Center integrates with Cisco security solutions, Cisco Umbrella, and Cisco Secure Network Analytics, which provide an extra level of extensive security protection against threats. The entire solution can be easily managed from one single dashboard, making Cisco DNA Center a very robust, secure, complete solution.

    Benefits of Cisco DNA Center

    • Cost-effectiveness: Policy automation and remediation minimizes the amount of time IT staff spend managing mundane network tasks.
    • Improved performance: AI/ML automation improves workflow and overall user experience. A clean, crisp dashboard makes management easy.
    • Enhance your network: Cisco DNA Center delivers the latest, most intuitive cloud services and applications to optimize your network.

    • Improved security: Cisco DNA Center utilizes the most robust zero-trust policies based on overall endpoint user behavior to keep networks secure.

    Features of Cisco DNA Center

    • Easy automation: Cisco DNA Center offers zero-touch device deployment, automated quality of service (QoS), automated device discovery, and drag-and-drop policy creation.

    • Clear analytics: Cisco DNA Center offers more than 150 workable insights, such as guided remediation, endpoint tracking, context-guided analytics, and more.

    • Simplified management: Users have complete control from a user-friendly single dashboard that provides a completely transparent view of the network, devices, applications, and services. Additionally, there is integration with Cisco Prime or APIC-EM for the importation of maps or other configurations as needed.

    • Security: Cisco DNA Center provides a highly secure segmentation, encrypted traffic analytics, and robust threat detection and response, and also uses Stealthwatch and ISE integration.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Mostafa G., Network and Data Center Supervisor at a hospitality company, says, “Since using the solution, three or four people can do what 10 people could previously. It has been a benefit to the organization. We have many people from the team who manage a lot of devices. By using Cisco DNA Center, it has taken some of that burden away, we are impressed with it.”

    Nihar K., Managing Director at Allot Group, relates, “In day-to-day operations, especially post-pandemic, the majority of our customers have to work from anywhere. It's not just work from home, it's work from anywhere. Due to this work from anywhere concept, the traditional silos of a network for the data center architecture, managing everything from anywhere, and having that single integrated dashboard for each and every activity while being able to correlate those activities in line with a business objective, has been very well addressed by Cisco DNA. The solution's most valuable aspect is its simplicity and the complete automation of the network workflow, which we can use that correlate with the business. It's not only limited to STXs or a data center. It completes everything, which really helps us.

    Networks are constantly evolving due to threats, organizational growth, or new regulatory/business requirements. Traditional management products focus on mitigating company-wide threats through firewall policies, firmware updates, and keeping content security current. FortiManager offers the features to contain threats as well as providing flexibility to evolve along with your ever-changing network.

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    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government10%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider22%
    Transportation Company22%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Wellness & Fitness Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government6%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise50%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise29%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco DNA Center vs. Fortinet FortiManager
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco DNA Center vs. Fortinet FortiManager and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    619,967 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco DNA Center is ranked 3rd in Network Management Applications with 10 reviews while Fortinet FortiManager is ranked 2nd in Network Management Applications with 11 reviews. Cisco DNA Center is rated 7.6, while Fortinet FortiManager is rated 8.6. 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 Fortinet FortiManager writes "Good centralized management that's stable and easy to scale". Cisco DNA Center is most compared with Cisco Prime, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, Huawei eSight, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Junos Space Network Director, whereas Fortinet FortiManager is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate Cloud, Fortinet FortiOS, Zabbix, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and Cisco Prime. See our Cisco DNA Center vs. Fortinet FortiManager report.

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