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Cisco DNA Center vs. Micro Focus Network Node Manager
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco DNA Center vs. Micro Focus Network Node Manager and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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"What's most valuable in Cisco DNA Center is the ability to manage any Cisco infrastructure and device through it. Setup was straightforward.""I like the visibility, instant build, network, policies, and the ability to control access. I also like that you can visualize your whole network.""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.""DNA Center is scalable.""The solution has the capability to scale.""I think that their LAN automation is a very good feature.""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.""It is very versatile in terms of analytics."

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"It's quite a mature solution.""A good enterprise-level solution.""It is a scalable product.""We do not have any issues stability-wise."

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"Cisco could improve the security side of their solutions.""Integration with analytic tools and API integrations would be ideal.""The solution can be quite pricey.""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.""From the recent DNA point of view, there are some stability challenges with Cisco, but very minor.""What could be improved is the licensing cost of Cisco DNA Center. It's a little bit expensive.""It seems to be a little bit more centered toward wireless than wired. You've got more options you can do wirelessly than you can with the wired switches, but it works for what we need it to do. We would like to see a little bit more about the traffic, and we're looking at what's out there to see about that. We are looking at something that might give us a bit more insight into the actual traffic. If they had the full functionality on the wired side, as they do on the wireless side in terms of being able to view traffic and everything, it would be good.""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."

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"Right now, we have open tickets and they are not closing as expected.""When I open a ticket, usually they respond very late. Some of the people I negotiate with seem undertrained.""We had some issues with some of the features, some modules are not meeting expectations.""The dashboards are not customizable and it's not user-friendly."

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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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  • "The solution is priced mid-range compared to the competition."
  • "I wasn't involved in the pricing, but I think it's quite expensive."
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    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:I haven't had a great experience with this solution because the dashboards are not customizable and it's not user-friendly. The market has changed and people are now focused on mobile solutions… more »
    Top Answer:We install, integrate, customize and configure this solution for our clients. We are system integrators who resell tools to our customers and we are partners with Micro Focus.
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    Also Known As
    DNA Center
    Network Node Manager, HPE Network Node Manager
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    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.

    Network Node Manager is network management software that unifies fault, availability, and performance monitoring to helps you improve network uptime and performance, and increase responsiveness to business needs.
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    Sample Customers
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    T-Mobile, Retegal, Sentara Healthcare
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Energy/Utilities Company30%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Company Size
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Small Business36%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco DNA Center vs. Micro Focus Network Node Manager
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco DNA Center vs. Micro Focus Network Node Manager and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco DNA Center is ranked 3rd in Network Management Applications with 10 reviews while Micro Focus Network Node Manager is ranked 11th in Network Management Applications with 4 reviews. Cisco DNA Center is rated 7.6, while Micro Focus Network Node Manager 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 Micro Focus Network Node Manager writes "Good stability, quite mature, and capable of having all network devices in a single place". Cisco DNA Center is most compared with Cisco Prime, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Huawei eSight and Fortinet FortiManager, whereas Micro Focus Network Node Manager is most compared with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, IBM Tivoli NetCool, DX Spectrum, Fortinet FortiManager and HPE Intelligent Management Center. See our Cisco DNA Center vs. Micro Focus Network Node Manager report.

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