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Cisco DNA Center vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager
May 2022
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"I think that their LAN automation is a very good feature.""I like the visibility, instant build, network, policies, and the ability to control access. I also like that you can visualize your whole network.""It is very versatile in terms of analytics.""DNA Center is scalable.""What's most valuable in Cisco DNA Center is the ability to manage any Cisco infrastructure and device through it. Setup was straightforward.""Cisco is a leading network company.""It gives us automation capabilities for pushing out the configuration to branch networks. It also provides visibility into the health of user network devices.""The solution has the capability to scale."

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"The installation is straightforward.""The feature that I really enjoy is the ability to script changes across all of your devices.""It allows us to manage backups in big companies. It is also useful in managing the configuration changes.""The features we find most valuable is the configuration backup automation, the configuration compliance, the security vulnerability detection and upgrading devices."

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"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.""Cisco could improve the security side of their solutions.""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.""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.""Integration with analytic tools and API integrations would be ideal.""The solution can be quite pricey."

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"Its whole architecture is a bit traditional. They can change the architecture to make it more modern and multi-tenant. Currently, we can do multi-tenancy, but we need to buy another product. Its look and feel can be improved. They can also put in more effort into building the THWACK community and use the information about various customer issues and requests to build the new releases.""The solution could improve by being more secure.""The Network Configuration Manager needs to improve the access control list compliance.""For each device, when you open the network performance monitor, it will give you all of the information about the device, but many of the natural configuration management features are not on that page."

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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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  • "You have a base license for 50 devices, and then you can add more licenses as you go."
  • "There is a license for the use of this solution and it is priced well, there is a lot of value for the money."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Cisco's suite is expensive. The full solution, including DNA Center, costs more than a million US dollars for a five-year license.
    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:There is a license for the use of this solution and it is priced well, there is a lot of value for the money.
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    Also Known As
    DNA Center
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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.

    Before you monitor your network, configure it! A reliable and secure network starts with carefully planned, executed, and monitored network configuration and change management. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) saves time and improves network reliability and security by managing configurations, changes, and compliance for routers, switches, and other network devices from Cisco, Juniper, HP, Dell, Brocade, Aruba, Rukus, and more.
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    Sample Customers
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    United Lincolnshire Hospitals, Air Rarotonga, NetSuite, Thai AirAsia, REA Group, 335th Signal Command, Agilisys, Marine Expeditionary Force
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business70%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise20%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco DNA Center vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco DNA Center vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    607,332 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco DNA Center is ranked 3rd in Network Automation with 10 reviews while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is ranked 4th in Network Automation with 4 reviews. Cisco DNA Center is rated 7.6, while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is rated 8.0. 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 SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager writes "Reliable, scalable, easy to use, good support, and offers the ability to script changes". Cisco DNA Center is most compared with Cisco Prime, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Huawei eSight, Junos Space Network Director and Fortinet FortiManager, whereas SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is most compared with ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer, Cisco Prime, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Fortinet FortiManager and Infoblox NetMRI. See our Cisco DNA Center vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager report.

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