Foundations Lab

Solution overview

DNA Center is the central management, automation and monitoring point for an intent-based Cisco campus network. Although it is often associated with software-defined access (SD-Access), it is a very compelling product for the management of traditional network technologies as well. Some of the benefits include:


  • Centralized device management.
  • Manage wired and/or wireless configurations.
  • Definition and configuration of common user policy everywhere using a single fabric across the wired and wireless infrastructure.
  • Image management (updating or patching).
  • Future proof – management of campus fabric (software-defined access).
  • Deploying QoS easily, standardizing configuration without templates.
  • Plug-and-play for zero-touch provisioning of new devices.


  • Health scores (network, end user and application).
  • Top issues.
  • Network assurance.
  • Insights – recommended actions for detected issues.
  • Automated sensors.

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