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 (SDA), it is a very compelling product for 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 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


This lab will provide a fully configured SD-Access fabric for exploration or demonstration purposes, but can also be modified if desired. DNA Foundation labs provide the opportunity to configure the fabric from a clean slate.

Lab Diagram