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Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller (Formerly DCNM)

Get complete automation, extensive visibility, and consistent operations for your data center.

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Why choose Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller (NDFC) (formerly DCNM) is the network management platform for all NX-OS enabled deployments. It spans new fabric architectures, storage network deployments, and IP Fabric for Media. NDFC provides:


Accelerate provisioning from days to minutes, and simplify deployments.


Reduce troubleshooting cycles with graphical operational visibility for topology, network fabric, and infrastructure.


Eliminate configuration errors with templated deployment models and automatic compliance remediation.

Solution capabilities

Fabric controller

Gain comprehensive management, control, monitoring, troubleshooting, and maintenance for LAN and IPFM.

SAN controller

Get consolidated management for MDS 9000 fabrics, control for SAN admin functions, insights, telemetry, and slow-drain analysis.

Fabric discovery

This solution provides discovery, inventory, and topology for LAN deployments. It also enables Day-2 operations capabilities.

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Cisco Nexus Dashboard

This single-automation platform for data center provides operational services and tools.

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator

The solution provides a consistent network and policy orchestration across multiple data centers through a single pane of glass.

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Insights

You can automate, monitor, and analyze your data center fabric in real time.

Mac IaaS leader scales business on demand

We use Cisco DCNM to automate and orchestrate our top of rack switches. And we’re looking forward to using Cisco Nexus Dashboard, which unifies operational tools across all of our network fabrics and data centers.

Khoa Tran, Network Architect, MacStadium

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Networking Essentials

For single data centers. Includes both NX-OS or ACI management and operations capabilities.

Networking Advantage

For multiple data centers and/or clouds. Includes advanced capabilities on top of Networking Essentials.

Networking Premier

For multiple data centers and/or clouds. Get Networking Advantage plus Assurance and Insights Day 2 ops.

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Starting with DCNM release 12.0, Cisco Data Center Network Manager is now Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller.

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