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Is your network built for intent-based networking?

Today’s organizations are becoming more innovative and dynamic by adopting mobility, IoT, analytics, and cloud technologies. With this, come growing demands for network scale, agility, and threat protection which call for an intent-based network.

The Cisco® Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA) gives you comprehensive intent-based networking across your campus, branch, and WAN with robust wired, wireless, routing, and SD-WAN solutions.

With its software-delivered approach, you have network-wide control and visibility. Now you can create and apply policies over the entire network with a few clicks. You can rapidly isolate and troubleshoot current and past issues. You can roll out new applications across your multicloud environment without compromising security or performance.

With a Cisco DNA ready infrastructure you have a state-of-the-art switching, wireless, and routing foundation that gives you access to Cisco’s ongoing innovation for today and the future.


Go beyond the current Wi-Fi Standard and address your high-density access needs with Cisco innovation applied to the world’s most versatile and reliable wireless network.


Cisco DNA ready top wireless features


Security and compliance

Encrypted Traffic Analytics

Identify malware communications in encrypted traffic through passive monitoring, extraction of data elements and supervised machine learning.


Reduce OpEx and risk while creating an agile infrastructure that delivers consistent policies and services over the entire network.

Rogue AP detection

Proactively locate security threats; minimizes RF interferences.


Intelligent capture

Detect wireless connectivity issues, perform root-cause analysis, and troubleshoot in real-time. Probe the network for anomalies and provide Cisco DNA Assurance with deep analysis to fix the problem.

Device analytics

Optimize mobile experiences for iOS or Samsung users through analytics on their devices on your network. Optimize procedures for network management.

Wireless assurance

Get the visibility and insights to pinpoint and troubleshoot wireless issues on the network through Cisco DNA Center, the centralized network management system.


Flexible radio assignment

Automatically deliver Wi-Fi coverage and capacity to meet service-level demands.

Multisite upgrade

Stage upgrades to multiple sites and intelligently upgrade APs without restarting the entire network.

Hot and cold patching

Allow for a patch or bug fix that will not bring down the entire network and without requalifying the entire image.

Cisco DNA ready wireless products:

      Cisco Catalyst® 9100 Access Points

      Cisco Aironet® 4800 Access Points

      Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

      Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

      Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

Cisco DNA ready wireless controllers:

      Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers

      Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

      Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

      Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller

      Cisco Catalyst IW6300 Heavy Duty Series Access Points

      Cisco Industrial Wireless 3700 Series


Cisco switching products offer a function called the Unified Access Data Plane Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (UADP ASIC) for wired and wireless convergence. This feature enables converged wired and wireless access for operational simplicity and scale.


Cisco DNA ready top switching features


Security and compliance


Reduce security risks and contain threats with policy-based micro and macro segmentation across the entire network fabric.

MACSec encryption

Deploy high-performance encryption to reduce man-in-the-middle threats.

Encrypted traffic analytics

Reduce attacks hidden within encrypted traffic directly at the switch.



Reduce operational expenses by automating provisioning and maintenance through Cisco DNA Center.


Reduce troubleshooting time by rapid root-cause analysis and guided remediation using Cisco DNA Center.

High availability

Hot and cold patching

Update code on individual devices through effective software image management without bringing down the network.

Field Replaceable Unit (FRU) fans and power supplies

Repair hardware issues without bringing down the network.

Cisco DNA ready switching products:

      Cisco Catalyst 9000 family

    Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches

    Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

    Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

    Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

    Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

      Cisco Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Series Switches

      Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series Switches + Supervisor Engine 8E

      Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches + Supervisor Engine 6T

      Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

      Cisco Nexus 9500 Series Switches

      Cisco Nexus® 7700+M3 Card

      Cisco Industrial Ethernet 5000 Series Switches

      Cisco Industrial Ethernet 4000 Series Switches

      Cisco Catalyst IE 3x00 Rugged Switches

      Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Heavy Duty Series

      Cisco Industrial Ethernet 2000 Series Switches

SD-WAN and routing

The Cisco DNA ready routing products combine two unique features that shorten the time it takes to deploy your branch office. IT can automate the provisioning of multiple branch offices with minimal programming and customization. Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) delivers a secure, consistent user experience over any connection, regardless of underlying connectivity. These capabilities will simplify and streamline your WAN operations, reducing costs, saving time, and lowering risk.


Cisco DNA ready top routing features


Security and compliance

Enterprise firewall

Application aware firewall that has the visibility to identify over 1,400 applications and block them as needed.

Cloud delivered enterprise security

With cloud-based Cisco Umbrella®, prevent branch users, guests, and mobile users with direct internet access from malware, botnets, phishing, and targeted online attacks.

Threat detection and protection

With Cisco Stealthwatch® Enterprise you can detect advanced threats and respond to them quickly. You can outsmart emerging threats in your digital business with industry-leading machine learning and behavioral modeling.

Insights and application performance

WAN optimization

Cisco WAN Optimization improves application performance with layer 4 through 7 optimization and intelligent caching.

IaaS and SaaS cloud connectivity

Increase reliability and performance for SaaS and IaaS applications and workloads. By monitoring all available paths Cisco SD-WAN OnRamp increases availability for users as it will find alternative paths if failures occur.

Application Visibility and Control

Gain visibility into 1000+ applications for capacity planning and prioritization with Cisco Application Visibility and Control.

Automation and assurance

On-premises network management automation

Cisco DNA Center is a network controller that automates provisioning, enables policy, and assures network services with full visibility of user and device identities, operating systems, and applications across the entire network fabric.

Cloud management user interface

With Cisco SD-WAN powered by Viptela, vManage provides a single cloud-based console to manage your network and SDWAN security for faster deployments with automated provisioning, analytics and app assurance

Network functions virtualization

Automate software-based network services in minutes on any platform, anywhere in the network for a Software- Defined Branch (SD-Branch) with Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization.

Cisco DNA ready routing and SD-WAN products:

      Cisco Catalyst 8300 Series Edge Platforms

      Cisco Catalyst 8500 Series Edge Platforms

      Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers

      Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers

      Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers

      Cisco Catalyst 8000V Edge Software

      Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V and Cisco Integrated Services Virtual Router

      Cisco 5000 Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS)

      Cisco 1100 Series Industrial Integrated Services Routers

      Cisco 829 Industrial Integrated Services Routers

Cisco DNA Center

Cisco DNA Center is a powerful intent-based networking controller and management dashboard designed to achieve more simplified, centralized, and agile operations, and to provide policy enforcement, network automation, performance analysis, analytics and assurance, and guided remediation to speed troubleshooting. Together with Cisco DNA software, Cisco DNA Center helps you get the full value from your software-defined Cisco DNA ready infrastructure.

Leverage specialized Cisco DNA infrastructure capabilities, such as making use of embedded Cisco ASIC technology and software-defined functionality in your Cisco Catalyst 9000 series switching and wireless infrastructure, intelligent packet capture analysis in select Aironet or Catalyst access points, and application visibility from Catalyst switches and wireless controllers.

Cisco DNA software

Unlock intent-based networking capabilities on your switches, routers, and wireless hardware through Cisco DNA software. Three tiers of software licensing for each technology give you the flexibility to start now with access to ongoing Cisco DNA innovation: Cisco DNA Essentials, Cisco DNA Advantage, and Cisco DNA Premier.

Switching subscription

Be equipped to scale your network for expansion, segment your network for security and compliance, and centralize network access policy management.

Wireless subscription

Get exceptional wireless performance, personalize services through location-based solutions, and secure your network by protecting your devices, your data, and your business.

SD-WAN and routing subscription

Deploy SD-WAN across your entire routing portfolio and improve application experience, reduce operational complexity, and gain advanced threat protection.

Product compatibility matrix

Review the online product compatibility matrix to determine if your hardware is eligible for Cisco DNA Center or Cisco SD-WAN management and control. Then check to see what version of Cisco IOS Software should be running on your hardware and update to the recommended version before installing or updating your Cisco DNA software.

Cisco Customer Experience

Accelerate your intent-based networking journey with Cisco Customer Experience services for enterprise switching. From initial planning to implementation, network optimization, and training, we offer end-to-end expert guidance and award-winning technical support. Get Cisco DNA service details.


Today’s technologies demand an intelligent network that helps you work faster, more efficiently, and more securely. Get started on your intent-based networking journey today with Cisco DNA.

The world never stops evolving. You need a network that evolves with you. An intent-based network. Built on a robust Cisco DNA ready infrastructure.

Learn how we can help you stay ahead:

      Cisco Digital Network Architecture

      Cisco switches

      Cisco wireless

      Cisco routers

      Cisco DNA Center

      Cisco DNA software

      Cisco IoT Networking


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