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Cisco Software-Defined Access

Get network speed, security, and peace of mind

Ease your network management worries. Cisco Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) gives you a single network fabric, from the edge to the cloud. You can set policy-based automation for users, devices, and things.

Provide access to any application, without compromising on security. All while gaining awareness of what is hitting your network.

And with automatic segmentation of users, devices, and applications, you can deploy and secure services faster.

What's next in networking

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What you can do with SD-Access

Enhance security and compliance

Use end-to-end segmentation to keep user, device, and application traffic separate without redesigning the network.

Improve the workforce experience

Automate user access policy and apply the right policies for users or devices to any application, across the network.

Boost operational effectiveness

Deliver a consistent user experience anywhere, without compromise, using a single network fabric.

Expand business insights

Bring outdoor, rugged, and industrial IoT endpoints into the IT fold.

SD-Access: A to Z

Get a deep dive on SD-Access, and learn how it powers intent-based networking.

Components of SD-Access


Optimize, personalize, and secure your wireless network.


Get a single fabric to help simplify and secure your digital-ready network.


Provide access to applications, services, and integrated technologies.

Cisco DNA Center

Manage SD-Access with a central dashboard across the entire network.

Identity Services Engine (ISE)

Simplify delivery of identify-based policy for users and devices​.

Cisco DNA subscriptions

Help to easily buy, manage, and upgrade your network and infrastructure software.


Explore the services we offer for switchesrouters, and wireless.


Extend automation across the enterprise with open APIs​.

Increase flexibility with Cisco DNA software subscriptions

Choose from three subscription tiers—Cisco DNA Essentials, Cisco DNA Advantage, and Cisco DNA Premier. Our flexible software suites are designed to address your automation and segmentation requirements with rich security.

Subscriptions are available in 3-, 5-, and 7-year terms. All include Cisco Software Support Service (SWSS).

Get started with SD-Access

Secure your network access in four easy steps. Provide highly secure access anywhere using SD-Access.

Design and deploy SD-Access

Get your network ready for SD-Access with our validated design and deployment guides.

SD-Access success stories

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

The hospital delivers excellent patient care by securely connecting and managing thousands of network devices.


Malaysia’s national oil company adopts Cisco SD-Access for highly secure, agile, and business-ready networking.


AmorePacific completed its intuitive, forward-looking network by deploying Cisco DNA at its new headquarters.

About Cisco Software-Defined Access​ (SD-Access)

  • Cisco SD-Access helps organizations enable policy-based automation from the edge to the cloud. 
  • SD-Access gives network architects and administrators the tools to orchestrate key business functions, such as: user mobility, secure segmentation, user onboarding, Internet of Things (IoT) integration, guest access, context-based troubleshooting, and data center and cloud integration.
  • Administrators can also now execute full network lifecycle tasks, including design, provisioning, operations, and assurance with Cisco DNA Center.
  • You can set network access in minutes for any user or device, to any application, without compromising on security.



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