Cisco Digital Network Architecture

Cisco Digital Network Architecture

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Description: No matter where customers are in their journey, Cisco, and our partners offer services expertise to help customers accelerate their digital network transformation, from readiness assessments and scalable designs to automation tools and award-winning support. Our services help customers speed their deployments, reduce risk and complexity and provide business continuity as they refresh their network.

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Cisco Digital Network
Introducing a new era in networking.
The Network. Intuitive.
You finally have the flexibility to centrally manage your enterprise network, quickly
provision new devices and turn up network functions with a few clicks, all while
lowering costs and reducing your risk.
Cisco® Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA) is an open, extensible, softwaredriven architecture that accelerates and simplifies your enterprise network operations.
Only Cisco provides a single network fabric that is powered by deep intelligence and
integrated security to deliver automation and analytics across your entire organization
at scale. Cisco DNA gives IT time back from time-consuming, repetitive network
configuration tasks so you can focus on the innovation your business needs.
Cisco DNA automation is built on a Software-Defined Network (SDN) controller, rich
contextual analytics, network virtualization and the limitless scalability of the cloud.
This is an entirely new era of networking. The Network. Intuitive.
Most Cisco routers, switches and wireless systems shipping today support Cisco
DNA now or with a software update. And with Cisco ONETM Software, you can
continue to protect your investments and benefit from new architecture innovations
that can be activated through software.
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• Innovate faster by delivering
differentiated experiences
through contextual insights
• Achieve greater business
agility with faster network
services provisioning
• Lower costs with reduced
network installation time
• Reduce risk with faster
threat detection
• Protect investment with
license portability and access
to ongoing innovations

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Why a digital-ready

Speed and simplicity to
meet growing demands

How does an open, software-driven network help
you in business terms? It delivers network-based
insights, automates processes and protects
against threats. For example, in the digital age,
you can mine network analytics that reveal users’
locations and behaviors. Analytics can tell you
how customers move through your store or venue
and how that’s reflected in what they consume.
Analytics can also tell you whether or not a
building is occupied, so you can reduce your
heating and lighting costs.

Traditional networks continue to face
box-by-box deployment and management
challenges. Provisioning, monitoring and
troubleshooting services are a painstakingly
manual process. While compute cycles can
be delivered in seconds, networking functions
and services traditionally require weeks and
sometimes months to deploy.

What makes all this possible is a fundamental
transformation occurring in how networks are
built and run:
• Closed and hardware-centric models are
giving way to open, programmable
and software-centric ones.

“Normally we have to
fight for five percent
savings, but with DNA
we got it instantly.”
Blair Antcliffe
Energy Engineer, UBC
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• Manual, repetitive command-line-interfacedriven management is being largely
superseded by policy-based automation.
• Perimeter-based, reactive security has
been supplanted by network-embedded,
context-based security that reaches from
the cloud to the enterprise edge.
• IT-centric analytics are morphing into
business-centric analytics.
Cisco DNA reflects all these changes. With this
architecture, business and IT can become far
more nimble and respond to business conditions
quicker and more intelligently.

Traditional network architectures are unable
to scale for the digital era. Cisco has
reimagined our network architecture with
the following characteristics:
• Cloud service management: Design,
provision, enable policy and assure network
services through centralized management.
Enable visibility of end-to-end network
services for campus and branch
environments, on-premises or in the cloud.
• Automation: Fully automate the network
infrastructure based on one policy across the
entire access network, acting as a single fabric.
Simplify and scale operations by automating
day-to-day configuration, provisioning,
and troubleshooting.
• Analytics: Proactively predict performance
through machine learning to correlate user,
device and application data for business
and operational insights. Identify issues
and provide actionable insight to deliver
better, more personalized experiences.

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Getting started with
Cisco DNA
Navigating your journey to a digital-ready
network can be challenging without a guide.
That’s why Cisco has worked with IDC to
develop a network capabilities roadmap that
charts the different attributes networks will
exhibit at each stage of the journey. This
framework will help you understand where
you are relative to your peers, plan where
you want to be and assess the benefits of
moving from stage to stage. Learn more.

Cisco services
No matter where customers are in their
journey, Cisco and our partners offer services
expertise to help customers accelerate
their digital network transformation, from
readiness assessments and scalable designs
to automation tools and award-winning
support. Our services help customers
speed their deployments, reduce risk and
complexity and provide business continuity
as they refresh their network. Learn more.

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• Security: Detect and mitigate threats with
end-to-end network segmentation and enforce
security policies across the network. Identify
and mitigate threats and vulnerabilities in
encrypted traffic with network analytics.

• Virtualization: Deploy network services in
minutes on any platform – branch, colocation or
public cloud – and connect users to applications
with one seamless network.

DNA Software Capabilities

Cloud Service Management


DNA-Ready Physical and Virtual Infrastructure

We’ve applied these characteristics to Enterprise Networks products and solutions (Table 1) so you can
move forward with building an open, extensible and agile network. Figure 1 depicts the architecture.

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Table 1. Cisco Digital Network Architecture products and solutions

Cisco DNA promotions



Cisco IOS® XE

Enhanced operating system
software for Cisco devices
that supports programmability,
controller-based automation,
and serviceability.

Provides IT flexibility through
programmability, Network Functions
Virtualization (NFV) and SDN-based

Cisco DNA Center

A single dashboard for managing
your enterprise network. Uses
intuitive workflows to simplify
provisioning of user access
policies combined with advanced
assurance capabilities.

Makes it easy to design, provision
and monitor the network. Increases
user satisfaction with a policy-driven
onboarding experience and increases
network uptime.

SoftwareDefined Access

Secure end-to-end segmentation,
automated user policy access and
a single network fabric.

Enables network access in
minutes for any user or device
to any application without
compromising security.

Cisco Intelligent

Comprehensive set of traffic and
application control and security
features for the WAN that have
been integrated into Cisco branch
office routers.

Enables hybrid WAN by securing
Internet connectivity, therefore
reducing bandwidth costs. Delivers
a great user experience and allows
you to deploy branch offices quickly.

Network Security

Going digital has never been easier.
Check out the latest promotions to help
you get started on your journey to a
digital-ready network.

Product or Solution

Use the network as a sensor to
gain visibility through real-time
analysis and intelligence. Your
network also enables you to have
more granular control to enforce
policy across the network.

Reduce risk and protect your
organization against threats.
Gain 360 visibility through real-time
analytics for deep intelligence across
the network. Lower complexity with
end-to-end security.

Learn more.

Customer success stories
Today, customers are winning against
the competition with Cisco digital-ready
networks. Take a look at the latest customer
case studies to learn how customers are
deploying Cisco DNA solutions and creating
new business value:
Learn more.

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Why Cisco?
You need a network that is constantly
learning. Constantly adapting. Constantly
protecting. This is the future of networking.
The Network. Intuitive.
With our deep understanding of technology
and relationships with IT, Cisco can help
bring your IT and the boardroom together
to work effectively toward a joint solution.
With Cisco DNA, we can help you create
revenue opportunities, lower costs, reduce
risks and ensure regulatory compliance.
And we can help you simplify your network
and accelerate its response time to
business needs.
Together with our partners, we help our
clients innovate, manage market transitions
and turn technology into business advantage.

Next steps

Product or Solution



Network Analytics
and Assurance

Proactively monitors the network,
gathering and processing
information from devices,
applications and users. Correlates
events and presents actionable
insight through Cisco DNA Center.
Evaluates trends within the
network to identify areas where
there might be performance
degradation in the future.

Identifies root causes and provides
suggested remediation for faster
troubleshooting. Integration with
Cisco DNA Center provides
an easy-to-use single dashboard
with insights and drill-down
capabilities. Machine learning
continually improves network
intelligence to predict problems
before they occur.


Physical or virtual routing,
switching and wireless products
that serve as the foundation for
Cisco DNA.

Robust infrastructure built from the
ground up with Cisco DNA software
capabilities in mind to move faster,
more efficiently and more securely.

Cisco DNA services are delivered through Cisco ONE™ Software, which provides simplified,
high-value solutions with license portability and flexibility. You can start your journey today to
a digital-ready network on our current portfolio of network equipment and then continue to adopt
network innovations in the months and years ahead through the power of software.

For more information, visit the
Digital Network Architecture website at:

Cisco Capital

Financing to help you achieve your objectives
Cisco Capital® can help you acquire the technology you need to achieve your objectives and stay
competitive. We can help you reduce capital expenditures. Accelerate your growth. Optimize your
investment dollars and ROI. Cisco Capital financing gives you flexibility in acquiring hardware, software,
services and complementary third-party equipment. And there’s just one predictable payment.
Cisco Capital is available in more than 100 countries. Learn more.

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