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Cisco Wireless Automation with Cisco Prime Infrastructure Vs Cisco DNA Center

Today we are going to talk about the Wireless automation and features in Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center. The approach in Cisco DNA center is little different than that of Cisco Prime Infrastructure. let's take one by one feature and the support in Cisco DNA center and Cisco prime Infrastructure. 

Cisco Prime Infrastructure: Cisco Prime Infrastructure is a network management tool that supports lifecycle management of your entire network infrastructure from one graphical interface. With the help of Cisco Prime we can converged management for ease of monitoring, troubleshooting, and reporting.

Cisco DNA Center: Cisco DNA Center automates your campus network for faster workflows, faster troubleshooting through more visibility, and policy-driven security. Cisco DNA center is a network controller and management dashboard that lets you take charge of your network, optimize your Cisco investment, secure your remote workforce, and lower your IT spending.

Basic Network Topology
Fig 1.1- Basic Network topology

Features: Prime Infrastructure vs Cisco DNA Center

  • Config Compliance for Wireless: As Cisco Prime has a feature of Compliance policies (Create compliance policies, run Compliance policies and remediate). This feature is still in road map of Cisco DNA Center. The current stable release of Cisco DNA Center is 2.2.2.2.
  • Out of box templates: Well Out of box templates are supported in the Cisco Prime Infrastructure while is in road map of Cisco DNA center.
  • Interface Groups : Available and supported in Cisco Prime Infrastructure and in road map of Cisco DNA center.
  • Guest SSID with Layer 2 security : Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center
  • Turn off SSID (Enable/ Disable): Well supported in Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Partial in Cisco DNA center.
  • AP Reboot Option : Supported in the Cisco Prime Infrastructure while is in road map of Cisco DNA center.
  • Location based AP Onboarding: Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center
  • AP RMA: Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center
  • AP Refresh Flow (802.11ac to 802.11ax): Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center
  • Session timeout for wireless: Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center
  • AP name change : Supported in the Cisco Prime Infrastructure while is in road map of Cisco DNA center.
  • LWAP Template: Supported in the Cisco Prime Infrastructure while is in road map of Cisco DNA center.
  • Rolling AP Upgrade: Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center
  • Outdoor Areas Maps: Supported in the Cisco Prime Infrastructure while is in road map of Cisco DNA center.
  • 11ax Configuration: Supported in the Cisco Prime Infrastructure while is in road map of Cisco DNA center.
  • WLC SSO enhancements: Supported in the Cisco Prime Infrastructure while is in road map of Cisco DNA center.
  • Clean Air for Wireless and iPSK Support : Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center
  • Mesh Configuration: Supported in the Cisco Prime Infrastructure while is in road map of Cisco DNA center.
  • Multicast Support (AireOS/IOS-XE): Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center
  • Passive Client Support: Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center
  • Wireless Video Streaming (Non-Fabric): Supported in Cisco Prime Infrastructure and will not planned and supported in Cisco DNA Center.
  • Autonomous AP support: Supported in Cisco Prime Infrastructure and will not planned and supported in Cisco DNA Center.
  • Certificate Management and AP Preimage download: Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center
  • P2P Blocking for SSID: Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center
  • Mobility Configuration: Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center
  • RLAN Support for Wallplate AP: Supported in the Cisco Prime Infrastructure while is in road map of Cisco DNA center.
  • Radius NAC support: Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center

Platform: Prime Infrastructure vs Cisco DNA Center

  • On Premise Virtual Machine: Supported in the Cisco Prime Infrastructure while is in road map of Cisco DNA center.
  • On Premise Hardware Appliance: Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center
  • High Availability, North Bound APIs & Backup & Restore /Disaster Recovery: Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center
  • Operation Center ( Manager of Manger): Supported in the Cisco Prime Infrastructure while is in road map of Cisco DNA center.
  • Smart Licensing: Supported in both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco DNA Center
  • Audit logging, RBAC & Device Support: Supported in the Cisco Prime Infrastructure partial in Cisco DNA center.
  • Virtual Domain: Supported in Cisco Prime Infrastructure and will not planned and supported in Cisco DNA Center.

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