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Virtual Appliance Cisco DNA Center on Amazon AWS

Virtual Appliance Cisco DNA Center on Amazon AWS

With Cisco DNA Center, you can deploy enterprise and branch applications on-premises or in the cloud. The virtual appliances can be deployed on AWS with existing licenses and you can take advantage of the fast deployment, high availability, and easy scaling across all AWS regions.

By leveraging the Cisco Virtual Appliance (VA) Launchpad, you can create the AWS infrastructure necessary for Cisco DNA Center installation and complete the installation automatically.

For users who have little experience with AWS administration, this mode makes installation easy. You need following for the installation of the Cisco DNA Center VA in the AWS environment

Fig 1.1- Cisco DNA Center VA in AWS

  • AWS Account and user with Admin Privileges 
  • IP Address of Enterprise Firewall/Router 
  • Enterprise DNS IP Address 
  • FQDN for Cisco DNA Center 

However you can also install without using the Launchpad with the manual process by creating the AWS infrastructure, establish a connection from AWS to your enterprise, and deploy Cisco DNA Center VA using CloudFormation Template provided by Cisco Systems. For manual installation you need below info

  • AWS Account and user with Admin Privileges 
  • VPC and Subnet
  • Security Group 
  • Connection to Enterprise Firewall/Router 
  • Enterprise DNS IP Address 
  • FQDN for Cisco DNA Center  

In order to make the Cisco DNA Center VA software operate in the AWS public cloud, the features and controls are optimized to work just like in the on-premise version.

AWS virtual private servers (VPS) can now be used to deploy Cisco DNA Center VA, meaning all team members can access it from wherever they are in the world.

This first release of Cisco DNA Center in AWS will support only the medium (44 core) on-premises appliance. This typically consists of 1,000 devices (switches, routers, wireless controllers), 4,000 access points, and 25,000 endpoints.

The large (56 core) and extra-large (112 core) appliances will be supported in future releases.

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