Cisco DNA Center Overview

Cisco Digital Network Architecture Center (DNA-C) is the network management and command center for Cisco DNA, your intent-based network for the enterprise.

Provision and configure all your network devices in minutes. Use advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to proactively monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize your network. Integrate with third-party systems for improved operational processes.

 

Cisco DNA Center MINT overview

Cisco DNA Center Mentored Install Network Training (MINT) program is an authorized hands-on training program that helps you gain skills and master best practices while deploying the Cisco DNA solution. By combining mentoring and installation, the program accelerates the adoption and deployment of the new Cisco DNA solution in your environment and helps you achieve your desired outcomes.

 

Why choose NIL as your MINT partner?

NIL has been a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, System Integrator, and Cisco Platinum Learning Partner for over 25 years. We educate Cisco engineers, develop official Cisco courseware, and have expertise, experience and capability to make sure that your solution is properly deployed and configured.

NIL is an authorized Cisco partner for providing MINT programs for Cisco SDA, Cisco DNA Center, Cisco SD-WAN, Cisco ACI, Cisco HyperFlex, and Cisco Tetration technologies. We have extensive experience delivering different MINT projects to organizations worldwide that result in high customer satisfaction and faster particular technology adoption.

All our MINT programs are fully customizable. This means that the basic scope is predefined, in order to ensure best practices and key objectives are covered. However, the exact delivery is tailored to your specific environment and requirements, ensuring optimal outcome of the service.

 

Objectives of engagement

  1. Discover the customer outcome desires through investigation of the current situation and steps needed to achieve the goal.
  2. Deployment and configuration of the solution.
  3. Customer enablement and knowledge transfer for continued operation and maintenance of the environment.
  4. Functional solution, with accompanying project documentation.

 

Scope of Work

SoW is predefined to an extent, but will be solidified and agreed upon after the initial situation and outcome discovery.

 

Roles and responsibilities

NIL will do the majority of the work, however, in order to ensure high customer satisfaction and achieve the desired goals, a customer is expected to provide the following:

  • Stakeholder discovery workshop participation
  • Preparation of the environment for the beginning of configuration, which includes, but may not be limited to:
    • Rack space
    • Power capacity
    • Cooling capacity
    • Equipment stacking
    • Infrastructure pre-configuration
  • Customer engineers that will participate in all steps of the project for:
    • Knowledge transfer
    • Testing support
    • Support for integration with the existing environment
  • Plan of test scenarios to determine operational acceptance of the solution situation and outcome discovery.

 

Cisco DNA Center MINT Stages

Service Name

Service Description

Design

At this stage, NIL Ltd. and the customer:

  • Agree on the desired outcome to cover the business objective;
  • Create and review project timelines;
  • Perform network assessment including network devices, network services such as AD, NTP, DHCP, FTP, etc., and security policies;
  • Create and review High Level Design (HLD) pertaining and within the scope of the abovementioned fabric network.

Installation

  • Deploy Cisco DNA Center: includes the setup hardware, installing and upgrading software to the latest version, and verifying all network connectivity.
  • Install of Cisco Identity Service Engine – physical or virtual server.

Configuration

  • Integrate ISE with customer’s DA and/or LDAP server.
  • Integrate ISE with the appliance Cisco DNA Center.
  • Secure network with macro-segmentation and micro-segmentation policy using Virtual Network ID (VNID) and Scalable Group Tag (SGT) respectively.

Discovery

Discover network through the Cisco DNA Center appliance.

Inventory

Complete a network device inventory through the Cisco DNA Center appliance. The number of discovered devices must meet the fabric network listed above.

Knowledge Transfer

Instructions (in the total amount of 4 hours) are to comprise the following:

  • How to navigate Cisco DNA Center;
  • How to troubleshoot and resolve network and endpoint connectivity issues.

Project Completion

  • Deliver HLD and LLD (as per description above);
  • Customer Sign-off.

 

Next steps after MINT

Your environment is now set up and running. Your team has the basic knowledge and capability to keep it operational.

But maybe you want additional functionality, are looking into further integration, or are even considering a completely new solution, based on a different technology.

For all of these instances, you can turn to NIL to help you move further along. We offer training on the whole range of Cisco products and solutions. Those trainings span from official courses to highly customized workshops that can be tailored to your very specific needs.

In addition, we offer both additional MINT services, as well as full consultancy engagements that extend well beyond pure Cisco deployments and integrations. And we will be more than happy to help you out with any of these challenges and offer proper guidance.