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Software-Defined Access

Imagine a world where IT have the time and freedom to innovate instead of being mired down with hundreds of end-user issues on a daily basis. Where they could provide access instantly for any user or device to any application - without compromise.

Software-Defined Access (SDA) is the industry’s first intent-based networking solution for the Enterprise, built on the principles of Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA). SDA provides automated end-to-end segmentation to separate user, device, and application traffic without redesigning the network. SDA automates user access policies so organizations can make sure the right policies are established for any user or device with any application across the network. This is accomplished with a single network fabric across LAN and WLAN which creates a consistent user experience anywhere without compromising on security.

Business Benefits:

  •  Consistent management of wired and wireless network provisioning and policies

  • Automated network segmentation and group-based policy

  • Contextual insights for fast issue resolution and capacity planning

  • Open and programmable interfaces for integration with third-party solutions

What is SDA?

What is SDA?

SDA enables IT transformation by improving operational effectiveness, enhancing the workforce experience and increasing security and compliance. Building this next-generation solution involves some key foundational elements, including:

●     Controller-based orchestrator

●     Network fabric

●     Programmable switches

Controller-based networking: Traditional networking focuses on per-device management, which takes time and creates many complexities. This approach is prone to human errors. SDA uses a modern controller architecture to drive business intent into the orchestration and operation of network elements. This includes the day-0 configuration of devices and policies associated with users, devices and endpoints as they connect to the network. The controller provides a network abstraction layer to arbitrate the specifics of various network elements. Additionally, the Cisco DNA Center controller exposes northbound Representational State Transfer (REST)-based APIs to facilitate third-party or in-house development of meaningful services on the network.

Business Benefits