Cisco Software Defined Access (SD-Access)


Manual solutions are slow, error prone and are proving to be ineffective due to constantly changing business environments

  • Growth of users and different device types
  • More diverse users, devices & applications
  • Identification, classification and authentication of devices


Optimize enterprise security by implementing access policies, segmenting networks and standardizing risk management

  • Controller based architecture
  • Policy enforcement engine
  • Networks fabric
  • Progammable infrastructure
Controller-based architecture
Policy enforcement engine
Network fabric
Programmable infrastructure

Controller-based architecture

  • Cisco SD-Access uses Cisco DNA Center, the command-and-control center for the Cisco DNA–based network, 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.
  • Cisco DNA Center also collects and analyzes network telemetry and data from various sources for deep analytics that identify connected endpoints and associated traffic patterns, and help define access policies.
  • The controller provides a network abstraction layer to arbitrate the specifics of various network elements.
  • Cisco DNA Center exposes northbound Representational State Transfer (REST)-based APIs to facilitate third-party or in-house development of meaningful services on the network.

Path to fit SD-Access

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