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Cisco Digital Network Architecture: Intent-based Networking for the Enterprise, First Edition by Simone Arena, Matthias Falkner, David Zacks, Tim Szigeti

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Chapter 19

Cisco DNA Software-Defined Access

This chapter examines one of Cisco’s newest and most exciting innovations in the area of enterprise networking—Software-Defined Access. SD-Access brings an entirely new way of building—even of thinking about and designing—the enterprise network. SD-Access embodies many of the key aspects of Cisco Digital Network Architecture, including such key attributes as automation, assurance, and integrated security capabilities.

However, to really appreciate what the SD-Access solution provides, we’ll first examine some of the key issues that confront enterprise network deployments today. The rest of the chapter presents the following:

  • Software-Defined Access as a fabric for the enterprise

  • Capabilities and benefits ...

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