Your Community, Your Approach: A Journey to Full Cloud Administration of Cisco Catalyst Merchandise

At Cisco Stay 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada (June 12-16), there have been many bulletins about our latest improvements to energy the brand new period of hybrid workspace, distributed community environments and the purchasers journey to the cloud. Among the many revelations was our technique to speed up our prospects transition to a cloud-managed networking expertise.

Our prospects requested, and we answered: Cisco introduced that Catalyst prospects can select the operational mannequin that most closely fits their wants: Cloud Administration/Monitoring via the Meraki Dashboard or On-Prem/Public/Non-public Cloud with Cisco DNA Middle.

Determine 1: Bringing collectively one of the best of each worlds

Observe: This text closely references the next phrases:

  • DNA Mode and Meraki Mode for Catalyst: DNA Mode is a Catalyst machine utilizing a DNA license with DNA options and Meraki Mode is a Catalyst machine utilizing a Meraki license with Meraki options.
  • Monitor and Handle: Cloud Monitoring permits Catalyst gadgets to have visibility and troubleshooting instruments through the Meraki dashboard, whereas Cloud Administration for Catalyst means full characteristic parity with Meraki options.


Our Catalyst know-how stays probably the most highly effective campus and department networking platform and quickest rising product available on the market. Additionally, Meraki dashboard continues to be the only cloud administration platform, with the very best adoption and deployment available on the market. How can we deliver issues collectively and provides our prospects one of the best of each worlds? Enter Cloud Administration and Monitoring for Catalyst. Simplicity with out compromising.

And HOW to get began?

As we speak we have now an on-premises administration providing via Cisco DNA Middle, which is a do-it-yourself high-touch strategy. There are actually two methods to implement this: along with present Cisco DNA Middle bodily home equipment that are available in a number of sizes and flavors, we introduced at Cisco Stay the Cisco DNA Middle Digital Equipment, which runs as VMware ESXi cases in personal knowledge facilities or as a digital machine in public cloud platforms beginning with AWS.

We even have Cisco Meraki Cloud Administration which offers low contact, and ease as Meraki’s slogan’s: Simplicity at Meraki stands for every thing from how we strategy product improvement to consumer expertise.

Executing a Cloud Prepared Technique

Cloud Administration: Frequent {Hardware} Platforms

Delivering the Next Generation of Networking
Determine 2: Delivering the Subsequent Technology of Networking

On the wired community facet, Cisco is specializing in our mounted switching portfolio within the Cisco Catalyst 9000 sequence switches.  We introduced that beginning with the Cisco Catalyst 9300 sequence switches they are going to be frequent {hardware} and function in both DNA or Meraki mode. A Cisco Catalyst 9300 swap may be migrated from DNA Mode to Meraki Mode and totally managed by the Meraki Dashboard. Whereas the Meraki mode of the Catalyst 9300 may be migrated again to the DNA Mode, the Meraki MS390 can’t be migrated to a DNA mode of operation.

On the wi-fi community facet, we additionally introduced the primary frequent {hardware} Entry Factors, the brand new Cisco Catalyst 916x Collection Wi-Fi 6E Entry Factors. These Entry Factors are constructed with twin modes: they’re able to booting in both Meraki or DNA modes. Which means a Catalyst 916x Entry Level can seem on the community as both a Meraki machine or a Cisco DNA machine, with all of the related monitoring and administration capabilities inherent in every platform. The demo goes into element.

Cloud Migration Particulars

  • Cisco IOS-XE 17.8.1 model (or later) is required for the Cisco Catalyst 9300 swap to be migrated to Meraki Mode and managed by the Meraki Dashboard.
  • The catalyst swap or entry level when put within the Meraki mode of operations, their options align with what is accessible within the Meraki Dashboard. For instance, the Cisco Catalyst 9300 swap in Meraki Mode is aligned with the switching options out there for the Cisco Meraki MS390.
  • You’ll be able to migrate a standalone or a stack of Cisco Catalyst 9300 switches to Meraki Mode.
  • Presently, you can not stack the migrated Cisco Catalyst 9300 with Cisco Meraki MS390.
  • Like native Meraki gadgets, as soon as a Catalyst swap or AP is in Meraki Mode, the CLI entry is unavailable.
  • Managed gadgets show their software program model as Meraki MS, similar to native Meraki gadgets.
  • Present supported switching platforms are Cisco Catalyst C9300-24T, C9300-48T, C9300-24P, C9300-48P, C9300-24U, C9300-48U, C9300-24UX, C9300-48UXM, C9300-48UN.
  • Presently supported modules are C9300-NM-8X, C9300-NM-2Q, C3850-NM-4X.
  • Present supported Cisco Catalyst Entry Factors are the Wi-Fi 6E CW APs (9162, 9164 and 9166).
Determine 3: The Migration Course of from Cisco Catalyst 9300 DNA Mode to Meraki Mode

Cloud Monitoring: Present Cisco Catalyst 9000 mounted switches 

Beginning with IOS-XE 17.3.4, Cisco Catalyst 9200, 9300 and 9500 sequence switches in DNA mode with a legitimate DNA license (Necessities or Benefit) may be added to the Meraki dashboard for monitoring and troubleshooting, offering a single pane of glass and centralized community monitoring, community machine visibility, utilization, topology. The Meraki dashboard additionally permits the flexibility to see alerts, port data and use of diagnostic instruments, multi function place.

Determine 4: Cloud Monitoring for Catalyst

Cloud Monitoring Particulars

  • Catalyst Switches in DNA mode and with a legitimate DNA license (single or in a stack) may be monitored through the Meraki dashboard.
  • As soon as claimed within the Meraki Dashboard, the switches will probably be robotically tagged with “Monitor Solely” within the dashboard to differentiate from totally managed Meraki switches. Other than this distinction, “Monitor Solely” Catalyst switches have visibility equally to Meraki MS switches within the dashboard, together with a visible illustration of related ports and site visitors data.
  • The Meraki Dashboard shows two serial numbers within the stock of every catalyst machine. Just like migrated Catalyst switches, all switches in monitor mode preserve a Catalyst Serial Quantity and generate a Meraki serial quantity which each seem within the dashboard to assist establish switches.
  • Monitor-only gadgets show their software program model as IOS-XE. The machine remains to be in DNA Mode which signifies that the CLI remains to be enabled, and different DNA options can be found.
  • For monitor-only gadgets, different administration instruments can nonetheless be used to make modifications to gadgets comparable to Ansible, CLI, GUI, and so forth.
  • Present supported switching platforms are Cisco Catalyst 9200, 9300 and 9500 sequence. Different platforms are into consideration.
  • The method to onboard Cisco Catalyst switches for monitoring is finished via a guided course of utilizing the Meraki onboarding app for Mac, Home windows or Linux.
Cloud Monitoring Capabilities
Determine 5. Cloud Monitoring Capabilities

License Flexibility

Our Licensing Crew has been working onerous to make sure a clean transition between Modes (DNA and Meraki) from the licensing perspective.

For the frequent {hardware} perspective, emigrate the Cisco Catalyst 9300 swap to a Meraki mode, a legitimate DNA license is required.  You’ll be able to select between Meraki Enterprise or Superior license relying upon enabled options throughout license renewal.

The Cisco Catalyst 916x sequence APs may be bought with the suitable licenses primarily based on the administration platform: DNA license for Cisco DNA Middle or Meraki license for Meraki mode.

On the visibility/monitoring entrance: A sound DNA Necessities (for swap visibility) or Benefit license (consumer visibility) is required to be onboarded into the Meraki dashboard. The machine may be managed by different instruments comparable to Cisco Prime, CLI or third occasion instruments.

Buyer Use Instances

Cloud Monitoring

  • Catalyst prospects not utilizing Cisco DNA Middle because the operational platform: It is possible for you to to realize quick worth with cloud monitoring, offering a view of your community from wherever, anytime, giving them a low-effort option to expertise Meraki Cloud Dashboard.
  • Clients who’re working a hybrid community of Meraki and Catalyst: Profit by transferring their Catalyst {hardware} into view on the Meraki dashboard with monitoring.

 Cloud Administration

  • Clients with community refresh community: Clients who have already got Meraki platforms; upon refresh, they will select to undertake Catalyst into their present infrastructure (APs and switches)
  • Present Cisco Catalyst 9300 prospects seeking to transfer to cloud operations and the options out there within the Meraki Dashboard fulfill their use circumstances.

Cisco DNA Middle Bodily/Digital Equipment

  • Clients utilizing DNA options with Air gapped or Compliance necessities
  • Clients utilizing DNA options and require a Public or Non-public Cloud deployment
  • Clients with necessities for on-premise administration platform

Why that is necessary?

The advantages are limitless

Clients now have the operational flexibility to decide on both Meraki dashboard or Cisco DNA Middle for the Cisco Catalyst household, offering intensive monitoring and administration capabilities whereas enabling the selection as to the place the providers are working—on-premises or within the cloud—relying on operational wants, geography, and regional knowledge rules.

For instance, monetary organizations that require air-gap safety from web site visitors can make the most of an on-premises Cisco DNA Middle equipment whereas a distributed group that should assist high-speed Wi-Fi entry at shops, department places of work, or emergency popup websites, can deploy the brand new Cisco Catalyst Wi-Fi 6E Entry Factors and handle them from the cloud-first Meraki dashboard to simplify distant operations.

Subsequent Steps

You may get visibility of your Cisco Catalyst atmosphere within the Cisco Meraki dashboard by following simple steps. With a Meraki Dashboard account, you possibly can comply with these steps to onboard Cisco Catalyst switches for Cloud Monitoring. You have to be working IOS-XE model is 17.3.4 at minimal, and at present supported platforms are Cisco Catalyst 9200, 9300, and 9500 sequence switches.

Would you prefer to be taught extra? Please attain out to your Cisco Account workforce that will help you get began.


Do you might have Cisco Catalyst switches that aren’t managed by Cisco DNA Middle?

Extra Info

Getting Began with Cloud Monitoring for Catalyst

Cisco Cloud Monitoring for Catalyst Onboarding

Cisco Cloud Monitoring Overview and FAQ

Cisco Cloud Administration for Catalyst, on Tech Discipline Day Channel 


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