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Cisco C9400-DNA-E-A-3 - Software License

MPN: C9400-DNA-E-A-3
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Tech Overview

Cisco C9400-DNA-E-A-3: Catalyst 9400 DNA Essentials to DNA Advantage Upgrade License (3 Years)

C9400-DNA-E-A-3 is a 3-year upgrade license that grants access to the full Cisco Catalyst 9400 DNA Advantage feature set on compatible C9400 switches. This license expands upon the functionalities offered by DNA Essentials, enabling advanced network management, security, automation, and analytics capabilities.


In addition to the features available in DNA Essentials, DNA Advantage includes:

  • Advanced Network Security: Implements sophisticated security features like intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS), application visibility and control (AVC), and threat intelligence.
  • Network Segmentation: Creates virtual networks for enhanced security and isolation of sensitive data.
  • Advanced Network Automation: Automates provisioning, configuration, and compliance checks for network devices, with features like configuration rollback and drift detection.
  • Advanced Network Analytics: Provides deeper insights into network performance, traffic patterns, and potential issues, including AI-powered anomaly detection and root cause analysis.
  • Advanced Quality of Service (QoS): Prioritizes critical network traffic with greater granularity and precision, ensuring optimal performance for vital applications.
  • Software-Defined Access (SD-Access): Simplifies and automates network access control and policy enforcement across the network.
  • Multi-Cloud Management: Integrates with diverse cloud environments for consistent management and control, regardless of cloud platform.


  • Enhanced Network Security: Protects your network from modern cyber threats with advanced security features.
  • Improved Network Segmentation: Isolates sensitive data and strengthens overall security posture.
  • Increased Network Automation: Saves time and resources by automating routine tasks and configuration management.
  • Deeper Network Visibility: Gain detailed insights into network performance and identify potential issues quickly for proactive troubleshooting.
  • Optimized Network Performance: Prioritize critical traffic and ensure smooth application performance for optimal user experience.
  • Simplified Network Access Control: Enforce consistent access policies across your network for enhanced control and access management.
  • Centralized Management: Manage your entire network from a single platform, regardless of cloud location, for streamlined administration.

Ideal for:

  • Organizations requiring advanced network security: Provides comprehensive security features to protect against evolving threats.
  • Businesses with complex network environments: Enables network segmentation and advanced automation to handle complexity efficiently.
  • Organizations seeking to optimize network performance and application experience: Offers AI-powered analytics and advanced QoS features for prioritized traffic and application performance.
  • Businesses planning multi-cloud deployments or operating in multi-cloud environments: Enables centralized management and consistent policy enforcement across diverse cloud platforms.

Technical Specifications:

  • License type: Upgrade
  • License period: 3 years
  • Supported platforms: Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches
  • Upgrade from: Cisco Catalyst 9400 DNA Essentials
  • Upgrade to: Cisco Catalyst 9400 DNA Advantage

Additional Notes:

  • C9400-DNA-E-A-3 requires a pre-existing active Cisco Catalyst 9400 DNA Essentials license.
  • Technical support for the C9400 switches and the C9400-DNA-E-A-3 license is available from Cisco or authorized partners.
  • Purchasing genuine Cisco licenses ensures compatibility and access to ongoing support.

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