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Cisco C9400-DNA-E-A-5 - Software License

MPN: C9400-DNA-E-A-5
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Tech Overview

Cisco C9400-DNA-E-A-5: Catalyst 9400 DNA Essentials to DNA Advantage Upgrade License (5 Years)

C9400-DNA-E-A-5 is a 5-year upgrade license that allows you to upgrade from Cisco Catalyst 9400 DNA Essentials to the full DNA Advantage feature set on compatible C9400 switches. This upgrade unlocks a comprehensive range of advanced network management, security, automation, and analytics capabilities.


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

  • Advanced Network Security: Implements advanced security features like intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS), application visibility and control (AVC), and threat intelligence.
  • Network Segmentation: Creates virtual networks for improved security and isolation of sensitive data.
  • Advanced Network Automation: Automates provisioning, configuration, and compliance checks for network devices, including 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.
  • Software-Defined Access (SD-Access): Simplifies and automates network access control and policy enforcement.
  • Multi-Cloud Management: Integrates with multi-cloud environments for consistent management and control across diverse cloud platforms.


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

Ideal for:

  • Organizations with growing network security needs: Provides advanced security features to protect against modern threats.
  • Businesses with complex network environments: Enables network segmentation and advanced automation to manage complexity efficiently.
  • Organizations seeking to optimize network performance and application experience: Provides AI-powered analytics and advanced QoS features to prioritize critical traffic.
  • Businesses planning multi-cloud deployments or already operating in multi-cloud environments: Offers centralized management and consistent policy enforcement across diverse cloud platforms.

Technical Specifications:

  • License type: Upgrade
  • License period: 5 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-5 requires a pre-existing active Cisco Catalyst 9400 DNA Essentials license.
  • Technical support for the C9400 switches and the C9400-DNA-E-A-5 license is available from Cisco or authorized partners.
  • Purchasing genuine Cisco licenses ensures compatibility and access to ongoing support.

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