Cisco Meraki – the ultimate in managed cloud solutions
Complex remote networks require complex solutions. Almost all modern day networking systems, even home equipment such as routers and broadband modems, are capable of supporting a fairly advanced remote working arrangement and have the technical capacity to support a range of demanding applications. However, when a secure and stable enterprise level collaboration network with central management is required, something more is needed. The Cisco Meraki portfolio offers the complete solution, helping customers to reduce operating costs and rapidly implement IT initiatives to achieve their organization’s mission. So what is Cisco Meraki and how can it benefit you? Read on to learn more.
The Cisco Meraki system has been created with a mission to connect, empower and drive cloud based organisations through providing simple but powerful technology. Whilst the network itself may be complex, management does not need to be. At the heart of this approach is the intuitive and easy to use central dashboard, which offers customers the ability to monitor and control every aspect of their network at their fingertips. Whether your focus in on network security, performance or a combination of both, the Meraki cloud interface is the ultimate in network management. The management software can be run on automatic configuration for straightforward set up, or complex custom rules for total control of the network.
One of the key misconceptions around Meraki is that customer data is traversing the public internet. This is not the case. The Meraki system is Cloud Managed. All customer traffic and data remains secured within their corporate network boundaries like any other solution. It is the ability to make changes, monitor traffic flows and provide a consistent configuration that is available from the Meraki portal. This has huge benefits from a practical perspective and the IT Staff who maintain the system have a single interface to manage the entire network regardless of the number of sites and locations they are responsible for.
With the Cisco Meraki system at the heart of your network, you never have to worry about software updates and the security risks associated. The cloud based technology behind the system is continuously improved and updated, based not just on continuous research led by this global leader in networking, but also taking into account customer feedback. The cloud infrastructure that powers the Meraki interface allows for all changes to be seamlessly deployed without user intervention, patches, or downtime.
Few other networking solutions can offer a range of features as advanced as that of the Cisco Meraki portfolio. Key features include:
- No controller hardware or management software to install and maintain
- Bring sites live in a matter of days with zero-touch provisioning
- Isolate and fix issues in minutes with built-in remote troubleshooting tools
- Stay protected and up-to-date with seamless over-the-web firmware and security updates
- Gain insight with out-of-the-box Layer-7 visibility and location analytics
- Develop and roll out customized functionality and new digital initiatives with open APIs
In addition, for customers who are security driven, support for Unified Threat Management (UTM) devices with Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) capability is included as standard.
Indoor and outdoor networks supported
Whether you are operating an indoor or outdoor network, or even a combination of both – as is now increasingly seen in locations such as university campuses and larger organisations with campus style office arrangements, as well as multi-functional spaces. In addition, the rising use of IOT is also increasing demand for both indoor and outdoor network connectivity. Cisco Meraki supports advanced networking features including Cisco’s industry-leading indoor and outdoor 802.11ac wireless access points with built-in location analytics, as well as branch and campus access and aggregation switches with remote packet capture and cable testing.
At Amtech Business Solutions, we are an established Cisco Premier Partner specialising in unified communication, collaboration, computer networking and security solutions. As well as a team of highly experienced engineers and consultants, our support and managed services teams all follow the ITIL methodology for service delivery, ensuring a consistent end user experience with all aspects of service delivery covered. To find out more, call now on 0330 6600 538 or submit an enquiry using our online contact form.