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What is cloud networking and Cisco Meraki?

Cloud Networking moves network device management and aspects of control into the cloud, but keeps connectivity and packet-mode functions like routing, switching and security services local and often in hardware. Cloud Networking provides companies a centralized mode for ongoing management while allowing for increased visibility and scale. It introduces a new way to deploy, operate, and manage distributed enterprise networks. Cloud networking can deliver enterprise-grade network capabilities via a cloud infrastructure that requires minimal investment in additional appliances or IT resources.

Cisco Meraki products are built from the ground up for cloud management, and come out of the box with centralized management, layer 7 device and application visibility, real time web-based diagnostics, monitoring, reporting, and much, much more. Cisco Meraki deploys quickly and easily, without training or proprietary command line interface. Cisco Meraki has a portfolio of networking devices that can be managed from a single dashboard that allows you to control users, applications and devices. You have no controller hardware or management software to buy and maintain!

Meraki solutions include:

  • Wireless – 100% cloud managed for faster deployment, simplified administration, and richer visibility. Indoor/Outdoor APs with Auto-RF Optimization, dedicated security radio and 802.11ac
  • Switching – True zero-touch provisioning, network visibility, and remote troubleshooting. 802.1x security, live network topology maps and support for physical and virtual stacking
  • Security Appliances/Unified Threat Management – centralized cloud management for security (including VPN), networking, & application control. Improve performance & lower cost with Intelligent WAN (IWAN) services
  • Mobility Management – Every user is unique. Every device, a bit different. Systems Manager keeps the network in the loop about constantly changing devices, automatically tracking device posture and adjusting security policies to match.

INW Solutions is your partner for Cisco Meraki

INW Solutions has recognized the positive benefits of cloud networking and has been helping our customers deploy Cisco Merak solutions ranging from 802.11ac wireless access points to cloud-managed next-generation security appliances. We have certified and experienced people here to assist. Leveraging Cisco Meraki and INW Solutions, companies can implement BYOD policies with confidence, ensure rich media like HD video is optimized using Layer 7 traffic shaping, and learn more about consumer behavior using built-in analytics.

Meraki FAQs:

No. Cisco Meraki uses an out of band management architecture, meaning that only management data flows through the Meraki cloud infrastructure. No user traffic passes through Meraki’s datacenters, and your data stays on your network.

Your network continues to function normally even if you can’t access the cloud. Users can authenticate, firewall rules remain in place, and traffic flows at full line rate. Only management functions – reports, configuration tools, etc. – are interrupted.

Meraki provides firmware updates via seamless, over-the-web upgrades. Cisco Meraki releases updates each quarter that contain new features, performance improvements, and other enhancements. Firmware upgrades are delivered securely over the web, which you can reschedule or cancel at any time.

The Cisco Meraki cloud architecture provides a feature set that is rich enough for large enterprise deployments, yet is easy enough to be used by IT generalists without training. Cloud based infrastructure provides cost advantages in both small and large networks, and the Cisco Meraki cloud infrastructure scales seamlessly from small branches to large campus environments and distributed networks.

Cisco Meraki has made major investments in the security of its cloud infrastructure, providing safeguards and tools to all Meraki customers. For example, Meraki undergoes daily penetration testing by an independent 3rd party, has received PCI Level 1 certification, and provides numerous security tools to help customers to harden their networks.

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