Historically, managing a network for a business was far less complex than it is today. Once users went mobile and applications moved to the cloud, however, businesses began clamoring for bandwidth and security became paramount. These new demands mean managing the network can become expensive and complex. Many find cloud managed networking to be the best solution.

The Broadleaf team has great success with the Cisco Meraki portfolio which includes wireless access points, switches, security appliances and mobile device management solutions.  Each product line offers some valuable benefits:

Wireless– offers powerful and intuitive centralized management without the cost and complexity of traditional wireless controller hardware.

Security– combines routing, firewall, site to site VPN, content filtering, load balancing, and WAN acceleration in a complete networking and security solution for intrusion protection and prevention.

Switching– enables plug and play branch deployments with thousands of switch ports configured and monitored instantly over the web

MDM- Systems Manager unifies management and control of iOS, Android, Mac and PC devices and is free for any network.

Meraki  Wireless WAN provides unmatched visibility- it shows where wireless access points are and where the coverage is with high performance 802.11AC and 802.11N, enhanced CPU, multi gigabit Ethernet for 2.5 Gbps over a single cable. The takeaway here is that it is high performance. The wireless WAN is not going to get bogged down. Security is provided with dedicated security radio that continuously scans and protects against security threats.

The differentiator that most often leads Broadleaf to recommend Meraki solutions is that they are all centrally managed from the cloud. This makes them significantly easier to deploy and manage than traditional networks.  The cloud management gives a really wide view of the environment and allows a granular view as well. The manager can go to each point, click on it and get all of the information about what is going on including the who, where, key statistics and detailed reporting.

Cloud managed networking with Meraki allows a business to manage devices across multiple sites from a single dashboard. Users, applications and devices can be monitored and controlled in real time. The scalability makes it ideal for sites of all sizes.  It is important to note that there is no controller hardware or management software to install and maintain.  As long as your wired and your wireless network are both Meraki, they can be managed all together.

Interested in more help to manage your networking? As part of Broadleaf’s Managed Services’ offering, our network operations center can monitor and manage the Meraki suite of products for you 24 x 7 x 365 just as we manage networking gear from other vendors.

Here are some characteristics of customers that find Meraki to be a good fit for them:  want easy installation, need simple and customizable guest access, value integrated mobile device management, are moving applications and services to the cloud.

Want to learn more? Cisco Meraki webinars include a live demo of this cloud management platform. You can see the topics, schedule and sign up for a webinar here: https://meraki.cisco.com/webinars?ref=1SZWaAI