2013: A Year In Review: Cisco Meraki
With Cisco’s acquisition of Meraki closing in December 2012, last year started with an exciting future laid ahead. We thought we would share a snapshot of their year with you, which makes for an interesting, in order to ensure you understand more about Cisco Meraki.
In January, they started their new life by joining one of Cisco’s largest events – Cisco Live in London and later in the year in Orlando – and began to meet hundreds of Cisco partners and customers to give live demonstrations of the new offer.
After that, their partner training accelerated with the expansion of the CMNA programme and they trained thousands of partners in over 100 sessions, quickly spreading the word of the new Cisco Meraki offer.
In the spring came the introduction of new MX Security Appliance features for K-12, the first of several major Cisco Meraki releases through the year. The addition of YouTube for Schools, enhanced content filtering and web caching then strengthened online safety for kids and greatly improved network performance.
Just a few weeks later came the introduction of one of the most popular new features – Wifi with Facebook login. Through this, organisations can provide excellent guest Wifi services using their Facebook page – this development brought huge benefits for retail and guest Wifi environments.
In August came the industry’s first cloud-managed 802.11ac AP, the MR34, which dramatically increased Wifi speeds and included a third radio dedicated to security and RF optimisation.
When the iPhone 5S, iOS 7 and the Google Nexus 5 become available, they extended dashboard management of Meraki wireless networks to mobile devices using a mew iOS and Android app – and they are planning to build on this work with new features in the future, such as support for switching and security appliance networks.
In early November they launched 10 new switch models, which represented their biggest ever product release.
And finally (as if this wasn’t enough), they ended the year by adding new wireless features to enhance management of large distributed networks, like tag reporting, RF channel planning and time-scheduled group policies.