Cisco Meraki And Your Network Solutions
Cisco is well known for solving its customers’ business challenges by delivering architectures and services on intelligent network platforms, but they are also very active in addressing emerging trends as technologies grow and change. All cloud networking specialists will know that this technology is rapidly growing in popularity, with more and more businesses embracing the cloud. It makes sense that Cisco would make this a priority.
In December 2012 Cisco completed the acquisition of Meraki for $1.2 billion, which spun out of an attempt by a small team at MIT to make the cloud more accessible through a combination of more advanced hardware and user friendly software.
Cisco Meraki has grown to be a major part of the Cisco family and represents a key expansion of Cisco’s strategy – to offer more software-centric solutions to simplify network management, help customers empower mobile workforces and generate new revenue opportunities for partners.
The Meraki team became Cisco’s Cloud Networking Group and now offer scalable solutions for mid-market businesses via a strengthened Unified Access platform. This makes IT more responsive to business innovation by simplifying operations and unifying wired and wireless networks, policy and management into one integrated network solution.
Cisco Meraki is the first company to offer secure, reliable, headache-free BYOD network solutions — 100% integrated, without added cost or complexity. Whether you know it or not, you’re probably a benefactor of their ‘experiment’ at MIT.
Cisco Meraki Products
To give you just a small insight into the Cisco Meraki offer, they are responsible for a wide range of successful products, including Wireless LAN Access Points, security appliances and switches. They are responsible for Wi-Fi networking and security devices plus the software to manage them.
The result of their work is products like the MR12 and MR24 indoor wireless access points (AP), as well as the MR62 and MR66 for outdoor wireless access. They have produced multi-layer (2, 3 and aggregation) access switches, alongside small, medium and large security branch appliances.
These robust, cost effective, user friendly products allow for wireless access for organisations of all sizes and wireless networks can be managed through iOS and Android apps.