What do many IT teams want? Simplicity. They want to see simplicity not only in the implementation of a solution, but in its operation and troubleshooting. However, often times we end up implementing complicated solutions or making them more complicated than necessary. Before you know it, only EngineerA knows how it works. If EngineerA leaves the org, everything falls apart. It should not be that way. It does not make business sense. What does make business sense is the way Cisco Meraki makes things simpler for enterprise networks around the world. Let’s take a look at three ways Cisco Meraki does this.
Single Pane or Single Pain
It’s your favorite time of the day: troubleshooting time! A user calls in to find out why he and other colleagues are having trouble accessing “the internet” in the conference room. It might be the access point. It might be the switch. It might even be that change Davie made on the firewall last night. That Davie, always making changes. You then proceed to login and access all the tools and platforms to investigate the issue. If only everything you needed was found in one place. All of that information from different systems coming together in a dashboard would be helpful. Cisco Meraki gives you a cloud-managed solution that encompasses different areas of an enterprise network. It brings together wireless, switching, and security. It lets you manage your WAN on this same dashboard. You can invite your physical security colleagues to manage Meraki cameras here. Do you have a fleet of tablets to control? The Systems Manager (MDM) can also be orchestrated here. Many organizations keep track of how long services are impacted. Cisco Meraki gives various teams the tools they need to help in the reduction of MTTR (Mean time to repair). Being able to seamlessly troubleshoot and monitor different domains within your enterprise should be able to check-off a few of this year’s business goals.
Take it to the Limit
Whether you are in education, finance, or selling door knobs, growth is a great thing. From an IT perspective, growth needs to be monitored and managed properly. The last thing you want to do is open a new facility, start staging access points, and realize your wireless controller has hit the limit. Here is where we see the beauty of the cloud. The cloud provides orgs with the space needed to grow. Having a scalable solution lets you expand and also move around as needed. Cisco Meraki is cloud-first. The Meraki Dashboard allows you to easily manage your licenses, network configuration, and devices all in the cloud. You can even create templates for your deployments. You don’t have to worry about Davie kicking the power cable to the wireless controller in the data center by mistake. With the reliability of Cisco Meraki’s cloud, you don’t have to worry about not being able to manage your environment. If perchance a disconnect does occur, your organization continues working; it is business as usual as traffic continues to flow.
Growing up I recall watching the cartoon Captain Planet. In this show, teens are given special rings and sent to make Earth a better place. As they face various threats and use their rings/powers, they often (I believe every episode) had to come together and combine their rings. Putting the rings together would bring forth Captain Planet. Captain Planet would help resolve the issue that was going on in the episode. I don’t believe anyone has a solution out there that works as a magic button to resolve all problems. Resolving business problems takes teamwork and sometimes multiple solutions. It is important for platforms to be able to work with others. This is where Cisco Meraki’s API comes in. There are many purposes for Meraki’s API. You can utilize it to provision sites and make configuration changes. If you have a use-case in mind, you might be able to utilize the API and one of hundreds of partners/apps in Meraki’s Marketplace. If you do not find something in the marketplace that fits, you can also create your own app.
Bonus Topic: Licensing
Licensing is always a fun topic to discuss. It gets people so excited they shout at you while discussing it or they type in ALL CAPS when sending you a message. For that reason, in this section I’ll simply give you some affirmations.
You know how to manage licenses.
Your organization knows how to manage licenses.
Your organization knows when renewals are coming up.
Licensing is not an enemy.
You enjoy having a platform that helps you manage your licenses.
If anything in this blog post sparks interest, feel free to check out Cisco Meraki’s Website to learn more. Also, reach out to your Cisco account team for additional information (hopefully not in all-caps).