About Cisco Meraki
Meraki (may-rah-kee) is a Greek word that means doing something with passion and soul. Meraki brings the benefits of the cloud to edge and branch networks, delivering easy-to-manage wireless, switching, and security solutions that enable customers to seize new business opportunities and reduce operational cost.
Meraki offers a complete cloud managed product family including wireless LAN, Ethernet switches, security appliances, and mobile device management, all built to simplify the challenges of modern, device and application-centric networks. Meraki is trusted by over 10,000 customers worldwide.
In December 2012, Cisco acquired Meraki to provide a scalable, easy to use networking solution for customers looking to simplify their network infrastructure.
100% Cloud Managed Networking
The Cisco Meraki portfolio of networking devices is centrally managed from the cloud, which in turn enables customers to solve new business problems and reduce operating costs.
Its most attractive benefits are
- Manage entire network from a single dashboard
- Control users, applications, and devices
- No controller hardware or management software to install and maintain
- Secure (PCI and HIPAA-compliant) cloud infrastructure
- Scales from small sites to million-user deployments
What is Cloud Networking?
Centralized management, visibility, and control without the cost and complexity of controller appliances or overlay management software is what Cloud Networking is all about.
Cisco Meraki products have centralized management, layer 7 device and application visibility, real time web-based diagnostics, monitoring, reporting, and much, much more. The ease of deployment of Cisco Meraki is another key attraction it provides to the IT administrators. Meraki’s powers over 20,000 customer networks, including massive global deployments with tens of thousands of devices in the sectors like hospitality, education, retail, construction and many more.
How it Works
Reliable, high-performance Cisco Meraki wireless APs, switches, and security appliances are deployed in your premises and/ or remote branches.
You have complete visibility and control over your entire network over the web. You can configure thousands of devices, run diagnostics, or view reports with a few clicks.
Cisco Meraki devices automatically connect to the Cisco Meraki cloud over SSL, register with your network, and download their configuration.
Tasks such as RF optimization and VPN configuration are automated by the cloud, while firmware updates and application signatures are seamlessly deployed over the web.
Cloud Managed Wireless
100% cloud managed for faster deployment, simplified administration, and richer visibility
Seamlessly manage campus-wide Wifi deployments and distributed multi site networks from a single pane of glass.
Bring Your Own Device
Identify BYOO clients and automatically apply access policies by device or user group
CMX Location Analytics
Reveal powerful metrics such as visitor capture rate, user visit time and repeats visits by listening for wireless devices
Application Visibility & Control
Identify which application are being used and then prioritize critical apps while limiting recreational apps
High Capacity 802.11ac
RF optimization with real time spectrum analysis enables high performance wireless in dense, demanding environments
Automatic RF Optimization
Automatically optimize Wifi by measuring channel utilization, signal strength throughout and interference
Dedicated Security Radio
Instantly detects interference, vulnerabilities and attacks on all channels
Automatically assigns firewall and traffic shaping rules. VLAN tags and bandwidth limits to enforce the right policies for each class of users
Why Cisco for Mobility?
Only Cisco has integrated components of the best mobile and virtualization technologies for comprehensive mobility that extends to mobile employees and customers. Cisco offers unrivaled wireless, security and collaboration expertise, validated solutions, services, and a full mobility roadmap to pull it all together. It has built an open, deep partner ecosystem to allow you to come to one place to simplify and satisfy all your mobility requirements.
Frequently asked questions about the Cisco Meraki Architecture
Does my network traffic flow through the Cisco Meraki cloud infrastructure?
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.
What happens if I can't access the Cisco Meraki cloud?
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.
How do firmware upgrades work? How often do I get new features?
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.
What sized network is most appropriate for Cisco Meraki?
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.
How does Cisco Meraki security compare to traditional network infrastructure?
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.