Cisco Meraki: Your First Year is on Us

Cisco Meraki: Your First Year is on Us

Are you thinking of switching or experiencing the simplicity of the Meraki Dashboard? Or are you a current Meraki user looking to expand your Meraki lineup?  You’re in luck! For a limited time only, Meraki will be running a “First Year on Us” promo.

For a limited time only, any customer that purchases a new Cisco Meraki cloud management license for 3 years or more will get an additional year added at no extra cost! The extra 365 days are added automatically in the dashboard. No further steps required.

First Year On Us is available globally. License renewals do not qualify for this promotion.

Why Cloud Networking and the Meraki Dashboard

Meraki is a powerful tool that businesses can use to manage their network infrastructure efficiently and effectively. It provides a user-friendly interface that enables IT administrators to monitor and control their network from anywhere, at any time.

One of the main benefits of using Meraki is its ease of use. The dashboard is designed to be intuitive and straightforward, with a simple drag-and-drop interface that makes it easy to configure and manage network devices. This means that even non-technical staff can quickly learn how to use it.

Another advantage of using Meraki is its scalability. It is designed to work with networks of all sizes, from small businesses to large enterprises. As your business grows, you can easily add new devices and expand your network without having to worry about compatibility issues or other technical challenges.

Meraki also provides comprehensive network visibility and analytics. It allows you to monitor your network in real-time, so you can quickly identify and troubleshoot any issues that arise. Additionally, it provides detailed analytics and reports that can help you make informed decisions about your network infrastructure.

For more information about this promo, you may reply to this email or directly call us at 893-9515 and we would be happy to help!

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Meraki Wireless Health is Now in Beta!

Meraki Wireless Health is Now in Beta!

Last January Cisco announced that they would be adding an exciting new feature for Meraki, the Meraki Wireless Health.  In essence, Wireless Health is a powerful heuristics engine which can promptly find errors which are affecting the end users experience across multiple stages of their connectivity, which includes association, authentication, IP addressing and DNS availability, then does a quick cause of analysis and response.

This helps IT administrators to quickly find out whether there are users who are able or unable to successfully access the wireless network and easily identify the problematic access points, clients, and failing connection stages that are the source of bad end user experience.  Being able to see all access points (AP) in a given network is a critical factor in having a successful end user experience by identifying and repairing problems to avoid lengthy and inopportune downtime and latency.

With this in mind, Cisco as recently announced that Meraki Wireless Health has become available to all existing MR customers at no additional cost or charge as a generally available beta feature.  To access it, you just need to navigate to Wireless > Wireless health in the Meraki dashboard.

To learn more about Meraki, you can visit our Product page here or directly contact us at 893-9515 and we will be happy to help you!

About Cisco

Cisco is a multinational technology conglomerate that specializes in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of networking equipment, software, and services. Founded in 1984, the company is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has a global presence in over 100 countries.

Cisco’s core business revolves around networking solutions, including routers, switches, wireless access points, and security appliances, which are used by businesses and organizations of all sizes to connect devices and share data. Additionally, the company offers a range of software solutions and services, including collaboration tools, analytics, cloud computing, and cybersecurity.

Cisco is also a major player in the development of new technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G mobile networks. The company has invested heavily in research and development, and has acquired a number of technology startups in order to stay at the forefront of innovation.

Increase your Network Visibility to better use your business bandwidth with Cisco Meraki!

Increase your Network Visibility to better use your business bandwidth with Cisco Meraki!

Does your business have enough bandwidth?

Many businesses today are looking for ways to upgrade their current bandwidth because of user feedback, they complain mostly about slow browsing speeds.  Little do they know that there is a certain user in the office that is “torrenting” on the network, which results to bandwidth hogging and can even put the business at risk.

However, administrators can now feel reassured with Cisco Meraki’s Layer 7 application fingerprinting which gives them a better view of their network. Network administrators/managers can rely on this level of visibility every day to see beyond the size and rate of data transfers on their networks and gain insight into the actual behavior of their users. It’s useful to see patterns in large spikes of traffic on the network, but it’s even better to know whether those spikes are coming from online backup or from BitTorrent.

What’s better than traffic Visibility?  Traffic shaping!

So now the administrators have identified which applications (and most importantly, which users) are using more bandwidth than necessary, what can you do about it?

You can now create application-specific shaping policies for total control over your wired and wireless network. With the built-in Traffic Shaper in Cisco Meraki, shaping policies can be created that apply per user bandwidth limits for specific applications such as video streaming sites, as well as apply QoS (Quality of Service) priority levels at both Layer 2 and 3 to make sure your critical traffic gets prioritized across the network.

The Cisco Meraki portfolio includes wireless access points, switches, security appliances, and mobile device management solutions. What sets Cisco Meraki apart is that all of these are centrally managed from the cloud. This makes them significantly easier to deploy and manage than traditional networks.

Contact us at 893-9515 to try Cisco Meraki for yourself and discover the power of cloud networking today!  

Introducing the Threat Grid for Meraki MX

Introducing the Threat Grid for Meraki MX

When Cisco announced the integration of Cisco Advanced Malware Protection with the Meraki MX last July, it was to provide a simple and effective way for MX customers to monitor, detect and remediate advanced threats.  Now they are taking it a step further, they have now integrated their Threat Grid into the Meraki MX platform.   This integration allows security teams to be able to better understand, prioritize and mitigate attacks by combining advanced sandboxing with threat intelligence.

With how advanced today’s malware and other advanced attacks are, it is harder for companies to just to rely on their first line of defenses.  Even with some of the best security tools in place, it is still highly likely some of them will eventually get into your system.  However, with Threat Grid, you can be able to avoid these situations.  It rapidly analyzes files and suspicious behavior across your environment while providing your security team context-rich analytics.  It also provides threat intelligence so your team will know what a file is doing or attempting to do which helps in quickly responding to the threats.

The integration starts with the AMP for Meraki integration.  Files that pass through MX will be queried against AMP which will respond with a disposition of clean, malicious or unknown.  The clean files are allowed through while malicious files are blocked and the unknown files are automatically sent to Threat Grid to be analyzed.  After the analysis is complete, a detailed report and threat score will be displayed on the Meraki Security Center.  Files with threat scores of 95 and higher are considered malicious which will trigger an alert as to notify the security team so they can remediate it ASAP.

Threat Grid for MX is available now as an add on to the MX Advanced Security license. Customers must have the Advanced Security License to purchase Threat Grid. To find out more contact us at 893-9515 and we will be happy to help!

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Cisco Meraki Hits 1 Million network Milestone!

Cisco Meraki Hits 1 Million network Milestone!

On May 23, 2017, about 10 years since the first shipped Meraki product, the Meraki network community reached a milestone of 1 million networks!

This comes as no surprise as more and more industries demand that their IT is able do more with less which may include tasks such as:

  • Supporting corporate devices and any preferred user devices
  • Transitioning to wireless offices and the ability to support remote working
  • Enabling massive device expansion and constant digital collaboration
  • Ensuring zero downtime and constant change
  • And most importantly, Mission Focused Technology, technology which drives the main function of industries such as education in schools and patient care in healthcare.

With so many tasks to deliver, IT teams will need to have simple infrastructures which will allow them to be nimble while being able to adapt with the business.  It was at this time Cisco started shipping simpler IT, managed via the cloud, through the Meraki Mini which was well received within the IT community.  IT teams were grossly overloaded and spread thin worldwide under the load of legacy systems with clunky interfaces so the then emerging cloud option given was a helpful option to help solve these issues.  A far cry from today, cloud services have become an integral part of our daily and corporate lives, even more so as the confidence is growing in the dependability and security of the cloud.

Meraki Mini (2006)                                               Meraki MV (2017)

We are happy to say that we partnered with one of the pioneers of cloud-native IT and will continue to support them the best way we can so that our customers will be able to enjoy all the benefits!  To learn more about their products, please see our Cisco product page here.