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)
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The SD-WAN market is growing at a very fast pace. It is estimated to exceed $6 billion in revenue worldwide by 2020 while still compounding an annual growth rate of more than 90% over a forecast period between 2015 to 2020. By 2018, it is also expected that about 82% of North American enterprises will be using SD-WAN which is remarkable considering the technology is still in its early days.
With the option to choose what kind of link is best in a given situation (MPLS, broadband, LTE, or any combination of these), besides optimizing your WAN link, you will also be able to provide additional capacity to avoid blackouts and brownouts.
With such features, VeloCloud makes sure to take the necessary steps to ensure that your data will be secure when using its comprehensive SD-WAN solution. Recently, VeloCloud has taken a big step towards a more comprehensive security ecosystem which it calls the “SD- WAN Security Technology Partner Program”. A multifaceted effort of collaboration between a wide range of technology companies to help protect users’ branch, data center and cloud networks which results in a top notch end-to-end security option for SD-WAN which seamlessly includes both on premise and cloud networks.
Partners are given access to VeloCloud’s APIs through a formal software development kit which helps simplify the process for partners who are interested in developing security solutions for VeloCloud’s SD-WAN architecture. VeloCloud has also opened up a virtual network function (VNF) framework to its partners in the security ecosystem to help develop their own security VNFs within its framework. VeloCloud also allows for cloud security by allowing third party security vendors to bring their own services into marketplaces operated by service providers such as Azure and Amazon.
Besides the security ecosystem, VeloCloud also has its own security capabilities which are integral parts of its SD-WAN architecture. One example would be its zero-touch deployment model in which you can be shipped a non-configured VeloCloud edge to any of your branches or remote locations and once connected to your link it will securely authenticate and encrypt across your network. With its unique way of key management for vCPEs on your network, it will be able to help check your tunnel integrity while helping with scalability and your dynamic multipath VPN.
To learn more about VeloCloud’s security, please read the article here!