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Great for a small office or for organizations that have minimal IT resources or needs. If you need a secure, easy-to-manage, set it and forget it solution, Meraki is definitely worth a look, though I would not consider it low budget. Be careful if you need layer 3 advanced features, DHCP server functionality, etc., as these features are found in the "higher-end" models.
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I love this switch for access and aggregate, especially due to the lack of needing reboots. [Other systems require this] reliable and stable platform.
Read full review Pros Meraki MS switches are wonderful at allowing a network admin to configure a VPN mesh network without having to have highly specialized knowledge. Unlike Cisco switches, there is no CLI, there is only a GUI, and Meraki support helps you set it up as you add nodes to your network. Meraki MS switches are easy to deploy. Full stop. They can work with any firewall or ASA but I would strongly recommend using the Meraki MX security appliance if you are going to use Meraki MS switches because they were made to work together. They easily stack. It's all done for you in the Meraki cloud control panel. They will get an address from your admin VLAN's DHCP scope and keep it. Even if you unplug it and move it, you will not have to worry about addressing it. The GUI is online and you can reach it from anywhere, so as long as you have the credentials, you can manage the network from any device that has a browser. Read full review They are relatively easy to configure and to maintain. They have all of the high-end configuration capabilities as Cisco switches. The switches have excellent performance and reliability. Read full review Cons People who are coming from enterprise switches or command line options may feel limited If internet is having issue, managing the switches can become more burdensome Switches do not have as many advanced features as enterprise switches Delay in reporting and debugging Read full review Licensing for the 10GB ports is a bit pricey, but that was 5 years ago, so things may have changed The CLI commands are slightly different than typical Cisco commands Their rack mounting was not the prettiest in the world Read full review Likelihood to Renew
Being on the cloud its very easy to manage. We have layer 7 visibility and Cisco has introduced stackable MX switches which is even better! The Meraki portal can be accessed via SSO which is important to my organization (although it was a bit difficult to get that implemented initially!)
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Cisco support for the Meraki products is great. I have a dedicated representative who I can reach out to at any time. They offer numerous online resources and easy to follow tutorials to help the most novice user feel like a pro. When I need support they were ready and quickly helped me solve my problems.
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I think that Meraki stacks up well against the competition. I have not found a situation where it does not meet the needs from speed to security. I think that this concept of how it is designed will become a trend of the next few years and the competition has something to learn.
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The switching holds up well against HP, Extreme, Juniper, et. al at the edge. Cost is also a huge factor, and played a part in the purchase. Not just for the switches themselves, but also optics can be purchased at a discount. Service delivery has been fantastic, and in 3 years I've not had to replace any of the brocade switches I've purchased.
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I give Cisco Meraki gear a near 100% rating for any business in the small to medium-sized business scenario. Only large organizations have certain business needs that Meraki gear may or may not provide the 99.9% uptime IT professionals and management would demand. Cisco Meraki gear is very scalable as an organization grows and makes it easy to scale up and scale out as needed.
Read full review Return on Investment One critical business objective was a worry-free network. This is it! Another business objective was to be able to manage my entire network from a single interface. Meraki delivers again! Not having to be in the building to monitor, manage and configure networking equipment is worth the weight of these devices in gold. I wanted to be able to see everything that was happening on my network. Meraki enables that. I can see every device, what each is doing, set alerts for when individual ports go down or the device that is attached stops sending packets, etc. The visibility into my network's performance and security is unprecedented. I never knew what I was missing and I do not want to go back! Read full review Equipment just runs Sometimes past EOL/EOS Firmwares just work Read full review ScreenShots