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Cisco offers the Meraki brand of Ethernet switches.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/xb/mX/OTTQ9HPVUOB4.JPEGMeraki is the future of Networks, and you should get on board now.We use them all across the organization, and gives us insights into users bandwidth usage and which apps are consuming the most.,A single pane of Glass for all my switches They show any interruption of networking easily and at a glance The alert me when they go down or come back up I can get deep information about what apps are doing on the network,Some information gets cloudy when drilling down- but they have a new tool coming out called Insights that is supposed to deal with that (and more). Traffic shaping rules should be in the switches and not just the security appliances,10,They cost more up front than HP or Dell, but in the long run they pay for themselves by making investigations much, much shorter.,Dell PowerConnect Switches and HPE Ethernet Switches,Yes,10,We had setup a new location and had issues with the VLANs and thought it was the local LEC, but we got support on and they helped pinpoint some simple things that straightened it right out.An easy to use solutionWe managed to get hold of a trial unit for our practice, having already put in the wireless solution and commenced utilizing the MDM - so were very much sold on the Meraki ecosystem. This switch is being used in a satellite office as the core switch to connect the server with the firewall and users.,Simple to set up (plug and play) Very slick looking kit (great for architects that are conscious on looks) Wealth of configuration options Connects to the Meraki cloud solution,You have to remember that when the Meraki support ends you need to renew it and so there is a cost that won't stop Switches only recently added dual power supplies, which is needed for resilience but took time for it to come out Not a cheap solution,9,The Meraki eco-system adds real value to the business The ease of setup and wealth of add-ons has really helped The looks of the kit have helped in the smaller offices where the kit is "on show",Meraki Switches Deliver the DataAs some switches have aged or failed we have started replacing them with Meraki MS Switches. We made the decision based on the investment we made on Meraki Access Points and MX security Appliances. At the time they also were providing an eight port POE switch to keep and test with. After using the 8 port we decided they would be a good investment.,They are cloud managed through a web GUI that is intuitive. They are updated automatically. Meraki Support is fantastic. They really help trouble shoot strange network problems, and when it has been a firmware issue it is solved in short order not months. Meraki equipment is easy to manage, you have full visibility, built in tools make things like packet capture are much easier than on Cisco IOS based devices. Making trouble shooting other network issues much less complicated.,Price is steep, but is inline with other vendors like HP, Brocade, and Cisco. Maybe even a little less. Licensing is required to continue managing the device. But is in line with SmartNet and similar offerings, however the benefits out strip smart net.,10,Easy to set up, saves a lot of time. A little less money than Cisco's regular line of switches. Helped cut down on trouble shooting time and doesn't require mirroring a port to do packet captures, with multiple sites this allows us to trouble shoot without traveling, so it has helped lower traveling cost.,Cisco Catalyst, Brocade FastIron and NetGear ProSafe Managed Switches,Dropbox for Business, Microsoft Office 365, Windows Server, Vista by Viewpoint
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May 07, 2018

Cisco Meraki MS Switches Review: "Meraki is the future of Networks, and you should get on board now."

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We use them all across the organization, and gives us insights into users bandwidth usage and which apps are consuming the most.
  • A single pane of Glass for all my switches
  • They show any interruption of networking easily and at a glance
  • The alert me when they go down or come back up
  • I can get deep information about what apps are doing on the network
  • Some information gets cloudy when drilling down- but they have a new tool coming out called Insights that is supposed to deal with that (and more).
  • Traffic shaping rules should be in the switches and not just the security appliances
From small companies to large ones these are invaluable tools. I would say though that I would not use them in my Core SAN stack, where Nexus CISCO switches are likely a better fit.
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January 24, 2018

Cisco Meraki MS Switches Review: "An easy to use solution"

Score 9 out of 10
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We managed to get hold of a trial unit for our practice, having already put in the wireless solution and commenced utilizing the MDM - so were very much sold on the Meraki ecosystem. This switch is being used in a satellite office as the core switch to connect the server with the firewall and users.
  • Simple to set up (plug and play)
  • Very slick looking kit (great for architects that are conscious on looks)
  • Wealth of configuration options
  • Connects to the Meraki cloud solution
  • You have to remember that when the Meraki support ends you need to renew it and so there is a cost that won't stop
  • Switches only recently added dual power supplies, which is needed for resilience but took time for it to come out
  • Not a cheap solution
Great for most scenarios where you want intelligent switches and either have little knowledge on switch configuration (e.g. the standard Cisco range and the dark art of learning their configuration language)or a detailed knowledge and enjoy the ease of the interface to get complex configurations done for you.
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October 27, 2017

Cisco Meraki MS Switches Review: "Meraki Switches Deliver the Data"

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As some switches have aged or failed we have started replacing them with Meraki MS Switches. We made the decision based on the investment we made on Meraki Access Points and MX security Appliances. At the time they also were providing an eight port POE switch to keep and test with. After using the 8 port we decided they would be a good investment.
  • They are cloud managed through a web GUI that is intuitive.
  • They are updated automatically.
  • Meraki Support is fantastic. They really help trouble shoot strange network problems, and when it has been a firmware issue it is solved in short order not months.
  • Meraki equipment is easy to manage, you have full visibility, built in tools make things like packet capture are much easier than on Cisco IOS based devices. Making trouble shooting other network issues much less complicated.
  • Price is steep, but is inline with other vendors like HP, Brocade, and Cisco. Maybe even a little less.
  • Licensing is required to continue managing the device. But is in line with SmartNet and similar offerings, however the benefits out strip smart net.
Meraki Switches seem well suited for most situations. They support all major features, setting up QoS and VLANs is very straightforward. We use them with some Cisco IOS devices. The dashboard gives you a good look at the clients connected on your network even when they are on a non Meraki neighbor device.
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