Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

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Score 9.2 out of 100
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

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Great for small team

9 out of 10
May 28, 2021
We are using Meraki SD-WAN at all 100+ locations. We needed to replace our high cost MPLS and show MetroE connections. With Meraki we were …
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SD-WAN Blues

5 out of 10
May 05, 2021
We used Cisco Meraki SD-WAN to replace an aging MPLS network connecting our remote, rural sites. We purchased broadband, cost-effective …
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SD WAN made easy!

8 out of 10
March 05, 2021
The Cisco Meraki SD-WAN solution provides an extremely user-friendly method of connecting multiple sites together via an SD-WAN mesh. We …
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What is Cisco Meraki SD-WAN?

Cisco Meraki SD-WAN is a software-defined WAN offering transport independence, application optimization, intelligent path control, and secure connectivity.

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What is Cisco Meraki SD-WAN?

Cisco Meraki SD-WAN is a software-defined WAN offering transport independence, application optimization, intelligent path control, and secure connectivity.

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What is Cisco Meraki SD-WAN's best feature?

Reviewers rate Product Scalability highest, with a score of 9.7.

Who uses Cisco Meraki SD-WAN?

The most common users of Cisco Meraki SD-WAN are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Shawn C | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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The Meraki dashboard is a one-stop-shop for managing all of my network infrastructures. Unlike previous installs, I don't have to keep several tabs or apps open. The ability to make changes or check statuses remotely is a real plus.
  • Management
  • Support
  • Options
  • Cluttered GUI
  • FAQs
Well suited for all sizes of companies. They are constantly adding new features and keep users advised of bugs. The only way I could see this as not being a fit would be the requirements of the end-users or someone not familiar with the interface.
Easier to make changes on the fly with backing up configs as needed. Allows a more direct view of the network and any issues.
Meraki cameras are our primary security system. Very easy to install and view.
We have Meraki gear installed at 4 locations and I can view their status or make config changes from a single dashboard. This alone is worth the cost.
Score 10 out of 10
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Reseller
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Cisco Meraki SD-WAN has helped us to maintain communication between company sites through the AUTO-VPN operation that allows for [...] agile deployment. These allow us to maintain communication towards the different applications that are required to have access from the central site. The deployment of sites is zero-touch since the equipment can be configured prior to arrival at each of the sites.
  • Zero touch provision
  • Auto-VPN
  • Visibility
  • More WAN ports in MX
  • That support greater throughput
  • Update MXs for DC
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN can be adapted to any type of scenario. Everything depends on the needs of the business and the complexity in terms of routing and treatment of links, but nevertheless, where it is best adapted is for the retail and hospitality sector. Where I would not recommend it is for service provider scenarios or where it is required to have [...] more granular control of the quality of the service.
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN has helped the company for [...] more agile deployment of each of the sites where SD-WAN is required since with the zero-touch, they can be configured before their arrival at the site and perform a plug and play. The administration is simpler, and the notification part [of being] able to take proactive actions is very important.
Meraki Insight is a complementary grab since it allows to see the operation of the service provider and greater visibility of the relevant applications for the business. Cisco Umbrella is integrated into the Meraki dashboard. [...] Its policies can be applied in the Meraki network, something that is very practical and allows to have a greater layer of security.
I give it this rating because it allows a faster and easier deployment and, above all, [is] intuitive. The visibility it gives on the infrastructure, especially if you have MS, MR is very broad and allows us to take proactive actions. The support activities are minor since, in the matter of software updates, they can be scheduled and carried out automatically in hours where the operation is not affected.
Patrice Tanguay | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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We use Cisco Z3 devices for our teleworkers. Polycom VVX 311 & VVX 411 phone sets. [We are] using a Cisco MX100 appliance for cloud management and distributed deployments. It is currently used for one division as a pilot project for a period of 90 days. Once completed, we will start migration for the rest of the organization.
  • Stability
  • Security
  • Easy administration
  • Cisco Meraki SD-WAN is very solid and performs extremely well. [The] only improvement for me is pricing.
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN is well suited for organizations [with] limited IT staff\several hubs\locations to replace large existing MPLS network to replace the end of life WAN appliances\servers. I cannot specify where it would be less appropriate. It all depends on your IT environment, business case, and ROI.
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN has helped our administrators in their day-to-day work. Faster deployments and easier troubleshooting using Dashboards Live tools. The audio quality is exceptional[—]rich and clear voice. Our organization has benefited from this from the unclear background noises and interruptions when using laptop speakers & mic.
We use a pair of MX100 for redundancy. Very scalable if I need to increase to MX450. Everything works well together.
Score 10 out of 10
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Reseller
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[Cisco] Meraki SD-WAN is being used in each of the sites that the company has to communicate in a full mesh topology. The easy configuration of SD-WAN through auto-VPN is a functionality that facilitates the deployment of the sites. That is why Meraki SD-WAN was chosen, apart from the fantastic visibility it provides through the Meraki insight plug-in for application monitoring.
  • Deployment of VPN
  • Visibility
  • Application tracking
  • Quality of service
  • Segmentation of networks
  • Security
[Cisco] Meraki SD-WAN is ideal for scenarios where rapid deployment of sites in SD-WAN is required. The Retail sector is an ideal case. A scenario where [Cisco] Meraki SD-WAN is not so appropriate is when it is required to apply a more specific segmentation in the networks to be shared and when it is necessary to apply quality of service policies in a more specific way.
[Cisco] Meraki SD-WAN has had a great impact within the business since it has allowed the integration of new sites in an easy and agile way, in addition to the fact that the operation is within the Meraki dashboard itself, so no specialized technical knowledge is required to operate the SD-WAN network
Meraki Insight has been a perfect complement to [Cisco] Meraki SD-WAN since it allows us to have greater visibility of the applications that are most used within the organization. In addition to being able to visualize the quality of service that the Service Providers and Cisco Umbrella deliver has allowed us to strengthen the security with the integration with Meraki, thus having a SASE scenario.
Because [Cisco] Meraki SD-WAN has fulfilled the required functionality with the easy deployment of the configuration of new sites and growth, in addition to one of the integrations that Meraki has in general as a platform and the centralized management of everything through a single Dashboard. [...] The best thing is that [Cisco] Meraki SD-WAN is included from the enterprise licensing of the MX.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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We are using Meraki SD-WAN at all 100+ locations. We needed to replace our high cost MPLS and show MetroE connections. With Meraki we were able to get speeds 10x more with broadband then our current connections for a fraction of the cost. Another concern was management of all the routes and acls we had with only two network admins. Meraki deployment is easy with templates. The templates also make any updates very simple.
  • Template based config.
  • Easy deployment.
  • Easy updates.
  • Some features only support can change, VPN controls.
  • Limited customization, Meraki model is simple and easy, customization/options and complexity.
  • Visibility with insight is extra.
Meraki is great for a small team. Easy to depot and easy to manage. You might not get all the insight you need of the network but it does work.
Meraki is so easy to deploy we were doing it mid day without the stores even knowing, besides noticing the speed increase. With only two network admins and 100+ locations we had over 600+ acls to manage, with Meraki we have one site to site rule set to manage and four templates to manage.
Once your template is set up Meraki is easy to scale. Even creating the template is easy and I was able to learn enough in 4 hours to build, test, and deploy templates for our locations. Best part is you can stage your deployment by adding a unit to a template even before taking it out of the box.
May 05, 2021

SD-WAN Blues

Score 5 out of 10
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Verified User
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We used Cisco Meraki SD-WAN to replace an aging MPLS network connecting our remote, rural sites. We purchased broadband, cost-effective internet circuits at remote locations and installed Cisco Meraki MX Series appliances at each site. This reduces our dependence on private lines in rural areas.
  • Mesh VPN seems to work well.
  • The connectivity is generally easy to set up.
  • Customized, esoteric configurations were very hard to get connected and configured.
  • We had hoped to configure all sites filtering in one place, but each site has to be configured separately. this is prohibitive with a large number of sites.
  • Network visibility does not work as well as I would like.
  • The MX appliances do not work well with voice VLAN when using the appliances as a small office router/switch.
Meraki SD-WAN is a good fit for a small number of simple, standard sites. It does connect sites fairly easily.
The more sites involved, the less the Meraki SD-WAN seems manageable. Managing content and security for a large number of sites in separate interfaces requires having to check each site against each other manually to make sure they are alike.
So far, we have seen little ease of deployment or management. The Meraki MX SD-WAN has pretty much been a nightmare to configure and roll out. The design has been especially convoluted and worrisome.
We have integrated Cisco ASA 5500-X for classic hardware and SSL VPN, and for temporary migration use. We plan to integrate Active Directory, but so far we have not been able to get that designed or deployed. We also have some Meraki Access points integrated with the system. Again, the interaction with configuration and management is clunky and clumsy.
The Meraki SD-WAN using MX series appliances is scalable up to a point. The requirement to manage all MX series appliances as their own network makes the use increasingly difficult as the network expands, causing network managers to have to keep track of the different appliances separately.
Score 10 out of 10
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Reseller
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Across the whole organization. We managed multiple clients with multiple sites leveraging SD-WAN solutions, connectivity between sites is seamless with Meraki solutions.
  • Connectivity between sites.
  • Route distribution.
  • Client VPN Support.
  • Access control.
  • Router filters.
  • Backup cellular connection monitoring.
Remote sites with no IT staff. Meraki zero-touch provisioning is a great feature. We are using Cisco Meraki to support small to large size customers and Meraki is always a perfect fit for any scenario. I'd highly recommend Meraki solutions over a traditional firewall setup.
Once we set up and deploy the MX device we don't have to worry about it anymore. Meraki updates the software/firmware remotely and in a timely fashion once deployed you never have to worry about maintenance.
Meraki Self-managed firmware and software updates is a great feature that saves time and cost, your IT Team can focus on user issues while Meraki support manages device firmware.
On multiple instances, we have deployed Meraki with Cisco ASA Firewall for site to site VPN connections. Meraki works with almost all industry-standard firewalls.
Meraki Scalability is amazing with the addition of market place that provides a wide range of custom API software processes that works amazing as per customer need.
Score 6 out of 10
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Verified User
Review Source
We implemented Meraki throughout our offices and have a few different SSIDs for our networks. Having the ability to restrict bandwidth and filter, but still leverage the same APs through has been very valuable for us. Our Guest network doesn't need the same amount of demand on our networking as our employees, so this is good for us.
  • Throttling our guest network
  • Centralized management of APs and configurations
  • I'd love to see more controls. Possibly tarpitting timewaster sites
We have an Employee network, a BYOD network for employees' devices, and a guest network. Having the ability to broadcast all of these from the same APs, but having the granular control for the different networks is really helpful for us.
Well worth looking at.
When we first moved to Meraki, we had different network appliances in our different offices and had no dedicated network engineer. With this and other Meraki solutions, we unified our network gear, had centralized management and administration of our networks. This was a great value-add for our organization.
We've deployed this in 5 of our offices and [it] easily scales.
ILEANA COLMENTER | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Reseller
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Cisco Meraki SD WAN is the medular piece of the company. This technology allows the corporate office and the branches all over the country to be connected. There is no time alit in the communications and it has been a master piece in all videoconferencing during the pandemic. The administration and the troubleshooting can be made in seconds and non need of a IT department in each location.
  • Easy set up in the corporate network and the branch’s offices
  • Seamless troubleshooting
  • Best optimization of resources
  • The capabilities of handle more wan ports (services)
  • Integration with others technologies
  • Visibility in DNA spaces
I would recommend Cisco Meraki SD-WAN to my colleagues in the scenario of a big corporate with 2 or 3 IPS and small branches over the world where they can’t have specialist in case of a failure. The platform can be managed from a single point through the dashboard and make a simple or profound testing and troubleshooting without losing any connectivity. It is the best solution that will save you money and time
My organization has the power to administrate the entire network from a single point (corporate office). They reduced the IT team, also they could optimize the use of each IPS and simplified the network’s structure (VPNs,etc)
Along the Cisco Meraki SD WAN structure, we have integrated Cisco Meraki Wireless network and firewalls (MX) next generation to reinforce the potential of the network and ensure the availability of resources. Our first concern was the videoconferences and this integration allows us to get the best experience for customer and ourselves.
The flag of Meraki is its scalability. This is an important feature that wins against the competitors. There is no better way to integrate new equipments, add new services and extend equipment’s licensing but the Meraki Dashboard. You can easily manage your inventory and move configuration without compromising the overall performance.
March 05, 2021

SD WAN made easy!

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
The Cisco Meraki SD-WAN solution provides an extremely user-friendly method of connecting multiple sites together via an SD-WAN mesh. We have implemented this solution at several customer sites, to provide end-to-end connectivity across multiple service providers. Based on the simplicity of the Meraki interface it can be implemented extremely quickly.
  • Ease of use
  • Low cost
  • Easy to troubleshoot
  • No 'knobs' to dial.
  • Everything must be cookie cutter.
  • No control over external ISPs.
The Cisco Meraki SD-WAN solution is extremely well suited to configurations where a user's technical ability is limited, or available equipment is limited. It provides a user-friendly method of connecting multiple sites together via an SD-WAN mesh. This works great when multiple sites across multiple ISPs need to be connected together. The best part about the Meraki interface is how quickly it can be deployed into production.
Reon Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
Review Source
We are using Cisco Meraki SD-WAN at our customer site. We are currently busy with a project where we are linking 17 sites via SD-WAN on mixed Merakis. We are using Z3 teleworkers at the smaller site with MX84's at the bigger sites. We are also implementing the end point of the Hub in Azure.
  • The natting function works really well. Even if you are behind a router with NAT, it still translates the traffic.
  • Security is a big benefit as you can define that only certain elements go across the VPN (SD-WAN).
  • It would really help if it had more detailed reporting.
  • Traffic flow lacks visual reporting.
As far as I am concerned, you can use Cisco Meraki SD-WAN in any type of environment. Small to enterprise businesses can easily benefit from the security and ease of use. From blocking social media to scale bandwidth for certain applications like VoIP, Cisco Meraki SD-WAN is an easy sell and install. All can be done from one portal, which makes this really easy to manage
Fast and efficient. The only issue currently is that the support is only overseas support and not in South Africa, which causes delays in resolution for some cases. Escalating issues is quite simple and the opening of new cases from the dashboard is easy. I have never had a support issue that could not be resolved.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
We currently use the SD-Wan Meraki solution for our remote offices. We started using it 3 years ago, in Colombia, with the challenge of delivering a simple, functional, autonomous, and secure solution. Today, we have the same model deployed in 3 different countries.
  • Simplicity in management
  • Competitive cost
  • Scalability
  • HTTPs Inspection (Meraki)
  • 4G chip usage without modem (Meraki)
  • Use more than 2 links (Meraki)
  • Well suited: Office operations
  • Less appropriate: Complex scenarios involving information security
Fast and effective support, even at a cost slightly above competitors.