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Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

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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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Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

8 out of 10
February 13, 2024
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Meraki SD-WAN

8 out of 10
February 08, 2024
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Our company decides to buy a new building to implement a new business unit. The problem was the connectivity of this new site. At this …
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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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The most common users of Cisco Meraki SD-WAN are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Amitpal Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Cisco Meraki SD-WAN Solution in our Enterprise network to connect them to our Data centre and Cloud . The Cisco Meraki SD-WAN products are easy to manage and configure. The Cisco Meraki SD-WAN solution can be easily managed from the a cloud based Meraki Dashboard.
  • Auto VPN to remote sites
  • Cloud based single Management plane to manage all the Merkai Products
  • Traffic shaping based on Application traffic
  • More API exposure , only some of the API's are available
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN can be used to connect your office/branch networks to private cloud and public cloud. From Configuration prespective it is very easy to configure and bring the tunnels up to HUB. You can schedule meraki SD-WAN solution upgrade in meraki dashboard that save's lot of manual efforts to perform upgrades
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
all our sites have internet circuits only, so the use case for Meraki SD-WAN is just about distributing traffic between primary and backup circuit. There are some sites where weekly backups are staurating primary link, so we are forcing this traffic over the secondary link. Some sites are using SD-WAN plus license too.
  • easy to implement
  • decent analytics and telemetry
  • Security embedded into the solution
  • AutoVPN sites to site firewall rules needs to be improved
  • there is no logging or any insights which would be able to tell you what are the hit counts or actual usage for site to site firewall rules
  • SD-WAN plus license includes Smart breakout which has only few applications and those do not work properly, so it is quite useless
  • VPN exclusions (local internet breakout) for TCP/UDP type of traffic can not be specified with port ranges
  • VPN exclusions (local internet breakout) can be defined only for destinations, but not the sources. It is policy based routing which should support also Source definition
small, medium enterprises, which can benefit from auto-magical AutoVPN, easy to setup and maintain. It is basically DMVPN Phase1 without the need to configure anything.
For internet traffic, loadbalancing and traffic preferences can do most of the job that you would need.
Terry Jurd | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN has been pivotal in quickly linking all of our remote sites together, we no longer have to order expensive MPLS or wait months on end for the install to happen. For us it's easily manageable and gives us a simple to use interface for the important metrics. Licensing and hardware is fairly inexpensive for the functionality we're getting.
  • Simplicity
  • Ease of rollout
  • Minimal upskilling needed for staff
  • Relay WoL packets for remote device management
It's simple to rollout and configure.
February 13, 2024

Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are a partner managing the Meraki products of the customer which is used for the Enterprise level. We are extensively looking to migrate all the physical firewalls through the network with Meraki MX.
  • Hub and Spoke. Where the hub is the main office and spoke are the small offices or stores
  • The secure connect
  • Cisco Meraki SD-WAN has major performance issue in having many L3 firewalls deployed.
  • Policy Objects/Groups limitation should be increased
  • Mark I should provide more visibility for the user to troubleshoot
Hub and spoke environment where we can decommission the old leased line with Cisco Meraki SD-WAN.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
My customers want a managed service with incredible insights (the latter are given by the Meraki Dashboard). Cisco Meraki SD-WAN gives my customers a secure connection true the internet and cloud applications they use as well as secure connections true all there locations.
  • Give insights in ALL what is happening on the network
  • Trouble shoot in case of a problem
  • Once in the Meraki family, you can expand with for example Cisco Spaces / Thousandeyes / Umbrella, and all that within one dashboard
  • API possibilities are huge
  • What you see is what you get. For example, there are limitations on what you can change in the Wi-Fi parameters.
  • Start the subscription when deployed and not already when sold.
If your company is mainly working with cloud applications, you want an outstanding insight of your network, and ease in deployment, then Cisco Meraki SD-WAN is the best to have. If you are on a really small budget, Cisco Meraki SD-WAN might not be the best solution (maybe go to tplink or so). But when you do, you are missing out on a lot.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Connecting to our small branch offices. We have only few places where we have established connections with Meraki products.
  • Relatively easy to deploy
  • Sometimes I’d like to see more detailed information about reasons why connection failed. Especially when using mobile connections.
It’s a quick way to establish connections in a rapidly changing environment.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
We are using it with DSL uplink with LTE as backup. The customer has redundant/good quality even if the first lines go down, so it is easy to use and use.
  • Easy to setup, even load sharing
  • Easy to add Specific app to specific WAN connectivity
  • All of it is cloud managed, so no need for looking for IP/FQDN
  • Country in incoming NAT’s! It’s not enough as Group Policy on Device.
  • Access-list management, it could be zone based as option so it’s not Global anymore. Global is fine on small locations, but It’s terrible on bigger locations.
Where minimal work is needed it since having easy redundant/load sharing mechanisms and it’s software updating.
February 08, 2024

Meraki SD-WAN

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Our company decides to buy a new building to implement a new business unit. The problem was the connectivity of this new site. At this moment it exists only MPLS (copper) connectivity at this new address, but it is possible to have several lines and to optimise this, the solution chosen was Cisco Meraki SD-WAN.
  • Uplink configuration
  • SD WAN policies
  • Load balancing
  • Uplink configuration
  • Flow preferences
  • Global bandwidth limits
At our level, we had to optimize our 3 internet links (MPLS and LTE) with applications like O365, SAP, Microsoft CRM Dynamics and our collaborative work tools like Teams. We also had to ensure that both client workstations and servers could communicate with minimal latency with our Microsoft Intune infrastructure.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
Optimize traffic over all available paths between sites and all multi cloud environments public and private.
  • Performance
  • Security
  • Resiliency
  • Automation
  • Campus
  • Hotels
  • Universities
Balance protection and performance with enterprises firewalling, malware protection.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
I have sold a few of these solutions to my customer base. It is the best solution in its class and has made a difference in how they connect and secure their network.
  • Security
  • Connectivity
  • Visibility
  • Manageability
  • No Audio Port
  • Multiple VRF
We replaced my customer's old copper network with a multi-ink/fiber network.
There is unfortunately no redundant PSU.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use it as a backup to our MPLS infrastructure. We use it to route non essential traffic to our main data centers. The set-up and deployment was a breeze. The solution was deployed in 10 locations across the global improving the response time between our branches and global data centers. The resiliency of the network was improved as well.
  • Back-up for main MPLS
  • Best Internet route
  • Easy configuration
Branch resiliency
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN is easy to install, easy to manage, and easy to troubleshoot.
  • Setup
  • Manage
  • Tshoot
  • Price
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN is good for enterprises with a lot of sites.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I’m using Cisco Meraki SD-WAN to control whole organization network from my HQ. We need the best, stable, and secure VPN network.
  • VPN CONNECTION
  • SECURE NETWORK
  • STABLE CONNECTION
  • Quick setup
  • Easy to configure
  • Nice to use
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN has a very good price, and is a good solution.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
My organization uses Cisco Meraki SD-WAN to connect many other sites in the world by the organization networks, which allows us to manage all sites outside our department, and the solution offers us the facility to avoid any problem of connection.
  • Manage network
  • Connect the fare site
  • Cloud solution
We have many sites in different countries in the world, and we can manage all those sites by Cisco Meraki SD-WAN. also, the fact that the solution is in the cloud can prevent us from using all of the equipment that has the entire equipment, like a switch firewall and others, to manage our needs.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
Meraki SD-WAN is simple and just works. Sure, it is not as customizable as some other SD-WANs such as Catalyst but 90% of customers don't need the level of customization and Meraki SD-WAN is just perfect. It's the easiest to implement. Combined with ThousandEyes it has great in-depth insight into performance issues. Security features are provided either by the firewall in the box or from SSE offering integration. And everything from switch to AP can be managed via a single GUI, which is just awesome.
  • Easy to implement.
  • Same dashboard manages SD-WAN, security, switching , routing and Wireless
  • API integration
  • More Thousand eye integration so that user never need to switch to TE website
In most of the green field sites where enterprise level of infrastructure is needed, Meraki solution is well placed for easy implementation and management
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Meraki has been used internally for MSP services. So we've got all the clients, RICO provides MSP service to customers and we've got 30 plus customers which are already on Meraki. So we've got an MSP dashboard, which actually looks after all the customers we have onboarded and including our own demo labs, which we actually have for using for any sales related demonstration for customers.
  • Meraki has been beautifully done for people who are actually very lean on the IT infrastructure as in resources wise. So Meraki is a very good solution to give them the simplicity on a single glass plan where they can actually have visibility over all their networks on a single glass plane by a click of button, they could actually see what's happening. They could actually do troubleshooting on the fly, including packet capture, which is such a smooth feature. Usually myself including I've been have an engineering background, all my ears packet capture, I've never seen that smooth and easy to operate that you can actually have a high level understanding or deep level depending on how much you want to go in with the click of a button. That's so beautiful. I mean everything for me Meraki is point of kind of a go ahead for everyone.
  • I personally think that this particular place is on the logging side. I have seen where the event log is that what they call in terms of capturing all the log events is the area which I personally feel can actually be improved. Even this could be similar, like how I said about packet capture where you could have a flexibility of having a high level information or deep level regardless you should have that kind of option where you could also see the logging site as granular as per the requirement. So that's the area which I think is a bit little behind compared to other vendors.
There are heaps of places where it has suited well. I've done Meraki deployment for hospitals, we are talking a hundred plus access points. It worked very smoothly. It actually worked for a recent client. I worked we trying to education system beautifully done and including the wireless mesh feature, which is actually not a straightforward solution even to deploy. We could see that happening beautifully by a non-technical person deploying the solution on the Pankey platform. So to answer your question, where I could actually have it's been suited, well, I wouldn't have a count numerous places it'll work so well. The places where I wouldn't see that very well fitting as those unique requirements. Sometimes customer comes up with, one of the example is where you actually customer wants some granular control on the van interface. So in terms of having VLANs define facing the internet, Meraki at this stage, I haven't seen that operating well in that sense. Maybe because the market Meraki is focusing on is for providing simplified solution and now it's actually going the opposite. So actually that defeats the purpose. So for those requirements, yes, that's not the solution, but most of the places I've seen it works so smoothly.
December 08, 2023

Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Cisco Meraki SD-WAN nationally across all our offices. We love the ability to segment and map out our network as we need and the adaptability Cisco Meraki SD-WAN provides us.
  • Segmentation of vlans
  • Ease of use
  • Adaptability
  • Unsure
Well suited for deployment of SD-WAN across a number of offices nationwide.
December 08, 2023

Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Couple of hubs with 300+ spokes. Easy deployment and replacement, offload work load from network team to other relevant teams. Much cheaper running costs compared to MPLS setups.
  • Easy deployment
  • Replace hardware become much easier
  • Cheaper running cost
  • We need template differential!
GUI takes care of lots of work we used to do on CLI. On the other hand lesser ability to view what's happening at the backend during t/s compared to CLI.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Ease of use
Scalability
Automation
Path intelligent
  • Automation in adding new branch
  • One dashboard for all site visibility
  • Reduce human error
  • Faster support
  • Per device mgmt for each user
  • More popular function and product line choice
Bring a lot of automation and simplify in terms of operation.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN is implemented throughout our organization for site-to-site connectivity. Cisco Meraki SD-WAN addresses connectivity issues, provides high availability connectivity between our locations, and provides real-time diagnostics and troubleshooting. Cisco Meraki SD-WAN has changed the way our network functions and provided a cost-effective solution when compared with traditional MPLS or VPN solutions.
  • Automated secured tunnel creation
  • Single pane of glass management for all sites
  • Simple load balancing
  • Settings around physical links can be a bit too basic
  • Single arm concentrator MX behind an edge MX does not have flow control for multiple WAN links
  • More reporting ability in the interface around WAN link performance and diagnostics
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN has been a suitable product for most of our deployments. MX devices come in multiple sizes making it easy to find a deployable product for any scenario we have faced so far. The main downsides we have faced have been remote area offices where mainstream connectivity options are limited and 4G has been required.
December 07, 2023

Meraki is Fun!

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Cisco SD-WAN to our small and medium enterprise business. This is mostly use for deploying internet services with protection. Also, for multiple siters which needed Site to Site VPN from multiple locations, and being use as a security for the network.
  • VPN
  • Support
  • Firewall
  • Routing
  • Security
  • Routing
  • Firmwares
SD WAN is recommended for customers with multiple sites that don't want to use WAN
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
SDWAN for HQ, Branches connectivity and Wireless
  • Easy to deploy
  • centralized management console
  • reliable
  • Not have much detail about reporting about security attack detection
Fast deployment and troubleshooting
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