Meraki MS Switches Small-Mid Org MUST
April 30, 2021

Meraki MS Switches Small-Mid Org MUST

Thomas Osborne | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Modules Used

  • MS120-8FP
  • MS225-48FP
  • MS350-48FP

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Meraki MS

Meraki switches are excellent cloud-based switches that can take place of other switches. We are using Meraki devices (switches, MX, and more) in a couple of our networks that were recently acquired. The business problems that the MS switches address are similar to regular switch solutions. The difference is that MS switches are super easy to maintain and there are a lot of features being that they are cloud-based.
  • Ease of Management
  • Ease of Monitoring
  • Ease of Deployment
  • Could have more features potentially
  • Data center driven switches
  • MS provides great cost in ease of management
  • The license cost is a drawback of these devices
  • Monitoring and management time being cutdown has saved our org a lot of time
When it comes to deployment, management, and monitoring of network devices that are available on the market, I'd say that Meraki takes the cake. These devices are extremely easy to manage, monitor, and deploy. A deployment of a normal switch might take 5-8 hours of configuration, verification, etc. With Meraki, it might take 1-2 hours because you don't need to worry about hardening commands, additional licenses, etc.
Having Meraki MR AP's has been very nice for our organization. These AP's register with the cloud and are managed by the cloud. This is great to have for ease of management. Also, integrating with the MS switches makes it easy to see important information that would otherwise be challenging to gather.
To add and remove switches in Meraki, this is super easy. The reason why I didn't give this section a full 10 is because these switches are meant for smaller to mid-sized organizations. So, this being said, if an organization were to grow rapidly, at some point, you'd need to replace these switches with beefier switches that can handle more data-center technologies as well as higher loads of traffic.
Meraki switches are extremely easy to manage, monitor, and deploy. This being said, a smaller site that is new, or a site that might have some brand other than Cisco can easily be replaced by Meraki. This deployment doesn't take but a day or so, so cutting down time of deployment/management is awesome.
MS switches are well suited for an organization that needs basic switching with ease of management. The Meraki TAC support is outstanding providing any support just by owning the device and carrying the license. These switches are very easy to management, so you don't have to worry about what will be impacted when you make a change because the Meraki Dashboard will tell you!