Cisco Meraki

Meraki, an another wave of innovative technology acquired by Cisco back in 2012.

What is Meraki?

Why did Cisco pay $1.2 billion for it?

And how can companies and businesses benefit from it?

Let’s start by Meraki's beginning, It started back in 2006 by couple of Engineers in M.I.T university with a single concept: Make Networking a simple and reliable service.

In order to proceed with their plan, they had to invent the concept that will apply to all networking items, The cloud Management, which we at SamaWave are fully supporting by dedicating a complete division for it.

Cloud Networking provides centralized management, visibility, and control without the cost and complexity of controller appliances or overlay management software.

Cisco Meraki products are built from the ground up for cloud management, and come out of the box with centralized management, layer 7 device and application visibility, real time web-based diagnostics, monitoring, reporting, and much, much more.

 

How does Cisco Meraki fit in the networking arena?

Our team usually receive the same questions from a big portion of our clients:

  • Is there a tool to help us monitor our network infrastructure and notify us in case of an issue?

  • Can you suggest the best firmware/ operating system version for our wireless access points?

  • Is there a way to centrally manage all of my switches or firewalls from a single application?

  • How can we have visibility over how many switches/access points we have in all of our sites with their details (serial numbers/IP address…)?

The answers to these and other questions used to be hard and not really straight forward. That’s why when SamaWave team got to know and test Cisco Meraki solutions, We decided to introduce it to our dear clients as a problem solver and IT guy supporter.

What is the relationship between SamaWave and Cisco Meraki?

SamaWave has been an active channel partner with Cisco Meraki Saudi team for a while now. SamaWave implemented many Meraki projects in Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam and other cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a successful rate of 100% satisfied clients.

SamaWave even hosted a special event in Jeddah to

demonstrate the features and capabilities of Cisco Meraki, check it out to the left!

 
 
What are the main Maraki Products Families?

Cisco Meraki Wireless

Cisco Meraki Switching

Cisco Meraki Security

Cisco Meraki Cloud Managed​ Wireless

In addition to the usual wireless capabilities that are now normal in the market, SamaWave found that Cisco Meraki offers some enhanced and over the edge capabilities that are making a difference:

  • Cloud Managed! No need to have a wireless controller per site.

  • Up to date with the latest technology advancement by introducing the 802.11ac Wave 2 (faster throughput Pass 2.2Gbps !)

  • Ability to have visibility and control over the type of applications that users use. Of course, by assigning different policies per users, the overall wireless experience will be much better.

  • Scalable to infinity! There is no limit to how many access points you can per site or per company, giving you the ability to grow as your business requirements go.

  • The great and wonderful feature of location analytics, where you can have a report of how many guests, users connected to your wireless network at a single time.

  • Indoor and outdoor model options to work in any environment.

 
Cisco Meraki Cloud Managed​ Switching

SamaWave has installed Meraki switches at customers’ sites around the kingdom of Saudi Arabia without even being physically on-site! As Cisco Meraki switches can be pre-staged and configured entirely from a web browser.

Troubleshooting network issues, especially on remote locations, can significantly add to the cost of running this mission critical service. Meraki switches provide groundbreaking tools for remote troubleshooting.

As the need for switching is important in all setups, the need for a powerful differentiator in capabilities is always a welcomed value. SamaWave Recommends Meraki Switches as they:

  • Cloud Managed! No need to be physically in each site to configure or modify some commands.

  • Web based configuration is the trend.. Say goodbye to the black screen command line that some clients finds hard and complicated.

  • Flexible stacking of switches even when they’re not in the same site!

  • You can view the network topology in real time as to which devices are connected to which.

  • Multigigabit Ethernet speeds in some switches models.

  • Provide Layer 7 applications visibility over users traffic.

 
Cisco Meraki Cloud Managed​ Security Appliances

Every business needs a solution that Protects critical network resources from the latest security threats and vulnerabilities. SamaWave team established that If you’re looking for a simple and intuitive security appliance, Cisco Meraki MX is for you.

Saudi Market has been a target for a lot of digital attacks and ransomware attempts. Without a proper automated/upto date intrusion prevention systems, the chance if high risk breach is increasing rapidly.

Cisco Meraki Security Appliances provide:

  • Cloud Managed! No need to be physically in each site to configure or modify some commands.

  • Web based configuration is the trend.. Say goodbye to the black screen command line that some clients finds hard and complicated.

  • Layer 7 visibility and control over what users can access during which times.

  • Intrusion Prevention system and Anti-Malware scanning engines with up to date signatures at all times.

  • Site to site VPN feature FREE of charge. For connecting your branches and managing them from the same dashboard.

  • WAN link failover / load balancing if you have more than one internet connection at some sites.

 

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