The benefits of Cisco Meraki Solutions
Which businesses types is Cisco Meraki best suited to?
Cisco Meraki solutions are best suited to businesses with multiple sites or large working areas/high bandwidth traffic requirements. The intelligence and monitoring features are also particularly appealing to the retail vertical alongside the schools and education sectors. We have many clients ranging from mid-market to large organisations who have we have designed and implemented Cisco Meraki Solutions for.
On our blog, we take a look at some of the business benefits of Cisco Meraki.
Cisco Meraki for Retail
Cisco Meraki’s integrated solution enables enhanced guest experiences while delivering the rich intelligence required to drive business decisions and increase customer loyalty. Cisco Meraki has the easiest systems to manage and deploy that propels your organisation forward.
Multi-site analysis and reporting helps retailers measure foot traffic, presence-based user behaviour and drives customer engagement by integrating with existing customer relationship management (CRM) systems such as Microsoft Dynamics 365.
Cisco Meraki for Education
Education establishments of all sizes can improve student learning with reliable wired connections and always-on wireless coverage, while giving peace of mind with easy to deploy physical and network security of Cisco Meraki.
Intuitive, Cloud-based dashboards are rich in features such as advanced network analytics, programmability with APIs, and robust threat prevention which enhance experiences for students and reduce operating costs.
Cisco Meraki for Hospitality
Cisco Meraki’s Cloud networking solution provides reliable, cost-effective, and centrally managed networking that is easy for hotel employees and problem free for guests.
Multi-site analysis and reporting helps hotels understand foot traffic and user behaviour Meraki’s Cloud-managed access points can detect presence of guests via their mobile devices. Guest experience is enhanced with secure and branded guest Wi-Fi. Cisco Meraki Wi-Fi with social media login and timely mobile offers can increase brand awareness by seamlessly encouraging “likes” and check-ins.
What are the business benefits of Cisco Meraki?
1: All Inclusive License Costs
One Cloud management license is required per device which are available over 3,5,7 or a 10-year duration and more importantly, each product comes with a lifetime guarantee. You simply pay for the hardware and ongoing license cost.
2: Topology Mapping
Within the centralised dashboard you have full visibility of your network via the comprehensive topology map which shows you the exact location of every Meraki product installed on the network. It also shows you specific locations of any errors and suggests troubleshooting tips.
3: Analytics and Intelligence
The inbuilt analytics and intelligence enables your Network Manager to have full visibility of the Wi-Fi network usage from drilling down to a specific user’s browsing activity to making restrictions when the network becomes overloaded. This flexibility promotes efficiency, enables performance monitoring and improves productivity in the workplace.
4: Easily Managed
The easy to use dashboard enables you to control all of your Cisco Meraki devices from one place and the more devices you have, the more detailed the view on the dashboard is.
As your business grows or changes, your Cisco Meraki network can be augmented to easily accommodate this.
5: Optimum Security
Cisco Meraki products come out of the box with Layer 7 visibility technology which was previously available only through costly overlay appliances, is included in Cisco Meraki switches at no additional cost.
Air Marshal is a wireless intrusion prevention solution that is fully integrated into every Cisco Meraki Access Point. Air Marshal looks for and neutralises wireless threats across the network, delivering a state of the art protection that is not only flexible but intuitive.
6: Monitoring and reporting
With in-built application visibility, real-time web diagnostics, monitoring and reporting alongside multi-site management features, Cisco Meraki solutions are scalable from mid-market requirement to enterprise, international scale businesses.
The automatic monitoring and alerts enable the majority of faults to be quickly identified and resolved via the Cloud dashboard without the need to send a Consultant to site, saving time and money on maintenance visits that other solutions will require.
7: Frequent Updates
Cisco Meraki products are continually updated with patches and firmware updates and new features are rolled out each quarter for no additional cost.
8: Traffic Shaping
Easily control bandwidth and traffic usage via the centralised dashboard and quickly identify the sources slowing down the network. Admin users can set application specific policies and rules that disallow the use of certain applications and websites permanently or for a specific time period.
9: Quickly Deployed
All Cisco Meraki products can be technically configured off-site before they are installed. So, once you come to install them, they just need to be connected and they are good to go. This avoids any unnecessary disruption and downtime.