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Darren-Sinden
Real User
Solutions Specialist - Enterprise Networking & SD-WAN at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Oct 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us are the APIs. Development there has been very exciting and now we can actually drill down to client levels. What that means is that when I look at the portal I can drill down to the users that are logged on to the network and see what they are using the network for… more»

What needs improvement?

A complaint that I might have about the services is the compliance risk response. If I or our clients put too many devices on a network, threatening emails get triggered by Meraki saying that we are out of compliance. It can put unnecessary fear into the customer of the product that their services… more»

What other advice do I have?

My experience with Meraki goes back to the MS-1 series. That's when I first took the original Meraki training course and got the CMNA (Certified Meraki Networking Associate) certification. We got to play on the newest series of switches around at that time. Those have already gone past their… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As a reseller, evaluating options is somewhat built into the business structure. I deal with Meraki, Aruba, and Cisco around enterprise networking, security, voice, and wireless.
Alexander Ernst
Real User
IT Manager at IMP Bautest AG
Oct 17 2019

What is most valuable?

What we like best is that the product makes configuration easy. We can configure a whole bunch of switches or ports at the same time. For example, if we select 200 ports and change some parameters… more»

What needs improvement?

One simple way to improve the product is to reconsider the price. They are more expensive than their competitors. You have to take into account that it is Meraki by Cisco and they know they are the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I know that Cisco is a bit more expensive than its competitors. I know that we bought a license for a three-year term and that you can get discounts based on the length of the term. However, I do not… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before we switched to Cisco Meraki, we were using Hewlett Packard Enterprise Switches. They are not cloud-managed and it's not a software-defined network solution. I don't know if we can compare these… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice to other people who are looking into this solution is that if they need a fast, scalable and easy-to-manage solution, they can buy a Cisco Meraki product. They pay the price for the quality… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Actually, we did not consider other solutions when we decided to make the switch. I had read many things about Cisco Meraki and a lot of my colleges are using this solution. I went to visit some… more»
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PieterGrootendorst
Consultant
Technical Consultant at GMA
Oct 20 2019

What needs improvement?

Personally, I don't like the product because I don't like the idea of losing all functionality if your license for the cloud is not current and paid or if the cloud cannot be accessed. I wouldn't recommend these switches for most organizations because the cloud-based deployment is restrictive and… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

With the solution that we currently have, I think it costs about 1,200 pounds a year. They bill on a yearly basis. There are no licensing costs in addition to the standard yearly licensing fees, but of course, you have to buy the kit. It is the nature of this type of product to require that type of… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are currently using Meraki at some sites but we are also using NETGEAR. NETGEAR is our preferred switch kit. We normally would prefer not to use Meraki at all. We were forced to use it because a customer we took over already had the Meraki switches.

What other advice do I have?

It is very important that people considering this solution have or can implement a very reliable internet connection. The product needs this to access the cloud. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this product as a six. It is just too limited to be… more»
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Real User
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Nov 02 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the cloud management, the monitoring, and the visibility available on the report's facts on the cloud controller.

What needs improvement?

The quote-building process is challenging and it needs to be simplified. It is difficult to create a bill of materials and there should be a bundled solution. You still have to select different items from certain locations to build the solution. You can end up leaving out certain items that are needed unless you understand how everything works. Examples are the power supply and the power cable… more»

What other advice do I have?

This is a solution that can be considered for starting a small environment, to a large environment because it is easy to scale and it gives them the inbuilt visibility that comes with the solution. There is also the ease of integration and migration from the unfinished to the defined environment. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Remigiusz Gorecki
Real User
Data Center Presales Engineer at Integrated Solutions
Oct 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the interface because it is very simple and easy to learn, even for somebody who hasn't seen it before. The remote management from the cloud is very good. The security features are very good.

What needs improvement?

The price of this solution should be improved. This solution is too simple for some cases, and there should be more configuration options.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This is not a cheap solution.

What other advice do I have?

Every customer has different environments and requirements, but it's a good product for most solutions. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
Real User
Security & ICT Product Manager at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
Oct 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to configure and to deploy. The interface is great. It's easy to understand for the customer.

How has it helped my organization?

We are Cisco partners, so we are using this product in order to provide services to our customers. As a Cisco partner, we get support from Cisco and that's why we are using and selling this product.

What needs improvement?

The solution doesn't offer anything different from any other solution. It's not a unique product. Sometimes there's a problem with the pricing model they use. They should work to fix this.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn't previously use a different solution.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model for small and medium-sized businesses. In terms of advice to others, I'd suggest they push very hard for a discount. Other solutions are working really well, so discussion about discounts in relation… more»
Reseller
Delivery Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Nov 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution's most valuable aspect is the ease of stacking. The configuration on the MS Switches is very good, as well as its ability to assign the LANs. The visibility of the solution is very good.

What needs improvement?

The solution needs to improve its ability to back up the auto-configuration.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There's a license fee. Sometimes you have to pay for extra services on top of that.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also use HP switches. We use both for various clients and which we use is largely based on the client's budget.

What other advice do I have?

In terms of advice, I'd tell others to make sure they take a screenshot of their configuration if they don't have a good backup for the platform. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
Real User
Network Administrator at a leisure / travel company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 29 2019

What is most valuable?

I like the feature that allows us to copy conditions from one port to another.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see some automation and better integration with the editing tool.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay an annual subscription fee.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others would be to try the solution. Most of the features are cloud-based so it's easy to manage it from anywhere - even from your mobile. I rate the solution an eight out of ten. There are still some developments that need to be done. It's not perfect. But from a personal perspective… more»
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What is Meraki MS Switches?

The Cisco Meraki MS brings the benefits of the cloud to networks of all sizes: simplified management, reduced complexity, network wide visibility and control, with lower operational cost for campus and branch deployments. Cisco Meraki access switching is available in both Layer 2 and powerful Layer 3 models. Mission-critical features like deep, Layer 7 application visibility, network topology, virtual stacking, QoS for business critical applications, 802.1X access control, and more are present in all models.
Also known as
MS220, MS320, MS420
Meraki MS Switches customers
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