Meraki SD-WAN Primary Use Case
EMEA Network Operations Team Lead at LafargeHolcim
Our primary use is providing services to clients. I work as a regional team lead for network operations. Part of the responsibilities include looking out for evolving technologies and leverage cost benefits while improving services. Because I overlook 1,600 sites within the organizations spread across 52 countries, we can use that buying power to influence pricing.
When we started using Meraki in 2016, we were just experimenting. By virtue of the results that we got based on using Meraki — the flexibility coupled with the simplicity at the same time realizing that we would experience significant cost optimization — that made Meraki our option A. In our initial estimation, we were able to reduce about 30% of our recurring costs on one site. Since we decided to go with it, we just rolled out 230 sites to the platform and we have many more sites that are coming on to the platform over the next year.
In fact, next year we are targeting about 1,000 sites to be on the platform. We started with just three sites as a test in 2016 and today that has grown to 230. It keeps growing because more countries have heard about the cost optimization and they are indicating their interest having heard the result. For instance, Switzerland has been the latest country we converted. We have 65 sites in Switzerland. We started the project in June and we have been able to move 59 of the 65 sites to Meraki as of today. At the end of this month, the entire migration for the whole of Switzerland will be complete. That is 65 sites in just 4 months.
I'm using Cisco Meraki, both for the firewall and software-defined network.
For the time being, we are sort of picking out the best way to use it in terms of the number of licenses and what we actually need to be able to oversee and have control over — what we really need to do. We are still looking at what are the most essential parts and whether we should increase the number of licenses or just to keep what we already have at the moment. We are taking it step-by-step for now.View full review »
We have multiple ISP's connected, usually it's two. Two ISP's per site and we have to make sure that the site-to-site connectivity is managed and is maintained — the redundancy has to be maintained.View full review »
CTO Training & Consulting at a educational organization with 51-200 employees
It allows us to steer the traffic into two parallel links.View full review »
Network and Cyber Security Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The primary use case of this solution is for optimization, load balancing, and the different end links. We have a variety of customer enterprises that consist of small, medium, and large-size enterprise customers. More of our clients are moving to direct internet access, so we are getting rid of the current MPLS solutions.View full review »
Associate Senior Researcher at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
We are resellers. We provide solutions including Meraki SD-WAN to our clients.View full review »
We primarily use the solution for two purposes. One is to connect the different locations, and the other is for security.View full review »
We are a company that provides IT solutions to other companies and this is one of the products that we implement for others.View full review »
IP Network Architect/Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we implement for our customers. It allows our users to have their main LAN on the internet.View full review »
Director IT/TI for Cloud SME at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
ACT Solutions Architect at a venture capital & private equity firm with 51-200 employees
This is a software-defined networking solution in a wide area network.View full review »
We primarily use the solution for our branch offices.View full review »
I have been using this solution in my house for testing security devices.View full review »