Meraki SD-WAN Valuable Features

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Olushola Adio
EMEA Network Operations Team Lead at LafargeHolcim

Honestly, even just converting the few sites we have migrated so far from the original way we configured them, we have realized a 20% to 30% difference in recurring costs compared to when we were fully on MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching). By the time we move the bulk of our site, the projection is that we might actually be realizing closer to 40% or 50% reduction in operations costs. In this COVID era economy, everyone is looking for cost optimization. That, for us, will be a significant one.  

One of the other good things I see is that Meraki can react fast to emerging trends. For example, we have a VPN. We are looking at most people's workday actually becoming stay-at-home. In two years, maybe the approach of staffing will become increasingly more virtual. That would change a lot of things in the way even use people. With Meraki, we have the availability to support work-from-home in a way that we could not with MPLS.  

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Jóhann G. Thorarensen
IT Manager at a educational organization with 51-200 employees

In terms of the firewall, actually what I found most interesting was that the amount of information you can get from overseeing the system from a centralized place. For example, we know the way people logged in, when they logged out, and how they access work that is on individual computers. It provides a lot of information.  

So, basically the most valuable feature so far is just the information we can actually get from the system without actually having to go into every single device. You can just get it all from one point, gather all the information that would usually take you about up to 10 minutes per computer and get it almost instantly.  

In terms of Software Defined Networking, when our older firewall was used in the setup, it was a very different configuration of various computers. What we actually thought we had was sometimes outdated and possibly not being used at all in one or two cases. Using this product was a chance to find out where actually there are vulnerabilities in our system and which places need to be updated that had not been properly updated because they sort of fell between the cracks.  

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AH
reviewer1086276
Group Network Specialist at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

We have many businesses in geographical locations, and due to this, we need it in many different locations. It has become very easy for us to deploy these products. They claim that it is zero-touch configuration. That is true. Suppose if I want to deploy this product in Manila, I don't have to have this product in my hand in the wire and I don't need to go to Manila. It's not like that.

It can be delivered to them and as soon as they plug it we can push the configuration. That is the beauty of this SD-WAN technology that we have.

The solution is helping me, not only for side-to-side connectivity but also for defining different VLANs, different networks, between the firewalls. I can do firewalling between these networks.

I can manage it very well and in a very easy way. This is from the technical perspective.

After deploying Meraki, we have a drastic fitting on connectivity because before Cisco Meraki, we used to have a physical broadband internet connection and it is very, very expensive in Dubai.

The security firewall features that are embedded in the product is very good. The security, including the internal threat protection, the IPS, or the advanced threat admin, are very good. 

The hardware is okay as compared to any other product.

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DB
reviewer1043067
Director Of Information Technology at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees

I have to keep the operating systems on my switches and routers current and to do that with any other piece of equipment, would literally require me to download the newer operating system. I'd have to get a TFTP server setup to transfer that image over to the appliance. By the time I'd finish, even on the five sites that I have, that's five routers and seven switches.  A combined or aggregated downtime across the sites, potentially of six hours. Whereas now I can schedule the update for the middle of the night or anytime, and it happens on its own.

The portal updates and reboots the device and off it goes. I don't even have to be connected to do it, it just happens. That is of value to me that nobody else is promoting. Between the Auto VPN and the update of the operating systems to keep current, those are the key features.

The network insight and reporting are great.

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Spencer Malmad
Owner at Tech Exchange

The seamless end-to-end setup is really what makes it beautiful; that's why Meraki is good. It's much easier than some of the other vendors to manage and keep track of what's going on because you can see it in real-time on the portal. I don't really feel like VALO Cloud gives you a good idea of what's going on. VALO Cloud devices don't work nearly as well, in my opinion, as the Meraki devices.

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Samuel-Emesoronye
Network Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable feature is application performance monitoring and being able to browse packets dynamically based on priorities. For instance, I have a customer that has multiple connectivities across five different sites and they wanted to leverage SD-WAN for business and application intelligent routing. They wanted to be able to assign higher priority to packets that originate from mission-critical applications.

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BM
reviewer1442538
CTO Training & Consulting at a educational organization with 51-200 employees

The most valuable features of this solution are load balancing and the security possibilities you have.

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VR
reviewer1182699
Network and Cyber Security Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The most valuable features are the traffic shaping, the security that is built into the routers on MX, they have a lot of customer performance classes, the visibility, and the auto VPN features.

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MOhd Alias
Associate Senior Researcher at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

I like the entire set of features and the analytics.

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AndreasRuemmeli
Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees

The outer VPN is the solution's most valuable feature.

The dashboard is user-friendly. It's very simple to use.

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MichielZyde
Junior System Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

This is a high availability solution that is easy to configure and has a nice GUI.

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KR
reviewer1358034
IP Network Architect/Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature is application awareness.

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reviewer1131585
Director IT/TI for Cloud SME at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The solution is a whole vertical solution, so it doesn't need any other components in order to provide basic features. 

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Ovie Omoro
IT Network/Security Manager at Inlaks Nigeria

Because it's a cloud-based network infrastructure, everything is done in the cloud, so I don't need to be on-site physically to be able to troubleshoot or resolve an issue. I can be anywhere and resolve an issue. I can see what's happening to the device in real-time, like what people are connected to the device and I can immediately do everything off-site.

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JK
reviewer839310
ACT Solutions Architect at a venture capital & private equity firm with 51-200 employees

This solution is good for the automatic creation of services.

This product has a simple configuration that can be accessed through a web interface or the API.

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reviewer1470612
B2B Product Developer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable Meraki SD-WAN features for me are cloud management and Auto VPN. 

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ThomasChristen
Consultant at Bechtle Steffen Schweiz Ag

The solution's ability to prioritize traffic is its most valuable feature.

The solution is easy to use.

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VB
V for Reviewer
IT Manager at a hospitality company with 201-500 employees

The cloud management is the solution's most valuable feature.

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StephaneFaure
Engineering Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The dashboard is the solution's most valuable feature.

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Surya Pratama
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution has many features available.

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Luiz Kazan
Digital Solutions Arquitect - PaaS at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

I have found the dashboard very useful, you can configure all of your devices at the same time by just changing some menus. It is configurated virtually on the cloud and it can send the information to the device when it connects to the internet.

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Learn what your peers think about Meraki SD-WAN. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2021.
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