Cloud Networking Overview – Meraki Cloud Networking Dashboard

Cloud Networking

Cloud Networking or cloud network platform is way of implementation and building networking infrastructure on cloud based where company can managed their network infrastructure in single pane of glass. Cloud networking platform are leverage with very high-end technology provide management tool — such as a unified centralized console or dashboard.

Cloud Networking is a next level experience goes beyond classical networks to redefine the boundary of scalability, administration and management processes. In simple terms – you can manage your on own premises network devices via Cloud access dashboard.

BY enabling cloud networking platform you can manage your on premises infrastructure through the cloud dashboard, including troubleshooting ,  Monitoring , maintenance, and executing security services on premises networking devices like Router, Wireless Access-point, Switches, Cameras, Firewall, Proxy, routing and packet management  everything’s through the single unified cloud dashboard more quickly and securely from anywhere, anytime.

Cloud networking concept is rapidly growing every year and company preferred to use cloud platform and now they want to change the traditional way of managing network which they are following so far. 

Here, I would like to introduce few BIG name of Cloud Networking provider like Meraki, Cisco, Riverbed, SD-WAN Providers etc.

Cisco Meraki

Cisco Meraki is a TOP leader in cloud-managed IT provide 100% centralized cloud management network platform solution where company can manage their network devices over the cloud management console called unified console or dashboard. Cisco Meraki Cloud provides one touch device provisioning solution to the companies for deploying network devices in few minutes without complexity, quickly and easily, without training or dedicated staff.

Cisco Meraki Cloud provides a “single-pane of glass” network management platform that is unique solution to manage on premises Meraki network infrastructure through cloud dashboard.

Cisco Meraki architecture is built on out-of-band cloud platform, creates secure, scalable and one-touch deploy network that can be managed from anywhere. IT experts say, “Meraki is far way ahead in Wireless technology than others”.

Cisco Meraki provides variety of network Solution – Meraki Lan Switch, Wireless, Camera, Firewall, SD-WAN Solution.

Key Highlights

⚫️ Centralized Device Management cloud based dashboard
⚫️ Unified visibility and control of the entire network via a single unified dashboard.
⚫️ Complete visibility and control over your entire network over the web.
⚫️ Cloud Networking is subscription based or license based.
⚫️ Real time web-based diagnostics, monitoring, reporting and Packet flow.
⚫️ Layer 7 device and application visibility.
⚫️ One-touch provisioning of devices.
⚫️ Auto network change discovery.
⚫️ Automatic firmware upgrades.
⚫️ Secure Management cloud Dashboard for networks of any size.
⚫️ Highly available and secure (PCI / HIPAA compliant).
⚫️ Online support integrated with Dashboard.
⚫️ Continuous feature updates delivered from the cloud

Meraki Dashboard-

The Cisco Meraki dashboard gives visibility into the network users, their devices, and their applications. The Entire Network Under a Single Pane of Glass, Armed with rich analytics, administrators can quickly create access control and application usage policies, optimizing both the end-user experience and network security.

How Cisco Meraki Works?

✔️ Enterprise-class performance, managed from the cloud for faster deployment, simplified administration, and richer visibility.

✔️ The Cisco Meraki cloud is only end-to-end solution which unifies WAN, LAN, wireless LAN, and mobile device management under a single pane of glass.

✔️ Cisco Meraki devices Cisco Meraki wireless APs, switches, and security appliances are deployed in your campus or remote branches. These high-performance devices are managed via cloud dashboard.

✔️ Cisco Meraki devices automatically sync to the Cisco Meraki cloud over SSL, register the new device with proper license with your network, and make them ready to network operation.

✔️ Cisco Meraki Cloud provide complete device visibility and control over your entire network over the web dashboard. Configure thousands of devices, troubleshooting, and view reports with a few clicks.

✔️ Cisco Meraki Cloud allow operational tasks such as RF optimization and VPN configuration are automated by the cloud, firmware updates are seamlessly deployed over the web. 

Meraki Network Fullstack

Meraki network fullstack refer to have networking gear’s including switches, Access point and Firewall that manage under Meraki’s cloud-based management platform.

As a full stack Meraki customer, networking has a unique perspective on how all the Meraki gears integrate to create a single unified centrally managed network.

 Meraki Switches | MS Series

The Meraki MS Switches, powered by Cisco, provide the ultimate administrative experience with a combination of scalability, performance, and transparency. Meraki provide very wide range of MS series including Access layer, distributing Layer and Core Layer switching gears under one Meraki umbrella.

The Meraki MX SD-WAN and security appliances are the quickest and easiest way to significantly reduce total WAN costs whilst delivering the desired level of performance for critical cloud applications. Offering true zero-touch provisioning, Meraki switches can be pre-staged and configured entirely from web dashboard.

⚫️ Zero-touch provisioning.
Configured entirely from a web browser.
Physical/virtual stacking Switch available.
Live Network topology mapping on Dashboard.
Automated QoS settings.
POE + and DHCP enable features.
Port-specific visibility with usage and physical connections.
Live traffic monitoring.
⚫️ L
ayer3 switch functionality with OSPF routing protocol.
VRRP provide clients with a consistent gateway redundancy.

Meraki Wi-Fi | MR Series

Meraki Wireless gears are powerful, unparalleled cloud wireless solution and is equipped with enterprise-grade features, highest grade components and carefully optimized for a seamless user experience. Meraki WiFi MR series provide very wide range of wireless access-point as per customers need. Meraki access points provide deep network insight enabling smarter network management.

⚫️ Fully managed cloud-based wireless infrastructure.
⚫️ DHCP running feature by the Cisco Meraki AP.
⚫️ Heat maps with clients and AP locations.
⚫️ Throttle bandwidth or block applications with two clicks.
⚫️ Senses the RF environment and adapts to interference.
⚫️ Packet captures for troubleshooting.
⚫️ AP level traffic shaping and security features – Layer 7.
⚫️ The real-time, cloud-based API enables.
⚫️ Splash page authentication via organization’s page Check-in.
⚫️ Bluetooth based location awareness.
⚫️ Real-time location Analytics statistics to improve customer engagement.

Meraki Security | MX Series

Cisco Meraki MX security gears 100% centralized cloud management for security, networking, and application control. Every Meraki Security Appliance supports several features, like a stateful firewall, web content filtering, and IPS engine to keep networks secure. Quick deployment using zero-touch cloud provisioning, Auto VPN technology securely connects branches in 3 clicks, through an intuitive, web-based dashboard.

⚫️ Auto VPN and Software-defined WAN capabilities.
⚫️ Enable intrusion prevention with Sourcefire Snort.
⚫️ Cisco Advanced Malware Protection with Threat Grid.
⚫️ Web Content filtering.
⚫️ Threat definitions and filter lists are seamlessly updated.
⚫️ Track the performance of critical web applications.
⚫️ 250+ security analysts identify threats, creating and applying patches in real time.



Author: Ronnie Singh

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