Happy Election day everyone! (For my US readers at least!)
Today I wanted to bring to light something new from Cisco’s Meraki switch products. I know I’ve been a little lax lately in getting more of this information to you, but I’m doing my best to get back on the wagon. 🙂
So…your network topology is planned out and kept where? A Vizio document? Excel sheet saying what is where? I have to say, 1996 called and they want their technology planning back. 🙂 Why? Well Meraki’s gear (MS switches, MX security, and MR wireless) all have access to their new Topology feature. (Click that link for something LONG from Meraki about it.) What this comes down to is that mapping your network environment is something that either involves expensive software, or a diagramming savant who can track everything. Do you have the time to do this? Heck no! Take a look at this screenshot from their built in tool…
Pretty sweet eh? Now this does map more than just Meraki networking units, it will see what else is out there and report back to you on them…but in regards to the Meraki product, you can see reports on them from the Cloud tool right in the Topology map.
Say it with me…Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh!
Now seriously, this is useful for you and would make a difference. Get ONE Meraki switch, access point or Security appliance and CHECK IT OUT! It is live as of October 31 on their Cloud Management tool! 🙂
Oh yes and remember..
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And I feel fine…
Here’s a little tech year in review for you from the folks at Engadget. 🙂 Really though, I don’t get to toot the Meraki horn enough on this blog…but I get to say in IT this was definitely the year of Meraki and real Cloud Computing.
The notion of Cloud Computing isn’t new, and a lot of the stuff we’re seeing now are actually better envisioned things of the past. As far back as 1968, developers were talking about a shared data experience…but they had no idea what would occur just over 3o years later. Many of us now in our daily lives store documents, music and photos in a form of online storage. (Heck I use Box.net, Dropbox AND SkyDrive! What can I say, I’ve got consolidation issues.)
But with Meraki’s Cloud Networking model taking off 4 years ago, and then exploding all over the scene in 2011 with their Wireless Cloud Networking, and then expanding into switches and security appliances in 2012…they had hit on something that wasn’t just forward thinking. You see, Forward Thinking will either put yourself out of business, or get you laughed at until the idea actually catches on. What they did was to make less work for IT people…a natural way to get a product adopted. With that mantra of less time spent managing routers, switches and the wireless routers…early adopters of Meraki became its advocates as much as we salespeople are.
Now here they stand, being purchased by Cisco (who wants to maintain their leadership of the IT World by having the best technologies available) for $1.26 Billion dollars…and in all honesty, Cisco is going to make that money back in a year. Everybody wins.
So this little company that I took a chance on (thanks to my now good friend at Meraki, James Enston) has grabbed the brass ring and held on tightly. The reason is because through them we can see a glimpse of the future where things were just a bit easier on IT personnel…and they could run things smarter.
I may not be right all of the time…but when I’m right, I hit it on the head with a 10lb sledgehammer. 🙂
Happy New Year!