Cisco is at it again, this time with Meraki. On November 18th, Cisco announced its intention to acquire Meraki for $1.2 billion. The network has gone virtual, and Cisco needs to be there. Gone is the networking closet, and it’s all now managed in the cloud.
From Meriki’s website: “Meraki provides powerful and intuitive centralized management via the cloud, while eliminating the cost and complexity of traditional on-site wireless controllers. Meraki’s cloud seamlessly manages campus-wide WiFi deployments and distributed multi-site networks with zero-touch access point provisioning, network-wide visibility and control, cloud-based RF optimization, seamless firmware updates and more.”
According to Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Gabtriel Brown: “Meriki is the company you’ve never heard of, yet it has more than 10,000 mid-sized corporate customers. A typical Wi-Fi network deployment will have a wi-fi controller that aggregates multiple access points and performs certain services such as access point configuration, admission control, firewalls or policy control. Now there is potential to employ a virtualized controller whereby the functionality of the controller is software-based and can run on other elements in the enterprise or the service provider network.”
We all knew that networks would eventually be just another piece of software: it appears we are there