I have been very lucky in my career. There is pretty much no network vendor whose gear has not come across my desk and I have had the opportunity to install and play with on some level. Last year we engaged Meraki to consider then for both their Cloud Controller based Access Points but also for their new Access Switch product line. I did lots and lots of research and honestly found a mixed bag of info. On one hand people were saying this is really amazing stuff and if you can handle a bit less than full enterprise class gear you should really look at it. On the other hand I read a few articles like this one out of Canada that paints a picture of pretty shady practices from Meraki.
So I sat through their online demos, had local partners come in to tell me how amazing it was then I got my AP (Modle MR12) from them to play with and see what I thought. In all honestly their AP and overall wireless product underwhelmed me. My Cisco 1200 B only radio covered better and and my Cisco 1252 even in 2.4 only mode way out gunned this poor little guy. But what they do very very well is the management of it all. Even after I had decided that my company would not be moving to their access points nor the new switch line I decided to stick with System Manager because how good it was at managing remote devices and it was free! So right off the bat I do not hate these guys or their products I actually think they are pretty cool but over just not the right fit for what we needed.
Then tonight it happened. @MrFogg97 hit me up and said “Saw this on #meraki’s site when reading the announcement. http://twitter.com/MrFogg97/status/270346667495145472/photo/1 and yes I did say that and to this second I still believe its a great product. But then I asked myself what announcement. A quick trip to Meraki’s website told the tale. Cisco announces intent to acquire Meraki And that is why I am really writing this post. Read more