From the Wires
Meraki Announces Wireless LAN Update, Improves Visibility, Control, and Management
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 4, 2012 09:03 AM
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Meraki, a leader in Cloud Networking, today announced a major upgrade to its MR-series wireless access points, enhancing customers' visibility, control, and management over their networks. This update, delivered to Meraki wireless LANs via the cloud, simplifies large-network administration, adds Bonjour Gateway functionality, and introduces a second-generation Traffic Shaper offering richer analytics and control over application usage.
Simplifying large-scale distributed networks
Today's release introduces a tag-based configuration and management engine, simplifying administration for enterprises with dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of sites. Meraki's tagging engine was developed in collaboration with a number of Meraki customers, including a Fortune 1000 retailer with multiple brands and store types currently using Meraki in 800 stores (growing to thousands in the coming years.) This retailer can now tag sites by brand, function (retail, corporate, warehouse.), geographic region, etc. and can instantly apply access control policies, branded splash pages, and other settings to any number of sites. Over the coming quarters, Meraki's tagging engine will be integrated into additional Meraki features.
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Enhanced Traffic Shaper with greater visibility
Meraki's new traffic shaping engine provides a powerful new tool to seize business opportunities. For example, a retail chain or hospitality group can use Meraki to understand customer behavior, identifying popular websites, applications, and usage patterns, and target marketing and promotions accordingly.
"Our Cloud Networking platform enables Meraki to adapt quickly to the new IT challenges and business opportunities that our customers face," said Kiren Sekar, VP of Marketing at Meraki. "Whether customers are expanding their networks to unprecedented scale, or adopting new devices and applications, we will continue to deliver new features to simplify management and operations."
This update is available at no cost for all Meraki wireless customers, and will be delivered via seamless over-the-web upgrades beginning in mid-December. Customers may set their upgrade time window via the Meraki dashboard, or contact support for specific upgrade requirements.
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