Wireless CCIE Analyzes Cisco's Decision to Acquire Meraki

Meraki is a leading provider of cloud-based networking solutions, including wireless, switching, and other services.

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Annese's AnyAccess provides the integration between cloud-based management and world-class access points.

Clifton Park, N.Y. (PRWEB) November 27, 2012

As some of you may know, Cisco recently announced their intention to purchase Meraki. Meraki is a leading provider of cloud-based networking solutions, including wireless, switching, and other services.

Annese believes that this acquisition validates the path that we have been moving along as a company. We have been offering a cloud-based wireless solution, AnyAccess, using Cisco technology since April of this year. As such, we are uniquely qualified to bridge the transition for customers that desire to do so.

If we look at Cisco’s purchase of Airespace in 2005, we can glean some possibilities for how this may impact their current wireless and other offerings in the future. Of course, some of these are pure conjecture, but we expect that they will provide a relatively close picture of what mobility offerings will look like in the future from Cisco.

Projections:

First, after Cisco purchased Airespace, they maintained the original product line for a period of time. Based on statements from Meraki and Cisco, this will continue to be the case. So, customers will have the option of purchasing an on-premise solution or a cloud-based solution.

As stated earlier, Annese will be in a position to offer all of these, including our own AnyAccess. Plus, we understand the full requirements for helping a customer to choose between the options and to implement those options.

Second, we expect that Meraki’s technology will eventually be integrated into Cisco’s Wireless LAN Controller and Prime Infrastructure offerings. This would allow for even easier management of the wireless and wired infrastructure. It would also make for even easier deployment of access points at remote sites and homes.

While Cisco currently offers this, using FlexConnect and Office Extend, the requirements for implementing these (such as a VPN and/or firewall changes) may be minimized or eliminated.

Looking Back:

Looking at the Airespace acquisition, we also see that Cisco continued to develop their own access points to integrate with the back-end controllers. That should also be expected in this case. And, it likely means that the access points currently being sold by Cisco will have an option in the future to be more easily integrated into the cloud-based solution.

Looking Ahead:

This would mean that the world-class RF and spectrum analysis characteristics built into Cisco’s access points would also be available with the ease of management of the Meraki solution.

Of course, AnyAccess has already been providing the integration between cloud-based management and world-class access points.

An interesting component that Meraki currently offers is Mobile Device Management (MDM). If this is integrated into the Cisco mobility offerings, it would allow Cisco to provide an even more comprehensive mobility solution. Of course, there are other MDM providers which Cisco continues to work on integrating more closely into their solution.

Closing Thoughts:

Annese sees this acquisition as a positive move for the industry, for Cisco, and for us.

The world leader in networking validates the migration to cloud-based network management and offerings. That should continue to spur development in this area for the industry as a whole. Cisco obtains valuable intellectual property to move into an area where it has previously taken a “wait and see” approach.

Annese remains positioned to offer solutions to our customers that meet a broad range of requirements and expectations now and into the future.

Post written by: Jason Boyers, Annese & Associates, Inc.


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