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Meraki MS Switches Primary Use Case

Jóhann G. Thorarensen - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at Sund Upper Secondary School

We have computers around the school, but we've been cutting down on desktop computers and moving more towards Wi-Fi and laptops. In the dorms, we still have a docking station which is wired, so it's a mixture. The plan is to run everything through the Meraki system, so we can access it and we can control it, whether we are inside the school or outside the school.

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Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We are partners of Meraki and operate as a service provider for Meraki switches, notably the Meraki MS Series 410, 420, and 450. Our responsibility is to help customers deploy these solutions, which are always situated on-premises.

The main use cases for our customers include end-user connectivity, IP telephony, and security purposes such as for the cameras and access points.

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User at Baseline Consulting, LLC

Meraki switches are appropriate for small and medium-sized businesses. Most recently, I worked with Meraki switches when I was helping my last two clients transition to a new service provider. One is a printing company, and the other is a tourist and convention center. One was moving from Ubiquiti to Meraki. 

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Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees

These switches are best used in mid-size businesses for access and collapsed distribution/core switching. They offer both layer 2 and layer 3 models and have a well-rounded switch feature set for a switch line. Overall, we have found them to meet just about every need we want in a switch. We have them as 10-GB solutions for high-speed SAN connectivity all the way down to 8 port solutions in some high-end homes. They offer ACLs, LACP, port security, access policies, and DHCP security, to name a few options. The methods that Meraki has chosen to implement some of these features via the cloud is amazing compared to locally managed solutions.

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Samir Shah - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at Infinity Access Technologies Pvt Ltd

The solution is used for different office locations. The client wanted to have central control from their headquarters on wireless across a number of users, traffic, NMS. It was more of a network and switching type of deployment. They have some applications which they want to track, including how much traffic is going to the user and uptime of devices. For that, they wanted more central management.

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Devanand PR - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Support Executive at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

We are using these switches to provide internet access to our users. They connect the access points.

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Consulting Engineer at IV4

I use it in conjunction with Meraki Firewall and Meraki AP as a package. I am using the latest version of this solution.

We mainly replaced a number of Cisco ASA 5505 Firewalls that had PoE on them. The new Cisco ASA 5506 Firewall and Meraki MX Firewall don't have PoE, but we needed ports and PoE. Therefore, we combined the switches with the firewalls. The clients already had Meraki APs, so we just plugged in Meraki switches. 

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Owner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees

The use case is small to mid-sized offices, under 500 ports.

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IanMacfarlane - PeerSpot reviewer
ITSM SME at Valencia Advisors IIP

I am using it to put it in a secure end-to-end solution in my IT lab. I am using MX65. I have got three Meraki solutions. I have the switch, the access point, and the appliance itself.

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Dan Brunnquell - PeerSpot reviewer
Director Of Information Technology at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees

I've got the appliances and I've got the switches and I've got the access points.

I have switches for the phones and the access points. I have standard switches for the network. However, I'm doing the layer-two switching. I don't do any additional programming on them. The advantage that I have with them is the user portal. I can find the endpoints by port. Therefore, if I need to control it, I can do it from the portal and shut a port down, however, I don't do any additional programming beyond layer two.

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JoelCloutier - PeerSpot reviewer
Engineer - Operations Technologies Individual Contributor at Innergex

We primarily used the solution as a switch.

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Consultant at Decathlon International

We primarily use the solution for switching delivery. It's quite basic. It provides connectivity. They are ethernet switches.

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Director, Network and Telephony at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I use this solution at work and in my house. The network in my house runs on Cisco Meraki. I use it to connect my home network to the internet.

At work, we use it to connect the users, their network, and their computers to the network.

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Majid Yousuf - PeerSpot reviewer
Sales Engineer at Logicom

We primarily use the solution for switches for our clients.

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Corey Taub - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Administrator at RS&H

My company currently has about a dozen switches in operation in multiple locations. We've got probably about four or five of them in our main headquarters, then we've also rolled out to individual sites to utilize them. We remove the Cisco router and go directly into what we currently have as an SD-WAN solution.

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Lead Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

This solution is suited for the cookie factory just around the corner and up to including multinational organizations with locations spanning around the globe.

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Joel Masocha - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a construction company with 10,001+ employees

We are using the Meraki MS120, MS425, and MS355 switches. We currently have a mixed environment with Cisco switches as well as these Meraki switches. We're replacing them one by one to see how well they perform. So far, we have only configured the MS120, which are the eight-port switches. We have some poor equipment, so we are replacing the existing switches. There are fewer network ports that are required, so we've set up these first.  

 We haven't yet finished setting up the MS425. They're supposed to work as the core of our network, replacing the 38 switches that we have on the core. They haven't been configured on the network. We're still trying to just do tests and see if they will work. The MS355 are supposed to be on the distribution, so we haven't configured those, either.

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Sid Roy - PeerSpot reviewer
Vice President - Operations & Client Support at Scicom Infrastructure Services

A primary use case involves small to mid-sized offices consisting of under five hundred ports. 

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Neal Arwood - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal & Director of Operations at Net3IT

We are using it for local LAN switching.

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Senior IT Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We typically use the solution at the client site. 

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Anoop-Kumar - PeerSpot reviewer
Video conferencing Admin at Akshara Enterprises India Pvt Ltd

I had to provide solutions for a pharmaceutical company, where data plays a very important role. This is where testing takes place and security is critical, and they have a lot of security on-site. If you want to have more VLANs and so on, you can do it through a core switch.

It all depends on the customer's requirements. For example, if the customer uses SAP HANA, they will go for a new direct server. On the new direct server, you have an output of 10 GBs, and based on the output and the number of users, I provide the solution to the customer.

It also depends on the application. For example, in SAP HANA, it'll depend on all the customer's modules, how many servers will make a Nutanix server, for example, 12 to 16 servers, and the number of users. 

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Antra Andrianarivo - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Manager at Nexthope

We primarily use the solution for switches. 

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Mike-Robinson - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at Mar Consulting Services

I use the MS series when I need to add power over ethernet (PoE).

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Tech Engineer at Wipro

For our customers, there are multiple locations, around 3,500.

My configuration is to do the configurations on Cisco Meraki Dashboard. There are MS Avant switches, MS switches, MS routers, et cetera. Mostly, I work with all the switches, switch modems and routers, and access points also.

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Joseph Sidhom - PeerSpot reviewer
Telecommunication Group Leader at SCG

We are a technology consultant and we work with a variety of products, including Meraki MS Switches. We have installed these switches in certain hotels in Egypt.

One of the hotels we work with has standardized on Meraki.

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Vice President of Information Technology at a non-profit with 51-200 employees

All of our endpoints are connected to our servers via the Meraki switches. Every user goes through them and it mirrors a cloud portal that allows you to administer it.

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Sambasiva Rao Venigalla - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We use these switches in our medium-sized branch offices.

We use these switches for cloud connections that can be managed from anywhere. It's being used as a remote office from the medium branch office to deploy these switches.

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It specialist

Mainly, we do some configurations and allow for ports to be opened on the firewall. 

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Fabio Palme - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at Ingram Micro

I am a Solutions Architect. I work in presales. We make projects with our customers and then provide the solutions. We position the MS Switches. If the company changes from 24 ports to 48, for example, I will see that. I am also aware of when licenses are renewed.

Meraki MS Switches are used with the PoE version together with an access point. The solution is most common in the access layer. 

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IT Engineer at a printing company with 201-500 employees

We use it for general network switch purposes.

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Dhanushka Chaitanya - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager - Enterprise Networking Solutions at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We provide Meraki Switches to schools, universities, and hospitals.

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Mansukh Bhesania - PeerSpot reviewer
MD and CEO at Aster Networks Pvt Ltd

We are a system integrator and Meraki MS Switches are one of the network infrastructure products that we implement for our clients. My goal is to give the proper service and proper ideas. Our customers for this product include educational institutions, manufacturing plants, and banks.

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AkshayPrakashan - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Consultant at Redington

I am using Meraki MS Switches as a network switch. We can monitor the device and end-users on the Meraki Cloud Dashboard.

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Sara Coronel - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Consulting and Design Engineer at Claro Ecuador

Our primary use case of Switches is for controlling and monitoring the clients. I'm a senior consultant and design engineer and we are partners of Meraki. 

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CIO at U.S. Metals, Inc.

We use it for network connectivity in our organization. We use it across all of our locations.

It is cloud-based. So, the software is updated to the latest firmware on a regular basis by Cisco. We have a private cloud.

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Enzo Bastianello - PeerSpot reviewer
CECEO, ICT & Privacy ConsultantO at CHIP COMPUTERS S.r.l.

We are partners with Cisco and I'm the company CEO. 

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Kieran Bailey - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of IT Services at Great Southern Grammar

We use Meraki MS Switches to provide network security. We have around 900 users.

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IT Infra Head at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are using Meraki MS Switches as a network device in our organization.

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Luiz Kazan - PeerSpot reviewer
Corporate Head of Digital Solutions Development Strategy | Smart Cities and 4.0 Industry at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

I am a customer of Meraki. 

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Raul_Morales - PeerSpot reviewer
Preventa TI at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I use this solution as a network switch in colleges.

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Meraki MS Switches
September 2022
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