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Meraki SD-WAN Primary Use Case

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EMEA Network Operations Team Lead at LafargeHolcim

Our primary use is providing services to clients. I work as a regional team lead for network operations. Part of the responsibilities include looking out for evolving technologies and leverage cost benefits while improving services. Because I overlook 1,600 sites within the organizations spread across 52 countries, we can use that buying power to influence pricing.  

When we started using Meraki in 2016, we were just experimenting. By virtue of the results that we got based on using Meraki — the flexibility coupled with the simplicity at the same time realizing that we would experience significant cost optimization — that made Meraki our option A. In our initial estimation, we were able to reduce about 30% of our recurring costs on one site. Since we decided to go with it, we just rolled out 230 sites to the platform and we have many more sites that are coming on to the platform over the next year.  

In fact, next year we are targeting about 1,000 sites to be on the platform. We started with just three sites as a test in 2016 and today that has grown to 230. It keeps growing because more countries have heard about the cost optimization and they are indicating their interest having heard the result. For instance, Switzerland has been the latest country we converted. We have 65 sites in Switzerland. We started the project in June and we have been able to move 59 of the 65 sites to Meraki as of today. At the end of this month, the entire migration for the whole of Switzerland will be complete. That is 65 sites in just 4 months.  

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WG
Senior Product Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

I work for a carrier, and we consume, resell, and integrate Cisco products. I'm a product manager, and I have a couple of products that are built around Cisco Meraki's offerings. One of them is a managed business wifi solution, and the other one is an SD-WAN solution. I own both of these products. 

Meraki is really big in retail and education, and that's where we see a lot of use cases. It is a low-cost or entry product. It is not a sophisticated, complete solution. People who are very concerned about the total cost of ownership will look at a Meraki solution more. 

The deployment is a combination. The orchestration is on a public cloud, and then the customer locations are all premise-based Meraki devices.

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SM
Owner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees

We have multiple ISP's connected, usually it's two. Two ISP's per site and we have to make sure that the site-to-site connectivity is managed and is maintained — the redundancy has to be maintained. 

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Wilson Salas - PeerSpot reviewer
Arquitecto de Infraestructura y Networking at Teuno

Our use cases are mostly in the financial sector. 

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MK
Sales Executive at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

I'm a vendor. I sell the solution to clients. 

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BM
CTO Training & Consulting at a educational organization with 51-200 employees

It allows us to steer the traffic into two parallel links.

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JG
Field service manager at reduno.com

The solution is used principally to have high availability services, high-quality services, and communication with two or more service providers in the same place.

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LM
Head Of Technology at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We are a system integrator and Meraki SD-WAN is one of the products that we have implemented for our clients.

One of our simple use cases is an ISP environment where they required redundant connectivity.

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WM
Global Client Partner for Philips at a government with 10,001+ employees

What we do is, we sell Meraki SD-WAN to our customers as a service and they use it for multiple purposes. For example, they use it for data, voice traffic, video, and services that are now in their data centers.

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Martyn Walker - PeerSpot reviewer
Business development manager at Virgin Media

We are using this solution for productivity, in terms of the users, and simplicity in terms of ease of management, although the capabilities of the platforms are a little restricted. As is the resilience, just because of the hub and spoke nature at significant volume. I use the solution a lot in retail stores.

The solution is deployed on-prem and on the cloud. We are using the latest version.

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MA
Associate Senior Researcher at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

We are resellers. We provide solutions including Meraki SD-WAN to our clients.

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Luke Wainwright - PeerSpot reviewer
Cybersecurity Engineer at Networks Unlimited Africa

Meraki SD-WAN serves as our SD-WAN. As I previously stated, we have over a thousand retail stores across the country, and we have Cisco Meraki at each one. 

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DR
Vice President Of Services at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We primarily use the solution for basic connectivity. That's about it at this time. 

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Jibin Baby - PeerSpot reviewer
Co Founder at Aintree Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd

The primary use cases are bandwidth management, link aggregation, firewall features, and centralized monitoring.

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SivaKumar6 - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Development Manager at Westcon-Comstor

I am the architecture lead.

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RL
SD-WAN Sr. Product Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

We are customers of Meraki and I'm the company product manager. 

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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 have been using this solution in my house for testing security devices.

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TEDDY LLANO - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Lead at Yssy

Meraki SD-WAN can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud.

I am using Meraki SD-WAN for small to medium-sized customers.

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Cesar Argel - PeerSpot reviewer
Director de PMO at Cibergenius S.A.S

We are partners with Cisco Meraki. Our clients need to centralize the administration.

We have seven engineers assigned to maintain and deploy this solution.

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