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January 15, 2018

End of Sale Announcement - MS220-8 Switch Line

Cisco Meraki is announcing the end-of-sale for the following products, for Meraki cloud managed networking products. The MS220-8 Cloud Managed Switches have been replaced with the following products, which are functionally equivalent:

End-of-Sale Models Replacement Models
MS220-8-HW MS120-8-HW
MS220-8P-HW MS120-8LP-HW, MS120-8FP-HW


Meraki expects to be accepting final orders for this product through April 28, 2018. However, the final date will depend on the availability of stock and, at Cisco Meraki's discretion, the actual end-of-sale date may be earlier than April 28, 2018.

End-of-Support date for this product will be April 28, 2025

August 16, 2017

The Value in Total Cost of Ownership

Total cost of ownership (TCO) isn’t a complicated concept. Simply put, it’s the sum of the upfront cost of a product or service and the direct and indirect costs incurred during its lifetime.

tco equation

Nevertheless, many buyers considering an IT infrastructure upgrade can fall into a pattern of using upfront cost as their key criteria. Not only does this inadvertently neglect potential products or solutions that may be much better suited, but in the long run may actually end up costing a lot more.

For most organizations there are usually multiple stakeholders involved in the IT purchasing process with the number increasing with company size. Our first touch point with customers tends to be with the IT folks. Testing out Meraki first-hand, we’re always amazed at how quickly they fall in love with the technology. Naturally the IT folks are convinced, but the next step in the buying process is typically around gaining buy-in from the various other functions in the internal buying chain. The stakeholders in this stage are frequently non-technical and have their own KPIs to satisfy. At this point we’re often asked by customers and partners alike for stats or numbers to quantify how much Meraki customers are saving in operational costs.

We set about acquiring this information and interviewed existing Meraki customers across various verticals to quantify how much time and money they’re saving compared to more traditional technologies. The results are now in:

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Highlights from the infographic:

  • Gartner estimates that 80% of total IT costs occur after the initial purchase (OpEx)
  • Meraki customers stand to save in the region of 90% on OpEx
  • Savings in shopping around for the cheapest hardware are likely to pale in comparison to the potential savings in OpEx with Meraki
  • A Wireless (Verizon authorized reseller) can bring 6 stores live with Merakitechnology for the cost of bringing one store live with traditional technology
  • Bar S Foods saved over $5M in production revenue with Meraki over 5 years
  • CNOS chose to deploy Meraki even though hardware costs were 15% more than traditional technology. CNOS was able to recover the difference in CapEx within 16 months over a 5-year comparison.
August 16, 2017

Cloudifi Added to NSW Government ICT Services Scheme

Cloudifi has recently been added to the NSW Government ICT Services Scheme for the supply of Cisco Meraki Network hardware and our own Guest Connect Captive Portal for Guest Authentication to NSW Government buyers.  

We look forward to working with our NEW Government Customers!

NSW Government ICT Services

August 15, 2017

End of Sale Announcement - MR62 Access Point

Cisco Meraki is announcing the upcoming end-of-sale for the following product.

The MR62 Cloud Managed Wireless AP has been replaced with the functionally equivalent MR74 Cloud Managed AP.

End-of-Sale Model  Replacement Model

They expect to be accepting final orders for these products through 
November 15, 2017.

However, the final date will depend on the availability of stock and, at Cisco Meraki's discretion, the actual end-of-sale date may be earlier than November 15, 2017.

End-of-Support date for these products will be November 15, 2024.

August 10, 2017

Cloudifi added to QLD Government GITC panel

Having recently achieved QAssure status with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, Cloudifi is now GITC accredited to supply Cisco Meraki hardware and licensing and our own Cloudifi Guest Connect Captive Portal for Guest Authentication to Queensland Government buyers.

We look forward to working with our Queensland Government Customers!

August 01, 2017

Meraki Firmware versions and roll back functionality!

Active since July 2017 - the long awaited ability to take control of the firmware your devices are running!
  • Dashboard administrators will now be able to see firmware version numbers for all networks, as well as the recommended versions for each device type.
  • Detailed patch notes will be available for all firmware versions.
  • Administrators will be able to choose to upgrade any of their networks either to the latest stable firmware or to the current beta version, for easier access to new features.
  • For 14 days after performing a firmware upgrade on a given network, administrators will be able to opt to roll back to the previous running version for that network. This allows for faster resolution to any issues encountered after an update.

With these changes, dashboard administrators will have easier access to the latest capabilities and will be able to address potential issues as quickly as possible. They will also be able to work more effectively with our Meraki's Support team to troubleshoot and resolve problems.  

July 03, 2017

AMP Threatgrid - New Anti-Malware on MX

Industry-leading dynamic threat analysis and cloud sandboxing for Meraki MX

Whenever a file is downloaded through a Meraki MX with Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) enabled, that file’s signature will be looked up against AMP’s large cloud database; however, the file’s evaluation may return as “unknown”. AMP is capable of retrospectively alerting administrators if such a file is later determined to in fact be malicious with the help of the global AMP cloud. This provides security teams with the necessary insight to take action to quarantine a threat before it spreads.

With our newly released support for Threat Grid, administrators now have the powerful option to send these unknown file types directly to the Threat Grid cloud for immediate analysis. Once received, Cisco Threat Grid will execute the file in a virtual environment and will then analyse the file for over 825 behavioural indicators that may suggest whether or not the file is malicious. If a file is in fact determined to be malicious, Threat Grid will immediately alert all network administrators, and armed with a new signature, AMP will also block any new attempts of the threat from being downloaded. What’s more, if the file is malicious, Threat Grid’s analysis results will also be distributed via the global AMP cloud so that all other subscribers around the world receive the new threat signatures. With record-breaking threats like the recent Wannacry Outbreak, this is an important, powerful tool to have in any organisation’s arsenal, and instrumental in contributing to the prevention of zero-day exploits around the world.


Example of a downloaded file that was initially permitted, but later determined by Threat Grid to be malicious

We’re incredibly excited to announce the availability of Threat Grid on the Meraki MX as it provides the absolute latest in dynamic malware analysis and a deep, beneficial integration with Cisco’s broader security services. Threat Grid for MX is available as an additional subscription to any Meraki MX* (except for MX400 or MX600 at this time) with Advanced Security license. To find out more, please contact us and ask about Threat Grid sample packs.