Hills Educational Foundation, first established in 1992, incorporates Hills International College, Hills Language College and Hills Golf Academy and was one of the first colleges in Australia purpose built for both Australian and International Students. It is a K-12, Co-ed and non-denominational day and boarding school situated on a truly beautiful 660 acre semi-rural area 40 kilometres from Brisbane, Queensland.
With a view to move to a 1:1 iPad device policy in the proceeding 12 months, Hills began investigating how they could deliver a seamless network experience for Students and Staff across the campus that would provide both the performance and ease of manageability the school was looking for.
Cisco Meraki was selected as the Vendor of choice over several competing technologies due to its unique combination of a solid Wi-Fi offering that incorporated robust Guest management features, a Cloud managed switch platform, an integrated Security Appliance, as well as robust Mobile Device Management capabilities all accessible from within the one Dashboard.
As the IT Manager Craig Montgomery explains "Meraki was the logical choice to use whether that was in the classrooms, dormitories, guest houses, outdoor areas, or on the golf greens". "Cloudifi were great when it came to clearly articulating their thoughts as to how the Meraki product range could be used to best fit our environment and serve our requirements, making the decision easy."
Ultimately seventy five Access Points - either MR34, MR18 or MR66 models, twenty six MS220 Switches, four MS320 Switches, and an MX400 Security Appliance would be installed over a period of 7 days on site. The network was designed from the ground up to completely replace the existing legacy network incorporating the best design and security principles.
Cloudifi, that hails from across the country in Perth, provided the Meraki equipment, completed the design work and pre-config of the network in the Cloud Dashboard remotely, and then came to site and installed the equipment and conducted performance testing before leaving.
"It was no barrier to a successful implementation working with a partner that didn't have a local presence" Montgomery espouses. "With the Cloud Management of the Meraki network, it was all done before the guys arrived and now they just assist when needed in the Dashboard - what I see is what they can see. This really lowered our on going support costs."
As part of a project for Quick Service Restaurant Holdings, Cloudifi is providing consulting services for the design and deployment of Guest WiFi as well as Switching infrastructure using Cisco Meraki equipment for up to 600 Red Rooster, Oporto and Chicken Treat stores across Australia.
Cisco Meraki was chosen as the preferred vendor due to its unique ability to be deployed across many locations simultaneously using its Cloud Management Platform and for the security of its Guest Wifi offering as well as its Social Media integration.
Independent Electrical contractors will be installing the devices in store where once powered on they will automatically download their configurations from the Cloud and be up and running within minutes - totally obviating the need for the pre-staging of each separate device manually.
This meant that Meraki could be deployed for a fraction of the cost of other systems, and QSRH get to enjoy the benefit of an Enterprise grade network with its reliability, support and feature set, in all of their outlets.
Welcome to CloudManagedwifi.com.au, where you can purchase Cisco Meraki Products online for the first time in Australia!
CloudManagedwifi.com.au is part of Cloudifi Pty Ltd, a Meraki Australia Authorised Reseller based in Perth, Western Australia. We're keen advocates of Cisco Meraki products and use them in our own solutions for customers. We sell the full range of Meraki products and are Cisco Meraki experts offering design and installation services.
One of our team commented recently that Apple + Cisco = Meraki. From a design perspective it certainly looks like a love child of the two! However you look at it, Cisco Meraki's products are the most aesthetically pleasing, robust, feature rich and manageable products we've ever had the pleasure of using!
From a Gateway for a Teleworker with Auto-provisioning VPN, to a high end Security Appliance that encompasses advanced features such as Content Management, Load Balancing and WAN Acceleration in one box - Meraki has the world of Small, Medium and Large business networking covered.
We look forward to helping you buy and implement Cisco Meraki solutions in Australia.