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Managing the switch – Making the move to Cisco Meraki

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Jeremiah Cornelius, Technical Lead for Alliances and Partners at AlgoSec, discusses challenges with managing Cisco Meraki in a complex enterprise environment. 

One of the things that I’ve begun recently seeing, from the vantage of AlgoSec’s long-term Cisco partnership, is greatly increased interest in the use of Cisco Meraki devices by enterprises — with a noticeable acceleration of the trend in the past year.

Meeting the Enterprise

Meraki MX family firewalls are inexpensive, with cloud-based operations software — so they are easy to configure and manage, even by smaller teams supporting a very large number of physical devices that are located over multiple territories and regions. In our talks with AlgoSec customers and partner architects over the past year, it became evident that the benefits which originally made Meraki MX popular in commercial deployments were just as appealing to enterprises. Many enterprises are now faced with waves of expansion in employees working from home, and burgeoning demands for scalable remote access – along with increasing network demands by regional centers as physical travel constraints were imposed in response to the global pandemic. The leader of one security team I spoke with put it very well, “We are deploying to 1,200 locations in four global regions, planned to be 1,500 by year’s end. The choice of Meraki is for us a ‘no-brainer.’ If you haven’t already, I know that you’re going to see this become a more popular option with many big operations.”

Natural Companions – AlgoSec ASMS and Cisco Meraki-MX

This is a natural situation to meet enhanced requirements with AlgoSec ASMS — reinforcing Meraki’s impressive capabilities and scale as a combined, enterprise-class solution. ASMS brings to the table traffic planning and visualization, rules optimization and management, and a solution to address enterprise-level requirements for policy reporting and compliance auditing.

In AlgoSec, we’re proud of AlgoSec FireFlow’s ability to model the security-connected state of any given endpoints across an entire enterprise. Now our customers with Meraki MX can extend this technology that they know and trust, analyze real traffic in complex deployments, and acquire an understanding of the requirements and impact of changes delivered to their users and applications that are connected by Meraki deployments.

As it’s unlikely that your needs, or those of any data center and enterprise, are met by a single vendor and model, AlgoSec unifies operations of the Meraki-MX with those of the other technologies, such as enterprise NGFW and software-defined network fabrics. Our application-centric approach means that Meraki MX can be a component in delivering solutions for zero-trust and microsegmentation with other Cisco technology like Cisco ACI, and other third parties.

Cisco Meraki – Visibility, Risk & Compliance Demo

If all of this sounds interesting, you should see how it looks. I know that I have mentioned complexity in describing enterprise technology and requirement, but AlgoSec is here to make it easier. See how much easier for yourself:

More Where This Came From

The AlgoSec ASMS integration with Cisco Meraki-MX is just beginning, and we are taking it to places our customers want, with the momentum of our technical and business partnership.

Since the beginning of this year, our EA feature introduction is inspiring tighter collaboration and support between development at both partners, and our regular contact is driving advances we can expect to see in the next few releases of AlgoSec’s products. After moving from EA to a fully-supported device and feature set, we’re working to deliver integration with VPN policy rules for Meraki, which are key to the growth of remote user cases. We will also be ensuring that the AlgoSec change management automation is extended to ActiveChange – AlgoSec’s capability for zero-touch firewall operations.

If you want to discover more about the Meraki and AlgoSec joint solution, contact us at AlgoSec! We work together with Cisco teams and resellers and will be glad to share more.

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