The Meraki Dashboard and its Systems Manager are the central hub from which you can survey the health of your network, monitor current and historic network connections, view patch and security status, roll out new network policies across the whole of your infrastructure, and even schedule maintenance to happen automatically. All in all there are four critical benefits of the Meraki dashboard and control panel.
1. Centralized Management
Accessible from almost any web browser, as well as Android and Apple mobile phones, the Dashboard gives you instant access to network troubleshooting tools and throughput tests so you are always aware of the utilization of your external internet and local intranet. In addition you can monitor bandwidth usage by device, by port, even by specific application. The Cloud Dashboard truly is the only location you need to view or adjust the capabilities and settings vital to your network’s strength, and roll those configuration changes out to every Meraki device in your organization.
2. Communication Security
One of the most important aspects of the Meraki Cloud Dashboard is that the information it presents is secure. In addition to the fact that all traffic to and from the management interface is sent through an encrypted, secure traffic layer, its out-of-band location means that no client traffic ever accesses the Dashboard, or even the servers upon which it rests. Your management traffic is segregated from your regular network communication, and as such it greatly limits any malicious attempt to access your management interface, a trait not shared by traditional wireless access points and switches.
3. High Availability
The Meraki Cloud Dashboard is always available. Not only can it be accessed by any number of internet-enabled devices every Cisco Meraki data center has multiple connects to the internet’s own backbone, with multiple data centers operating in concert to reroute traffic and delegate geographical data priorities to ensure that you are always able to reach your Dashboard, regardless of time of day or freak weather event.
4. Automatic Upgrades
Standard with any Cisco Meraki Cloud Dashboard-equipped device is the ability to automatically upgrade the device whenever patches are released for security or functionality. Also able to be triggered manually, a feature so powerful that it deserves its own category is the ability for you to schedule the updates to happen at a time and date of your choosing. What’s more, if the update fails and your old configuration is not compatible with the new software, for any reason, the device will automatically roll-back to a known-good software version, making sure that you and your network is online, without having to chase software errors or configuration changes.
Meraki’s Essential Benefits
These four benefits of the Cisco Meraki Dashboard are truly essential for anyone looking to take a proactive stance in the governance and protection of their network, and the many sensitive devices that may rely on it. While the versatility of Meraki’s unique Cloud Dashboard extends far beyond these four key benefits, there is no question that these are far and away the most advanced achievements for their numerous product lines, putting them far ahead of the competition when it comes to ease of use, upgrades, and security.
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