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Meraki Deployment Methods for Schools

We continue sharing the transcript from the Cisco Meraki 2015 Gearing Up for 2015 E-Rate Changes webinar. This part of the webinar reviews the two different deployment methods that are available to schools.

Cloud Networking Built for the Modern K-12 Learning Environment

I do want to take a moment now to talk about the different deployment methods. There are two different deployment methods that I mentioned earlier. There is this idea where you’re going to be owning and managing your network. It’s very simple. This is what a deployment typically looks like. You have the devices on premise; the access points, the security appliances and the switches. They’re deployed at your libraries or at your different school locations. They’re going to be talking directly to this cloud. And this cloud is going to be doing all the heavy lifting of pushing down the updates, as well as providing the monitoring and the management data to the cloud, which then passes it on to this browser-based Dashboard, which is what you use to control your network. You make all of your updates there.

From there, you also have a bunch of monitoring and reporting information to see what’s happening on your network. You have full visibility. It’s very intuitive to use. You don’t need to have any training. You don’t need to be on-site. You can manage every single site from your office or from your home, or from a vacation location. Wherever you are, you have access to manage, monitor and troubleshoot every aspect of your network.

The other model is this third-party managed service model. This is whether you own the devices or you’re leasing them from this third-party. Now, this third-party model, they have access into your Dashboard. So you have the devices, again, deployed on-site at your school or your library. The provider or the partner is then going to be managing your network for you. You have direct line of communication to your partner, and this is all going to be outlined in the services contract that you draw up with them.

This type of third-party managed service model includes the installation, the configuration, and the setup of the devices. But it’s still classified as a managed broadband service even though it’s not “eligible for basic maintenance.” Basic maintenance is defined as the repair and upkeep of eligible components, the basic technical support which is minor updates and patches and configurations. So, managed service does include the installation, configuration and setup, and can also include ongoing minor support. But there is this idea of basic maintenance, which is completely separate and is not eligible under the third-party managed service model.

Now here, I do want to talk about cloud networking built for the modern K-12 learning environment. Cisco Meraki really does provide you with a complete solution for all of your K-12 needs. We have things like 802.11n/ac wireless access points that are optimized specifically for high-density, for this digital learning. The online testing; all of that, it’s built right into these access points. We have things like Automatic RF optimization which makes sure that your network is optimally performing at any given time. We have various education-centric security and management tools available to you, to help you identify and prioritize important learning applications, and de-prioritize recreational applications.

We have things like identity-based policies and segmented SSIDs. So, you can have up to 15 different SSIDs per network that you can customize for various user groups, like students or teachers, or guests, or grade levels or classrooms; whatever your needs are.

You also have complete visibility and control into your entire network, again, from the network core, all the way to the end-user devices. You’re also receiving high-performance, so you have the feature-rich security as well as 1GbE and 10GbE cloud-managed switching.

Chin Song, we have a quote from him, here. He is the Drector of Technology at Milpitas Unified School District. I mentioned earlier, the ability to add access points to an area and instantly make it into a learning space. His quote really identifies that. It identifies the flexibility in networking, to make it so that you can do whatever you need to do in education to move your students into the digital learning era.

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