Meraki was founded in 2006 by 3 gentlemen (including 2 MIT PhD students) and was originally a wireless Mesh project called Roofnet. It got into hotel wireless, and received an investment from Google. With the momentous growth in smartphones, it got into corporate networking as a method to control the plethora of uncontrolled devices. This grew from just wireless AP’s into routers and security appliances, then to switches, video cameras and even VOIP handsets. Cisco sorely needed an SMB and midmarket boost, and acquired this company in Dec 2012.
Blackcreek and Spectrum have been leading with Meraki since, and have 100% standardized on their MX line, and also offer their AP, switches and cameras where appropriate.
We’d love to introduce you to the Meraki way!
Between now and July 29, 2017, any purchase of a new Meraki cloud management license for 3 years or more will receive an additional year at no extra cost!
0% 3 year SMB Lease Financing (over 3 years) End of Lease $1.00 buy out.
…because it's different than many others, and it's better to know
All of Meraki’s products that an organization buys, are registered/associated into a “Cloud Portal” called the Meraki Dashboard which is accessed via authorized email accounts as ID’s. Each authorized user has permissions assigned (to view, edit, manage, etc.), as appropriate. IT resources such as Spectrum Global technicians are added. In fact, each IT technician (or any user) gets presented with all the Meraki organizations they have a role in supporting when they login, so they can do one login, then select which organization and device to work on.
All Meraki core products (not accessories) are comprised of 2 mandatory components:
Cisco Finance is always prepared to “lease to own” their product (OAC). The licensing always counts as hardware. 30% of the product + licensing can be added as a “soft cost” and also financed at the same low rate as the product (often there is a promotional offer of 0% on this). Term is normally 3 years, but Meraki Enterprise licenses of any term can be included. Other non-Cisco product can be added to the lease on their approval at very competitive rates (never 0% though).
SGC typically recommends a 5 year term subscription as a balance between cost savings and when a faster appliance might be needed to address faster Internet speeds and throughput and technical advances in hardware that are sure to arrive in that time frame.