How to use cloud networks and security across your SME
Businesses must enhance performance, connectivity, and mobility if they are to succeed. At the same time, security and compliance have never been more critical. However, with a traditional setup, achieving all this can be a challenge. A new generation of network, Cisco Meraki provides the answer.
Support your IT team
Cloud networks are easy to set-up and configure; removing the pressure on your business. With zero-touch provisioning, devices can be pre-configured before they even arrive on-site. Once connected to the network, configurations download automatically for a genuinely plug-and-play experience.
It’s the burden of IT management that can really slow down business growth.
With Cisco Meraki, the hassle of managing your network is removed. So your IT staff are free to focus on those all-important tasks that make you money.
Access improved visibility and analytics
Your network can be controlled from a single management interface. So each element of your IT infrastructure works together. This provides a complete view of your network topology, in real-time with such interconnected management unlocking new insights and possibilities.
The easy scalability of a cloud managed network ensures that technology is supporting your business growth, rather than holding it back.
Make network management easier
Historically, managing networks or fixing network issues required someone to be physically present. However, because it is cloud-based, the Cisco Meraki dashboard is accessible from any internet-enabled device. This provides at-a-glance performance information in real time. With the ability to monitor bandwidth usage by device, by port, and even by a specific application, it’s easy to adjust the capabilities of your network as required.
Make troubleshooting easier
Alerts will instantly let you know if there are any issues with your network, with instant access to troubleshooting tools so you can fix the problem from any computer, anywhere. So problems can be resolved quickly and easily.
To maintain security while delivering high levels of productivity and uptime, it’s crucial to be aware of device activity and threats. Regular firmware and software updates are also necessary. Cloud-managed networks make it much easier to see what’s going on with a network and keep any security threats at bay. Updates can be made automatically, and security policies can be enforced from one easy-to-use dashboard.
Keep control of your bottom line
One of the essential considerations any SME should make when investing in IT is the total cost of ownership (TCO). All too often, businesses are swayed by the upfront hardware and installation costs. But, while these are important;
It’s the ongoing support and maintenance costs that really make a difference to your bottom line.
With a managed cloud network, you’ll benefit from much lower costs over time, resulting in reduced TCO in just a few years.