1. Lowering Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
The total cost of ownership (TCO) is the purchase price of an asset + the costs of operation.
A prime example of considering TCO would be when buying a light bulb from your local Asda...
While the £1 incandescent light bulb looks attractive next to the £3 LED bulb, the aftermath of opting for a bargain at the time often results in much higher operating costs.
Opting for the LED’s not only ends up lowering your TCO, but you also gives you peace-of-mind that your bulb won’t unexpectedly blow up the following month, and leave your house in complete darkness.
While buying light bulbs and a new network isn’t exactly the same, it’s still important to consider the larger picture.
To reinforce this point, Gartner estimated that 80% of total IT costs occur after the initial purchase! Meraki then carried out a study that revealed Meraki customers saving in the region of 90% after procuring a Meraki network (when compared to more traditional technologies).
So, how does Meraki lower TCO?
a) Facilitating Rapid Deployment
With self-provisioning hardware, Meraki's setup cost is often minimal.
b) Ease of management
Being able to manage a network through a single pane of glass can eradicate massive amounts of time, not to mention the IT team can be anywhere in the world and still retain the ability to make changes on the network.
2020 has highlighted the importance to be able to scale both up and down, in a very fast fashion. Meraki makes going either way a simple task.
d) Complete visibility & control
While IT used to be a siloed department, technology is now a critical part of all departments. Whether leveraging MT’s for the facilities management team or driving intelligence from Meraki Wireless for the marketing team.
2. Superior Security
Meraki is backed by the wealth and engine of Cisco Systems Inc. The acquisition meant that not only is Meraki now a significant part of Cisco’s $6,500,000,000 annual R&D spend but Meraki is now fed directly into Cisco Talos.
Cisco Talos Intelligence Group is one of the largest commercial threat intelligence teams in the world, comprised of world-class researchers, analysts and engineers. These teams are supported by unrivalled telemetry and sophisticated systems to create accurate, rapid and actionable threat intelligence for Cisco customers, products and services. Talos defends Cisco customers against known and emerging threats, discovers new vulnerabilities in common software, and interdicts threats in the wild before they can further harm the internet at large.
Cisco Meraki's rich security feature set addresses all of the PCI Data Security Standards, helping customers to build and maintain a secure network, protect data, maintain a vulnerability management program, implement strong access control measures, and monitor network security.
3. Simplified support
For large IT networks, support can often be a complicated matter. Meraki’s simple nature is reflected in their support package. If you’ve got the device licenced, you’ve got it supported!
Cisco Meraki’s simple, all-inclusive pricing includes enterprise-class phone support; helping customers deploy their first network or troubleshoot global network issues and any other unforeseen emergencies (at no additional cost).
But let’s be honest, the best support call is the one you don't have to make. Which is made all the more feasible by self-provisioning hardware, automatic firmware updates, automatic network optimization, intuitive user interface and built-in contextual help.
The moral of the story here could be likened to the age-old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover”. The true value of Meraki technology cannot simply be judged by its upfront cost. Try out Meraki for yourself and use the TCO infographic to help quantify to non-IT stakeholders in your organization the value of Meraki.