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Cloud computing is the new norm

Cloud computing continues to evolve from a market disruptor to the expected approach for IT. Although cloud computing has become a foundation of digital business, many organizations still struggle to optimize this powerful tool. Gartner estimates that less than one-third of enterprises have a documented cloud strategy.

For businesses that don’t have IT specialists in-house, managing these tasks, as well as securing a range of interconnected devices, understanding IT jargon, and managing complicated configurations can all become a bit overwhelming.

Fortunately, there is a solution that can support SMBs to manage the security demands of their network s that is smart and simple. Cloud networking delivers a completely innovative network architecture that is helping businesses overcome many of their traditional IT hurdles, all within a best-in-class secure environment.

1. How does cloud network security work?

Cloud networking is actually beautifully simple. Cisco Meraki cloud managed IT devices (such as wireless APs, switches and security appliances, just to name a few) are discreet white boxes containing powerful hardware that is built to withstand the demands of multiple devices and applications. These devices automatically connect to the Meraki cloud (Cisco’s private cloud, supported by a global network of servers) and have self-provisioning features to get your network registered with ease. It’s simple to set-up, with some networks taking just a few minutes to get up and running, and includes security. Plus, you don’t need any additional software outside of the Meraki cloud managed dashboard.

2. Ready made cloud services for SMB networks

Meraki was designed with SMB in mind. Research showed that IT intricacies prove difficult for small business management, with three quarters of owners having at least one IT frustration. Not only does Meraki elegantly solve so many of the issues that owners and managers find irritating (such as constant upgrades, software licencing costs, managing multiple devices and configurations), it does so offering best-in-class security, for the entire network.

This all makes it easier for businesses to manage and protect their networks, data and ultimately the organisation, while also reducing the need for extensive, ongoing IT expertise. The cloud-delivered network security performed automatically through the Meraki cloud assures business owners and managers that all devices connected to their system are protected. In addition to this, Meraki is tested daily by an independent third party, to provide reassurance to businesses who use it.

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3. IT innovation for SMB networks

Meraki networking is a game-changer, giving owners and managers the ability to setup, manage and monitor their networks simply and easily, while being assured the latest upgrades and security are delivered automatically, freeing up time to work on the business, rather than in the business.

For businesses with IT challenges, Meraki is a future-proof solution to digital redundancy. And for those businesses with an IT department, Meraki can increase efficiency, security and response times, all while reducing errors, confusion and help-desk burnout. All Meraki devices are managed in the Dashboard, a browser-based interface allowing IT teams to configure and manage devices, settings and data from anywhere in the world and is now offered in multiple languages.

Via: Cisco.com