MX Design: Sizing Meraki MX Appliances

Firewall and WAN refresh projects have many components, but one of the first steps after vendor selection is hardware sizing. Even when working on POC/POV projects, rightsizing the hardware upfront provides a truer day-two experience and requires less rework once complete. My goal is to walk you through a consultative sizing process to properly size […]

Meraki Cloud Logging: Configuration, Events, and Analytics

DATASET INDEX Traffic Analytics Summary Reports Location Analytics Event Logs Threat Logs Configuration Change History Enhanced Privacy Features Summary Table The Cisco Meraki Dashboard contains several logging subsystems that each have unique data retention and export options available. Datasets like event, configuration, and analytics are used for starkly different purposes (business intelligence, operations, risk management, […]

MX Design: Warm Spare

Building redundant WAN routing and security services mitigates a critical single point of failure in mission-critical networks. If a single gateway fails, a standby unit can seamlessly continue servicing clients without disruption. There have been many proprietary and standards-based gateway redundancy protocols developed over the years to solve this problem. HSRP, VRRP, GLBP are all […]

Cisco MX SD-WAN Connectivity Models

As I consult with companies and organizations ready to deploy a cloud managed MX WAN infrastructure, I’m constantly tasked with helping them understand the different connectivity models available and the appropriate deployment methodologies. With the WAN connectivity options evolving faster than ever, it’s important to know what options are available and more importantly help map […]