What is Cloud Managed Networking?
Cloud managed networking is a solution in which the wireless, switching, security and WAN networking solutions for an organization are integrated in such a way that allows them to be centrally managed over the web through a secure web console.
What are the advantages?
- Centralized Management
CMNs offer the convenience of complete network control from a secure web console. This reduces the complexities associated with network maintenance, allowing a simplified view for network managers and analyst.
- Automatic Updates
Network updates are automatically updated to cloud servers as they are released. This greatly reduces the effort associated with traditional network upgrade procedures (i.e. uploading new software on a per device basis).
- Ease of Deployment
Networks can be configured via the web console prior to installation. An internet connection is all that is needed to register devices with the cloud controller.
What are the disadvantages?
- Loss of Advanced Options
The CMNs are great for providing a simplified solution. However, you will lose some of the advanced features available to you via the traditional platforms.
- Cloud Connection
Devices must be connected to the cloud for management. This can result in loss of management capabilities during an Internet outage.
Devices may stop working if there is a lapse in license coverage.
Everyone must make their own decision on whether a cloud networking solution is right for their environment. Cloud networking solutions offer simplification and ease of management. They can often be used in conjunction with traditional network equipment. For example, you may want to move your wireless network to a CMN solution, such as Meraki, while leaving your traditional switching, WAN, security infrastructure in place. Or perhaps there is no need for the advanced features offered by traditional network equipment in your environment. This may make you an excellent candidate for migrating all network gear to a CMN solution.