Meraki Insight

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One of the biggest problems which has always plagued system administrators is trying to diagnose end-user problems with applications.  When an SaaS application is under-performing, how do you figure out where the problem lies?

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For owners of Meraki MX-series security appliances, there is now a simple answer to this question:  Meraki Insight.

Cisco Meraki Insight is a licensed software upgrade to the Meraki Dashboard which significantly extends an administrator's visibility into the end-user experience.  Through Meraki Insight, they can diagnose issues involving WAN congestion, server processing times, authentication delays, unresponsive cloud apps and more.   This means true end-to-end oversight of a network, from backbone to app, all in one single easy-to-use dashboard interface.

Through the Meraki Dashboard, all HTTP and HTTPS applications can be viewed side-by-side with hardware.  Administrators can set acceptable usage thresholds, receiving alerts whenever performance dips below standard.  In many cases, they will be able to detect and adjust for performance issues before users even call in to report problems!

Meraki Insight also extends Meraki's famous data-gathering capabilities.  Metrics on application performance are available along with all other metrics, allowing for long-term tracking and predictive action.  

Meraki Insight requires additional licensing that is separate from the standard Dashboard licensing for devices. Like standard licensing, Insight licenses are available in 1yr, 3yr, and 5yr license lengths. Meraki Insight licensing is separated by hardware model and expected throughput to be monitored. For example, both the MX84 and MX100 are capable of 250-750Mbps of throughput, so at the minimum, a 'Medium' Insight license is required to enable Meraki Insight features on a network containing an MX84 or MX100. A network containing an MX84 would not be able to use a 'Small' Insight license since that is capped at a throughput maximum of 450Mbps, making it only applicable to networks containing MX60, MX64, and MX65 devices. The following chart shows the different licensing tiers, throughput ranges for each license type, and their applicable hardware models. Demonstrating their ability to continually push the state-of-the-art in networking, there is no other software package on the market like Meraki Insight.  Administrators of businesses with a significant investment into SaaS applications will see better performance, and lower support costs, by embracing Meraki Insight.

Throughput of Meraki Insight ranges from 100Mbps up to 10Gbps, dictated by the capacity of the MX device paired with the software. 

  • Meraki Insight (XSmall) Up to 150 Mbps Z3, Z3C
  • Meraki Insight (Small) Up to 450 Mbps MX6x
  • Meraki Insight (Medium) Up to 750 Mbps MX84, MX100
  • Meraki Insight (Large) Up to 5 Gbps MX250, MX400, MX600
  • Meraki Insight (XLarge) Up to 10 Gbps MX450

To learn more about Meraki products, just contact Hummingbird Networks.