The Meraki vMX100 is a one-of-a-kind software based virtual security appliance designed specifically for use with Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure (coming in the future). The vMX100 has no hardware component, although it does integrate with other Meraki hardware and software. It allows for simple site-to-site VPN for anyone running web services via AWS.
In this way, vMX100 provides the equivalent to a secured Ethernet connection directly to your AWS datacenter, and it allows 500 Mbps of throughput. This is ample for any mission-critical IT services hosted via Amazon. Otherwise, in terms of management, it's identical to other physical Meraki MX-series devices. You also get the same SD-WAN functionality as physical MX devices and Dynamic Path Selection to maintain optimal pathways.
Setup and configuration is simple. It can be downloaded directly from the AWS marketplace, added to EC2, and then managed through the Meraki Dashboard. However - like other Meraki products - it does require licensing to operate. Currently, licenses are available for 1, 3, or 5-year increments. Unlike other MX-series devices, there is no Advanced Security license.
Additionally, any AWS fees relating to use of your EC2 instances still apply.
If your company relies on AWS for mission-critical features, it's vital to keep that cloud system as secure as possible. Contact Hummingbird Networks today to learn more about the vMX100 and how it improves your AWS experience.
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