The cloud is taking over IT…. What are we all going to do when everything is cloud managed? Will we all be out of a job? It is true the the Cloud is becoming a big thing, but like all changes in technology the devices and applications in the cloud still need to be managed and maintained by someone.
Meraki have taken the Cloud a step further by providing a Cloud Managed Network. This is a great concept and can really simplify the deployment process. The Piece that is missing from this concept is that the Cloud doesn’t actually manage the network. The skilled technical folks that have that ability to isolate a problem and solve it are still required, regardless of the platform for Management. Meraki have made it easier and certainly the less technical would find some benefits in the Meraki approach, but like so many technologies they are sometimes too complex to simplify, or the process of simplifying the technology leaves it missing some key elements.
Cisco’s purchase of Meraki shows that Cisco really believe in the Cloud, but I am curios how they plan to integrate, if at all. Cisco’s attempt at moving down market with Linksys was a mistake, as I think most Cisco savvy folks would balk at any Linksys Product.
In looking at Meraki’s products, it would appear that they are well ahead of any Linksys product and slightly behind Cisco Traditional IOS products from a feature standpoint but obviously well ahead of any Cisco product from a Network Management standpoint, an area that I think Cisco have always struggled with. It will be interesting to see if Cisco try and merge their IOS into Meraki’s cloud Management.
Either way, this has next to no effect on the business of Network Management, as these networks still require Management, regardless of the management platform in which they reside.