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Inside the Cisco Meraki MX

Built on Cisco Meraki’s award-winning cloud-managed architecture, the MX is the only 100% cloud-managed Unified Threat Management appliance.

MX appliances self-provision, automatically pulling policies and configuration settings from the cloud.

Powerful remote tools provide network-wide visibility and control, and enable administration without on-site networking expertise.

Cloud services deliver seamless firmware and security signature updates, automatically establish site-to-site VPN tunnels, and provide 24×7 network monitoring.

Moreover, the MX’s browser-based management dashboard completely eliminates the need for training.

What is Cloud Networking?

Cloud Networking provides centralized management, visibility, and control without the cost and complexity of controller appliances or overlay management software. Cisco Meraki products are built from the ground up for cloud management, and come out of the box with centralized management, layer 7 device and application visibility, real time web-based diagnostics, monitoring, reporting, and much, much more. Cisco Meraki deploys quickly and easily, without training or proprietary command line interfaces.

Meraki’s founders invented Cloud Networking while working as grad students at M.I.T. Cisco Meraki now has a complete line of cloud networking products that power over 20,000 customer networks, including massive global deployments with tens of thousands of devices.

Ironclad Security for Edge Networks

The MX hardware platform is purpose-built for Layer 7 deep packet inspection, with advanced security features including IPS, content filtering web search filtering anti-virus/anti-phishing, and IPsec VPN connectivity, while providing the throughput and capacity for modern bandwidth-intensive networks.

Layer 7 fingerprinting technology lets administrators identify unwanted content and applications and prevent recreational apps like BitTorrent from wasting precious bandwidth.

The integrated Sourcefir SNORT® engine delivers superior intrusion prevention coverage, a key requirement for PCI 2.0 compliance. The MX also uses the Webroot® BrightCloud URL categorization database for CIPA / IWF compliant content-filtering and Kaspersky® SafeStream engine for anti-virus / anti-phishing filtering.

Best of all, these industry-leading Layer 7 security engines and signatures are always kept up-to-date via the cloud, simplifying network security management and providing peace-of-mind to IT administrators.

Source: Cisco Meraki

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