Earlier this week Cisco Meraki announced some exciting new additions to the Cisco Meraki portfolio. While yesterday’s post extolled the virtues of Meraki switch stacking, today we look at the new MX84 cloud-managed security appliance and the Intelligent WAN (IWAN) capabilities that will be available in beta later this month.
Introducing the MX84
The MX84 follows in the footsteps of the MX64, which was released in February 2015. While the MX64 boasts higher overall performance than its predecessor and the option for 802.11ac wireless, the MX84 likewise offers a significant improvement in throughput over the the MX80, along with twice as many Ethernet ports and the addition of two SFP ports for fiber connectivity.
These improvements are aimed at allowing administrators to deploy the MX84 in a variety of network designs without worrying about encountering throughput bottlenecks or having to add extra infrastructure to connect everything they want to connect – all at the same price point as the MX80.
Make way for IWAN
Earlier this year we announced that a series of IWAN features would be coming to the MX product line, and since then the Cisco Meraki development team has been working hard to ensure we deliver those features with the same blend of powerful functionality and simple, intuitive configuration that Meraki is known for. Later this month these new IWAN capabilities will be made available to all MX customers through an open beta. However, we want to give you a sneak peek of what configuring IWAN on the MX will look like.