In the nearly ten years since Cisco’s acquisition of Meraki, one thing has been very clear: IT admins want to be able to leverage the Meraki Dashboard and their other Cisco technologies together more fluidly, especially when it comes to their network infrastructure.

Last month at Cisco Live in Las Vegas, we announced that Cisco has taken a massive step forward on this front by bringing Catalyst 9000 switching and wireless platforms into the Meraki Dashboard for the first time. In the very near future, organizations will have three ways to benefit from the power of both Catalyst hardware and the Meraki Dashboard:

  • Cloud Monitoring for Catalyst, which delivers network visibility, telemetry, and troubleshooting for IOS-XE devices from the Meraki Dashboard. Support for fixed-port Catalyst 9000 switches is available now, but chassis switches and wireless platforms will be coming as well.
  • A new management migration capability for Catalyst Switching to allow you to adopt full cloud management from the Meraki Dashboard without having to replace your switching hardware, starting with the Catalyst 9300 later this year.
  • New Wi-Fi 6E access points that can operate in two modes: either as on-prem managed APs via 9800 controllers and DNA Center, or as cloud-managed APs via the Meraki Dashboard. Similar to management migration for switching, if your needs change over time these access points can be migrated between management modes.

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Joe Aronow

Leader, Product Management

Cisco Meraki