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Sprint, Cisco Meraki Team Up on Business Wi-Fi

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Sprint Business is partnering with Cisco Meraki to combine Wi-Fi and network visibility capabilities.

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Cisco Meraki’s Todd Nightingale

The collaborative result is a cloud-based dashboard, which is based on Sprint’s Business Wi-Fi offering and the Meraki portfolio. The companies say customers can now manage their network from a single dashboard with “advanced” analytics and “end-to-end visibility.” Companies using Sprint Business Wi-Fi have access to all of Meraki’s features.

Todd Nightingale, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco Meraki, said Thursday that the two companies are creating a more intelligent and simple network that will allow businesses to minimize the time they spend maintaining IT.

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“Businesses today demand a superior wireless experience, but without added complexity,” Nightingale said. “Cisco Meraki is thrilled to work with Sprint to bring customers a simple, powerful tool to help save time and money. With the availability of the entire Cisco Meraki portfolio, customers can also trust that their network can grow and adapt as quickly as their business changes.”

The companies emphasized that there will be a single dashboard. Sprint also noted that its support works through a single point-of-contact in order to simplify. The solution comes with a firewall.

 

Sprint's Mike Fitz

Sprint’s Mike Fitz

“Sprint Business Wi-Fi with Cisco Meraki provides advanced analytics that enable customers to better understand network user behavior and make quick decisions that positively impact network performance and overall user experience,” said Mike Fitz, vice president of Sprint’s global wireline business unit.. “Integrating the Cisco Meraki offering into Sprint’s converged solutions portfolio means that businesses of all sizes can count on one team to manage turnkey, end-to-end solutions that are comprehensive and will scale to address evolving business needs.”

Meraki, which Cisco bought in 2012, rolled out a Wi-Fi offering for small businesses last September. Sprint has been touting hot technologies like IoT and SD-WAN.


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