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The Cisco Meraki MX are multifunctional security & SD-WAN enterprise appliances with a wide set of capabilities to address multiple use cases–from an all-in-one device. Organizations of all sizes and across all industries rely on the MX to deliver secure hub-centric connectivity, as well as application quality of experience (QoE), through advanced analytics with machine learning. The MX is 100% cloud-managed, so installation and remote management is truly zero touch, making it ideal for distributed branches, campuses, and data center locations. Natively integrated with a comprehensive suite of secure network and assurance capabilities, the MX eliminates the need for multiple appliances. These capabilities include application-based firewalling, content filtering, web search filtering, SNORT®-based intrusion detection and prevention, Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP), site-to-site Auto VPN, client VPN, WAN and cellular failover, dynamic path selection, web application health, VoIP health, and more. Auto VPN and SD-WAN can also be extended to resources in public clouds with virtual MX appliances (vMX) available in Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.


• End-to-end health of web applications at-a-glance across the LAN, WAN, and application server 

• Machine-learned smart application thresholds autonomously applied to identify true anomalies based on past behavioral patterns 

• Monitor the health of all MX WAN links, including cellular, across your entire organization at-a-glance 

• Detailed hop-by-hop VoIP performance analysis across all uplinks


• Application-aware traffic control: bandwidth policies for Layer 7 application types (e.g., block YouTube, prioritize Skype, throttle BitTorrent)

• Content filtering: CIPA-compliant content filter, safe-search enforcement (Google/Bing), and YouTube for Schools 

• Intrusion prevention: PCI-compliant IPS sensor using industry-leading SNORT® signature database from Cisco 

• Advanced Malware Protection: file reputation-based protection engine powered by Cisco AMP 

• Identity-based security policies and application management


 Built-in DHCP, NAT, QoS, and VLAN management services 

• Web caching: accelerates frequently accessed content 

• Load balancing: combines multiple WAN links into a single highspeed interface, with policies for QoS, traffic shaping, and failover 

• Smart connection monitoring: automatic detection of layer 2 and layer 3 outages and fast failover, including option of integrated LTE Advanced or 3G/4G modems


• Unified firewall, switching, wireless LAN, and mobile device management through an intuitive web-based dashboard

• Template-based settings scale easily from small deployments to tens of thousands of devices 

• Role-based administration, configurable email alerts for a variety of important events, and easily auditable change logs 

• Summary reports with user, device, and application usage details archived in the cloud


• Auto VPN: automatic VPN route generation using IKE/IPsec setup. Runs on physical MX appliances and as a virtual instance within the Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure cloud services 

• SD-WAN with active / active VPN, policy-based-routing, dynamic VPN path selection, and support for application-layer performance profiles to ensure prioritization of the applications types that matter 

• Interoperates with all IPsec VPN devices and services 

• Automated MPLS to VPN failover within seconds of a connection failure 

• Client VPN: L2TP IPsec support for native Windows, Mac OS X, iPad and Android clients with no per-user licensing fees

Secure Cisco SD-WAN Powered by Meraki

Secure Cisco SD-WAN powered by Meraki is delivered by the MX appliances. SD-WAN powered by Meraki has helped thousands of organizations rapidly save costs by reducing their dependence on MPLS without compromising on performance. As enterprises continue to shift from hub-centric architectures interconnected with VPN to ones that leverage public Internet connectivity, SD-WAN powered by Meraki delivers advanced analytics with ML to monitor and optimize quality of experience (QoE) for applications, regardless of where they might be hosted.

Advanced analytics

Leverage more than one uplink of any type with automatic failover–MPLS, broadband, fiber, or cellular.

Transport independence

Leverage more than one uplink of any type with automatic failover–MPLS, broadband, fiber, or cellular.

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