In the past, you would think of your networking equipment costs as the larger upfront cost (typically 75%) and then some smaller % calculation (typically 25%) for the ongoing cost.
As the industry has matured we now have the data to know that we should look at the total cost of ownership differently.
The first thing you need to do is put a dollar figure to your total cost of ownership.
All Cisco Meraki equipment is centrally managed and controlled in the cloud. The Meraki cloud is licensed on a "per device, per year" basis. Each device is licensed with a set duration and expiration date.
What's included in the license?
It's a super simple Management Portal where you get:
Complete configuration of all your assets.
Remote network management with just the browser or app.
Visibility for all end devices, users, networks.
Reporting with customisable analytics.
Zero-touch deployment making scaling up and down never easier.
Inventory management including applications and devices.
Role-based administration allowing you to set responsibilities.
2FA for dashboard login access.
Alerts you can automate and choose what you want to know about.
Outside of the Dashboard
Automatic Firmware updates and new features
By default you get updates at no additional costs. You stay future-proofed without having to research or plan different firmware rollouts.
Quarterly firmware updates
Feature updates as they come
24/7 In-house Support
Free shipping and returns for warranty cases
Most devices have lifetime warranty
So, How do I save?
The first thing you need to do is put a dollar figure to your total cost of ownership. Now when you consider monthly licensing costs and the value you get included should offset that cost.