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Meraki vs. Apogee vs. Aruba: Which One is For Me?

Posted by The Annese Team on 9/6/17 11:38 AM

Cloud networking technology has come a long way in the last five years. It has transformed from an emerging industry into a requisite tool, but it's nowhere near finished evolving.

It's expected to keep broadening its scope to better support marketing strategy, analytics, and other niche services. One of the cloud's most important strengths is the data access it provides. Before, if a business wanted to run an analysis of its industry, it needed to spend weeks gathering information. Now, that information can be accessed in less than a day. This power alone is changing the way enterprises view their managed services.

Let’s compare cloud wireless service providers in particular: Cisco Meraki, Apogee, and Aruba represent the three highly common competitors in the marketplace.

Choosing Your Brand

Meraki gained most of its competitive advantage after it was taken over by Cisco. By recrafting its offerings to fit larger enterprise clients, their technology has improved in three primary areas:

  • Network infrastructure complete with WAN optimization, Wi-Fi, and routing.

  • Unified security through intrusion prevention, auto VPN, and next-generation firewalls.

  • Mobile device and application management.

Apogee offers managed IT services, support, cloud hosting, and disaster recovery. By keeping its focus on those simple, but critical goals, it manages to achieve a high degree of reliability. It is consistent and predictable; boring traits in a business partner, but unparalleled ones in an IT service provider.

Aruba is renowned for its incomparable budget-friendliness. It provides cloud backup services, corporate IT resources, and contextual networking. HP acquired the brand in 2015 to enter the WLAN market, but it offers more than mere connectivity. Its networking is customized and personalized for staff, clients, and corporations. Aruba's managed services also come with HP networking, a significant benefit.

Wireless Services

  • Aruba offers WLAN, HPE WLAN, and HPE wireless. Its performance is superb, and its support has greatly improved since the HPE acquisition.

  • Meraki offers wireless LAN, and its high-quality components mean lightning fast connections, improved coverage, and reliable services.

  • Apogee's wireless solutions provide automation and cutting-edge wireless mesh technology. 

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Industry Relevance

Aruba's usefulness to the retail industry is obvious, but it also offers hyper-local services that suit healthcare organizations, schools, and factories. It recently expanded the scale of its networks, so it serves small and large enterprises equally well.

Apogee serves small and medium-sized businesses that may not have their own IT departments. Its focus is less on the industry than on on-site hosting that achieves business continuity.

Meraki straddles the divide between small and large businesses. Its scalability is impressive, and its hardware quality make it a favorite among IT purists. Its focus on mobile management makes it an excellent option for global players and other businesses that need a wide net.

Today's businesses are only as agile as their networks. Cloud-based technologies are dominating the battle for market share by allowing businesses to redefine where and when they work and how efficient their strategies are. In this way, managed services influence revenue growth directly, so choosing the right service provider has never been more important.

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Topics: Mobility, Cloud, IT Services

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