Case Studies: Why Schools Are Choosing Meraki

Most administrators are aware of the challenges that come with managing mobile devices: the sheer number, the lack of visibility and security, and the difficulty provisioning or configuring them, to name a few. As we approach the end of another school year in Australia, let’s review some of the reasons tens of thousands of customers in education chose Cisco Meraki to manage millions of mobile devices and PCs.

1:1 Device Management

Wayne Highlands School District, 2,600+ Students
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When Wayne Highlands SD implemented a 1:1 student to device program, they needed a mobility management solution to monitor these devices. Now, over 1,200 iPads are managed with Meraki Systems Manager, making it easy to track and update all district owned devices.

“I took an iPad home to see if the geofencing worked – within minutes I had a text message and email alert saying the iPad left its territory. I can check a GPS map to see where an iPad is; a student left it on a bus and we were all watching it go up the highway.” – Scott Miller, Director of Technology

Built for Lean IT

Navigator Schools, 600+ Students

A lean IT team is responsible for managing the network at Navigator Schools. With an easy-to-use dashboard, Meraki is intuitive for the team to configure, manage, and troubleshoot access points, switches, security appliances, and student devices – with no command line required.

“Meraki is wonderful because I can hand over the network management to site techs that have little to zero networking experience. And yet, we can still troubleshoot 20x faster within the Meraki dashboard than any other network I’ve interfaced with – with no extra bodies.” – Benjamin Moeller, Director of Information Technology and Operations

Complete Visibility and Control

Schalmont Central School District, 1,800+ Students
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Being able to manage their entire network from an easy-to-use, cloud-based dashboard was just what Schalmont CSD needed. The Meraki dashboard provides complete visibility and control, with valuable insight into network usage and simple remote troubleshooting tools.

“I go into the dashboard and look at the colors: is it green, yellow, or red? It’s so simple for me to see what the problem is immediately, and I can quickly change something if it is incorrect. This information is at my fingertips all the time, without digging.” – Terri McCreadie, Director of IT and Network Admin

Quick Deployment

Auckland Grammar School, 2,500+ Students

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Auckland Grammar is the largest same-sex school in the country and its lean team of six IT staff set up the gear over school holidays, and it was a breeze. Today, out of the team of six, only three are involved with managing the Meraki network consisting of Meraki MS, MX, and EMM.

“We deployed all of the Meraki switches by ourselves and we completed it over a school holiday. It’s been really amazing to be able to do that.” – Cameron Watt, Director of IT

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Meraki’s cloud networking solution is ideal for large districts and independent schools alike, providing performance and manageability at a fraction of the cost and complexity of traditional solutions.

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