Mikerowaved wrote:Also, they specifically mention "TM-managed firewalls". I wonder if this will impact the TM tools we've grown to love.
TM will still be managing all meetinghouse firewalls. We will be moving to Meraki firewalls, APs, and switches (although optional). We will be replacing all 881 (881W, C881W, C881, etc.) and 891 models in all meetinghouses throughout the world. This will standardize all meetinghouse firewalls increasing security and improving support. We've been testing on a few PILOT locations with a full Meraki stack (Meraki firewall, Meraki APs, and Meraki switches) and have been given really good feedback on reliability of the network vs. the older Cisco equipment. In certain circumstances, noticeably improved speeds.
The project, however, only includes a Meraki firewall (to replace the existing Cisco firewall) and possibly one Meraki AP if certain criteria is met (ex: firewall was a main source of Wifi, meaning the only or one of few wireless APs in a building). Existing Cisco APs will still be supported alongside the new Meraki APs, to the best of our ability. We call it a "hybrid" environment. One of the goals is to eventually only have Meraki APs (being replaced as necessary). This will mean that the Church will only have Meraki APs available for purchase/replacement in the near future.
A new update to TM will be released soon (look for the official announcement coming soon) to allow the ability to activate new Meraki devices (new network) and to replace existing Cisco firewalls. As stated above, soon only Meraki APs will be available for purchase/replacement. Because of this TM will allow you to add Meraki APs to a Cisco firewall to create a "hybrid" environment. When the firewall is replaced, all APs (Meraki and Cisco) will automatically migrate to the new Meraki firewall. You may also notice a small reduction of features when managing a Meraki firewall due to current limitations. One of the biggest is the lack of usage statistics for the new Meraki firewalls. This is temporary. We hope to provide meaningful usage statistics in the future.