UPDATE: We've archived this post and created a new space for introductions here.
Welcome to the Meraki Community. We are excited to provide this forum as a place for our customers and partners to interact with us and with each other. We’d love to get to know you.
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I'll kick this off by introducing myself. I'm Caroline, the community manager for the Meraki Community. I'm really excited to help this community get off the ground!
When I'm not community-managing, I hang out with my two small kiddos, ride my bike around San Francisco, and get up to the mountains as much as possible.
My name is Pavlin Hristov and I am a Technical Evangelist on the Training and Evangelism team at Cisco Meraki. My job consists of developing, improving and delivering new and existing trainings to our partners and customers.
Hello! I'm Mike and I work as an IT Technicial at Medical Associates Plus in Augusta GA. We have 5 facilities using a mixture of network products to include Meraki. We would like to switch all our network equipment to Meraki in the future for equipment continuity.
Hi All! Glad to be here as well. We are Boutique Hotel Collection, and more specifically, I am Chris Biggers. We operate the full Meraki stack minus switching. Our expertise is in hospitality deployments of Meraki equipment, specifically the access points.
Hello everyone! I'm Rod, Systems Engineer for Presbyterian Medical Services here in New Mexico. I'm psyched to be a part of this beta community and ready to learn and share info about the wide wonderful world of Meraki!
My name is Joe and I am a Network Admin for Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group. We've been utilizing the full Meraki stack for the past year to support our over 90 locations. We are looking forward to testing out cameras here shortly. We have also been a part of the various Meraki betas and are working to help resolve AMP issues.
Network Engineer here with Eagle County Schools in the beautiful Colorado Mountains. We are just finishing up our transition from Catalyst equipment to Meraki this week for 160 switches and 500 APs over 19 sites and we couldn't be happier! We are looking forward to the evolution of the MC line and hearing the community's experience with scalability to >1000 handsets.
I'm Dave. I am the Information Systems Officer for a community bank in North Western Pennsylvania. We have 8 locations and use Meraki gear for all of our firewalls and almost all of our switching. I'm also using Meraki Systems Manager for windows app deployment and inventorying. I just started Threat Grid integration into the MX's.
Recent father of identical twin girls that are only 6 weeks old. I also have 3 and 4-year-old daughters as well. Pardon my mistakes as I'm very sleep deprived.
My name is Toney. I am UC and Network Administrator for N3 LLC. We have network locations in US, UK, Ireland, Costa Rica, and Singapore. I work around the clock with users at are our various locations to make sure that their IT issues are resolved. We have a small IT Team but each person is an expert in a certain area(s). I have been very fortunate to work with a Great IT Team and a Great Management Team.
I'm CR, an IT consultant for various public/private schools in Southeastern Pennsylvania. I currently support the full Meraki stack except for MC devices. Very happy to finally have a good place to discuss Meraki with other Meraki admins!
CMNO #12 (thanks @GeorgeD!)
Hey Everyone, I'm Casey,
I'm a network admin for a mortgage company, we have about 75 branch offices and we have meraki in all of them as well as in our HQ data closet. We're mostly all Meraki.. now if I can get our phone guy to switch over....
Hi all! My name is Brad, and I lead the Training & Evangelism team here at Meraki. I've been with the company for a bit over 5 years at this point, and it's been quite a ride to see Meraki grow from a 150-person startup to the organization that we are today.
My team creates and delivers Meraki's training programs for partners, customers, and others within the Cisco organization. I'm super excited about this forum as a way for Meraki users to interact and share experiences, and would love to see it grow over time to include additional ways for users to go further in their Meraki learning journeys.
Thanks for visiting and contributing!
My name is A.J. and I work for Privia Health based out of Arlington, VA. We manage over 350 small and medium sized doctor's offices in 6 different markets across the US. We have Meraki equipment in almost 200 of these Care Centers now (some have multiple offices) and manage a separate Meraki organization for each Care Center. The majority of these sites have at least a Meraki firewall, a lot of them have Meraki APs and a few of them have Meraki switches as well. Meraki has really changed the way we approach and manage networking in these offices in a very positive manner.
My hobbies include IT (this probably goes without saying), sports, music, food/beer and reading.
Happy to see all the new faces!! Keep them coming!
My name is Bill Evans and I am a technology evangelist and worked in IT for 18 years. I am excited to be part of this community and look forward to benefiting from the expertise here - and hope to contribute in a valuable way as well.
Hello, my name is James Hill I work for Presbyterian Medical Services as the IT Infrastructure Manager. We have about 60 sites using Meraki and another 60 on other types of equipment. I look forward to sharing with this community and am egger to learn more.
BTW: I will sign replies, notes, comments, etc. with my user name and typically abbreviated.
I am Yoldy from Haiti. Actually working with PC HAITI SA (PCXPRESS) company. I am so glad to be part of this community and ready to share and learn from you. Meraki technology is so fascinated and I would say it is a great accomplishment by Cisco. I love it !!!!!!!!!!
My name is David and I work for Driving Force as an I.T. team lead, we currently utilize a fair amount of the gear that Meraki sells in our environment, the hardware and support are great!
Hello all, I'm Alex and I work in Meraki Support in San Francisco. I believe I'm the first Support person in here but I shall not be the last. We're all looking forward to meeting the community here and helping out with some of your tougher issues.
I'm sure I'll be posting here with many of you soon!
Lee Badman here- long-time Meraki user (since well before Cisco acquisition) and freelance analyst/writer. Have covered Meraki often through the years. (my articles are easy to find online). Also use Meraki in my own small company outside of the day job as WLAN functionary for large university (we use Meraki as branch solution in several states/countries). I'm a fan of Meraki, but I also eval other cloud vendors regularly. Hoping the Meraki community discussions provide value, looking forward to contributing.
Hello! This is Josh Wellman with Meraki Support. I have been a part of Cisco Meraki for almost 3 years and am excited about this community!
Jeff here from Louisville, KY. I am currently the Senior IT Business Analyst for a tier-two automotive supplier. Running full Meraki solutions in 3 of my 4 plants.
Make IT a great day!
My name is Fady and I am Systems Engineer with Cisco Meraki based out of Meraki Sydney office and my role is to cover the whole APJC region.
Dale here in northern California. Network engineer by trade for the last 26 years. Supporting a non-profit in my spare time; and today was my first experience with Cisco Meraki. I'm already on the forum, and looking forward to learning for the power users! Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge; passion and experience with Meraki products.
Mykhaylo here. I work as a Support Services Engineer in London. For the last 3 weeks, l was discovering Meraki products and realised that the Community Forum was missing. I think it is very important for all vendors to have and l am glad it has finally arrived.
Very good way to learn new things, meet other IT Professionals as well as sharing thoughts, knowledge and ideas.
Welcome to the community! It is good to see the Cisco Meraki products get more and more popular in Brazil! I'm also Brazilian and, just like you, I am happy to help and contribute here!
Hello, everybody! I am Medina. I live in Brazil, and currently, i been working with more than 300 Meraki MX64 clients. In this community, I want to become a contributor for all, bringing problems, experiences, and CASES, which I have facing day by day with my managed networks. I want to contribute with everyone, in their processes of troubleshooting and learning. For I believe that if we all add our expertise, we can learn from "Real Life", and not just from labs. Good work and good learning and growth for everyone! Greetings Jakson Medina
That's a lot of MX64s. ISP/end users?
I work for a Cisco Partner called IFM located in New Zealand. We mostly work with small to medium sized business. We have come from a history of using the traditional Cisco Enterprise portfolio but are now moving most of SMB clients towards the Meraki family. We love the Cisco Meraki family of products.
Hi everybody I'm Tyler West. I'm probably a bit of an oddity in this group but I like it that way. I have been in the industry for a while and have specifically been a network engineer at one level or another for over 20 years. I grew up as a beef cattle farmer in a small town in KY and by some miracle got exposed to computers at an early age. My first experience was on a Tandy Model III which pretty well gives some of you an idea of how old I am. Besides the network engineering I'm quite an experienced Linux/BSD hack, love my Mac, and have no small amount of disdain for Windows. Of course I have achieved my CMNA but I am also a CCNP, CCDP, and CCNA Wireless as well as Aruba ACMP (Keep the boos and hisses to a minimum please. It was forced upon me). I did pass my CCIE written not long ago and sat for my lab in RTP but that didn't go so well. As we would say in the south that lab is made for a bunch of 20 and 30-something young whippersnappers. My brain is wise and experienced but just not that fast anymore.
Aside from all that I have a wonderful wife and a son who is a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do as well as two extremely spoiled dogs. I am a huge music fanatic and work when I can as an amateur sound engineer.
Hi, I'm the subject matter expert for wireless in Fujitsu services in the UK. I work across multiple wireless vendors particularly with Meraki
where I've been responsible for creating the dashboard for all our customers. I am working with a number of large number retail customers using pretty much all of the Meraki product range from large MX600s to the little Z1s. I'm particularly involved with Wireless design and implementation with occasional 4th line support role. I'm involved with the world wireless community and attend conferences all over the world to encourage, make friends and of course promote technical expertise in wireless design and implementation.
Hi everyone! My name is Chuck Losh and I work at as a IT Infrastructure Engineer in Plano, TX. I am a CMNO and a Cisco Meraki Fanatic! Been using meraki products prior to the Cisco merger. They have made my job much much easier.
John Pawelchak, Managing Partner at Cohort Networks Inc. We are a Managed Services Provider (MSP) specializing in macOS and iOS deployments in the greater Toronto market. We have been Meraki partners since 2011 selling mainly to Cohort's MSP clients but recently launched an on-line Meraki store at https://cohort.ca servicing the Canadian market place and will be launching similar stores servicing the United States (US) and the European Union (EU). US store to launch in the coming weeks and EU store in the coming months. We work closely with small/medium business and the enterprise meeting their Cisco Meraki hardware, licensing and deployment consulting needs.
Looking forward to getting to know more about you, your experience, expertise and challenges with the various Cisco Meraki family of products and services.
I am Roan van Nieuwenhuizen working for BCX in South Africa. I am a Cisco Pre-Sales Specialist for the Cisco Line of Business in the Eastern Cape. I develop Enterprise Cisco solutions for all the Cisco technologies. I recently got involved in Cisco Meraki and i am very excited about this technology. It is definitely the way the world is going.
We deployed our 1st Switching and Wireless solution at one of our customers. They are so happy with it.... i can see that they not going to need us that often anymore.... we now going to need to be more innovative in finding ways for other revenue streams.
I am looking out for Cisco Meraki Opportunities and i am very excited to talk to customers about the technology.
I like the out doors, especially 4 x 4 camping with my family away from the city - when we get the chance.
I am Matt Collins, based in the UK working for Dimension Data. I have been the the Datacomms/Networking arena for 29 Years (Funny enough as of today (4th Sept 2017) I have an expanse of knowledge gain over the years and happy to advise where I can. I have been working with Meraki for about 5 years now and been a Meraki Master for just under a year.
Looking forward to chatting with you all about the wonderful world that is Meraki
Hello All! Jon here. I am Solution Design Engineer for CBTS, a Cisco Gold Partner and large MSP for Cisco Meraki with our Network as a Service product.
My wife and I welcomed our first child 7 weeks ago, a healthy boy name Colin.
Our company is currently expanding across the United States via Partner Channel and M&A so between growing demand for LAN/WAN/VoIP design and a baby at home, I don't sleep much right now!