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In addition to being able to monitor and troubleshoot web-based application performance (Office365, Salesforce, Dropbox, etc.), you can now also monitor & troubleshoot the status of your WAN uplinks.
Imagine you manage an organization with 100's or 1000's of sites, and you want to sort by the lowest performing sites, and then use that data to troubleshoot with the ISP.
For those who've tried it, I'm curious to know what your experience has been so far?
The sorting idea is a good one.
So far I have only had clients buy Insight licences for the DC MX's and a handful of branches, and they just move the branch licences around as they get complaints.
So I haven't really had an option to really use the sorting pro-actively.
My country is blessed with fast cheap fibre connections to most addresses, so whenever I have looked into an issue using Insight it has been an application server issue ...
Have played around with it ... definitely very much in beta (as it states on the web interface). The one thing that I didn't like is that you have to run latest Beta code on MX to even enable the feature - there is no mention of that anywhere and Meraki doesn't consider that to be a major issue after talking to them... I disagree.
The thing that I do really like though is, for example, with Netflix monitoring. It actually got it right as to where the Netflix traffic was coming from. I use this example because (like Youtube and others) the content is fed from many different sources and a lot of times it will be on-net caches with your ISP. In my scenarios it got the exact servers that are on-net and the upstream catalog servers on Amazon 100% correct. In digging into this a bit more, I was curious how it could possibly get this information correct but then realized it was really looking at the traffic type and matching by the reverse DNS of the connected servers ... pretty simple but effective
Amazon, Office365 and others seem to be accurate so far.... the web interface though takes a long time to load up once you have 10-15 monitored applications.
I've been playing with insight and I do like it over all. With everything I am juggling during the day, one thing I find a little annoying is the need to go and look at that information. I would love to be able to set up alerts for WAN Health and other aspects of Insight.
It would also be nice to have WAN health keep track of the circuit over the past 7days+ and let me know if the current state is out of the norm. With some ISPs in the USA latency can routinely be higher than I'd like and having Insight let me know when it was out of the norm would be very helpful.
@pstewart Interesting and good feedback. By the way, the new MX platforms (MX67, MX68, Z3C) are running MI in stable GA firmware, but I’m guessing you’re running on another platform, where it is still in beta.
Great feedback pstewart!
I would like to understand some of your thoughts in more detail. Would you be available for a quick chat with the PM team?
@Aaron_Wilson You need to have a Meraki Insight license. Once you have a license for that you can go to "Insight > Configure > Licensing" in the menu on the left of your dashboard window and apply the license to a network with an MX appliance in it.
Well that's confusing @MacuserJim because in the dashboard it says "Switch to one of your applicable networks to check it out:" and shows me one of my networks.
So what you are saying is Meraki is telling me to check out a feature which my network has which I am not licensed to use? LOL
That is strange. And you're sure you don't have any Insight licenses in your dashboard, even trial licenses? You may want to call into support and ask about that and see if there is something quirky going on in your dashboard, if something is getting missed, or to clarify a bit.
If Insight is suppose to be top-left corner above org, no I don't see it. Nothing under my licensing section either.
The one article on how to enable it is vague. Where do I find the SKUs for ordering, I must be blind....
Is it really a big mystery? LOL
I am on the trial key for two months and will make a decision soon.
Overall, the quality of information is very good.
a) the span of data collection is only 7 days. I am looking forward to seeing up a month.
b) some of the information is unclear. such as: Total network usage under LAN: Is it the total usage of the entire network or just a specific application.
The Respnse time: to where ? to the specific server for the Application or google in general?
Heads up to those of you interested in Meraki Insight — we have just launched a standalone community board for Meraki Insight! It's here: https://community.meraki.com/t5/Meraki-Insight/bd-p/insight
A variety of folks here at Meraki who are responsible for / interested in Insight will be keeping an eye on the board, so do please post your questions and suggestions there.