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A new approach to Meraki Firmware Management

4th August 2017

Cisco Meraki have just rolled out their new firmware updating processes, in a move which will impact all devices using this tech. Here’s what you need to know:
IT Management Made Simple
Cisco Meraki are market leaders in making complex IT solutions simple and accessible. This emphasis upon simplifying IT has now extended to the way firmware is managed. It strikes a core balance between automation and end-point control to ensure the reliability and reassurance of knowing all devices are capable of attaining all the latest updates and upgrades, including:

Attaining this critical balance can prove complicated alongside providing heightened levels of visibility and flexibility, but Meraki have achieved this with their recent advances in how firmware is managed via the Cisco Meraki dashboard. A host of new tools and processes provide a critical new visibility, powering an emphasis upon self-sufficiency amongst administrators without compromising the consistency and reliability of the existing update function.
Transparent Firmware Upgrades
Meraki have achieved their changes to the upgrade process via updating the Firmware Updates page, viewable on the Cisco Meraki dashboard. To access the new page, users should head to the Overview tab where they will find lots of information (including a list of recent upgrades, pending upgrades and approved stable version of relevant hardware products). Firmware versions are viewable via this new tool which includes in-depth information not only on different firmware adaptations, but also comprehensive and detailed ‘patch’ notes accompanying each and every updated version. This represents a real win for transparency, as customers can now check precisely what has been changed in each new update.
Rolling Back the Update Clock
Another significant change with Meraki’s latest update is the capacity to change your most recent upgrade to an earlier version from the upgrades list as long as this is done within 14-days of the upgrade in question. Administrators are therefore able to take more control over what firmware they adopt and additionally, enabled to respond quickly and vigorously to operational issues as a result of new firmware applications across all devices used in the deployment.
Self-Initiating Upgrades
A click on ‘all networks’ gives administrators access to a searchable list of dashboard networks and their individual firmware status, as well as options to upgrade each of these networks as required. This move is the biggest change in the way firmware is updated; administrators are now enabled to perform beta upgrades themselves without the need to contact Cisco Meraki’s support team. This represents a bold step in restoring control to customers, with the intent of making firmware more accessible for users everywhere in the world.
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29th June 2017

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