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Cisco Meraki IWAN
IWAN features for all MX Security Appliances


What is IWAN?

Intelligent WAN, or IWAN, is a collection of Cisco technologies and products that lowers operational costs and improves resource usage for multi-site deployments, allowing network administrators to use bandwidth more efficiently and ensure the highest possible level of performance for critical applications without sacrificing security or data privacy.

transport independence

Transport Independence

Easy-to-configure IPsec overlay using Meraki Auto VPN

Traffic distribution over multiple pathways (Internet, cellular, MPLS) with built-in load balancing and automatic failover capabilities

application optimization

Application Optimization

Centralized network visibility and control

QoS and bandwidth management with Meraki traffic shaping

intelligent path

Intelligent Path Control

Policy-based routing: Traffic path assigned based on source, destination, or application

Dynamic path selection: Traffic path chosen per-application based on loss, latency, and jitter

secure connectivity

Secure Connectivity

Intuitive, scalable VPN solution to connect remote sites with ease (Auto VPN)

AES encryption to ensure data privacy

Why Choose IWAN?

Today, IT departments are under pressure to do more with less: manage more sites and more clients with limited budgets and a relatively small team, all without any reduction in reliability and security. The high cost of MPLS for WAN connectivity, combined with the growth of bandwidth-hungry streaming applications and cloud-based services, is forcing many network admins to search for alternative solutions.

Enter IWAN. With IWAN, remote sites are connected over low-cost Internet links secured by VPN. MPLS-like reliability is provided through multiple uplinks with load balancing capabilities, intelligent path control, and automatic failover.

why iwan

New IWAN Features:

Dual-Active VPN uplinks

MX Security Appliances already support dual WAN uplinks and automatic VPN failover. The new IWAN features will allow VPN tunnels to be active simultaneously on both uplinks, whether they are Internet or MPLS connections. Traffic can then be load-balanced across these tunnels to make optimal use of available bandwidth.

Policy-Based Routing (PbR)

PbR functionality allows administrators to assign traffic to a particular VPN path based on criteria such as traffic protocol, source, destination, or application.

Dynamic path selection

Dynamic path selection allows administrators to set performance thresholds for different types of traffic, in order to ensure that critical applications and data transfers always use the best path based on the loss, latency, and jitter over the available VPN tunnels.

Case Study:

Deep dive: Penn Mutual saves $858K

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  • Implement a BYOD platform at 50 remote sites
  • Reduce Managed Service Provider & MPLS costs


  • Complete Meraki hardware stack: MX, MS, MR
  • Phase out MPLS in favor of Broadband

Business Outcomes

  • Reduced Telco spend by 40%
  • Improved IT efficiency with unified management platform

Projected 3 year cost with legacy WAN deployment
Internet Connectivity $2,016,000
T1 Internet x 45 at branches (1.544Mbps each) $582,000/yr
Broadband x 2 at HQ & DR (45Mbps each) $90,000/yr
Content Management $153,000
Content filtering software $51,000/yr
Maintenance $24,750
Hardware Security Appliance $8,250/yr
3 year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) $2,193,750

Projected 3 year cost with Meraki (including rip & replace)
Internet Connectivity $673,495
Broadband x 38 at HQ & branches (50Mbps each) $212,040/yr
WAN Management vendor (one time installation costs) $37,375
Meraki Hardware & Licensing $599,141
MX, MS, and MR x 41 at branches $382,896
MX, MS, and MR licensing $72,081/yr
Content Management Included
Wireless Installation $62,257
26 branch offices wired for MR $62,257
3 year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) $1,334,893