Its semi kind of, but this for SME will be good, for full Enterprise solution i will still stick with WLC and WAP.
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>Its semi kind of, but this for SME will be good, for full Enterprise solution i will still stick with WLC and WAP.
With regard to WiFi; I wouldn't. We are down to doing only maybe 1 WLC deployment a year. All the rest are now Cisco Meraki.
Basically we only do WLC deploymenyts now if the site has to operate permanently with no Internet connection.
On the device; As Philip D'Ath mentioned,if you disconnected from Cisco Meraki, it will keep working.
That's mean the mac address table, spanning tree process...etc are processed on local device instead of cloud.
Compared with SDN (let's say ACI), the control plane and management plane are really processed on the APIC (the controller). The device only process the data plane (imagine a single ip-to-port table for every switch/router, they only do table lookup to forward packet). Controller is responsible to handle control plane traffic, if the controller is down, the network infrastructure is down. Obviously, Cisco Meraki not doing the same thing.