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City of Rancho Cordova, CA

City of Rancho Cordova, CA

Highlights

  • Rancho Cordova, CA deploys full-stack Cisco Meraki solution across the city
  • Enhanced network security via group policies that segment users to different SSIDs
  • Easy-to-configure site-to-site VPN provides failover for wireless point to point

Rancho Cordova, a city located in the Sacramento Metropolitan Area, is home to around 65,000 residents and employs an additional 120 people as staff and contractors. The city provides WiFi to public spaces around the city, as well as to Code Enforcement and Animal Services vehicles. Rancho Cordova uses Cisco Meraki features like Auto VPN, Layer 7 traffic shaping, VLAN tagging, and Active Directory integration to create a secure and reliable network across the city.


Original Networking Challenges


  • Previous networking solution had an unwieldy interface, many components, and experienced frequent failures
  • Costs associated with maintaining and refreshing old hardware on a yearly basis became too high

When we brought in a Cisco Meraki test unit, I thought, ‘Wow, this is really something we could deploy and manage easily.'Jay Hadley, IT Manager


Why Cisco Meraki


  • Intuitive, centralized management of Cisco Meraki hardware across all locations via the cloud-based dashboard
  • Remote management abilities make it simple to quickly create and modify group policies, traffic shaping rules, and other network settings
  • Site-to-site VPN between locations set up in two clicks and provides failover for wireless point to point
  • Separate user profiles, settings, and tags for staff-owned, city-owned, and IT devices managed via Cisco Meraki Systems Manager
  • Network alerts notify IT department if devices go offline or if a rogue AP is detected


The Deployment


  • Tested wireless APs and chose Cisco Meraki for its reliable connection and simple management via the dashboard
  • Quickly deployed access points, switches, security appliances, and built-in MDM
  • Public WiFi with open authentication but limited per-client bandwidth is available for events, conference rooms, etc.
  • Hidden staff SSID with Active Directory authentication for city employees
  • Code Enforcement and Animal Services departments located in a separate government building can connect directly to the Rancho Cordova network on the same SSID


Results


  • Code Enforcement and Animal Services vehicles are now part of the LAN via secure Site-to-Site VPN
  • All core switches are now Meraki MS Switches
  • Continuously expanding WiFi to more parts of the city
  • Testing Meraki Z1 telecommuter to allow city managers to work from home
  • Using the Meraki app to manage and view all networks while away from the computer