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Branch Office Design

Overall Branch Design

Learn how to deploy branch-office services using a single device. (3:05 min)

Overall Branch Design

Overall Branch Design

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Cisco Connected Branch-Office-in-a-Box is a unified routing, switching, and server solution for the lean branch office that combines a multiservice WAN access router, a Gigabit and Fast Ethernet LAN switch, and an x86 blade server in a single Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2 (ISR G2) router.

A lean branch office is an architectural design option in which most business applications are delivered over the WAN and only the essential minimum infrastructure remains locally. The Cisco Connected Branch-Office-in-a-Box is an ideal solution for providing access to the WAN and the Internet, enabling LAN connectivity between local devices, and hosting the following types of infrastructure services and applications at the lean branch office:

  • Core Windows services: Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Windows File and Print Services, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Server, and Domain Name System (DNS) Server
  • Mission-critical business applications: Point-of-sale (POS) systems, bank teller in-office control points (IOCP), electronic-medical-record (EMR) systems, and inventory management systems
  • Client management services: Configuration and operations management, monitoring services, update and patching services, backup and recovery services, and terminal server gateways

The modern branch office is highly evolved. Its employees demand an experience similar to that of campus users. And IT leaders want a branch office that is easy to set up, efficient to manage, and sophisticated enough to handle services. Cloud-managed networks are well-suited to the modern branch office. They allow rapid deployment and simplified management while retaining best-in-class capabilities.

The Cisco Meraki portfolio provides the only solution in the industry to enable a fully cloud-managed branch office. This comprehensive, easy-to-use cloud architecture helps you solve new business problems and reduce operating costs.

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