I'm looking for help determining the best solution for our environment for wireless. We currently have an 8 year old Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller, and 94 Aironet access points split between really 3 buildings. We are due for a refresh and have a bid in from a vendor who is recommending using Meraki WiFi6 with licensed cloud controller, and did not suggest using a locally managed WLC with Aironet APs.
We are a school district and need feedback as this is a vendor I have not dealt with before so I have trust issues. I like the idea of not having a physical piece of hardware on site that if fails my wireless is down, but I don't like paying costly yearly licensing fees either. Any insight?