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Score 7.5 out of 100

Cisco Meraki MX

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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Cisco Meraki MX ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

8.0

Azure Firewall

80%
8.5

Cisco Meraki MX

85%
Cisco Meraki MX ranks higher in 8/11 features

Identification Technologies

8.0
80%
1 Rating
8.6
86%
51 Ratings

Visualization Tools

7.0
70%
1 Rating
8.8
88%
50 Ratings

Content Inspection

7.0
70%
1 Rating
8.6
86%
50 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

9.0
90%
1 Rating
8.1
81%
50 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

8.0
80%
1 Rating
8.0
80%
43 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

9.0
90%
1 Rating
8.3
83%
52 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

7.0
70%
1 Rating
7.9
79%
53 Ratings

VPN

8.0
80%
1 Rating
8.7
87%
51 Ratings

High Availability

9.0
90%
1 Rating
8.8
88%
48 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

8.0
80%
1 Rating
8.7
87%
46 Ratings

Proxy Server

N/A
0 Ratings
8.8
88%
29 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Meraki MX is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Azure Firewall

80%
1 Rating
9.0

Cisco Meraki MX

90%
77 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Azure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Cisco Meraki MX

90%
3 Ratings

Usability

Azure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4

Cisco Meraki MX

84%
4 Ratings

Availability

Azure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Cisco Meraki MX

91%
2 Ratings

Performance

Azure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Cisco Meraki MX

91%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

Azure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
8.1

Cisco Meraki MX

81%
21 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Azure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0

Cisco Meraki MX

70%
3 Ratings

Product Scalability

Azure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
8.8

Cisco Meraki MX

88%
43 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft

Azure Firewall is well suited for most mid sized and large sized companies that deal with thousands of users within multiple environments. Azure Firewall allows you to protect business assets by preventing malicious attacks from entering the network. Azure Firewall would be less suited for a small company that does not use a vpn or have users outside of the office as something smaller would be more appropriate.
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Cisco

We run 30+ sites, we can easily identify when a site loses connectivity, and check the event log to see what the issue is. We have fail-over connections at all our sites and can proactively manage each of them under the portal. We had a connectivity issue in a rural area recently and were able to diagnose the fault instantly, disable the suspect device from connectivity and reboot the firewall and OT was back up and running within 5 mins.
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Pros

Microsoft

  • Azure Fire wall is easy to use
  • Azure fire wall is easy to set up
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Cisco

  • The appliances are very, very easy to use. You could set one up for basic use with minimal documentation.
  • Intuitive menus in the Meraki Dashboard make traversing your options and finding what you need very easy.
  • Good support options and a healthy knowledge base with well-written guides.
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Cons

Microsoft

  • Azure Fire wall pricing may not always be competitive
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Cisco

  • As soon as network equipment is seen by the MX, it labels it, making it confusing as to if a device is rogue
  • The reporting in the Client window is not real-time, [it's] not really accurate until some time has passed
  • Individual client bandwidth usage seems to be inaccurate in the clients window
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Pricing Details

Azure Firewall

Starting Price

$1.25 Per Deployment Hour

Editions & Modules

Azure Firewall editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Deployment$1.251
Data Processing$.0162

Footnotes

  1. Per Deployment Hour
  2. Per GB Processed

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Cisco Meraki MX

Starting Price

$595 per appliance

Editions & Modules

Cisco Meraki MX editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
MX645951
MX676952
MX689953
MX8419954
MX10049955
MX25099956
MX450199957

Footnotes

  1. per appliance
  2. per appliance
  3. per appliance
  4. per appliance
  5. per appliance
  6. per appliance
  7. per appliance

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Pricing Info

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft

No answers on this topic

Cisco

As we have it in place now, we will continue to keep it at our remote sites. Future expansion is something we are reviewing, and may well start with some of the larger switches as they seem to offer good performance and management at a reasonable price. Wireless is also something we're investing in and their devices are great for that.
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Usability

Microsoft

No answers on this topic

Cisco

The Cisco Meraki MX series is very easy to use. Setting up user VPN access, site to site VPN to tie multiple locations together and managing all your devices. You can even download the latest firmware and install without ever leaving the dashboard. Meraki is the very definition of easy to use
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Support Rating

Microsoft

No answers on this topic

Cisco

I haven't ever had a bad experience with Meraki support. On the few occasions where I wasn't understanding the UI or needed some clarification about what a setting actually would do, I contacted them and they were very quickly able to provide help. Returns are simple and fast, too. We had to return a defective device one time and they shipped the replacement before we had even un-racked the one that was faulty. Unlike many other vendors, they didn't ask use to a do long list of scripted diagnostics, they just took my word for it that the device was broken and sent out a replacement immediately
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Implementation Rating

Microsoft

No answers on this topic

Cisco

Good product and simple to use.
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Alternatives Considered

Microsoft

Azure Firewall is a very competitive product that exceeds or meets the competitions offerings and is able to effectively manage a company network and securely lock down the domain environment with seamless integration and easy to use tools while offering great support assistance. We selected Azure Firewall because the customer service that comes with the product is second to none and allows us to keep maximum uptime to protect our assets.
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Cisco

We continued using Cisco Meraki MX after taking over the client since they are familiar with it and enjoy the reporting it provides. We use pfSense for most new deployments as the controls it gives us are slightly better than the Cisco Meraki MX controls. That isn't to say Cisco Meraki MX is bad; it just isn't suitable for many of our clients that are multi-tenant, which is one of the weaker offerings from Meraki. For our clients that were already using Cisco Meraki MX when we adopted them, there was no reason to change, it does the job, and it does it well.
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Scalability

Microsoft

No answers on this topic

Cisco

I've used MX devices in one location organizations, multi-building campuses, and multi-national organizations. All implementations can be easily managed with Meraki equipment thanks to the dashboard and cloud-based management features. Being able to seamlessly connect any site with any other via SD-WAN makes a large-scale deployment a straightforward project. [...] With the use of [...] virtual products, secure connectivity with cloud providers is like adding any other site.
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Return on Investment

Microsoft

  • Azure Firewall decreased our overhead by over 7%
  • Azure fire wall has increased efficiency within the security department
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Cisco

  • Previously I managed Cisco ASA equipment and enjoyed these firewalls. The need to train other admins and deployment at MSP clients were at the top of my list for switching to Meraki MX. The learning curve is much less steep for new security admins and the central dashboard allows coolabritive efforts when admins are in different locations. Built-in change management makes it easy to see who made specific changes as changes are logged on the dashboard.
  • Other content filtering solutions that I have used had more bells and whistles, but given the cost, complexity, and management overhead, I am very pleased with Meraki’s solution.
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