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Score 8.8 out of 100

Cisco Meraki MX

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

Any large enterprise with large throughput requirements for their business-critical infrastructure should use the ASR series routers without exception. The licensing cost might hit your pocket hard, but with the exceptional performance and reliability that the ASR series offers, it is easily the best option available in the market. It is the "tried and tested" router. Don't think twice, just go for it!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

The Cisco MX series firewalls provide a high-quality product for small and mid-sized businesses. Its ease of use and GUI also are helpful for organizations where you don't have a certified CCNA expert on-site. The cloud management of the devices also provides a significant means for managing all locations from one centralized location with an easy process for swapping put units if ever necessary.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Identification Technologies
Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
8.4
Visualization Tools
Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Content Inspection
Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Policy-based Controls
Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
8.5
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
Firewall Management Console
Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
8.7
Reporting and Logging
Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
7.3
VPN
Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
High Availability
Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
Stateful Inspection
Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
8.0
Proxy Server
Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
7.1

Pros

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

  • Layer 3 multicast. It handles the additional load of multicast without issues. Other platforms we have used have had over-subscription issues.
  • We've used several MPLS features such as pseudowire using bridge-domains as well as xconnects. Plenty of features to solve any design problem.
  • IOS XR. I just love operating in IOS XR. Solve so many problems that exist in IOS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

  • 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.
Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

  • Upgrade process overly complicated compared to NX-OS or IOS: new images and the current configuration need to be compiled into "golden IOS's". If you don't include the configuration, you will have a clean device with no config.
  • Major bugs in every release. We have had to cycle through all of our routers 3 times in the last year for updates due to show-stopping bugs that did not come to light until after the changes were made in production.
  • Terrible documentation. You have to mine their site to get to any documentation for recent versions of IOS-XR. If you make the leap from 32-bit cXR to 64-bit eXR then the documentation is more-or-less non-existent. Due to the internal architecture of hardware itself, technical specs can change from software version to software version, so don't expect any sort of firm scalability numbers. You'll have to rely on your sales engineer for that.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

  • Possible granular access to switchport settings when using VLAN's.
  • Wireless models could and should have advanced wireless functionality which is inherent in the Meraki AP devices.
  • More functionality and customization on the local access pages when device has not connected to the cloud yet.
Brent Marceaux | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.7
Based on 3 answers
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.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000) 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Always impressed with Cisco products, from the functionality to the customer support
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.4
Based on 4 answers
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
Wesley Bond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000) 6.5
Based on 5 answers
In some ways, the platform is a big improvement over our previous IOS and NX-OS devices:
  • They offer version-controlled configuration staging/commits.
  • They have a robust portfolio of network protocols and features even beyond datacenter devices.
  • Due to the use of NPUs instead of relying entirely on ASICs for forwarding, new versions of the software are able to improve hardware performance and capacity.
Unfortunately, I have run into more bugs on IOS-XR than I ever did on IOS or even NX-OS (which has a shocking number of bugs of its own) and you have to be a licensing guru to get your order right the first time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.7
Based on 20 answers
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
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 7.0
Based on 3 answers
Good product and simple to use.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Juniper was more security/less routing and Cisco was more routing/less security. Redback was Ericsson which is easy when creating VRFs known as contexts. When doing show command it would give you all the information within that context. In Cisco you need to perform 3 or more commands to get the same info.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

The key to Cisco Meraki being the superior product is its ease of use and cloud managed portal. Although other products do offer more knobs, the simplistic design of the Meraki portal makes it easy for any user to integrate it into their new or existing networks. It really is a great product!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.4
Based on 19 answers
Actually my largest deployment is limited to 50 sites for a customer. I'm actually in a new one with the aim of deploy more than 1000 sites. I also can't give 10 because I don't know how it will work with many sites. But actually we already have more than 300 sites and the administration is still easy.
Julien Guffroy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

  • Higher reliability has significantly reduced the need for manual intervention
  • Lower downtime ensures better top-line figures
  • Although it may be difficult to quantify, I am certain that the higher performance does have an impact (maybe indirectly) on other business functions. High-performance routers are like the oil that keeps an engine running smoothly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MX

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco Meraki MX Editions & Modules

Edition
MX64$5951
MX67$6951
MX68$9951
MX84$1,9951
MX100$4,9951
MX250$9,9951
MX450$19,9951
  1. per appliance
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Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
7.5
Cisco Meraki MX
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
8.7

Usability

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
9.1
Cisco Meraki MX
8.4

Reliability and Availability

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1

Performance

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1

Support Rating

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
6.5
Cisco Meraki MX
9.7

Implementation Rating

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
7.0

Scalability

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
Cisco Meraki MX
9.4

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