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Cisco ASA

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ASA

CISCO ASA is suitable for every organization from MID range to HIGH RANGE. However, for small customers, they can buy Cisco product but support cost will be the challenge. However nowadays one tool is never enough, but Cisco gives us a unified way of managing infra with there different solutions. I agree they are more stable products comparing any products which are available in the Market.
Jitu Mani Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Meraki MX appliances are a great solution for very easily creating a "mesh" network for a small to medium-sized enterprise. They are just as secure and cal do the same kind of traffic shaping, access control, layer 3 routing, etc. as any other small to medium firewall. It is NOT for a very large, complex networks because it is simply not designed to do everything that would be required. Meraki MX appliances are also very well-suited for companies that do not have an advanced network engineer on staff. This is because they require less technical expertise to deploy, configure and maintain. Don't get me wrong, you have to know something about networking, but you don't have to be a CCIE or anything. A somewhat knowledgeable network administrator or experienced generalist can handle it. But again, if you need very specific redundancy features and very complex rules and policies, this is not your firewall.
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco ASA
8.3
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.6
Identification Technologies
Cisco ASA
7.4
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1
Visualization Tools
Cisco ASA
6.7
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.8
Content Inspection
Cisco ASA
8.0
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.3
Policy-based Controls
Cisco ASA
8.9
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.8
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco ASA
8.6
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.0
Firewall Management Console
Cisco ASA
7.2
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.0
Reporting and Logging
Cisco ASA
8.3
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.3
VPN
Cisco ASA
9.0
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.3
High Availability
Cisco ASA
9.3
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.6
Stateful Inspection
Cisco ASA
9.3
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.2
Proxy Server
Cisco ASA
8.2
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
7.9

Pros

Cisco ASA

  • Consistent commands. A lot of the general commands used on other Cisco switches and routers also work here, making it easy script common tasks and changes across multiple devices without having to switch command structure.
  • Processing power. The ASA is incredibly fast and doesn't introduce much if any latency.
Brian Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

  • The dashboard brings all management features with you wherever you are. All you need is an Internet connection and a browser and you can manage the solution. The dashboard tracks your uplink connectivity to the dashboard and double checks with you all changes impacting the connectivity, making it much safer to enact changes remotely. Dual WAN connections are greatly simplified and site-to-site VPNs automatically connect regardless of what WAN connection is active.
  • Site-to-Site VPNs are the easier to setup than any other vendor’s solution. You simple pick two or more devices to tunnel together and then select what network subsets should be allowed to cross the tunnel and you are done. The solution handles all the details. Site-to-site VPNs can dynamically follow IP changes with no need for static IPs.
  • For MSPs the dashboard is even more convenient as all your clients are on the same MSP account. Switching between managing different clients Meraki equipment is a few clicks once you login to the dashboard. Two-factor authentication is available for enhanced dashboard security.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco ASA

  • The gui interface is good, but often lacks the ability to perform full tasks without command line.
  • Integration with other products can be complicated and you may need to find the custom commands from the 3rd party or support to make it work.
  • A lot of their advanced features are present, but aren't fully integrated yet.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

  • The only real issue we've ran across was a PAT routing issue that wouldn't allow us to connect to a state agency. I would talk to a Cisco rep in case you have any specialized VPN connects. It's not an issue as 99.9% of folks wouldn't run into this as it was very specialized situation.
  • Cisco certified users may dislike not having command line and granular control like other Cisco Firewalls. It's designed for easy of use and modern interface.
  • Internet connection. The dashboard you access through the internet even if you're on the same network. There is a local interface but it for the initial setup not for managing the box. It hasn't been an issue for us but if your internet connection is of poor quality it might be frustration to manage.
  • Yearly costs. We paid several years in advance for the security license. Some may not like having a yearly fee but think of it as a maintenance plan. It is well worth the money.
  • Can't drill down like you can with an ASA product with FirePOWER/FireSIGHT as the primary focus of the Meraki is easy of use.
  • Cisco's Content Filtering is decent but sometimes blocks legitimate sites that you have to white list.
Wesley Bond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ASA

Cisco ASA 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I am committed to low-OpEx usage model, know most (nearly all) hw and sw features and have a good customer base to continue to use Cisco ASA.
Sergei Chernooki | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 6.5
Based on 2 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 ASA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 8.3
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 ASA

Cisco ASA 8.4
Based on 9 answers
The support is usually very good and gets back to you very quickly. However I had some instances of when two engineers will give me wildly different answers to what I thought was a simple question. Overall however I do rate the support highly and they are generally always very good.
Fraser Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 9.1
Based on 7 answers
The constant use of the solution, the positive comments from customers, the economic results of the solution, quick response to incidents, quick access to technical support in case of failures, and having control of the network from a user-friendly interface make this solution easy to sell and to make the decision to make it part of the organization's infrastructure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco ASA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Good product and simple to use.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco ASA

Cisco made sense from the standpoint that my engineers already knew it and there was little learning curve. Personally, I prefer a purpose-built hardware solution. Untangle is not ready for the enterprise as a whole but works great to do web/application filtering . Checkpoint and Palo are VERY high cost and have few support options
Larry Chisholm | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

The cisco Meraki MX line meets the needs of the market that isn’t being addressed by other major competitors in today’s market place. Cisco Meraki MX ends up being cost per dollar cheaper than the competition just because they are focusing on larger businesses and organizational units. Meraki perfectly fits that middle market need
Preston Collins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco ASA

  • We've gotten every penny's worth of use with our Cisco ASA firewalls - they were a few thousand dollars to purchase, even in HA, and have been in production for over 5 years
  • I'm glad that when the Cisco ASA IKE buffer overflow vulnerability was released, Cisco provided a code update, even though the 8.2-series code was EOL. This saved us and many companies from scrambling and spending big $ and time to put a workaround in.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

  • Cost of purchase and maintenance is high. And it significantly increased, as expected, shortly after Cisco's acquisition of the company.
  • This is offset by the ease of use which has a positive ROI effect since staff spends less time configuring and monitoring the firewalls.
  • There is not, to my knowledge, a loyalty or hardware replacement program to encourage customers to stay with Meraki when hardware obsolescence requires fork-lifting new equipment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco ASA

General

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

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ASA
8.4
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ASA
9.0
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
6.5

Usability

Cisco ASA
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.3

Reliability and Availability

Cisco ASA
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1

Performance

Cisco ASA
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1

Support Rating

Cisco ASA
8.4
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1

Implementation Rating

Cisco ASA
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
7.0

Scalability

Cisco ASA
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
7.3

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