Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V) vs. Cisco Meraki MX

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V) offers routing, security, and network management as cloud services with multitenancy. The series is infrastructure agnostic and programmable across the LAN, WAN, and in the cloud.N/A
Cisco Meraki MX
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls is a combined UTM and Software-Defined WAN solution. Meraki is managed via the cloud, and provides core firewall services, including site-to-site VPN, plus network monitoring.
$595
per appliance
Pricing
Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)Cisco Meraki MX
Editions & Modules
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MX64
$595
per appliance
MX67
$695
per appliance
MX68
$995
per appliance
MX84
$1,995
per appliance
MX100
$4,995
per appliance
MX250
$9,995
per appliance
MX450
$19,995
per appliance
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)Cisco Meraki MX
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)Cisco Meraki MX
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)
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Ratings
Cisco Meraki MX
7.7
88 Ratings
10% below category average
Identification Technologies00 Ratings7.884 Ratings
Visualization Tools00 Ratings8.485 Ratings
Content Inspection00 Ratings7.583 Ratings
Policy-based Controls00 Ratings7.582 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP00 Ratings7.273 Ratings
Firewall Management Console00 Ratings7.885 Ratings
Reporting and Logging00 Ratings6.988 Ratings
VPN00 Ratings8.484 Ratings
High Availability00 Ratings8.284 Ratings
Stateful Inspection00 Ratings7.879 Ratings
Proxy Server00 Ratings6.945 Ratings
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User Ratings
Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)Cisco Meraki MX
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(4 ratings)
8.3
(122 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(5 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.2
(7 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.1
(15 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(89 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)Cisco Meraki MX
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
If you just need to do simple communication to Azure such as smb and rdp sessions then the Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series is overkill. If you need to setup multiple mesh vpn connections to existing ISRs and have complicated routing with multiple protocols then Cisco Cloud Services Router makes that setup much easier and less work to maintain and troubleshoot.
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Cisco
The MX platform is definitely suited. It seems to be best at the branch locations under a thousand users or so. And then at the data centers, it's been a little bit of a complicated process involving the full stack of the Meraki switches firewall security appliances. It gets a little more difficult within the data centers because the routing protocols aren't built out fully. They're working on, they're adding new features to that. But right now we're still struggling with a little bit of the features that are available within our data centers.
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Pros
Cisco
  • Easy and available to download with a CCO account.
  • Full-featured router platform.
  • Can run as many instances as you have memory to handle.
  • No issues so far running in VMWare player 14.0.
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Cisco
  • I'm very happy with their analytics now with the tie in with Thousandeyes, it's been really great insight. We now are SD wan, so insight's been really good. So as you know, everyone blames the network and having that kind of analytics from a single pane glass has been wonderful.
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Cons
Cisco
  • More integration with the switching
  • A dynamic approach for software updates
  • More automation features and APIs
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Cisco
  • So I think that what we've noticed is the template, and I don't actually configure the Meraki, so that's done by our network team that works under me. But what I'm getting from some of the feedback is that with the Meraki we're a little bit limited into the template as to what we can set up for each template individually. And I'm kind of getting that it has to be based on region, it's not really what we want. So we end up with different templates that we have right now that aren't quite meeting our needs. I don't know if a newer version of Meraki might have that issue addressed already, but I find the template isn't as diverse as what I would like it to be.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
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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
Cisco
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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
Cisco
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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
Cisco
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Cisco
Good product and simple to use.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
Neither product supported all the protocols we needed to allow all of our locations to route. It does add some complications to the gateway and vnet setup though. Once we retired our ISRs we were able to go to Meraki vMX and the auto-vpn setup works rather well and is much simpler than IOS configs
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Cisco
We're really using the Meraki more and more, everything from the wireless. We started doing some work with the cameras and security. Meraki has been a great product for our company so far. We use it for a lot of our outer campuses as the VPN Tunneling primary with SD wan. So it's working out very well for us.
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Scalability
Cisco
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Cisco
The Cisco Meraki MX is basically a good product, but not perfect. If you compare the Cisco Meraki MX with a Fortigate or Cisco Firepower, you quickly realize that this system can do less than the reference product. The Cisco Meraki MX can be used in small environments, but in large environments you have to check carefully whether it really makes sense to use it.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • As this is available on AWS workplace, it's easy to configure and implement
  • Absolute worth for money, easy ROI
  • With the Cisco global support model, this becomes very easy to configure and troubleshoot and becomes part of my overall asset list
  • License management could be simplified and made more cost-effective
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Cisco
  • Equipment is very affordable
  • It does not work without license, which is not cheap
  • Lifetime warranty (understand warranty as long as you pay license and the device is not EOS)
  • Price for the equipment can be reduced by 60% when you buy a lot
  • Price of the licenses can be reduced by 50% if you go with Enterprise agreement licensing
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