Cisco Firepower 1000 Series vs. Cisco Meraki MX

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
The Cisco Firepower® 1000 Series for small to medium-size businesses and branch offices is a family of four threat-focused Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) security platforms designed to deliver business resiliency through superior threat defense. The vendor provides that they offers exceptional sustained performance when advanced threat functions are enabled. The 1000 Series’ throughput range addresses use cases from the small office, home office, remote branch office to the Internet edge. The…N/A
Cisco Meraki MX
Score 8.9 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 Firepower 1000 SeriesCisco Meraki MX
Editions & Modules
Firepower 1000
1,000-5,000
per appliance
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 Firepower 1000 SeriesCisco 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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Community Pulse
Cisco Firepower 1000 SeriesCisco Meraki MX
Considered Both Products
Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
Chose Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
Cisco Meraki MX is much more simple to configure it if you compare to Cisco Firepower 1000, but it is more limited to pur some complex configurations. The Cisco Firepower 1000 Series is typically deployed as a physical appliance, while the Meraki MX can be deployed as a …
Chose Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
As far as FIREWALLS go, the 1000 series is solid, I have had Ubiquiti's fail, Meraki is way to expensive, and Sonicwall's UI is very cluttered.
Chose Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
we have chosen Cisco in order to complete the Cisco full stack.
The price is higher than the competitors devices
Cisco Meraki MX
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
Cisco Meraki full stack is the best way to monitoring your network.
Troubleshooting is more easy, more graphical and easy to use.
i like the topology view, the wireless healt, airmarshall … the advanced thread protection and the security center…
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
cisco ASA is a legacy firewalla that is very outdated.despite it's aN NGFW with advanced security features, we decided to use meraki because of the ease of use and the need of scalability. in these two criteria, ASA is very weak, so we dicided to try the meraki mx product …
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
Both are great products but Cisco Meraki MX is simpler and quicker to get up and in production with multiple FW’s given Auto VPN.
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
Cisco Meraki MX is much more simple to configure, deploy and manage. It's very intuitive and it has a lot of options as a firewall, also it has a SD WAN feature as a very important added value. The performance of the Cisco Meraki MX is very good and for these all reasons Meraki …
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
Depends on the use case. Meraki shines in the area of ease of management and ease of deployment. This is typically retail customers with many locations or customers with lean IT staff. Meraki MX seems not to do well in complex environments with heavy IT staff requirements. …
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
They are equipment or solutions that provide similar characteristics at the level of routing, administration of internet links and security features for the customer's network. However, we opted for Cisco Meraki for clients who require much more agile deployments, who have …
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
I've used traditional ASAs with and without firepower, newer firepower only Cisco firewalls, and Fortinet FortiGate firewalls. I think Meraki stacks up pretty well to them with most features. I think managing the Meraki is much easier than all of them because of the …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Cisco Firepower 1000 SeriesCisco Meraki MX
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
8.3
33 Ratings
2% below category average
Cisco Meraki MX
7.7
88 Ratings
10% below category average
Identification Technologies8.031 Ratings7.884 Ratings
Visualization Tools7.230 Ratings8.485 Ratings
Content Inspection8.330 Ratings7.583 Ratings
Policy-based Controls8.633 Ratings7.582 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP8.629 Ratings7.273 Ratings
Firewall Management Console7.232 Ratings7.985 Ratings
Reporting and Logging8.233 Ratings6.988 Ratings
VPN9.228 Ratings8.584 Ratings
High Availability9.332 Ratings8.284 Ratings
Stateful Inspection8.928 Ratings7.879 Ratings
Proxy Server00 Ratings6.945 Ratings
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Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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Enterprises
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User Ratings
Cisco Firepower 1000 SeriesCisco Meraki MX
Likelihood to Recommend
7.6
(34 ratings)
8.3
(122 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.1
(2 ratings)
8.6
(6 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(5 ratings)
9.2
(7 ratings)
Availability
8.2
(2 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Performance
8.3
(29 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(34 ratings)
8.1
(15 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.0
(1 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(89 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Firepower 1000 SeriesCisco Meraki MX
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
I think it is well suited for smaller companies or (as in our case) extension to a central system with higher performance. My personal guess is, that it can be quite annoying with those delays in bigger environments, when 20 or more devices needed to be managed. From the point of security, support and updates it works quite good and seem to have no downsides.
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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
  • My organization is all Cisco and wants to stay in the Cisco life cycle, Firepower 1000 series is great for small to medium-size office.
  • Very robust enterprise-grade security solution with updated threat features to handle any current and upcoming threats. The solution is backed by Cisco to ensure constant security updates. Integrated AnyConnect remote client VPN is a big plus to allow for secure remote workers access. Easier to set up a site to site VPN due to the large user base and case studies published on integrating to other manufacturer solutions.
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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
  • ACLS in gui are PIA cant see object details
  • Objects in ACLs dont show IP addresses
  • Have to renames every object to name+ip to make acl GUI useable
  • Speed to data can use improvement.
  • Health warnings should allow you to resolve you have to dig n search in some cases.
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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
It is quite good, robust and reliable but not always so easy to manage and configure. The tools could be improved and the price is not low for an entry level firewall
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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
Firepowers are secure, reliable, central management and configuration is easy and they fit in well with our existing Cisco infrastructure. Good feature set and support. Good management and control with chassis manager and central control with additional Firepower Management Centre.
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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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Reliability and Availability
Cisco
Has not let me down yet.
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Cisco
No answers on this topic
Performance
Cisco
Great performance even on the lower end model of the series. You can push a lot of traffic through these devices without much performance impact. If you decide you want to inspect encrypted traffic however, you may take a big hit on the cpu and memory of the box, but they still manage to keep up even with all the bells and whistles turned on.
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Cisco
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Cisco
I have had troubles with Firepower Management Center and the FTD's in the past. Sticking to a Gold Star image and upgrading when the "bugs" are fixed is great. That still doesn't mean you are left vulnerable though. The extra features are just not enabled yet. Great product and calling support is readily available for any issue.
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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
Utilize the new FMC cloud which is available in Cisco Defense Orchestrator.
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Cisco
Good product and simple to use.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
Cisco Meraki MX is much more simple to configure it if you compare to Cisco Firepower 1000, but it is more limited to pur some complex configurations. The Cisco Firepower 1000 Series is typically deployed as a physical appliance, while the Meraki MX can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance.The Firepower 1000 Series has a more complex user interface, with a steeper learning curve, but offers more customization and configuration options. The Meraki MX has a simpler, more intuitive interface,
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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
No answers on this topic
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
  • We have seen improved throughput on our internet.
  • It took several attempts with Cisco engineers to configure the device; it requires a deep set of knowledge to set up in a more complicated environment.
  • This will allow us to move forward with a more stable and configurable environment with security available we didn't have before.
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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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