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Cisco Meraki MS

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MS

[Cisco Meraki MS is] best suited for companies with multiple sites that want visibility and switch management in one platform. The Meraki series is most likely a better fit for small to mid-size companies that are comfortable with a cloud first approach. IT departments that have a string desire to use advanced features and "get under the hood" may be unhappy with Meraki. Your only way to mange the switches it really through there cloud, the switches have a very debug centered local webpage. Companies also looking for 40/100 GBPs would have a wider model range in another vendor, Meraki also dos not support Fibre Channel. If departments also want to control updates on a certain version, Meraki may not be ideal, they do not let you get too far behind in firmware. They have in the last 6 years really kept adding so many new features and have a good value stream and have been increasing the product portfolio a lot.
kevin mcgillicuddy | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

Fortinet Fortigate is a robust firewall and security device. Fortinet has devices geared for any situations, and for any sized company...from single computer small businesses to extremely large organizations with thousands of computers. Fortinet Fortigate is reasonably priced and contains the ability to have multiple functions embedded into a single device, making management that much simpler. Its robust feature set is top-notch and is on a level playing field with the largest names in the business, and in my view, because of the cost difference, wins hands down.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
8.9
Identification Technologies
Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
9.0
Visualization Tools
Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
8.9
Content Inspection
Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
8.8
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
9.2
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
8.9
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
9.3
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
8.6
VPN
Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
9.3
High Availability
Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
8.7
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
8.7
Proxy Server
Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
7.9

Pros

Cisco Meraki MS

  • Meraki MS switches are wonderful at allowing a network admin to configure a VPN mesh network without having to have highly specialized knowledge. Unlike Cisco switches, there is no CLI, there is only a GUI, and Meraki support helps you set it up as you add nodes to your network.
  • Meraki MS switches are easy to deploy. Full stop.
  • They can work with any firewall or ASA but I would strongly recommend using the Meraki MX security appliance if you are going to use Meraki MS switches because they were made to work together.
  • They easily stack. It's all done for you in the Meraki cloud control panel.
  • They will get an address from your admin VLAN's DHCP scope and keep it. Even if you unplug it and move it, you will not have to worry about addressing it.
  • The GUI is online and you can reach it from anywhere, so as long as you have the credentials, you can manage the network from any device that has a browser.
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

  • My favorite aspect of the Fortigate product is the ease of use. The GUI is very easy to get around. The products rules and configuration are easy to learn and apply. The informational tools are easy to look at and produce results that are intuitive and quick to assess.
  • Another great attribute of the FortiGate product was reasonable pricing for the product and then the ongoing support. Living in the SMB space with tight governmental budgets is a huge factor in all my decisions. When a company like Fortinet comes along and produces good products at very reasonable prices it is good for SMB companies like mine. Many vendors price their products in a fashion that is beyond consideration by SMBs like myself.
  • Support is always a big factor in consideration of any product for our organization. Fortinet support has been extremely good. They have provided an onsite engineer at no cost to help us design, implement and maintain new products when needed. The call support has also been excellent, with quick response times and knowledgeable technicians.
Jeff Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Meraki MS

  • Firmware management could be a little [more] customer change management centric.
  • Some of the online portal could be more pop-out driven instead of navigating back and forth between pages and reloading the page to do simple things.
  • Instances where Meraki switches won't have cloud access for long periods of time make it difficult to be able to maintain switch code configuration.
Trevor Harley | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

  • Fortigate's SSL VPN client isn't available via MSI with an easy options for mass deployment and configuration out of the box. You need to have a Fortinet Developer Network license to create a custom deploy image.
  • Fortinet's after hours support is overseas and is adequate. Not stellar.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MS

Cisco Meraki MS 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Great product and we're always watching for new additions from meraki
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.9
Based on 4 answers
Fortinet's products have kept improving with new software releases and they continue to deliver great value. Their support is also very good. I believe that as a small enterprise, their products have given us competitive advantage delivering features and functionality that enable us to innovate and do things better. They also continue to be a leader in the markets they serve.
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Meraki MS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.8
Based on 6 answers
Ease of configuration, rich feature set and robust monitoring have made this product almost fun to use. I still consult the manual, but the intuitive design of the GUI makes most configuration tasks self explanatory. We deploy several different models, but the management is nearly identical across all of them, making it easy to keep on top of hundreds of devices
Steve Jenovai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Meraki MS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 2 answers
We had didn't any hardware failures at our two main office locations and upgraded our units last year after using them for about 5-6 years
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco Meraki MS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
Kewyn Medina | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MS

Cisco Meraki MS 9.4
Based on 26 answers
Meraki support is always helpful when we run into any issues. They have helped us through config and best practices in many cases as well. They have been one of the most effective support groups I have worked with. The only occasional downside is more unique to us. We use some Cisco Catalyst switches for data center management and other Layer 3 functions. When issues come up in the Data center that has both Cisco and Meraki, the two support groups tend to shift blame towards each other for a bit until we find the issue.
Mikel Seidl | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

FortiGate 8.9
Based on 32 answers
We live in Turkey. Fortinet's Turkey office [dealt] constantly with us in our every problem or our experience. In addition, global support teams also supported every ticket we opened in every problem we encountered. They support innovative approaches and evaluate and offer solutions. In this context, they were very supportive of the problems we encountered in previous versions.
Tayfun Toka | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cisco Meraki MS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I received it a couple years afters use it and it was just to confirm my knowledge about the tool.
Kewyn Medina | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FortiGate

FortiGate 8.0
Based on 4 answers
Make sure that you have the most current version of FortiOS. Make sure all Fortigates are on the same version
Steve Jenovai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Meraki MS

Cisco Meraki MS Switches offers more features and better ROI than other switches in the market place. They are super fast, very stabile and easy to manage. Support is high quality and easy to access. They continue to improve and expand their offerings to allow the ROI to grow over time. The portal is easy to navigate and providss more features than almost any one really needs.
Laurance J. Specht | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

Fortigate is a lot easier to configure and manage than a Cisco ASA Firewall. Fortinet feels a lot more intuitive and easier to configure than Cisco. Fortinet is a lot more innovative and have easier to use products.
Artur Bittencourt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MS

Cisco Meraki MS 9.4
Based on 9 answers
The scalability is one of the key features and is very ease to use and understand quickly. Additional modules can be added with ease without having to build configs and apply them manually as in a traditional cisco networking infrastructure. This makes it ideal for fast paced environment where requirements are often changing.
Tom Shepherd | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.8
Based on 2 answers
My environments are pretty small (less than 100 users per location) so no issues here.
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Meraki MS

  • One critical business objective was a worry-free network. This is it!
  • Another business objective was to be able to manage my entire network from a single interface. Meraki delivers again! Not having to be in the building to monitor, manage and configure networking equipment is worth the weight of these devices in gold.
  • I wanted to be able to see everything that was happening on my network. Meraki enables that. I can see every device, what each is doing, set alerts for when individual ports go down or the device that is attached stops sending packets, etc. The visibility into my network's performance and security is unprecedented. I never knew what I was missing and I do not want to go back!
Nathan Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

  • (Positive) The network is secured.
  • (Positive) As an analyst, I have to convince C level executives regarding protection from threats, intrusion, and productivity of the network resources. And I am achieving all the segments with ease of access.
  • (Neutral) The unavailability of post-sale service requires improvements. But due to the vast community of users and excellent documentation of the product, hides the lack of post-sale service availability.
Harshil Gupta | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MS

General

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

FortiGate

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MS
9.5
FortiGate
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MS
10.0
FortiGate
9.9

Usability

Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
9.8

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
10.0

Performance

Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
10.0

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MS
9.4
FortiGate
8.9

In-Person Training

Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
10.0

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MS
FortiGate
8.0

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MS
9.4
FortiGate
9.8

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