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Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

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Likelihood to Recommend

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

Riverbed SteelHead

Riverbed Steelhead is very stable and integrates into applications easily, especially Microsoft and Azure or AWS.If there is a new Windows version available, the Riverbed version is not far away. The remote locations can work like they are located near the data center. For this reason, you can reduce your global data centers to a minimum. Some customers have just one!
Ralf Richter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.2
Riverbed SteelHead
Identification Technologies
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.7
Riverbed SteelHead
Visualization Tools
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.4
Riverbed SteelHead
Content Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.0
Riverbed SteelHead
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.2
Riverbed SteelHead
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.0
Riverbed SteelHead
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.9
Riverbed SteelHead
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
7.5
Riverbed SteelHead
VPN
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.6
Riverbed SteelHead
High Availability
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.6
Riverbed SteelHead
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
7.4
Riverbed SteelHead
Proxy Server
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
6.8
Riverbed SteelHead

Pros

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

Riverbed SteelHead

  • File and Folder Optimisation
  • Microsoft Exchange Optimisation
  • Data Bandwidth Reporting
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Riverbed SteelHead

  • It would be great if Riverbed extended these capabilities to cellphones and tablets.
Tim Slater | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

Riverbed SteelHead

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 8.1
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

Riverbed SteelHead

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 9.3
Based on 8 answers
Anytime I have reached out to support they have always surpased my expectations. They will go the extra mile to make sure the solution is working as designed based on the funcionality of the device. They are not pushy to close a ticket. They confirm and reconfirm that all is working before closing a ticket. Support has no problem answering your questions and explaining what the fix was, or what it can be
Luis Lozada | TrustRadius Reviewer

Riverbed SteelHead

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

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

Riverbed SteelHead

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

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

Riverbed SteelHead

Riverbed Steelhead offers simplicity and fantastic customer support. The performance is a cut above the others as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

Riverbed SteelHead

  • We've been able to increase the amount of data we are replicating and thus increasing our recover ability in the case of DR.
Kyle Depue | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

General

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

Riverbed SteelHead

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.0
Riverbed SteelHead
9.4

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
6.5
Riverbed SteelHead

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.1
Riverbed SteelHead

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1
Riverbed SteelHead

Performance

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1
Riverbed SteelHead

Support

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.3
Riverbed SteelHead

Implementation

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
7.0
Riverbed SteelHead

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
7.3
Riverbed SteelHead

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