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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

Sophos UTM

UTM works great if you want a solid, obvious firewall. There's not a lot of second-guessing as to what you are about to do with every change you make. If you incorporate their wireless access points and RED (remote ethernet device) for remote users or small offices, it's considerably much easier to set up than other comparable solutions. If you are looking to manage your firewalls via the cloud, you are out of luck.
Paul Cheng | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

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

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

Sophos UTM

  • Firewall Protection. The protection is unmatched, setup it a little daunting, but once set up it pretty much runs itself.
  • Site-to-site VPN. Super easy to deploy so we are able to network all our sites together.
  • The DHCP server function is actually really nice, I prefer using it over the traditional way of using a DC for DHCP.
Matthew James | 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

Sophos UTM

  • We have yet to be able to implement the mobile device management - I'm not sure if that's because it is difficult, or just a daunting task.
Jon Shurtliff | 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

Sophos UTM

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

Sophos UTM

Sophos UTM 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The interface is no non-sense and easy to understand. No need for any consultants to help implement this solution. The performance is consistent and solid. Paired with a good amount of firmware and definitions, it's hard to find any fault in this product. It's interoperability with other Sophos products make a compelling argument to invest in more Sophos products.
Paul Cheng | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Sophos UTM

Sophos UTM 6.5
Based on 2 answers
The week link of Sophos UTM is the customer support. I haven't had to use it often, but when I do, the wait times can easily be an hour or two. Once I am talking to someone, the support is excellent. The support agents are knowledgeable and can quickly diagnose the issue and get you to a resolution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Sophos UTM

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

Sophos UTM

Unlike Sophos UTM, Dell SonicWall's features are mostly subscription based which means you'll have to purchase additional items such as VPN connectivity per user etc.
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

Sophos UTM

  • It allowed me to add additional controls to my internet access, reducing my malware risks and allowing me to control access to websites easily.
Karim Kronfli | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

General

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

Sophos UTM

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
Sophos UTM
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
6.5
Sophos UTM

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.1
Sophos UTM
10.0

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1
Sophos UTM

Performance

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1
Sophos UTM

Support

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.3
Sophos UTM
6.5

Implementation

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
7.0
Sophos UTM

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
7.3
Sophos UTM

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