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145 Ratings

Cisco Meraki MX

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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Cisco Secure Firewall ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

8.4

Cisco Meraki MX

84%
8.5

Cisco Secure Firewall

85%
Cisco Secure Firewall ranks higher in 7/11 features

Identification Technologies

8.4
84%
47 Ratings
7.8
78%
14 Ratings

Visualization Tools

8.6
86%
46 Ratings
7.6
76%
14 Ratings

Content Inspection

8.5
85%
46 Ratings
9.4
94%
14 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

8.1
81%
46 Ratings
8.8
88%
14 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

8.1
81%
39 Ratings
7.2
72%
13 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

8.2
82%
48 Ratings
8.9
89%
14 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

7.8
78%
49 Ratings
8.3
83%
14 Ratings

VPN

8.7
87%
47 Ratings
9.4
94%
12 Ratings

High Availability

8.8
88%
44 Ratings
9.9
99%
14 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

8.6
86%
42 Ratings
9.3
93%
14 Ratings

Proxy Server

8.4
84%
26 Ratings
7.2
72%
12 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Meraki MX is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating
  • Cisco Secure Firewall is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Cisco Meraki MX

90%
73 Ratings
9.4

Cisco Secure Firewall

94%
14 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Cisco Meraki MX

90%
3 Ratings

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.4

Cisco Meraki MX

84%
4 Ratings
8.0

Cisco Secure Firewall

80%
1 Rating

Availability

9.1

Cisco Meraki MX

91%
2 Ratings

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.1

Cisco Meraki MX

91%
2 Ratings

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.4

Cisco Meraki MX

84%
21 Ratings
7.9

Cisco Secure Firewall

79%
6 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

Cisco Meraki MX

70%
3 Ratings

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

8.8

Cisco Meraki MX

88%
39 Ratings

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX

We run 30+ sites, we can easily identify when a site loses connectivity, and check the event log to see what the issue is. We have fail-over connections at all our sites and can proactively manage each of them under the portal. We had a connectivity issue in a rural area recently and were able to diagnose the fault instantly, disable the suspect device from connectivity and reboot the firewall and OT was back up and running within 5 mins.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Secure Firewall

If you are already using [a] Cisco product like the Cisco ASA Series and you need more security on layer 7 then you can upgrade with firepower. This is well suited for middle and big organizations. If your company deals with credit card information then you should buy this firewall. It provides you all the features to stop any type of advanced attack on your organization
Anjali Nair | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Meraki MX

  • The appliances are very, very easy to use. You could set one up for basic use with minimal documentation.
  • Intuitive menus in the Meraki Dashboard make traversing your options and finding what you need very easy.
  • Good support options and a healthy knowledge base with well-written guides.
Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Secure Firewall

  • Updates with the HA Pair are incredibly easy and automated
  • FMC with Firepowers provide a single place to view information about devices and connections
  • Tedious policy changes can be staged during the working hours and then deployed in one click after hours
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Meraki MX

  • As soon as network equipment is seen by the MX, it labels it, making it confusing as to if a device is rogue
  • The reporting in the Client window is not real-time, [it's] not really accurate until some time has passed
  • Individual client bandwidth usage seems to be inaccurate in the clients window
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Secure Firewall

  • The UI in Cisco Firepower formerly Sourcefire) is complicated and entirely redundant. A lot of these features are not useful, and therefore, it can be removed from the main window.
  • The interface is very slow, with each operation taking a lot of time. Searching through the logs takes too much time.
Kuntal Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MX

General

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

Starting Price

$595 per appliance

Cisco Meraki MX Editions & Modules

Edition
MX64$5951
MX67$6951
MX68$9951
MX84$1,9951
MX100$4,9951
MX250$9,9951
MX450$19,9951
  1. per appliance
Additional Pricing Details

Cisco Secure Firewall

General

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

Starting Price

Cisco Secure Firewall Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.0
Based on 3 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

Cisco Secure Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.4
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

Cisco Secure Firewall

Cisco Secure Firewall 8.0
Based on 1 answer
It's overall very great, however the Management Console needs updating to fix the slowness of policy and rule deployments.
Kenneth Ma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.4
Based on 21 answers
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
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Secure Firewall

Cisco Secure Firewall 7.9
Based on 6 answers
Cisco support is not at all suitable for this product, at least. It takes a long for them to help us with our server issues. A lot of the time, the customer support person keeps on redirecting calls to another person. They need to be well versed with the terminologies of the product they are supporting us with. Support needs a lot of improvement. Cisco Fire Linux OS, the operating system behind Cisco Firepower NGFW (formerly Sourcefire), also doesn't receive regular patches. In short, average customer service.
Kuntal Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 7.0
Based on 3 answers
Good product and simple to use.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Secure Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Meraki MX

We continued using Cisco Meraki MX after taking over the client since they are familiar with it and enjoy the reporting it provides. We use pfSense for most new deployments as the controls it gives us are slightly better than the Cisco Meraki MX controls. That isn't to say Cisco Meraki MX is bad; it just isn't suitable for many of our clients that are multi-tenant, which is one of the weaker offerings from Meraki. For our clients that were already using Cisco Meraki MX when we adopted them, there was no reason to change, it does the job, and it does it well.
Joseph Brower | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Secure Firewall

pfsence is a very complicated firewall and there is lots of documentation available on Cisco website for help. The configuration is very difficult and less documentation available. Cisco Secure Firewall provides us all the security features in low cost and this is very easy to configure firewall.
VINAY Mandora | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.8
Based on 39 answers
I've used MX devices in one location organizations, multi-building campuses, and multi-national organizations. All implementations can be easily managed with Meraki equipment thanks to the dashboard and cloud-based management features. Being able to seamlessly connect any site with any other via SD-WAN makes a large-scale deployment a straightforward project. [...] With the use of [...] virtual products, secure connectivity with cloud providers is like adding any other site.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Secure Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Cisco Meraki MX

  • Previously I managed Cisco ASA equipment and enjoyed these firewalls. The need to train other admins and deployment at MSP clients were at the top of my list for switching to Meraki MX. The learning curve is much less steep for new security admins and the central dashboard allows coolabritive efforts when admins are in different locations. Built-in change management makes it easy to see who made specific changes as changes are logged on the dashboard.
  • Other content filtering solutions that I have used had more bells and whistles, but given the cost, complexity, and management overhead, I am very pleased with Meraki’s solution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Secure Firewall

  • This product is great for inspection and normal firewall controls.
  • If there's a bug in it, it can take a lot of resource time to chase it and work around it.
  • Deciphering which data is useful has taken a bit of time and trimming.
Tom Erdman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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