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Cisco Meraki MX

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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    8.4

    Cisco Meraki MX

    84%

    Cisco Secure Web Appliance

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cisco Meraki MX ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Identification Technologies

    8.4
    84%
    47 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    8.6
    86%
    46 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    8.5
    85%
    46 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    8.1
    81%
    46 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    8.1
    81%
    39 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    8.2
    82%
    48 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    7.8
    78%
    49 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    VPN

    8.7
    87%
    47 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    High Availability

    8.8
    88%
    44 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    8.6
    86%
    42 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    8.4
    84%
    26 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

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

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    Cisco Meraki MX

    90%
    73 Ratings
    6.2

    Cisco Secure Web Appliance

    62%
    8 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    Cisco Meraki MX

    90%
    3 Ratings

    Cisco Secure Web Appliance

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    8.4

    Cisco Meraki MX

    84%
    4 Ratings
    9.0

    Cisco Secure Web Appliance

    90%
    1 Rating

    Availability

    9.1

    Cisco Meraki MX

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Cisco Secure Web Appliance

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.1

    Cisco Meraki MX

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Cisco Secure Web Appliance

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.4

    Cisco Meraki MX

    84%
    21 Ratings
    6.4

    Cisco Secure Web Appliance

    64%
    4 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    7.0

    Cisco Meraki MX

    70%
    3 Ratings

    Cisco Secure Web Appliance

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    8.8

    Cisco Meraki MX

    88%
    39 Ratings

    Cisco Secure Web Appliance

    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 Web Appliance

    We have both scenarios where we can describe that. For example, in the HQ, where we have about 3,000 users, Cisco IronPort Web Security Appliance is the ideal solution, because we can consolidate all the Internet access, policies, rules, etc. in the same box. However, if you have small offices with a few users, it's hard to justify one big and expensive box that could cost more than the whole office infrastructure.
    Eduardo Viero | 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 Web Appliance

    • SMA gave us central control over multiple servers, simplifying management.
    • Performance of the Appliance VM exceeded that of our old physical appliance-based solution.
    • Convenient licensing for virtualized environments that allows easy scaling.
    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 Web Appliance

    • The default metrics on the dashboard visualization are not that useful. It is not much customizable too. Some of the dashboard features like load, volume, etc. can have a hide option.
    • The false negatives are more than false positives. A lot of the times, it verdicts the same email as malicious and non-malicious. This can be reduced.
    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 Web Appliance

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Cisco Secure Web Appliance 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 Web Appliance

    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 Web Appliance

    Cisco Secure Web Appliance 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Because it's one of those products you almost don't realize it exists from the end user. From the administrator perspective, you can do everything on its web interface and it's very intuitive to manage, once you know the concepts behind identities, acls, etc. Also, once you build the control structure, I mean, you link 'local' groups with your own Active Directory groups, as we did here, you don't need to be managing those things on the appliance itself.
    Eduardo Viero | 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 Web Appliance

    Cisco Secure Web Appliance 6.4
    Based on 4 answers
    Our experience with Cisco's support was terrible. Other than the fact that they don't respond to service-related emails with urgency, they also keep on changing the policies that affected us. Recently, they came up with a new look for the same software, which was insanely slow. Renewal of keys for the old interface took months. Overall, the support was not very friendly from the users' point of view.
    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 Web Appliance

    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 Web Appliance

    At home I have a McAfee service that does similar tasks and helps manage the users of my internet. McAfee seems more user friendly and easier to set exceptions.
    Anonymous | 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 Web Appliance

    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 Web Appliance

    • Security! Security! Security! We are financial company that work with very sensitive information. A lot of unsafe traffic was blocked on the Cisco IronPort WSA over years of using it. We did not earn on it but absolutely sure that we did not lose 'gazillion' of dollars being infected or scammed.
    • Easy to configure and use, no need to teach new personnel how work with this product (hopefully saving time = saving money).
    • Unfortunately the price of license subscription made financial managers push IT dept. to look for something cheaper.
    Valeryi Mezentsev | TrustRadius Reviewer

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