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Cisco Meraki MX

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Score 8.9 out of 100
25 Ratings
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Score 7.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX

Our Cisco Meraki MX has worked flawlessly since being deployed in our branch offices. We were previously using another vendor in the space and ran into several connection issues and highly monthly costs. The Cisco Meraki MX is well suited for branch offices but should not be considered for large offices with other 100 users.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

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

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Meraki MX
8.2
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)
Identification Technologies
Cisco Meraki MX
8.1
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)
Visualization Tools
Cisco Meraki MX
8.2
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)
Content Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Meraki MX
8.4
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Meraki MX
7.1
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)
VPN
Cisco Meraki MX
9.0
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)
High Availability
Cisco Meraki MX
9.0
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
8.0
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)
Proxy Server
Cisco Meraki MX
7.1
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

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 (formerly Cisco WSA)

  • 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

  • Possible granular access to switchport settings when using VLAN's.
  • Wireless models could and should have advanced wireless functionality which is inherent in the Meraki AP devices.
  • More functionality and customization on the local access pages when device has not connected to the cloud yet.
Brent Marceaux | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

  • 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

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.7
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 (formerly Cisco WSA)

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 (formerly Cisco WSA)

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA) 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 9.7
Based on 20 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 (formerly Cisco WSA)

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA) 7.0
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 (formerly Cisco WSA)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Meraki MX

When comparing the Cisco Meraki line to other products it became nearly an incomparable argument. While Fortinet and SonicWall were very comparable to the Meraki MX series, there were just too many tangible and intangible factors that led to us choosing Meraki. The biggest deciding factor was the cloud management of Cisco products that was that much more reliable compared to the other products. A negative against Meraki though is its yearly licensing costs which are significantly higher than its counterparts.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

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 9.0
Based on 23 answers
Actually my largest deployment is limited to 50 sites for a customer. I'm actually in a new one with the aim of deploy more than 1000 sites. I also can't give 10 because I don't know how it will work with many sites. But actually we already have more than 300 sites and the administration is still easy.
Julien Guffroy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

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 (formerly Cisco WSA)

  • 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.
Valery Mezentsau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MX

General

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

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 (formerly Cisco WSA)

General

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

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX
8.8
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)
7.5

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX
8.7
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX
8.4
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

Performance

Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
9.7
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)
7.0

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
7.0
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX
9.0
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

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