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Cisco Meraki MX

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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    8.4

    Cisco Meraki MX

    84%

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    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

    • HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    Cisco Meraki MX

    90%
    73 Ratings
    9.4

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    94%
    9 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    Cisco Meraki MX

    90%
    3 Ratings

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    8.4

    Cisco Meraki MX

    84%
    4 Ratings

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    9.1

    Cisco Meraki MX

    91%
    2 Ratings

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.1

    Cisco Meraki MX

    91%
    2 Ratings

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.4

    Cisco Meraki MX

    84%
    21 Ratings
    9.9

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    99%
    11 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    7.0

    Cisco Meraki MX

    70%
    3 Ratings

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    8.8

    Cisco Meraki MX

    88%
    39 Ratings

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    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

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    HPE Aruba Switches are a good cost-effective alternative to high-end switches. They offer management capabilities which allow the extra features that are necessary in a corporate environment in today's world. Depending on budget, they may still be too expensive for some users.
    Anonymous | 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

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    • REST API capability
    • Wired & Wireless 802.1x configuration easiness
    • Wireless Access Points (APs) zero touch provisioning
    • Its high-end family (running the AOS-CX firmware) supports a virtualization technology called VSX (Virtual Switching Extension) which allows 2 switches to present itself as one virtualized switch under Layer 2, and as 2 separate routers under Layer 3; thereby providing high availability.
    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

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    • I have had issues finding monitoring software that natively supports Provision/Aruba OS. Most are designed primarily with Cisco in mind.
    • HPE/Aruba switches have historically had issues with corrupt flash. This seems to be less common in more recent models.
    • HPE/Aruba's switching portfolio can be confusing. Some models run on the Aruba OS while some others run on Comware. There is some overlap in these model lines so at times is can be tough to tell which switch is right.
    Anonymous | 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

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    General

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

    Starting Price

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches 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

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    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

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    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

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches 9.9
    Based on 11 answers
    It is a very good product, has almost all the feature you can need to access switches, a simple web GUI management, but not all can be configured from the GUI interface.
    Anonymous | 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

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    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

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    I think it compares very favorably against Cisco and others because it is much cheaper and doesn't require continued support costs.
    Chris Hein | 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

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    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

    HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

    • Ease of deployment has cut back on labor hours.
    • Ease of management has allowed us to be more proactive to other potential issues that may occur on the network.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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