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Cisco Meraki MX

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Score 9.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX

The Cisco MX series firewalls provide a high-quality product for small and mid-sized businesses. Its ease of use and GUI also are helpful for organizations where you don't have a certified CCNA expert on-site. The cloud management of the devices also provides a significant means for managing all locations from one centralized location with an easy process for swapping put units if ever necessary.
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

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Identification Technologies
Cisco Meraki MX
8.4
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Visualization Tools
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Content Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Meraki MX
8.5
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Meraki MX
8.7
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Meraki MX
7.3
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
VPN
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
High Availability
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
8.0
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
Proxy Server
Cisco Meraki MX
7.1
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

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

  • 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

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

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

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

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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
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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

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches 9.5
Based on 7 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

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Meraki MX

The key to Cisco Meraki being the superior product is its ease of use and cloud managed portal. Although other products do offer more knobs, the simplistic design of the Meraki portal makes it easy for any user to integrate it into their new or existing networks. It really is a great product!
Anonymous | 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 9.4
Based on 20 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

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

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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

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

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

General

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

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX
8.9
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
9.4

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX
8.7
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX
8.4
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

Performance

Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
9.7
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
9.5

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
7.0
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX
9.4
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches

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