Cisco Meraki MX vs. Juniper SRX

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Meraki MX
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls is a combined UTM and Software-Defined WAN solution. Meraki is managed via the cloud, and provides core firewall services, including site-to-site VPN, plus network monitoring.
$595
per appliance
Juniper SRX
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Juniper SRX is a firewall offering. It provides a variety of modular features, scaled for enterprise-level use, based on a 3-in-1 OS that enables routing, switching, and security in each product.N/A
Pricing
Cisco Meraki MXJuniper SRX
Editions & Modules
MX64
$595
per appliance
MX67
$695
per appliance
MX68
$995
per appliance
MX84
$1,995
per appliance
MX100
$4,995
per appliance
MX250
$9,995
per appliance
MX450
$19,995
per appliance
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Meraki MXJuniper SRX
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
Cisco Meraki MXJuniper SRX
Considered Both Products
Cisco Meraki MX
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls were definitely more expensive that the Juniper SRX models we had previously but the easy of use, configuration, consistency and insight the Meraki dashboard provides made it an easy choice to use the better produce, Meraki.

Juniper makes great products …
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
Depends on the use case. Meraki shines in the area of ease of management and ease of deployment. This is typically retail customers with many locations or customers with lean IT staff. Meraki MX seems not to do well in complex environments with heavy IT staff requirements. …
Juniper SRX

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Cisco Meraki MXJuniper SRX
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Meraki MX
7.7
85 Ratings
10% below category average
Juniper SRX
8.7
5 Ratings
2% above category average
Identification Technologies7.981 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Visualization Tools8.382 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Content Inspection7.481 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Policy-based Controls7.379 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP7.371 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Firewall Management Console7.783 Ratings7.05 Ratings
Reporting and Logging7.585 Ratings8.05 Ratings
VPN7.881 Ratings10.04 Ratings
High Availability8.581 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Stateful Inspection7.975 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Proxy Server7.143 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Cisco Meraki MXJuniper SRX
Small Businesses
Sophos XG Firewall
Sophos XG Firewall
Score 9.6 out of 10
Sophos XG Firewall
Sophos XG Firewall
Score 9.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Sophos XG Firewall
Sophos XG Firewall
Score 9.6 out of 10
Sophos XG Firewall
Sophos XG Firewall
Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Score 9.2 out of 10
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Score 9.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Meraki MXJuniper SRX
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(114 ratings)
8.0
(8 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.2
(5 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
9.2
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(15 ratings)
6.4
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.8
(81 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Meraki MXJuniper SRX
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
It works well for monitoring multiple sites and tracking what is happening across the entire organization. It is also well suited for managing a single site. Its strength comes from the integrated interface for managing the Cisco Meraki MX firewall along with switches, WIFi APs, and even endpoints.
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Juniper Networks
SRXs seem to be well suited at the enterprise level for plain routers, firewalls, and IDP/IDS. They work well on MPLS and Ethernet, including Internet. I have 3 SRXs also performing edge duty, with 2 in a high availability (HA) cluster. The Juniper line of SRXs provides a good range of scaling from small business to extremely large enterprise. Wire speed is a common comparison factor and Juniper shines in that area.
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Pros
Cisco
  • The management is the best. I'm an old-fashioned networking guy, so I'm used to going to the site itself and connecting. For example, a console cable and start and start configuring. Now since the management is so easy on Meraki I can configure everything from the headquarters from where I sit in Israel and then just go to the site and connect and basically, it's plug and play. After I configure everything from my office in Israel, I can just go to the site for a few hours, and connect everything. Just the magic happens.
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Juniper Networks
  • Edge Device (Tunneling & Routing)
  • Routing Instances
  • Zone Based Firewall
  • L3 Gateway/Vlan termination
  • DHCP Server & DHCP Relay
  • Good support community & Good available documentation
  • Good support by the Vendor
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Cons
Cisco
  • The content filtering was changed from being able to set partial lists that the Appliance uses for blocking when using categories to using full lists provided by a 3rd party. It is not a huge deal. We had to change some things, but when Cisco Meraki MX changed to a full list of categories, one of our locations had really slow browsing speeds.
  • You are able to add URLs to block in content filtering, and we are constantly having to add them to all our sites individually, which can take some time. I wish there was a way to add a URL to all sites in a batch. I have read you might be able to do through Meraki API connections, but I haven't looked too far into it.
  • Sometimes, not all things are in the logs for the appliance, and I have to reach out to Cisco Meraki MX. I have implemented a syslog server and that did help a little.
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Juniper Networks
  • My only real criticism of the product is that it's hard to figure out how to upgrade the firmware from the CLI via TFTP via the docs, but it works great once you get it sorted.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
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.
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Juniper Networks
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Usability
Cisco
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
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Juniper Networks
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Cisco
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
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Juniper Networks
This is the one area where I have a beef with Juniper. When I called into Cisco TAC, 90% of the time, the first person I spoke with was able to resolve my issue. With Juniper TAC, 90% of the time, the first person I speak with is not able to resolve my issue, seems to almost be reading from a script, and must escalate my ticket. All of which takes time.
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
Good product and simple to use.
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Juniper Networks
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
Overall, for a new network admin or a non-IT person, the Cisco Meraki MX is much easier to configure for a single site than the Cisco ASA Firewalls. ASA can be quicker for those with a background in Cisco command line OS.
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Juniper Networks
Juniper SRX stands tall compared to all these products for Large Service Provider Networks, where traffic volume is larger. Also, cost comparison with SRX's few other products can also be another contributing factor while selecting this. As well as Juniper Routers, Switches, and multiple products from the same vendor to maintain one single vendor environment. As well as Juniper Support is also really good.
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Scalability
Cisco
The Cisco Meraki MX is basically a good product, but not perfect. If you compare the Cisco Meraki MX with a Fortigate or Cisco Firepower, you quickly realize that this system can do less than the reference product. The Cisco Meraki MX can be used in small environments, but in large environments you have to check carefully whether it really makes sense to use it.
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Juniper Networks
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Cisco
  • So we feel that in general, as far as my company goes, the return on investment for these things is very great. There's always the new cycle of customers needing renewals on their subscriptions. Once we get these into customer sites, we usually see that they're very happy with the product and want to continue with it throughout its lifecycle. So when something reaches end of life, it's very easy for us to go in with the next model that's recommended from Cisco Meraki. And it definitely makes sense.
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Juniper Networks
  • It is a workhorse for our field operations. It provides the last touch for an ISP to the customer. The customer has no view of the device, but with the repeatability of the device, they do not need to.
  • The ability to roll out a dynamic routing protocol attached to a security zone allows elasticity to the environment that supports growth.
  • VLAN support on the inside interfaces allow this to be the only device in some smaller deployments we install these in.
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