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Cisco Meraki MX

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX

Meraki MX appliances are a great solution for very easily creating a "mesh" network for a small to medium-sized enterprise. They are just as secure and cal do the same kind of traffic shaping, access control, layer 3 routing, etc. as any other small to medium firewall. It is NOT for a very large, complex networks because it is simply not designed to do everything that would be required. Meraki MX appliances are also very well-suited for companies that do not have an advanced network engineer on staff. This is because they require less technical expertise to deploy, configure and maintain. Don't get me wrong, you have to know something about networking, but you don't have to be a CCIE or anything. A somewhat knowledgeable network administrator or experienced generalist can handle it. But again, if you need very specific redundancy features and very complex rules and policies, this is not your firewall.
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

Palo Alto Networks Wildfire is well suited for pretty much anywhere that you need the latest and greatest network security. It is extremely good at protecting you from the latest malware threats that might pose a potential problem for your network/endpoints. We've been very please since we installed it and I would say cost of the Palo Altos is the only drawback. If money were no object I'd go with a Palo Alto with Wildfire every time. But unfortunately in some smaller branches it just doesn't make financial sense.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Meraki MX
8.2
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
Identification Technologies
Cisco Meraki MX
8.7
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
Visualization Tools
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
Content Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
8.0
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Meraki MX
8.2
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Meraki MX
9.0
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Meraki MX
8.9
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Meraki MX
7.4
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
VPN
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
High Availability
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
7.4
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
Proxy Server
Cisco Meraki MX
6.7
Palo Alto Networks WildFire

Pros

Cisco Meraki MX

  • The dashboard brings all management features with you wherever you are. All you need is an Internet connection and a browser and you can manage the solution. The dashboard tracks your uplink connectivity to the dashboard and double checks with you all changes impacting the connectivity, making it much safer to enact changes remotely. Dual WAN connections are greatly simplified and site-to-site VPNs automatically connect regardless of what WAN connection is active.
  • Site-to-Site VPNs are the easier to setup than any other vendor’s solution. You simple pick two or more devices to tunnel together and then select what network subsets should be allowed to cross the tunnel and you are done. The solution handles all the details. Site-to-site VPNs can dynamically follow IP changes with no need for static IPs.
  • For MSPs the dashboard is even more convenient as all your clients are on the same MSP account. Switching between managing different clients Meraki equipment is a few clicks once you login to the dashboard. Two-factor authentication is available for enhanced dashboard security.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

  • This is could base and easily manageable for our collocation. While working within the could can review in live time potential treats that it has reported from other devices.
  • Worked very well with existing Palo Alto devices.
  • Another huge plus is the simplicity of managing and ease of scalability.
  • Its cost is competitive with similar/like products available.
Daniel J. Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Meraki MX

  • The only real issue we've ran across was a PAT routing issue that wouldn't allow us to connect to a state agency. I would talk to a Cisco rep in case you have any specialized VPN connects. It's not an issue as 99.9% of folks wouldn't run into this as it was very specialized situation.
  • Cisco certified users may dislike not having command line and granular control like other Cisco Firewalls. It's designed for easy of use and modern interface.
  • Internet connection. The dashboard you access through the internet even if you're on the same network. There is a local interface but it for the initial setup not for managing the box. It hasn't been an issue for us but if your internet connection is of poor quality it might be frustration to manage.
  • Yearly costs. We paid several years in advance for the security license. Some may not like having a yearly fee but think of it as a maintenance plan. It is well worth the money.
  • Can't drill down like you can with an ASA product with FirePOWER/FireSIGHT as the primary focus of the Meraki is easy of use.
  • Cisco's Content Filtering is decent but sometimes blocks legitimate sites that you have to white list.
Wesley Bond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

  • Would be helpful if they supported more file types.
  • Would be helpful if they supported uploads of larger files.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 6.5
Based on 2 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

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

Palo Alto Networks WildFire 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It works very well and takes care of protecting us from threats new and well-known. It's been a game changer in terms of threat detection & prevention.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.3
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

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

Palo Alto Networks WildFire 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Easy to use and works well. For the most part it's set it and forget it, but there's also some flexibility for high security environments and those with extra privacy concerns.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.4
Based on 20 answers
The constant use of the solution, the positive comments from customers, the economic results of the solution, quick response to incidents, quick access to technical support in case of failures, and having control of the network from a user-friendly interface make this solution easy to sell and to make the decision to make it part of the organization's infrastructure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

Palo Alto Networks WildFire 8.7
Based on 2 answers
PAN support is very good. You can get the reasonable and timely support on any conditions. When the product is already integrated with the PAN firewalls, you can choose the severity levels based on the effect. The customer service/TAC is very helpful, they even have additional recommendations of advises for product usability. Local partners are also assisting the cases and give their expertise.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 7.0
Based on 2 answers
Good product and simple to use.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Meraki MX

The cisco Meraki MX line meets the needs of the market that isn’t being addressed by other major competitors in today’s market place. Cisco Meraki MX ends up being cost per dollar cheaper than the competition just because they are focusing on larger businesses and organizational units. Meraki perfectly fits that middle market need
Preston Collins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

We use both FireEye and WildFire - they are the same and different. No analysis has been done.
Alex Waitkus, CISSP-ISSAP, OSCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Meraki MX

  • Cost of purchase and maintenance is high. And it significantly increased, as expected, shortly after Cisco's acquisition of the company.
  • This is offset by the ease of use which has a positive ROI effect since staff spends less time configuring and monitoring the firewalls.
  • There is not, to my knowledge, a loyalty or hardware replacement program to encourage customers to stay with Meraki when hardware obsolescence requires fork-lifting new equipment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

  • Although expensive to implement correctly, seeing ROI for us is projected within 6 years. The added high end security appliances shows robust attention to confidential data we process.
  • This makes us more desirable to clients and helps with when reporting third party combat infiltration testing.
  • It's a hard pill to swallow the first year, however new jobs are quicker to be generated due to again the high security measures we implement.
Daniel J. Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MX

General

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

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX
9.0
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX
6.5
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
10.0

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
10.0

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
Palo Alto Networks WildFire

Performance

Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
Palo Alto Networks WildFire

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
9.4
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
8.7

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
7.0
Palo Alto Networks WildFire

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX
7.3
Palo Alto Networks WildFire

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