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Cisco Meraki MX

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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

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

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

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

  • 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

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

  • Local WF appliance is lacking in term of functionality like no bare metal analysis in local solution.
  • No new features coming to local WF appliances.
  • No built-in integration with GlobalProtect Agent.
  • Cloud WF does not have the option for specific regions to be used (compliance).
  • Cloud side does not have alarming option for [degraded] performance.
  • Lack of forensics (needs additional product or integration).
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

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 8.4
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

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 9.7
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

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

Palo Alto Networks WildFire 9.0
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 3 answers
Good product and simple to use.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

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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

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

We wanted a single device to handle numerous jobs, such as antivirus, antimalware, vulnerability detection, url filtering, etc. Palo Alto provides this, while TippingPoint IPS is a more dedicated product. Caveat: I used TippingPoint over 5 years ago, so things may have changed.
Anonymous | 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

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

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No answers yet
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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

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

  • Unknown file analysis helps with identifying malware that may not have a current signature.
  • Additional visibility into files transferred across networks.
Alex Waitkus, CISSP-ISSAP, OSCP | 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

Palo Alto Networks WildFire

General

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

Palo Alto Networks WildFire Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX
8.9
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
7.5

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX
8.7
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
10.0

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX
8.4
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
9.7
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
9.0

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
7.0
Palo Alto Networks WildFire

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX
9.4
Palo Alto Networks WildFire

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