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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 Panorama

We have multiple internal and external firewalls at our headquarters as well as firewalls at our remote locations. Users are always needing to access services and systems at our headquarters and when they tell us they don't have access we can use Panorama to view the traffic and see where they are getting denied. Without Panorama we would need to log into each firewall and see if they are getting denied with Panorama we get an overview of was is happening and it's amazing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

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

Firewall Security Management

Cisco Meraki MX
Palo Alto Panorama
8.4
Policy planning and rule management
Cisco Meraki MX
Palo Alto Panorama
9.2
Automated Policy Orchestration
Cisco Meraki MX
Palo Alto Panorama
8.2
Device Discovery
Cisco Meraki MX
Palo Alto Panorama
7.9
Policy Compliance Auditing
Cisco Meraki MX
Palo Alto Panorama
7.8
Attack Path Simulation Testing
Cisco Meraki MX
Palo Alto Panorama
7.7
Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation
Cisco Meraki MX
Palo Alto Panorama
9.2
Vulnerability Scans
Cisco Meraki MX
Palo Alto Panorama
8.5
Firewall Rule Cleanup
Cisco Meraki MX
Palo Alto Panorama
8.4

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 Panorama

  • Being able to create common rules that can be maintained on multiple firewalls is very beneficial to our management of the different functional needs of the firewalls.
  • Using templates to manage regional requirements is helpful for rolling out changes in the networking side, from user managemnet globally to SEIM/Syslog collection regionally, being able to stack templates helps deliver the necessary changes across multiple firewalls.
  • Panorama's Dashboard and ACC provides useful information that can be set to see All firewalls, or just certain groups of firewalls. Since each group of firewalls has different applications running through them, being able to isolate one group at a time helps identify if there are errant devices causing unexpected traffic, and what type of traffic it is.
Bruce Bennett | 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 Panorama

  • It needs improvement for the threats categorized as "high" severity. There are lot of false positives. Therefore finding real ones is hard in "high" category.
  • The threat/traffic view needs improvement. It needs at least a feature to sort based on columns. Downloading and parsing using Excel takes a lot of time.
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 Panorama

Palo Alto Panorama 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Panorama has given us much more than we expected and the support for the product, by Palo Alto Networks has been great. We would like to see some improvements that I mentioned in another review, like scheduling changes, but overall Panorama has provided a very capable product and we are very happy with it.
Bruce Bennett | 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 Panorama

Palo Alto Panorama 8.2
Based on 2 answers
You can do anything via the GUI without going to the CLI. High real time security as every five minutes, it updates the list of phishing websites. High protection as the firewall communicates with the cloud, a machine running artificial intelligence helps to detect malware or other threats.
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 Panorama

Palo Alto Panorama 8.6
Based on 5 answers
They have always been able to resolve our issues promptly. We have only had one critical issue, and it was handled expediently.
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 Panorama

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 Panorama

We have selected Panorama because it is the one which could only provide us management and control of PA firewalls. It would be very difficult to replace this with another solution due to the features provided and benefits no other vendor can provide under one console with complete satisfaction and stability.
Amit Gumber | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.4
Based on 19 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 Panorama

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

Palo Alto Panorama

  • At a previous company, I deployed Palo Alto firewalls to a data center, and 12 branch locations. This allowed us to replace MPLS links with IPSec tunnels between the sites. This resulted in significantly more throughput and soft savings of increased productivity. However, the estimated net of $220,000 in hard savings over five years is what is most impressive. I could not have effectively managed all those devices without Palo Alto Panorama.
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

Palo Alto Panorama

General

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

Palo Alto Panorama Editions & Modules

Edition
25 Devices$9,500.00
100 Devices$23,750.00
1000 Devices$71,250.00
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    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco Meraki MX
    8.9
    Palo Alto Panorama
    9.6

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco Meraki MX
    8.7
    Palo Alto Panorama
    9.0

    Usability

    Cisco Meraki MX
    8.4
    Palo Alto Panorama
    8.2

    Reliability and Availability

    Cisco Meraki MX
    9.1
    Palo Alto Panorama

    Performance

    Cisco Meraki MX
    9.1
    Palo Alto Panorama

    Support Rating

    Cisco Meraki MX
    9.7
    Palo Alto Panorama
    8.6

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco Meraki MX
    7.0
    Palo Alto Panorama

    Scalability

    Cisco Meraki MX
    9.4
    Palo Alto Panorama

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