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145 Ratings
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144 Ratings

Cisco Meraki MX

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Score 8.8 out of 100

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

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Score 9.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

8.4

Cisco Meraki MX

84%
9.7

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

97%
Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series ranks higher in 11/11 features

Identification Technologies

8.4
84%
47 Ratings
9.9
99%
21 Ratings

Visualization Tools

8.6
86%
46 Ratings
9.2
92%
21 Ratings

Content Inspection

8.5
85%
46 Ratings
9.9
99%
21 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

8.1
81%
46 Ratings
10.0
100%
21 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

8.1
81%
39 Ratings
9.7
97%
20 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

8.2
82%
48 Ratings
9.8
98%
21 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

7.8
78%
49 Ratings
9.4
94%
21 Ratings

VPN

8.7
87%
47 Ratings
9.4
94%
21 Ratings

High Availability

8.8
88%
44 Ratings
10.0
100%
20 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

8.6
86%
42 Ratings
10.0
100%
20 Ratings

Proxy Server

8.4
84%
26 Ratings
9.3
93%
10 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability
  • Cisco Meraki MX and Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series are tied in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Cisco Meraki MX

90%
73 Ratings
9.7

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

97%
37 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Cisco Meraki MX

90%
3 Ratings
10.0

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

100%
1 Rating

Usability

8.4

Cisco Meraki MX

84%
4 Ratings
10.0

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

100%
2 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Cisco Meraki MX

91%
2 Ratings

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.1

Cisco Meraki MX

91%
2 Ratings

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.4

Cisco Meraki MX

84%
21 Ratings
8.4

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

84%
18 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

Cisco Meraki MX

70%
3 Ratings

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

8.8

Cisco Meraki MX

88%
39 Ratings

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX

We run 30+ sites, we can easily identify when a site loses connectivity, and check the event log to see what the issue is. We have fail-over connections at all our sites and can proactively manage each of them under the portal. We had a connectivity issue in a rural area recently and were able to diagnose the fault instantly, disable the suspect device from connectivity and reboot the firewall and OT was back up and running within 5 mins.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

Palo Alto firewall only affords by Large level infrastructure having a budget for Security Prospect. I will recommend it for the Card information industry & Confidential data solutions. Because it provides a bucket of security features that are not easily vulnerable.
Vinit Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

  • The PA handles VPN connectivity without missing a beat. We have multiple VPN tunnels in use for redundancy to cloud-based services.
  • The PA has great functionality in supporting failover internet connections, again with the ability to have multiple paths out to our cloud-based services.
  • The PA is updated on the regular with various security updates, we are not concerned with the firewall's ability to see what packets are really flowing across the network. Being able to see beyond just IP and port requests lets you know things are locked down better than traditional firewalls.
  • It is a great overall kit, with URL filtering and other services that fill in the gaps between other solutions without breaking the bank.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Meraki MX

  • As soon as network equipment is seen by the MX, it labels it, making it confusing as to if a device is rogue
  • The reporting in the Client window is not real-time, [it's] not really accurate until some time has passed
  • Individual client bandwidth usage seems to be inaccurate in the clients window
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

  • Our specific model is a bit slow and outdated and takes up to 10 minutes to commit a configuration change.
  • Nested security rules would be helpful instead of a linear approach. But rule creation in general is very simple.
  • Documentation gives a very straight forward answer to some items but is very vague in others.
  • Support could be a little better. An issue we had a tech was insistent it was the "other guy" and it ended up being the very latest PAN OS upgrade.
Christopher St.Amand | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MX

General

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

Starting Price

$595 per appliance

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

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

General

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

Starting Price

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.0
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

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The PA5220s have far exceeded what we have expected out of them. It was a bit of a learning curve coming from another vendor, but everything falls into place now with ease. The capabilities of the solution still surprise us, allowing us to remove other costly hardware and providing a single point of management needed
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

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series 10.0
Based on 2 answers
In my opinion, the Palo Alto Firewall is the simplest firewall in terms of management interfaces; though it has more advanced options that apply to more advanced use cases. Configuring basic features on the firewall is nearly self-explanatory; configuring more advanced features can be met with very thorough vendor documentation.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.4
Based on 21 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

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series 8.4
Based on 18 answers
We've run into a couple undocumented bugs, but that seems to happen with every brand and technology. Any time we've had to engage Palo Alto support they've always been professional, knowledgeable and prompt. In almost all cases we've been able to resolve our issues without having to escalate our tickets.
Paul Luchini | 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

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Meraki MX

We continued using Cisco Meraki MX after taking over the client since they are familiar with it and enjoy the reporting it provides. We use pfSense for most new deployments as the controls it gives us are slightly better than the Cisco Meraki MX controls. That isn't to say Cisco Meraki MX is bad; it just isn't suitable for many of our clients that are multi-tenant, which is one of the weaker offerings from Meraki. For our clients that were already using Cisco Meraki MX when we adopted them, there was no reason to change, it does the job, and it does it well.
Joseph Brower | TrustRadius Reviewer

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

No one can say any other companies in this time is better than Palo Alto Networks Next-Generatoin Firewalls. Palo Alto offers very advanced features which protect you[r] organization. Advanced malware protection, anti spam, lots of other threats.
Basant Gupta | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.8
Based on 39 answers
I've used MX devices in one location organizations, multi-building campuses, and multi-national organizations. All implementations can be easily managed with Meraki equipment thanks to the dashboard and cloud-based management features. Being able to seamlessly connect any site with any other via SD-WAN makes a large-scale deployment a straightforward project. [...] With the use of [...] virtual products, secure connectivity with cloud providers is like adding any other site.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

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

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

  • Overall, even though the device is very expensive (both hardware and licensing), the product does produce a decent ROI, given that one (or HA pair) of devices can do so many things, such as anti-virus, anti-malware, URL filtering, SSL decryption, SSL VPN, routing, etc.
  • There will definitely be sticker shock when you're renewal comes up annually (or after 3 years), so be sure to look very carefully at the recurring costs of this product, with respect to licensing and hardware/software maintenance.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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