Cisco Meraki MX vs. Sophos UTM

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Meraki MX
Score 8.4 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
Sophos UTM
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
Sophos UTM provides core firewall features, plus sandboxing and AI threat detection for advanced network security. It has customizable deployment options.N/A
Pricing
Cisco Meraki MXSophos UTM
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 MXSophos UTM
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Detailst2.small - $0.123 - Total / hr m3.medium - $0.417 - Total / hr m3.large - $0.883 - Total / hr m3.xlarge - $1.366 - Total / hr m3.2xlarge- $1.982 - Total / hr c3.large - $0.555 - Total / hr c3.xlarge - $1.11 - Total / hr c3.2xlarge - $1.72 - Total / hr c3.4xlarge - $2.59 - Total / hr c3.8xlarge - $3.68 - Total / hr c4.large - $0.55 - Total / hr c4.xlarge - $1.099 - Total / hr c4.2xlarge - $1.698 - Total / hr c4.4xlarge - $2.546 - Total / hr c4.8xlarge - $3.841 - Total / hr m4.large - $0.868 - Total / hr m4.xlarge - $1.365 - Total / hr m4.2xlarge- $1.931 - Total / hr
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Community Pulse
Cisco Meraki MXSophos UTM
Considered Both Products
Cisco Meraki MX

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Sophos UTM
Chose Sophos UTM
The Meraki firewalls are kind of like the little brother of the UTM devices. They work really well and integrate nicely, but it would be better suited for a business that using nothing but Meraki gear. pfSense is a great free tool, but not very business oriented nor is the …
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Features
Cisco Meraki MXSophos UTM
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Meraki MX
7.6
64 Ratings
11% below category average
Sophos UTM
-
Ratings
Identification Technologies7.861 Ratings00 Ratings
Visualization Tools8.161 Ratings00 Ratings
Content Inspection7.361 Ratings00 Ratings
Policy-based Controls7.260 Ratings00 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP7.453 Ratings00 Ratings
Firewall Management Console7.662 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting and Logging7.364 Ratings00 Ratings
VPN7.461 Ratings00 Ratings
High Availability8.160 Ratings00 Ratings
Stateful Inspection8.156 Ratings00 Ratings
Proxy Server7.734 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Cisco Meraki MXSophos UTM
Small Businesses
SonicWall TZ
SonicWall TZ
Score 8.3 out of 10
SonicWall TZ
SonicWall TZ
Score 8.3 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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
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 MXSophos UTM
Likelihood to Recommend
7.7
(93 ratings)
8.0
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.3
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(5 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(14 ratings)
7.9
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.6
(59 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Meraki MXSophos UTM
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
So most use cases, this product fits. There aren't that many situations where it doesn't, and I've put it inside of banks. I've used it inside of schools, I've used it at normal businesses, big, bigger, and or small, but very small use cases where it has not, and we could not lead with it was at some banks. They did require NetOver VPN when communicating with higher-fed entities. If in the future Meraki could include NetOver VPN, then this would just be an auto-include for most of our deployments.
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Sophos
UTM works great if you want a solid, obvious firewall. There's not a lot of second-guessing as to what you are about to do with every change you make. If you incorporate their wireless access points and RED (remote ethernet device) for remote users or small offices, it's considerably much easier to set up than other comparable solutions. If you are looking to manage your firewalls via the cloud, you are out of luck.
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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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Sophos
  • Firewall Protection. The protection is unmatched, setup it a little daunting, but once set up it pretty much runs itself.
  • Site-to-site VPN. Super easy to deploy so we are able to network all our sites together.
  • The DHCP server function is actually really nice, I prefer using it over the traditional way of using a DC for DHCP.
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Cons
Cisco
  • Firewall Policies
  • Hardware Performance Statistics
  • IPS Performance + Efficacy
  • Limited port counts when leveraging network templates on higher end units.
  • No options for HTTPS decrypt or encrypt visibility
  • No EIGRP Routing
  • No ability to clear ARP table / release DHCP leases through GUI
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Sophos
  • Navigating the portal can be tricky depending on what needs to be done
  • It would be helpful if the SSLVPN client agent had more logging capabilities
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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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Sophos
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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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Sophos
The interface is no non-sense and easy to understand. No need for any consultants to help implement this solution. The performance is consistent and solid. Paired with a good amount of firmware and definitions, it's hard to find any fault in this product. It's interoperability with other Sophos products make a compelling argument to invest in more Sophos products.
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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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Sophos
The week link of Sophos UTM is the customer support. I haven't had to use it often, but when I do, the wait times can easily be an hour or two. Once I am talking to someone, the support is excellent. The support agents are knowledgeable and can quickly diagnose the issue and get you to a resolution.
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
Good product and simple to use.
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Sophos
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
I have used Sonicwall and Meraki, and they are very similar and functional, but they go about it in different ways. Meraki is a little more user-friendly with less of a learning curve, but it comes at a little steeper price. I do like the online dashboard of Meraki better, though.
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Sophos
I would rate Sophos second on this list right below Webroot. Webroot has an easier user interface and policy builder. However, Sophos would be on top of its UI would be improved. I would rank CrowStrike third and McAfee last. Sophos is great for complex environments that have multiple needs.
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Scalability
Cisco
Every network we create will allow us to automatically be attached in the mesh network. The ability for the automatic VPN connections is very convenient and allow us to focus on other configuration points without having to worry about if the VPN will work or not. The GUI showing the VPN is kind of confusing, but as long as it has direct connection to the other Meraki MX units, it will be up.
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Sophos
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Network hardware needs to function 100% of the time with no one really ever thinking about it - it just needs to work. Cisco delivers here.
  • The Cisco Meraki MX products are fast and reliable helping productivity.
  • Cisco's support is solid and helpful.
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Sophos
  • Sophos came in right on budget for our needs - perfect ROI
  • Security is like life insurance - you can always buy more, but finding that sweet spot where you are covered just right is key.
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