Cisco Meraki MX vs. Sophos XG Firewall

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Meraki MX
Score 8.7 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 XG Firewall
Score 9.6 out of 10
N/A
Sophos XG Firewall provides comprehensive next-generation firewall protection powered by deep learning and Synchronized Security. The vendor states XG Firewall supplies unmatched insights and exposes hidden user, application, and threat risks on the network, and say the product is differentiated by its ability to respond automatically to security incidents by isolating compromised systems, with Security Heartbeat™.N/A
Pricing
Cisco Meraki MXSophos XG Firewall
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 XG Firewall
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Cisco Meraki MXSophos XG Firewall
Considered Both Products
Cisco Meraki MX
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
Cisco Meraki MX is ideal for organizations with several sites requiring interconnectivity.
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
I have evaluated other products such as FortiGate and sophos brands but the administration is more difficult, more experience is required to make any implementation or configuration change.

Sophos XG Firewall

No answer on this topic

Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Cisco Meraki MXSophos XG Firewall
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Meraki MX
7.7
85 Ratings
10% below category average
Sophos XG Firewall
9.2
9 Ratings
8% above category average
Identification Technologies7.981 Ratings9.09 Ratings
Visualization Tools8.382 Ratings8.99 Ratings
Content Inspection7.481 Ratings9.09 Ratings
Policy-based Controls7.379 Ratings9.59 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP7.371 Ratings9.58 Ratings
Firewall Management Console7.783 Ratings9.59 Ratings
Reporting and Logging7.585 Ratings9.59 Ratings
VPN7.881 Ratings9.59 Ratings
High Availability8.581 Ratings9.59 Ratings
Stateful Inspection7.975 Ratings9.09 Ratings
Proxy Server7.143 Ratings8.08 Ratings
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Cisco Meraki MXSophos XG Firewall
Small Businesses
Sophos XG Firewall
Sophos XG Firewall
Score 9.6 out of 10
pfSense
pfSense
Score 9.2 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Sophos XG Firewall
Sophos XG Firewall
Score 9.6 out of 10
pfSense
pfSense
Score 9.2 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
Cisco Firepower 4100 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 XG Firewall
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(114 ratings)
9.5
(9 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.2
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.2
(7 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(15 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.8
(81 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Meraki MXSophos XG Firewall
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
It works well for monitoring multiple sites and tracking what is happening across the entire organization. It is also well suited for managing a single site. Its strength comes from the integrated interface for managing the Cisco Meraki MX firewall along with switches, WIFi APs, and even endpoints.
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Sophos
This is the best product for small-size organizations with a low budget that want advanced and deep-level security features. Sandboxing and advanced malware protection are the most valuable features available on Sophos devices. Other features like applications and web content make your organization more secure, and you can put more restrictions on users.
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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
  • You can scan every packet deeply through sandboxing.
  • Control the user traffic through content filtering.
  • Put the restrictions on user web traffic through web filtering.
  • Control any type of malware through anti virus.
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Cons
Cisco
  • The content filtering was changed from being able to set partial lists that the Appliance uses for blocking when using categories to using full lists provided by a 3rd party. It is not a huge deal. We had to change some things, but when Cisco Meraki MX changed to a full list of categories, one of our locations had really slow browsing speeds.
  • You are able to add URLs to block in content filtering, and we are constantly having to add them to all our sites individually, which can take some time. I wish there was a way to add a URL to all sites in a batch. I have read you might be able to do through Meraki API connections, but I haven't looked too far into it.
  • Sometimes, not all things are in the logs for the appliance, and I have to reach out to Cisco Meraki MX. I have implemented a syslog server and that did help a little.
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Sophos
  • If using Endpoint security and the Firewall it would be nice to have an easier back and forth between the portals rather than have two separate tabs open. Especially if using more than one in multiple locations.
  • If dealing with different revisions options are moved around and sometimes in places that doesn't normally seem like they should be there.
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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
No answers on this topic
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
It is a good and pleasant experience to use Sophos XG firewall and it offers more then what we expect and the price is ok in the current market level
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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
Honestly we didn't get the premium support from them, but our partner has been supportive. Online forums are also a good place to learn things from.
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
Good product and simple to use.
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Sophos
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Cisco
Overall, for a new network admin or a non-IT person, the Cisco Meraki MX is much easier to configure for a single site than the Cisco ASA Firewalls. ASA can be quicker for those with a background in Cisco command line OS.
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Sophos
We have been a Sophos customer for the most part but i have seen some other offerings from SonicWall, Barracuda, and Cisco. While they all offer nice products, we've always been content with our Sophos XG firewalls, especially as they release more and more features/etc.
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Scalability
Cisco
The Cisco Meraki MX is basically a good product, but not perfect. If you compare the Cisco Meraki MX with a Fortigate or Cisco Firepower, you quickly realize that this system can do less than the reference product. The Cisco Meraki MX can be used in small environments, but in large environments you have to check carefully whether it really makes sense to use it.
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Sophos
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Cisco
  • So we feel that in general, as far as my company goes, the return on investment for these things is very great. There's always the new cycle of customers needing renewals on their subscriptions. Once we get these into customer sites, we usually see that they're very happy with the product and want to continue with it throughout its lifecycle. So when something reaches end of life, it's very easy for us to go in with the next model that's recommended from Cisco Meraki. And it definitely makes sense.
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Sophos
  • Easy to integrate with Active Directory & LDAP
  • We don't need to purchase any additional 2FA & VPN Tools so the cost is saved for us
  • High Availability
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ScreenShots

Sophos XG Firewall Screenshots

Screenshot of Sophos XG Firewall v17.5 Control Center