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Cisco Meraki MX

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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    8.4

    Cisco Meraki MX

    84%

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cisco Meraki MX ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Identification Technologies

    8.4
    84%
    47 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    8.6
    86%
    46 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    8.5
    85%
    46 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    8.1
    81%
    46 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    8.1
    81%
    39 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    8.2
    82%
    48 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    7.8
    78%
    49 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    VPN

    8.7
    87%
    47 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    High Availability

    8.8
    88%
    44 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    8.6
    86%
    42 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    8.4
    84%
    26 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco Meraki MX is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    Cisco Meraki MX

    90%
    73 Ratings
    7.0

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    70%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    Cisco Meraki MX

    90%
    3 Ratings

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    8.4

    Cisco Meraki MX

    84%
    4 Ratings

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    9.1

    Cisco Meraki MX

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.1

    Cisco Meraki MX

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.4

    Cisco Meraki MX

    84%
    21 Ratings

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    7.0

    Cisco Meraki MX

    70%
    3 Ratings

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    8.8

    Cisco Meraki MX

    88%
    39 Ratings

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    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

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    Any scenario where a dedicated firewall administrator is on staff and a secure firewall solution that requires high availability is needed will be a good solution for the McAfee Firewall Enterprise product. The McAfee Firewall Enterprise however comes with some of its own parlance that is different from other vendors and does require some comfort on the administrators side when it comes to working in the command line. Added knowledge of protocols and how they interact is a must for any firewall admin but particularly for the McAfee Firewall Enterprise product due to its flexible nature. If the environment is to be mostly hands off where a very limited rule set is to be configured and not likely to change often, I would defer to a different product
    Jacob Corzine | 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

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    • Based on the SecureComputing Sidewinder firewalls, the McAfee Firewall Enterprise does similar backend containerization of each service which provides for added security in the unlikely event of failures or breeches.
    • Tie in reporting services (if used by the admin) provide very granular details on rules accessed and the firewalls response to the requests.
    • Configurable options are plentiful. Unbound DNS can be configured on each "burb" (SecureComputing/McAfee parlance for interface), similar options for sendmail while rulesets can be configured at the application level down to simple IP-filter making options for enhancing security as well as troubleshooting equally as useful.
    • Full control over shell for scripting and/or scheduling (cron) purposes.
    • Solid HA and patching architecture.
    • Support was always helpful, knowledgeable and insightful (especially the staff that migrated from SecureComputing).
    Jacob Corzine | 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

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    • For an application-layer firewall the applications supported (at the time I managed them) were too few and would need to be expanded and the application ruleset needed to be expanded as well.
    • The remote access VPN client configuration was overly complex for the average user and would need to be supplemented with a configuration file that had already been generated. Other solutions from CheckPoint or Cisco ASA are not as complex for end user remote access.
    • Enhancing the GUI with a builtin "packet capture" feature would be useful for administrators not familiar with tcpdump.
    Jacob Corzine | 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

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued) 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

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    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

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    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

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco Meraki MX

    Cisco Meraki MX 7.0
    Based on 3 answers
    Good product and simple to use.
    James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    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

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    Compared to other firewalls I've managed (Palo Alto, Cisco ASA & CheckPoint) I would say that McAfee Firewall Enterprise was probably at the time not the leader in its field however it is a product that proved its reliability and flexibility over the other vendors. The addition of many new features usually comes as a detriment to some other area (restricted CLI, decreased logging etc.). In my experience this product gave the flexibility and options that the organization needed.
    Jacob Corzine | 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

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    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

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    • In its highly available configuration the impact on any business objective has been positive given the fact that any downtime of the firewall would negatively impact all business objectives.
    Jacob Corzine | TrustRadius Reviewer

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