Cisco Meraki MX vs. Zscaler Internet Access

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Meraki MX
Score 8.8 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
Zscaler Internet Access
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Zscaler Internet Access is delivered as a security stack as a service from the cloud, and is designed to eliminate the cost and complexity of traditional secure web gateway approaches, and provide easily scaled protection to all offices or users, regardless of location, and minimize network and appliance infrastructure.N/A
Pricing
Cisco Meraki MXZscaler Internet Access
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 MXZscaler Internet Access
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 MXZscaler Internet Access
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Cisco Meraki MXZscaler Internet Access
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Meraki MX
7.7
85 Ratings
10% below category average
Zscaler Internet Access
-
Ratings
Identification Technologies8.081 Ratings00 Ratings
Visualization Tools8.482 Ratings00 Ratings
Content Inspection7.381 Ratings00 Ratings
Policy-based Controls7.379 Ratings00 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP7.071 Ratings00 Ratings
Firewall Management Console7.783 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting and Logging7.285 Ratings00 Ratings
VPN8.181 Ratings00 Ratings
High Availability8.481 Ratings00 Ratings
Stateful Inspection8.076 Ratings00 Ratings
Proxy Server7.044 Ratings00 Ratings
Identity Management
Comparison of Identity Management features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Meraki MX
-
Ratings
Zscaler Internet Access
8.0
1 Ratings
15% below category average
Multi-Factor Authentication00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Endpoint Security
Comparison of Endpoint Security features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Meraki MX
-
Ratings
Zscaler Internet Access
8.0
1 Ratings
7% below category average
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Threat Intelligence
Comparison of Threat Intelligence features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Meraki MX
-
Ratings
Zscaler Internet Access
8.4
1 Ratings
1% above category average
Network Analytics00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Threat Recognition00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Vulnerability Classification00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Automated Alerts and Reporting00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Threat Analysis00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Threat Intelligence Reporting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Automated Threat Identification00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Zero Trust Security
Comparison of Zero Trust Security features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Meraki MX
-
Ratings
Zscaler Internet Access
8.6
1 Ratings
3% below category average
Continuous Verification00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Secure Web Gateways00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Network Flow Control00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Network Traffic Analysis00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Segmentation Leveraging00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Admin Access Control00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Network Data Encryption00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Network Topology Mapping00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
Cisco Meraki MXZscaler Internet Access
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(114 ratings)
8.7
(16 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)
8.1
(5 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.9
(81 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Meraki MXZscaler Internet Access
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
Small office, small business, medium business even larger enterprise can work on Cisco Meraki MX if they can sacrifice some of the functionality that Cisco Meraki MX can not provide. To enhance security, I would advise combining with cloud delivered firewall.
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Zscaler
Zscaler Internet Access is an internet tunnel that pairs with the network adapter to secure traffic between servers and workstations. It can refresh policies automatically and log intrusions but does not broadcast intrusions. Cloud-based Zscaler Internet Access is easy to deploy and scale, with no hardware or software needed. In a hybrid model, Zscaler Internet Access performs some security functions on-premises and others in the cloud, allowing organizations to keep infrastructure. There is a slight learning curve from VPN and appliance architecture to this paradigm.
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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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Zscaler
  • Zscaler completely moved away from the traditional firewall setup to a hosted firewall solution. We don't have to worry about the hardware failing or maintaining it as part of our service plan compared to our on-premise firewall. Zscaler has a lot of data centres across the world where they are maintaining their solutions so mobile consultants will always be close to one of their data centres.
  • Rolling out Zscaler solutions to our end customers' computers is actually pretty easy and hassle-free. As part of onboarding of new employees we can set up the Zscaler solution and push it to our end users' machines and get them connected to the cloud solutions.
  • Zscaler does proper market research on the latest emerging threats and they keep their firewall patched and updated to the latest versions so the security team does not have to worry about keeping the firewall updated.
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Cons
Cisco
  • Map and floor plan area is clunky.
  • The way you need to segment devices by network causes you to need to go to different dropdowns to see everything at a single site. They have improved this and now allow you to add firewall, switches and wireless to create a single site, but still a bit clunky.
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Zscaler
  • Chat or email support is not available. Only option is to either call them or raise a ticket by logging into their website.
  • Pricing is not transparent and quote based.
  • Access to websites is a little too slow with Zscaler monitoring on.
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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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Zscaler
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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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Zscaler
Zscaler is a mandatory solution required by almost every large organization with a workforce working remotely or using cloud-based apps. Its deployment is relatively easy and it keeps on working in the background without actively bothering the user. Apart from a few weird messages which a user is unable to comprehend, Zscaler is able to provide fast and safe access to the internet and other external applications.
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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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Zscaler
I cannot give a fair rating for this as I have not had to contact Zscaler support. There was one time we had to contact them because we needed to check if they were having issues on their end. Our ISP was actually the problem but support seemed very friendly.
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
Good product and simple to use.
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Zscaler
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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Zscaler
Zscaler Intenet Access proved to be superior and the difference for us was the speed of policy delivery since your policy is applied in a web console and is effective in a matter of seconds. Another point to congratulate the solution is its compatibility with different platforms (macOS, Linux, Windows, Android, and iOS).
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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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Zscaler
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Cisco
  • VPN tunnel between locations has been up 99% of the time in the 7 years that I have used the Cisco Meraki MXs in my current position. That does not include ISP issues because, in my mind, that shouldn't dictate the performance of the Cisco Meraki MXs.
  • Sometimes we get phishing emails with malicious links in them. We are able to block the URLs on our network using the Cisco Meraki MXs, and the appliance configuration sets in less than a minute. Blocking that link for anyone over VPN or on the LAN.
  • The interface is really simple and configuration is a breeze, which makes deploying a new Cisco Meraki MX really fast and easy. Replacing an Cisco Meraki MX is even easier, Just remove the old and add the new and all the configuration stays for the new appliance to use. Saves so much time and money.
  • The biggest thing is we have not had really any issues with any of our Cisco Meraki MXs going down in the past 7 years. The reliability with these devices are amazing.
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Zscaler
  • ROI is there and it is safeguarding the data and user access to net.
  • Being a cloud based can be scaled up when required.
  • Third parties can be allowed based on the company IT policies (Clients or Vendors etc.) for business perspective.
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