Cisco Meraki vMX vs. Cisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Meraki vMX
Score 8.5 out of 10
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Cisco's Meraki Virtual MX (vMX) is a virtual instance of a Meraki security & SD-WAN appliance, dedicated specifically to providing the simple configuration benefits of site-to-site Auto VPN for customers running or migrating IT services to an Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).N/A
Cisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker
Score 9.6 out of 10
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Cisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker is an enterprise class firewall, VPN gateway and router. Each model offers five gigabit ethernet ports and wireless for connectivity. Each model is designed to securely extend the power of Meraki cloud managed networking to employees, IT staff, and executives working from home.N/A
Pricing
Cisco Meraki vMXCisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Cisco Meraki vMXCisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker
Free Trial
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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 vMXCisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Best Alternatives
Cisco Meraki vMXCisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker
Small Businesses
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Score 8.3 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
Score 9.1 out of 10
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.4 out of 10
Enterprises
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
Score 9.1 out of 10
Cisco Routers
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Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Meraki vMXCisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(2 ratings)
9.3
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
6.8
(2 ratings)
9.3
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Meraki vMXCisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
I've never run into issues using Meraki on customers or sites that are simple or focus on cloud-based apps. Sites that have a lot of on-prem or are more complex appear to max the feature set that Meraki offers. Nothing is more frustrating than working with Cisco Meraki at a bank or customer that has compliance to manage.
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Cisco
The Cisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker appliance was ideal for scenarios where the remote worker spent the majority of their time remote. It alleviates the need for VPN software and gives the IT staff additional visibility into the connectivity of the user. We often encountered scenarios where the users broadband was having issues vs the Meraki network and the tools Meraki provides help to work through these scenarios. The case for the Meraki devices is not as strong for occasional users who cannot justify the cost of the appliance vs just logging in via VPN.
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Pros
Cisco
  • VPN concentrator
  • extension of AutoVPN to the cloud
  • extension of connectivity to cloud without the need of VPN gateway
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Cisco
  • Zero Touch Provisioning
  • VPN Device
  • Gateway Device
  • Firewall capabilities
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Cons
Cisco
  • Kill beta concepts
  • System performance metrics that end users can see
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Cisco
  • When Internet is lost and come back we need to reset the Z3 device from the dashboard in order to register the IP Phone to CUCM
  • It would be nice to manage the Z3 device to a local web portal just for TS
  • Max Speed 100Mbps. It would be nice if it could run up to 1GB
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
SD-WAN AutoVPN and price.
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Cisco
At the time of implementation, we were not aware of a comparable product from Cisco or comparative vendor. We had initially deployed the Z1 appliance and had so much success that the transition to the Cisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker was a quick and easy fit for us. The device is easy to deploy and just works.
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Scalability
Cisco
This question is hard. A chain of retail or gas stations hypothetically that have simple networks in nature would flourish and scale quite well with Meraki. A chain of banks or something more complex that has more complex requirements doesn't scale very well or at least presents many caveats. Routing has always been a big setup with Meraki but I've always managed to 'get by'.
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Cisco
Your ability to scale is limited by your ability to pay for additional access points. Again the solution works best for remote or mostly remote users so that they don't have to deal with the everyday experience of the VPN. Allows you more visibility into remote users local networks which depending on security config, may be of value.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • vMX is cheaper than Azure VPN gateway
  • there is no native support for HA, so you need to deploy second instance
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Cisco
  • Good visibility for IT team so we can monitor and validate the teleworker traffic
  • Zero Touch Provisioning so we do not need to send a Engineer to configure it.
  • Consumer-grade network security
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