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Cisco Meraki vMX

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What is Cisco Meraki vMX?

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…

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  • Multiple Server Locations (5)
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What is Cisco Meraki vMX?

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…

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Product Details

What is Cisco Meraki vMX?

Meraki vMX is a virtual security and SD-WAN cloud networking solution designed to create a fast, secure, and persistent connection between networks across different physical and virtual mediums, different cloud hyperscalers, and different public cloud regions. Part of the cloud-native Meraki platform, this centralized interconnectivity on a common Meraki-based network enables high-speed, always-on secure network connectivity for business-critical operations across all distributed services. Networking teams can use vMX to connect branch, campus, public cloud, and private cloud data networks in the simplest manner. Part of a modern SD-WAN architecture requiring strong security and reliable performance, vMX builds upon the simplicity, performance, and security of Auto VPN connectivity from the MX security and SD-WAN appliance to secure users and infrastructure while maintaining optimal network performance everywhere.

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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).

Check Point Quantum Remote Access VPN, F5 BIG-IP, and Ivanti Connect Secure are common alternatives for Cisco Meraki vMX.

Reviewers rate AES 256-bit Encryption and Simultaneous Connections highest, with a score of 9.1.

The most common users of Cisco Meraki vMX are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are using Cisco Meraki vMX in our Azure environments in USA. We are looking for a simple way to connect Azure with our offices around the world and also a way for developers to use AnyConnect to directly connect into Azure securely and utilize our common security policy. It is quick and easy to deploy.
  • Easy to Deploy
  • AutoVPN with remote offices works like a charm
  • AnyConnect functionality (certificate based authentication)
  • Support for more bandwidth
  • Easier to setup redundancy without two licenses
Site to Site VPN between remote office and Azure / AWS
Remote User VPN with AnyConnect
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are utilizing a single vMX as an edge appliance to forward our Meraki logs to our SEIM. It’s not doing a ton of compute or any advanced routing. However, it’s been bulletproof, encountering zero issues over 2 years.
  • Easily deployable
  • Great alerting
  • Included in Meraki dashboard
  • Like all Meraki products- has a big price tag
We are a heavily invested Meraki environment, from our corporate locations to APs. Using a vMX as apposed another solution is a no brainer. It integrates well, has the same benefits as the rest of the Meraki stack, and you can leverage your favorite cloud platform.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Cisco Meraki vMX as our security security appliance in front of our Azure environment. Because the rest of our physical locations use Cisco Meraki vMX having the virtual Meraki allows us to tie everything together from one portal like site-to-site VPNs. We can also use global security policies that we only have to program once.
  • Works well with physical Meraki MX devices
  • Site-to-Site VPNs are easy to set up with other Meraki devices
  • Cisco Meraki vMX provides a great solution for a virtual environment, like Azure
  • You cannot get as detailed in configuration as a Cisco ASA
  • No offline configuration can be an issue
If you are in a situation where you have Cisco Meraki appliances in your physical locations and you need to build a site-to-site VPN tunnel to a virtual environment, like Azure, having a Cisco Meraki xMX is great. Also, you will have one portal to manage all your security settings and firewalls. If you do not use Cisco Meraki in your other environments then the Cisco Meraki vMX may not be the best choice.
Malte Bredevang Zielinski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Cisco Meraki vMX for customers with an Azure tenant instead of using VNGs in Azure. This solution is more stable, and we can standardize our setup with a full-stack Cisco Meraki vMX solution. We really want to use the Cisco Meraki vMX for AnyConnect client VPN with different group policies/ VPN profiles as well, but this doesn't seem to be an option (yet) in Cisco Meraki vMX. Cisco Meraki vMX is easy to set up and manage, just like any other Meraki product.
  • Stability: Using Cisco Meraki vMX with auto-VPN instead of non-Meraki peers toward Azure
  • Management: Easy to manage on the Cisco Meraki vMX Dashboard
  • Centralization: With Cisco Meraki vMX, we can centralize/ standardize our setups
  • Client VPN: Cisco Meraki vMX in general needs to implement multiple VPN profiles/ group policies for client VPN
  • Alerts: Cisco Meraki vMX in general should be more consistent in sending alerts. We should receive alarms instantly.
  • Event logs: More in-depth event logs for all Meraki products, such as system crashes, etc.
We're using Cisco Meraki vMX deployed in Azure instead of using Virtual network gateways since this setup is way more stable. Our goal is to use a Cisco Meraki vMX for our customers using client VPN/ AnyConnect, but since the feature of using multiple group policies/ VPN profiles is not there yet, this is not an option. Setting the Cisco Meraki vMX up is fast and easy, at least when doing it in Azure.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Meraki VMX as a VPN concentrator for many different customers that have workload in Azure. It’s great compared to Azure VNG, as we can leverage Auto-VPN towards the sites and client VPN for end users.
  • VPN
  • Client VPN
  • Firewall
  • Firewall
  • Private DC Deployment
  • Advanced Security
It’s great for SD-WAN and overall VPN
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are utilizing a Cisco Meraki vMX as an edge to our AWS environment to forward logs to our SEIM. It was extremely easy to integrate and configure to meet our use case within the Meraki ecosystem. It's been extremely reliable with great metrics and alerting. After setting up a competing virtual SDwan edge- Cisco Meraki vMX is the way to go.
  • Straight forward configuration
  • Great visibility
  • Reliable alerting
  • Like all things Meraki, licensing isn't cheap
  • The transparency on what model/level could be better
If you have an existing Meraki environment, this is a no brainer for a collector, SDWan situation, or cloud environment. The integration and workflow just works seamlessly with other Meraki MX physical appliances. Just know your traffic metrics, and expectations so you can get the right "size" of appliance and not blow the budget. If you aren't already in the Meraki ecosystem, I cannot speak to how this integrates with other products.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
we use this product to extend our Meraki AutoVPN clouds in 3 different regions to public cloud Azure. 3 regional isolated SD-WAN AutoVPN clouds are interconnected via vMX deployed in Microsoft Azure and utilizing Microsoft backbone for interregional traffic
  • VPN concentrator
  • extension of AutoVPN to the cloud
  • extension of connectivity to cloud without the need of VPN gateway
  • some organizations may require more throughput than what vMX-L can offer
  • there are almost no security controls as the vMX is in VPN concentrator mode
if you need vpn concentrator in passthrough mode for connectivity to Azure, then this is the best solution. It utilizes same meraki MX in virtualized environment. VPN concentrator can advertise subnet summaries that are deployed in Azure. The vMX is stable and it works well. We have been using it for several years and it never let us down.
Matt Painter, CASP CCNP | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Over the last couple of years, Meraki has revamped the vMX to resolve many of the issues I'd be writing about now, there are no currently ongoing issues I face. My only frustration is beta IKEv2 and the Meraki world of living in beta for key features. A couple of years back it was quite a beast to install Cisco Meraki vMX but in recent versions, it has been streamlined quite a bit better, in my opinion. I have deployed Cisco Meraki vMX to several retail chains where POS/DB etc lived in both Azure or aws settings and had to terminate 100+ small spokes to connect back and I never had any problems or issues with the Cisco Meraki vMX. For a good majority of users, this works well. There have been some quirks of who supports Cisco Meraki vMX or the cloud provider etc as there was a line of how far the tac users would go to troubleshoot but I believe that was resolved.
  • Mesh vpn
  • Set and forget
  • Simplicity
  • Kill beta concepts
  • System performance metrics that end users can see
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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