Meraki MX Firewalls Review

Valuable monitoring and firewall features but needs to also include virtual domain features


What is our primary use case?

We use Meraki MX firewalls with Cisco. Some features must go through Cisco to implement. What the application needs is not included in Meraki. 

I use Cisco to access a portal and they provide the features. Then we implement it in Meraki.

How has it helped my organization?

It's the vision of the company through the managing directors to use Meraki as a solution for switches. I suggested using the firewall or a private solution like FortiGate.

FortiGate is cheaper than Meraki. Even the license renewal is less than Meraki.

What is most valuable?

The features we have found most valuable are the firewall and the monitoring tools.

What needs improvement?

This product has room for improvement. The main features not included with the firewall is the virtual domain. With Meraki, the interface for the virtual domain could be improved.

The virtual domain is a concurrent session. The concurrent session is limited in Meraki, like FortiGate. In MX100, it's around 200 to 25,000 concurrent sessions.

In the same model with FortiGate, it's around five million concurrent sessions. It's very important to improve in Meraki.

In my view, it is very important that the number of concurrent sessions is increased.

For how long have I used the solution?

have you been using Meraki firewall one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's stable, but there are also some features not included in Meraki.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I'm using it. It's very good. One person is required for the administration only.

How are customer service and technical support?

The solution's technical support is good. I would rate it 8/10.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I was using Cisco and FortiGate.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is simple. Our deployment took around 30 minutes.

What about the implementation team?

I did the setup by myself. Sometimes I referred back to the integrator for support if I need to for a specific tool or policy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our license for the Meraki MX firewall is on an annual basis.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am not switching to Meraki. I am combining. I'm combining to be consistent with FortiGate as it has a more powerful graph. If I do not renew the license in Meraki, the box sets would be stopped. 

In FortiGate, I can have up to one month or two months to renew. The box is working locally. It's not important to the internet service to get registered. But the box is fully licensed.

I was with Cisco but it's very expensive.

What other advice do I have?

For this solution, Meraki is still more expensive than FortiGate. The FortiGate license is still less than the Meraki license. 

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate Meraki MX firewalls a 7. If they were to add the configuration tools, then it would be much higher.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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