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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco ASA Firewall vs. Meraki MX and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
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Pros
"Cisco ASA is very strong.""It protects our network.""The stability of the product is good.""It is a comprehensive suite and complete package.""The integration and configuration were pretty straightforward.""The transparency of the single UI to ensure security. A product has to be simple so that an administrator can use it.""It provides security for our company and users.""Among the top features are integrated threat defence and the fact that each virtual appliance is separate so you get great granular control."

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"The security level of our organization has changed by using Meraki MX Firewalls. We didn't have the UTM before, but now we have sandboxing, tray scanning, attack preventions and monitorization. Our security level has improved.""When you try to create an IP or when you have an alert about when a website is banned, these features are helpful.""The features we have found most valuable are the firewall and the monitoring tools.""A strong, reliable solution for small companies with little or no dedicated IT department.""We work also with domain control (DC) from Microsoft or Amazon. We use a whole virtual appliance with Meraki.""The internet traffic shaping has been very valuable.""The initial setup for me was straightforward.""Deployment takes no more than one working day."

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Cons
"Migration with other appliances is not easy. It has to be done manually, and this takes a long time.""The pricing is a bit high.""Cisco ASA should be easier to use. It is a bit tough to navigate and see what is going on.""Even on a smaller scale, people are finding you need HA pairs, and there's no way that the ASA can do that, at least in the virtual version.""The artificial intelligence and machine learning (behavioral based threat detection), which I can this will be coming out in another year, these are what we need now.""The initial setup was complex.""There are always vulnerabilities that come up and there was one in early 2018 but this was patched with software updates.""In terms of next-generation capabilities, Cisco is a little behind, and it is way behind the market leaders."

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"We feel that Cisco provides smaller features, with fewer possibilities versus other solutions out there.""What I would like to see in the next version is to have more interfaces for WAN links.""FortiGate is cheaper than Meraki. Even the license renewal is less than Meraki.""The client-side VPN is weak. The product could be improved with deployment templates.""The problem is that the two licenses do not currently integrate. We have to create separate companies and do an interconnection.""The IPS, the Intrusion Prevention System, can be improved.""Right now, you can postpone the update but eventually, if you don't do the update, it will install the updates automatically for you and that's something that is not working for me.""Load balancing options and ability to manage a couple of Internet connections."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Cisco recently has become very expensive.""The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market.""Purchasing from the AWS Marketplace was easy. It was just point and click.""It is pay-as-you-go, so it much cheaper than buying in the plants.""Our individual release cycle has been quicker because the entire development and testing environment has been automated because of these virtual instances. It has aligned our development workflow. This is where we have seen the ROI increase.""With the Cisco ASA, you do get what you pay for. What would really be awesome is to see Cisco blow out a real cheap version where you can use the sandbox, but leave it step-wise and go to another product relatively easily, like getting you hooked on candy.""We are partners with Cisco. They are always one call away, which is good. They know how to keep their customers happy.""Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision."

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"Pricing varies as per the type of license.""Meraki is also expensive, but it's a little bit less expensive and it's easier to configure than Cisco ASA.""The price varies depending on the hardware platform as well as the type of license and whether you're adding security or not.""The license cost depends on the box. We acquired a different product line. We are dealing with MX appliance now, that is, MX6, MX54, MX100, MX250, MX450. Every box has got an identity, and it has got its own specification. Every box has got a different license fee. We deployed Meraki MX in UAE when it was not a mature product. We took a risk, but we were successful. We saved a huge amount of money after implementing and removing all the MPLS and leased lines. We got a broadband connection because Meraki MX could work on a broadband connection. We have drastically saved a very good amount of money, which was one of the successful things apart from the successful solution.""​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."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: They provide DDoS protection and multi-factor authentication. That is a good option as it enables work-from-home functionality.
Top Answer: In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco.
Top Answer: I haven't had any experience with Sophos, but in small business environments I've found the Meraki devices to be needlessly complex. As one who has worked quite a bit with enterprise Cisco devices, I… more »
Top Answer: I recommend that using a Sonicwall as the peripheral firewall as you can easily configure the firewall rules to block certain countries. Its ease of use and SSL inspection and many other features and… more »
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Also Known As
Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAvMX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600
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Overview

Cisco ASA firewalls deliver enterprise-class firewall functionality with highly scalable and flexible VPN capabilities to meet diverse needs, from small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide range of models, Cisco ASA can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Flexible VPN capabilities include support for remote access, site-to-site, and clientless VPN. Also, select appliances support clustering for increased performance, VPN load balancing to optimize available resources, advanced high availability configurations, and more.

Cisco ASAv is the virtualized version of the Cisco ASA firewall. Widely deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco ASAv is ideal for remote worker and multi-tenant environments. The solution scales up/down to meet performance requirements and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco ASAv can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.

Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.

Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

With the proliferation of modern applications and mixed-use networks, host and port based security is no longer sufficient. Cisco Meraki's layer 7 "next generation" firewall, included in MX security appliances and every wireless AP, gives administrators complete control over the users, content, and applications on their network.
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Sample Customers
There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.Hyatt, ONS
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm20%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company9%
University7%
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Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company26%
Media Company5%
Government5%
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Comms Service Provider33%
Financial Services Firm17%
Non Tech Company8%
Non Profit8%
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Comms Service Provider23%
Construction Company6%
Retailer5%
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise41%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise49%
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Small Business52%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise24%
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Small Business40%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco ASA Firewall vs. Meraki MX and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
442,986 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Cisco ASA Firewall is ranked 2nd in Firewalls with 64 reviews while Meraki MX is ranked 3rd in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 16 reviews. Cisco ASA Firewall is rated 7.8, while Meraki MX is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco ASA Firewall writes "Gives us visibility into potential outbreaks as well as malicious users trying to access the site". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Meraki MX writes "Great SD-WAN solution. Manage multiple Meraki devices (security, switches, APs, Cameras) with a single pane of glass". Cisco ASA Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, SonicWall TZ and pfSense, whereas Meraki MX is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, SonicWall NSA, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, SonicWall TZ and Sophos XG. See our Cisco ASA Firewall vs. Meraki MX report.

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