Most Helpful Review
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls vs. Meraki MX Firewalls and other solutions. Updated: July 2019.
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The most valuable features are the flexibility and level of security that this solution provides.
Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable.
We moved from a legacy firewall to the ASA with FirePOWER, increasing our Internet Edge defense dramatically.
Cisco ASA NGFW significantly improves our bank. It protects any high-value products that we use from hackers, viruses, malware, and script-bots. It gives us metrics on network traffic as well as what kind of attacks we are getting from the outside.
Right now, Cisco ASA NGFW has given us a lot of improvement. We are planning to move to a new facility and will be a much larger organization.
The feature that I found most valuable is the overall stability of the product.
The stability of Cisco ASA is excellent compared to other products on the market. Because of our customer experience as an integrator company, our clients never report any performance problems. We have a good performance reputation with Cisco ASA.
I would say the Firepower module is most valuable. I'm trying more to transition to this kind firewall. I had to study a little on Palo Alto Networks equipment. There is a lot I have to learn about the difference.
The most valuable feature is that it has the ability to divide the network into three parts; internal, external, and DMZ.
A powerful enterprise security solution that is dependible.
The most valuable feature of this solution is its ability to integrate vertically.
An efficient, easy to deploy and dependable firewall solution.
This solution is easy to use if you know how to set it up.
The most important feature is its categorization because on the site and social media you are unified in the way they are there.
The web interface was easy for me. The configuration is logical, so it's easy to use and easy to understand how to protect, how to open a port, how to manage and how to route a device. That's why I prefer Cisco. It's robust and I never have issues with the hardware. That's why I choose Cisco and not another vendor.
I use Meraki in my POCs and with my customers as well.
Point-to-point VPNs can dynamically follow IP changes with no need for static IPs.
Dual WAN connections are greatly simplified and point-to-point VPNs automatically connect regardless of what WAN connection is active.
The internet traffic shaping has been very valuable.
Deployment takes no more than one working day.
The initial setup for me was straightforward.
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.
There was an error in the configuration, related to our uplink switches, that caused us to contact technical support, and it took a very long time to resolve the issue.
With regards to stability, we had a critical bug come out during our evaluation... not good.
The product would be improved if the GUI could be brought into the 21st Century.
Cisco should improve its user interface design. There is a deep learning curve to the product if you are a newcomer.
There is no support here in Georgia. If something goes wrong, support is not always very helpful with the other firewalls or other products.
One of my main concerns, an area that could use improvement is in adjusting the need to buy a license to enable features.
Usually, the customers are satisfied, but I am going to recommend that all clients upgrade to FirePOWER management. I want Cisco to improve the feature called anti-spam. We use a Cisco only email solution, that's why we need the anti-spam on email facility.
The installation and integration of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER can be improved. The management with Fortigate is easier than Cisco ASA on FirePOWER. The management side of Cisco ASA can be improved so it can be more easily configured and used.
I would like for the user interface to be easier for the admin and network admin. I would also like to be able to access everything from the GUI interface. The way it is now, it needs somebody experience in iOS to be able to operate it. I would like to have a GUI interface.
The GUI interface could be improved when compared to other solutions.
There used to be information displayed about the packets in a module called Packet Flow, but it is no longer there.
The interface for monitoring could be improved to allow better views to make troubleshooting easier.
The inclusion of an autofill feature would improve the ease of commands.
I see room for improvement when it comes to integrating all the devices into a central management system. Cisco doesn't provide this, but there are some good products in the market that can provide it.
The service could use a little more web filtering. If I compare it to Cyberoam, Cyberoam has more the web filtering, so if you want to block a website, it's easier in other solutions than in Cisco.
I need more UTM protection security features.
Meraki tech support staff have a lot more visibility into your network than you do, which is frustrating at times. I understand the approach is to keep the dashboard easier to understand. This will frustrate more advanced users at times.
The IPS, the Intrusion Prevention System, can be improved.
Load balancing options and ability to manage a couple of Internet connections.
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.
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.
FortiGate is cheaper than Meraki. Even the license renewal is less than Meraki.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs.
We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement.
The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market.
Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions.
Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision.
The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market.
Cisco recently has become very expensive.
The cost is a bit higher than other competitive solutions on the market.
The cost of this solution is high.
Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment.
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.
Meraki is also expensive, but it's a little bit less expensive and it's easier to configure than Cisco ASA.
Pricing varies as per the type of license.
It is more expensive than other solutions, but it is a cloud-managed network solution and support is given at the moment you call. That give a very big plus.
The Meraki UTM is excellent when you buy the Advanced Security license. If you buy a different license you lost all the valuable functions.
It can always improve pricewise regarding throughput.
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Also Known As
|Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA||Sourcefire Firewalls||MX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600|
Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is Cisco's end-to-end software solution and core operating system that powers the Cisco ASA product series. This software solution provides enterprise-level firewall capabilities for all types of ASA products, including blades, standalone appliances and virtual devices. Adaptive Security Appliance provides protection to organizations of all sizes, and allows end-users to access information securely anywhere, at any time, and through any device.
Adaptive Security Appliance is also fully compatible with other key security technologies, and so provides organizations with an all-encompassing security solution.
Block more threats and quickly mitigate those that do breach your defenses with the industry’s first threat-focused NGFW.
|Sourcefire Firewalls help ensure your network's availability and the security of your company's resources by protecting the network infrastructure against network- and application-layer attacks, viruses, and worms.||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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|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.||Aegean Motorway, EllisDon Corporation, Linz AG,||Hyatt, ONS|
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