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"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.""Its VPN and ASN features are very stable.""The setup was straightforward. I was happy with the configuration and deployment of the solution, as it was quick.""This solution has good security, and it's a good product. You can trust Cisco, and there's support as well, which is really good."

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"It handles our current load with ease, and I think it can handle a bit more. It definitely can handle a lot more capacity than we currently use.""FortiGate is a nice and very good product.""The product is quite user-friendly so we didn't have a lot of issues that needed to be addressed.""The standard features, including the filtering, are quite good. All the basic features are pretty useful for us.""The most valuable features are site-to-site connections and UTM.""The stability of the solution is good. We haven't faced any issues at all while using the product.""The most valuables features are the ease of use and deployment.""In terms of administration, it's perfect."

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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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"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.""The phishing emails could be improved.""There may have been one or two incidences of malicious threats."

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"The GUI could be improved.""FortiGate should be more customer friendly and budgeted better.""Customization needs improvement.""We haven't attempted to scale the solution just yet. If we want to scale this solution we may have to look at other models. With certain requirements, we probably wouldn't be able to scale it so well as it is right now.""When new versions are deployed they tend to be a little buggy, so they should be more fully tested before release.""The user interface needs to be improved.""In the next release, we would like to see full integration with VMware NSX virtualized networks.""The interface needs to be updated and simplified."

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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
"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.""Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions.""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."

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"The price of this product is great compared to others.""This solution is very expensive.""The price is similar to Symantec Endpoint, but it's more expensive than Forcepoint solutions. Fortinet is better than Forcepoint.""There is a benefit in terms of the cost of using this solution because the price is very good.""It's not a cheap solution but it comes with its benefits."

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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.""The price is slightly increased, but reasonable.""It is a good global solution in terms of the price and features, but because we sell this solution in dollars, sometimes we don't get to sell this solution in Brazil because the dollar is very expensive. The price of every project is different. It varies depending upon the project, scenario, and client.""The pricing could always be improved — especially with the shape the economy is in at the moment."

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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… more »
Top Answer: In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco.
Top Answer: The functionality provided is very good.
Top Answer: Fortigate is cheaper if you compare it to Palo Alto, a main competitor.
Top Answer: As we just began implementing the solution, I'm not sure if there are any features missing. We haven't come across any… more »
Top Answer: I haven't had any experience with Sophos, but in small business environments I've found the Meraki devices to be… more »
Top Answer: I definitely recommend Fortinet. The Meraki firewall is more intended to be integrated into a Meraki SDWAN… more »
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Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAvFortiGate Virtual Appliance, FortiGate-VMMX64, 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.

FortiGate Virtual Appliances allow you to mitigate blind spots by implementing critical security controls within your virtual infrastructure. They also allow you to rapidly provision security infrastructure whenever and wherever it is needed. FortiGate virtual appliances feature all of the security and networking services common to traditional hardware-based FortiGate appliances. With the addition of virtual appliances from Fortinet, you can deploy a mix of hardware and virtual appliances, operating together and managed from a common centralized management platform.

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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Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiGate-VM vs. Meraki MX and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
446,626 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Fortinet FortiGate-VM is ranked 15th in Firewalls with 20 reviews while Meraki MX is ranked 3rd in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 20 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate-VM is rated 8.0, while Meraki MX is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate-VM writes "Clearly captures each and every thing for the backup capture". 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". Fortinet FortiGate-VM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Azure Firewall, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series and Juniper SRX, whereas Meraki MX is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, SonicWall NSA, SonicWall TZ and Sophos XG. See our Fortinet FortiGate-VM vs. Meraki MX report.

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