Fortinet FortiGate vs. Meraki MX Firewalls

Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Firewalls with 44 reviews vs Meraki MX Firewalls which is ranked 5th in Firewalls with 10 reviews. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "The IPsec tunnels are very easily created, and quite interoperable with devices from other vendors". The top reviewer of Meraki MX Firewalls writes "Great SD-WAN solution. Manage multiple Meraki devices (security, switches, APs, Cameras) with a single pane of glass". Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA, Sophos UTM and pfSense. Meraki MX Firewalls is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA and Sophos UTM. See our Fortinet FortiGate vs. Meraki MX Firewalls report.
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Pros
It is easy to use and performs very well.We are a visual effects company, and there have been a number of high profile security issues in our industry. This has brought us to a higher standard of security, which our clients are very keen on these days.It's a firewall that secures our internal network. I have been using it since 2013, and I find that most of the features are advanced, and very user friendly.The most valuable feature is the bundled subscription, which is IPS, TV and web filtering.It is a good source for firewall protection.It has improved our security capabilities.I am "headache free" that I don't have to categorize all the websites and that security has been pre categorized by the people, and that the services are getting updated. At least one part of my problem is over.It performs very well.

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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.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.​It is very easy to configure.​It is very fast to implement.In a week, we can make new policy and view what all our users did.​The dashboard is very intuitive and easy to understand.Simple to manage.

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There could be more integration between the logging and analytical platforms to make it more seamless and integrated.We had a minor problem where there was a major system upgrade on the hardware platfrom and the Mac client was not available as soon as it might have been. The PC client was available immediately, but we had to wait a month or so, before there was a mac client. I was slightly irritated that it was not ready on time, but it was eventually resolved.The web-cache feature which was previously on the FortiGate device, but was deleted with the recent upgrade should be returned. It was a very valuable feature for us.I think they need to improve more in order to be a competitor with the leaders of the field.The UTM filtering needs improvement.There were quite a few problems with the stability of the system.A couple of things I've seen that need improvement, especially in terms of a hard coding. The driver-level active moment really is out-of-the-box and we have to have contact the customer support and sometimes it is difficult to resolve.I would like to see more advanced developments of a wireless controller in the future.

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We feel that Cisco provides smaller features, with fewer possibilities versus other solutions out there.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.​We could have more reporting options and the ability to send alarms to the administrator.More detail needed for configuration of the VPN.It would be great if the Meraki devices let us see, in real time, the internet demand on a single device.The only stability issue is in Content Filtering. Sometimes we need to report these types of issues to Cisco support.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It is a good product from a price perspective versus functionality.Price-wise, it's at a good price point for our market.It is cost-effective, and provides a good value for your money. The pricing, and license renewal, is very reasonable for us.They need to be competitive with other solutions.It is an inexpensive solution.We find the most valuable aspect of this solution is the price. It is affordable, and cheaper than other firewalls.The pricing is perfect.The price, in comparison to other products is very cheap.

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Our users find the entire package quite expensive. The price of the application itself is not expensive. But, if you take a license it costs more than the application itself. If you get it for five years, it is almost double of the price of the application.​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.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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1st
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Reviews
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5th
out of 47 in Firewalls
Views
43,636
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25,053
Reviews
10
Followers
713
Avg. Rating
9.3
Top Comparisons
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Also Known As
FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGateMX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600
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Overview

The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

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
Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies hereHyatt, ONS
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider13%
Real Estate/Law Firm10%
Financial Services Firm10%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Cloud Provider15%
Comms Service Provider11%
Financial Services Firm9%
Writing And Editing Position8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider20%
Government19%
Manufacturing Company9%
Transportation Company9%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise25%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business46%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise18%
REVIEWERS
Small Business73%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise18%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business52%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise34%
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