Meraki MX Firewalls vs. Sophos UTM

Meraki MX Firewalls is ranked 5th in Firewalls with 10 reviews vs Sophos UTM which is ranked 3rd in Firewalls with 18 reviews. 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". The top reviewer of Sophos UTM writes "Initial configuration was super simple. Management and monitoring have never been easier". Meraki MX Firewalls is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA and Sophos UTM. Sophos UTM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense and WatchGuard XTM. See our Meraki MX Firewalls vs. Sophos UTM report.
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Pros
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.Real Auto VPN with load balancer without needing a public IP. It is simple and functional.

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It improved bandwidth utilization and provided link load balancing features for internet and intranet lease lines.It now controls all the security aspects of our web servers with Sophos UTM WAF.​We use Sophos UTM as our main firewall with all its features included. Mainly, it controls all of our network perimeter security: firewall, IDS/IPS, and web application firewall (including VoIP).​The initial configuration is straightforward thanks to the web GUI. In 30 minutes, you can have a running firewall with UTM protection enabled.​Brings greater visibility into the network traffic coming inside and passing away from the company.They are all good, but most-used are Network Protection and Web Filtering.Scaling out cannot be easier, as there are many migration paths.Advanced protection (Sophos Sandstorm) - Protects against crypto viruses in real-time.

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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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Initially, there were issues with the wireless network as wireless access points were disappearing from the dashboard after some time.​Reporting: We have had to work manually in many of our reports.Needs to improve the certificate management (ex. Let's Encrypt support).VPN needs IKEv2, but it’s in the roadmap. Also, all new, cool features will only come to the new Sophos XG Firewall.There is still room for improvement in wireless protection. I don't mean their WiFi device is bad, but there are still things to improve on, such as WiFi roaming.​This product could use some improvement with web filtering. It takes a lot of time and effort to set up and maintain.​Finding information about Sophos’ sizing guidelines can actually be difficult. Also, Sophos does not make it clear what they mean by “users” when you are sizing a firewall, which then leads to undersized implementations.​​I am going to flat out say technical support is terrible. Being a Platinum level customer, I am not happy with the support.​

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Pricing and Cost Advice
​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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We purchased the appliance with five years onsite support and licenses.Pricing for the upgrade was very competitive as Sophos wanted to retain existing customers.​In the case of a software/virtual appliance subscription, you pay by protecting user/IP addresses. You can do this to as much hardware resources as you like.​​The pricing for Sophos UTM is quite acceptable compared to other UTM vendors.If you would like to run an active-passive HA system, you only need to buy an additional hardware without subscription. At other vendors, you need subscription for both devices.​For under 50 users, MSP licensing is profitable.Sometimes more is less, meaning if you want more than three features, take the FullGuard licence.Sophos offers free training when selling their products from within the partner portal.​

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Also Known AsMX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600Astaro
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Overview
OverviewWith 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.The global network of highly skilled researchers and analysts, protecting businesses from known and emerging malware - viruses, rootkits and spyware.
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Sample Customers
Sample CustomersHyatt, ONSOne Housing Group
Top Industries
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Government
14%
Comms Service Provider
14%
Manufacturing Company
10%
Transportation Company
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Mining And Metals Company
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14%
Government
14%
Construction Company
14%
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Comms Service Provider
8%
Retailer
8%
Financial Services Firm
8%
Non Tech Company
7%
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Small Business
70%
Midsize Enterprise
10%
Large Enterprise
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Small Business
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