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 33 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 Sophos XG. See our Meraki MX Firewalls vs. Sophos UTM report.
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Pros
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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The most valuable feature is the IPS. It also protects us from malware.UTM 9 brings along IPSec as well as iPhone and iPad support. This seems small but it’s useful.The isolation of infected machines is a big feature. Also, the ability to detect external sources that change files on a file server is really big.It improved bandwidth utilization and provided link load balancing features for internet and intranet lease lines.Advanced protection (Sophos Sandstorm) - Protects against crypto viruses in real-time.It has helped by identifying threats within the company. If there are computers or servers that are compromised, then we are able to identify them right away in the system.The implementation with the AWS environment was good.It meets our compliance needs in an elastic computer environment.

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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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The solution could be improved by adding cloud soundboxing.We didn’t find any issues but I know there have been some in the last few years.It does have built-in policies, which enable you to disable USB devices, etc. It would be nice if they had more policies because there are not that many of them.Initially, there were issues with the wireless network as wireless access points were disappearing from the dashboard after some time.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.The technical support only communicates via email. I would prefer to communicate directly with someone.They could reduce the price.It is a little too CPU resource intensive, so we would like to see improvements there.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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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The biggest issue with Sophos is the pricing. It's definitely more expensive. As I said, we looked at Webroot, which is a big alternative, and Sophos was almost three times the price of Webroot. That's a pretty big difference.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.Sometimes more is less, meaning if you want more than three features, take the FullGuard licence.The pricing and licensing are both good and better than Sophos's competitors. This is why we went with the product.The AWS Marketplace product should be a better fit, but it is a little pricier.Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace is pretty straightforward. Because were entirely on AWS and don't have anything anywhere else. It made the most sense for us as a one stop shop.The pricing is pretty reasonable. I don't think that it is overly expensive.

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Ranking
5th
out of 47 in Firewalls
Views
43,636
Comparisons
25,053
Reviews
10
Followers
713
Avg. Rating
9.3
3rd
out of 47 in Firewalls
Views
103,411
Comparisons
53,937
Reviews
25
Followers
2,979
Avg. Rating
8.5
Top Comparisons
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Also Known As
MX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600Astaro
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Overview
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.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
Hyatt, ONSOne Housing Group
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider20%
Government19%
Manufacturing Company9%
Transportation Company9%
REVIEWERS
Healthcare Company13%
Mining And Metals Company6%
Financial Services Firm6%
Media Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Construction Company14%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company13%
University6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business73%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise18%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business52%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise34%
REVIEWERS
Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise22%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise30%
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