Compare Meraki MX Firewalls vs. Zscaler Internet Access

Meraki MX Firewalls is ranked 6th in Firewalls with 15 reviews while Zscaler Internet Access is ranked 2nd in Web Security Gateways with 9 reviews. Meraki MX Firewalls is rated 8.4, while Zscaler Internet Access is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Meraki MX Firewalls writes "A good firewall solution for small companies with a small IT department or no IT staff at all". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zscaler Internet Access writes "Centralized firewall that protects the whole topography". Meraki MX Firewalls is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA NGFW and SonicWall NSA, whereas Zscaler Internet Access is most compared with Cisco Umbrella, Palo Alto Networks WildFire and Netskope. See our Meraki MX Firewalls vs. Zscaler Internet Access report.
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Pros
The firepower sensors have been great; they do a good job of dropping unwanted traffic.Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.The most important point is the detection engine which is now part of the next-generation firewalls and which is supported by Cisco Talos.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.

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I like the automatic firmware updates. We use the Active Directory to authenticate VPN users.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.

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Zscaler Web Security protects our users in remote locations from internet threats - even if they are not connected to our network.The most valuable feature is bandwidth control.The solution offers a distributed organization to master and to control all of the endpoints.The best thing about Zscaler Internet Access is the website filtering. In the UAE it's quite an important feature because most of the malware comes through the SQL injection and through downloads from websites. Zscaler helps protect against that.The initial setup was straightforward. The biggest thing for us was to build our own policies. The deployment itself was only a few hours.The scanning feature is impressive, because they do not introduce a big latency to the traffic.All internet access flows through the Zscaler proxy, regardless of whether people are in office or remote. I have greater control site access and I minimize the number of compromises that we experience to almost none.Whether you are in a hotel somewhere, or in Africa, it does not matter. You will get the Zscaler protection presence anywhere.

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Cons
The software was very buggy, to the point it had to be removed.In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.Most users do not have awareness of this product's functionality and features. Cisco should do something to make them aware of them. That would be quite excellent and useful to organizations that are still using legacy data-center-security products.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.

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Expensive licensing and firewall stops immediately working if the license is not renewed at expiration date.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.

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Another thing that I would like to see is if Zscaler could have a separate product for direct access. I looked at a private access solution, but I understand there's a separate product that isn't integrated with this.It also needs better integration with other applications as well. There are some restrictions.Zscaler should provide adjacent services, which would be complementary to their current offering that could to be more pragmatic for a customer. For example, if you take Akamai, you get multiple sets of services, all depending on the customer and the strategy and the complexity and the problems. In some areas, they are more varied in terms of coverage.In terms of usage, here in the GCC, it's still growing a growing market, so the combination of DLP, data leak prevention, to a certain extent is fine. But what it requires is user-based access or role-based access. The solution needs to grow into that, which definitely takes time. There's not an easy way to integrate it, when you have a cloud-based solution.In every cloud service in the world, you have multiple upstream internet providers to create diversity so that if one of your providers fails, your network just continues. In South Africa, there is only one upstream provider, and that's not right. That that's a problem.I would like to see the ability to choose a pool of IPs for my company, set up rules based on them, and know that those IPs are not used by other companies.It needs better integration with other applications. It takes a fair amount of regular activity to apply the by-passes because it is very strict in its restrictions and frequently you have to go in and open things up to allow the workforce to work.The pricing is an issue. It is expensive if you have all of your users in the same location. It is expensive compared to other firewalls on the market.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.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.

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​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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Our monthly fee is around R3000.Roughly, we might spend $70,000 a month on the solution. We don't pay for anything beyond the standard licensing fee.The pricing is an issue. It is expensive compared to other firewalls on the market.​Be aware that you will need to invest some time and money to adapt your environment for Zscaler (traffic redirection, software deployment, authentication, etc).​

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Also Known As
Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASAMX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600ZIA
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Overview

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.

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.

Zscaler Web Security provides unmatched security, visibility and control, going beyond the basics of web content filtering. Delivered in the cloud, Zscaler includes award-winning web security integrated with our robust network security platform that features advanced threat protection, real-time analytics and forensics. You'll get protection across every user, location and device, including laptops, smartphones, tablets and Internet of Things devices.

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Sample Customers
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.Hyatt, ONSUlster-Greene ARC, BanRegio, HDFC, Ralcorp Holdings Inc., British American Tobacco, Med America Billing Services Inc., Lanco Group, Aquafil, Telefonica, Swisscom, Brigade Group
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm17%
Manufacturing Company11%
Comms Service Provider11%
University8%
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Software R&D Company28%
Comms Service Provider15%
Media Company8%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Comms Service Provider22%
Non Tech Company11%
Local Government11%
Financial Services Firm11%
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Software R&D Company19%
Comms Service Provider15%
Government10%
Construction Company7%
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Software R&D Company26%
Comms Service Provider14%
Retailer8%
Financial Services Firm7%
Company Size
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise38%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise39%
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Small Business55%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise23%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise35%
REVIEWERS
Small Business70%
Large Enterprise30%
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