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"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.""I use Meraki in my POCs and with my customers as well."

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"Our old firewall was running as HA (High Availability) on two different but identical rack mounted servers. Moving to SonicWall allowed the company to move to one unit, yet accommodate more connections because it had sixteen ports and handled fail-over better than the old firewall solution.""I really like the performance; there are no delays and no latency, which is a unique quality in firewalls nowadays.""With the deployment of the SonicWall NSA solution, we never suffered a problem due to invasion or contamination of any kind.""It allows us to block applications, i.e., websites by application type category. It is far more capable than content filtering alone.""Support has improved dramatically since their separation from Dell.""Setup is easy. Anyone with basic firewall experience can do it.""The most valuable features are that it is reasonably-priced and works well.""The most valuable feature is the Global Management System."

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Cons
"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.""I need more UTM protection security features."

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"I feel that the SSL VPN client software needs a lot of improvement.""The cloud services may be in need of some improvement.""This product is unable to secure access to endpoints for our external employees.""The anti-spam requires a specific Java version on the server side (do not update it, otherwise it will break).""They are not ready for managed security services. Their Cloud GMS product is weak, barely out of beta (buggy).""Do not even consider NetExtender - probably one of the most horrific, nightmare grade Java-based VPN clients. We have but all given up trying to make it work reliably.""I would like U.S.-based technical support.""Having to deal with too many lower-level people in technical support means that it takes longer to resolve issues, so escalating support tickets should be faster."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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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"Considering the market, I believe that the price of this solution is great.""In our evaluation, we found that the costs of deploying the solution, and also purchasing the hardware and licenses, were very attractive.""Licensed features provide application control, content filtering, antivirus, and anti-malware all in a single appliance.""The CPUs are not able to compete with a similar price point to the Fortinet, WatchGuard, or Palo Alto product.""A firewall doing anti-spam might be a low cost solution, but it is not your best strategy.""You need their analyzer to properly generate reports. This is an expensive, licensed feature, with a complex application or appliance back-end.""If you want to connect more than five concurrent users by VPN then you have to pay an additional fee.""SonicWall is a one-time purchase and there is no renewal license."

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Top Answer: definitely the FortiGate , I can assist you with configuration and support if needed .
Top Answer: Both have some unique features and per my experience with both the vendors, Sophos has more features, functionalities, and support. For more info, drop me an email to pranavjyoti@outlook.com
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Also Known As
MX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600NSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA
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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.Achieve a deeper level of security with the SonicWALL Network Security Appliance (NSA) Series of next-generation firewalls. NSA Series appliances integrate automated and dynamic security capabilities into a single platform, combining the patented, SonicWALL Reassembly Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) firewall engine with a powerful, massively scalable, multi-core architecture. Now you can block even the most sophisticated threats with an intrusion prevention system (IPS) featuring advanced anti-evasion capabilities, SSL decryption and inspection, and network-based malware protection that leverages the power of the cloud.
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Sample Customers
Hyatt, ONSOrange County Rescue Mission, First Source, Michaels & Taylor, Green Clinic Health System, Aspire Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre, UnitedStack, Faith Lutheran College Redlands, Celtic Manor Resort, Star Kay White, Air Works, Unimat Life, NHS Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support (YHCS), Hutt City Council, Mato Grosso do Sul, Nspyre
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider33%
Pharma/Biotech Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Non Tech Company7%
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Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company21%
Construction Company6%
Retailer4%
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Manufacturing Company19%
Educational Organization13%
Computer Software Company6%
Media Company6%
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Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company19%
Government5%
Educational Organization5%
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Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise22%
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Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise33%
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Small Business69%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise17%
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Meraki MX is ranked 3rd in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 23 reviews while SonicWall NSA is ranked 13th in Firewalls with 22 reviews. Meraki MX is rated 8.2, while SonicWall NSA is rated 7.8. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall NSA writes "A rugged solution capable of defeating advanced threats". Meraki MX is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, Sophos XG and SonicWall TZ, whereas SonicWall NSA is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, SonicWall TZ, WatchGuard Firebox, Cisco ASA Firewall and Sophos XG. See our Meraki MX vs. SonicWall NSA report.

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