Meraki MX Firewalls Alternatives and Competitors

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Reseller
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The product stability and level of security are second to none in the industry. We value the security of our client's infrastructure so these features are valuable to us. An example of a very valuable feature behind Palo Alto is the… more»

What needs improvement?

Palo Alto needs to adjust their pricing a little bit. If Palo Alto could work on their pricing to make it more cost-effective and bring it in line with their high-end competition, that could be extremely disruptive to the industry. They… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Palo Alto is a little expensive compared to every other solution, but you get what you pay for. The question I have been asking customers since I became a solutions architect is what the best in security is worth. The problem with people… more»

What other advice do I have?

Palo Alto is my number one choice for firewalls. I support and utilize more Palo Alto firewalls throughout my company and with my customers than any other device. Number two would be Fortinet. I don't really like Fortinet that that much… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As a solutions architect group, we are what you would call "vendor-agnostic." We evaluate any solution that seems like it may be viable to provide clients with some advantages. I will never go to a customer and say that these are the only… more»
Ryan Partington
Real User
Systems Administrator at Universal Audio
Dec 09 2018

What needs improvement?

Even on a smaller scale, people are finding you need HA pairs, and there's no way that the ASA can do that, at least in the virtual version. We needed the ability to failover to one of the others to do maintenance, and this is a glaring issue. However, it is one of their cheaper products, so its understandable. It is just that we would hope by now, because it has been in use in a lot of different… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We purchased the product through the AWS Marketplace. While I wasn't part of the buying process for Cisco ASA, I have used it to purchase AMIs. The AWS Marketplace been great, but it could be a bit more user-friendly from an aesthetic perspective. It is fully functional and easy to figure out once you are in it. However, the layout of the AMIs has a lot missing, e.g., you have to side click to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our network guy looked at alternatives and settled on Cisco ASA. It was the cheapest available option, virtualized, and he was familiar with Cisco, like many people are because it's a great company. It made the most sense at the time, because our VPC was a sandbox at first. Now, it has grown, which is where the pain point is: the scalability of the ASA. We have sort of wedged ourselves into a… more»
Seniorntwrk56
Real User
Senior Network Administrator at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The Sourcefire stuff itself is the most valuable feature. Signature detection, intrusion detection, IDS, and IPS are all very good. AMP is very useful. I like that you can put it onto devices as well. The aggregated views in FMC that you… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution allows you to be more agile and react faster.

What needs improvement?

The FMC could be a little bit faster. It will be nice if they had what you traditionally would use a web application scanner for. If the solution could take a deeper look into HTTP and HTTPS traffic, that would be nice.

What other advice do I have?

We are using the on-premises deployment model. My advice for those considering the solution is this: if you want to migrate something, plan enough time for testing before you come over to the solution. You should also watch as many webinars… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've looked at a few options, but we have an internal policy that says, unless noted otherwise, network equipment has to be Cisco based. We had to go with a Cisco product.
Reinhardt Jansen
Real User
Senior Systems Administrator at a non-tech company with 51-200 employees
Jun 14 2018

What is most valuable?

I have not had one issue with pfSense at all, which is amazing.

How has it helped my organization?

After we started with testing with it a bit, it showed that it can be utilized in a way that we wanted to utilize it.

What needs improvement?

Layer 7 filtering has been taken away from pfSense. They would like us to use Snort, which is a good thing, but I would like them to make the Layer 7 thing easier. The one… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is a free solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used to use Empalis. We actually started to replace our Empalis with pfSense first to do testing, and see if it would actually work for us. This was just a test phase… more»

What other advice do I have?

They need to look at all the communities, comparisons, etc. and read up about the issues and problems people are having with some of the solutions, then see if those… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We originally looked at SonicWall, but we chose pfSense because of pricing (since it is free) and it has issues that pfSense does not have. We are currently migrating over… more»
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