5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Dec 7, 2016
We love the easy VPN feature. We replaced our MPLS and replaced it with just DIA.
Research the products, make sure it will do what you need, and create a deployment strategy.
The ease of management. The configuration management is cloud based and accessible from any device, even my cell phone. I can create firewall rules without having to VPN in to access the device.
The firewall rule is default "allow all" rather than default deny all.
Allow VPN from the MX appiances to the Amazon VPC that was routable from all of the MX appliances and not just one.
Create templates earlier in the deployment process for easier and faster deployments.
Support is top notch.
1 out of 5.0, Reviewed Dec 6, 2016
I purchased an ASA5516-x with Firepower services several months ago, I have the ASA installed but I still have not been able to download the Firepower Management Console. Cisco and my 3rd party vendor have had one issue after another. Have had several different people with Cisco trying to help and no one talks to each, I keep having to send the same info over and over again, and they keep asking me technical questions that I don't know.
Don't go with Cisco unless you have Cisco network engineers on your staff.
That Palo Alto has a migration tool for Cisco ASA's.
The customer service
Better customer support.
I will be taking the loss that I spent on the ASA and the Firepower services and going with a different vendor even though it means I will have to manage the firewall myself instead of the MSP that I'm paying to do it.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Dec 2, 2016
Excellent response and service from the vendor, very cost competitive
Great product, understand the pricing model and licensing, there are many caveats
Visibility into the networks, easy of support and deployment, centralized cloud management
Lack of SSL decryption
Honor pricing negotiated for a complete rollout that was purchased over time vs. discounting each order.
Buy in bulk for better discounting, we spread this over a 12 month period.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 28, 2016
The remote management of the teleworker gateways has worked wonderfully - we only run into issues whenever the local ISP loses connectivity and it takes multiple reboots of the Meraki Z1 appliance to come back online. The devices allow us to use a managed VPN connection which allows our remote workers to do their jobs as if they were in our office, and it increases productivity by allowing employees to work anywhere. The Z1 has wireless capability as well, so we can configure them for the users to have WiFi as part of the VPN.
test your management appliance first
occasional connectivity issues after previous loss and subsequent restoration of local ISP internet connectivity
there is nothing I wish the vendor did differently
test the implementation on more heavy-data utilization situations
3 out of 5.0, Reviewed Oct 20, 2016
Fairly new for our firm so have been proceeding cautiously. Sales team is great at presenting the options and capabilities. Enterprise management portal appears straight forward, would be nice to have more customizable organizational structure availabe for multi site firms.
Go through the proof of concept first prior to changing architecture and implementing in production
Flexibility and ease in deploying
lack of understanding around security
Conducted a POC
Dug into the security further
Been able to roll out to multiple sites
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Oct 18, 2016
The Meraki MX64 firewall appliance is a decent firewall for a small, remote site. The layer-7 visibility it has is quite good and easy to use. The box is cloud managed and is relatively simple to setup and monitor. If you're looking for full functionality in the firewall though, look elsewhere. The firewall mangement piece is alright for a very basic setup, but start putting many rules in and it becomes cumbersome. It does however come with threat prevention built in (if you purchased the license) which is a nice add-on to improve security.
Evaluate it first in house and make sure it has the features you want. As they say, Meraki gives you about 80% of the features of its competitors, but at a better price point and with simpler management.
The layer-7 visibility.
Its firewall rules interface.
Better firewall rules interface.
We would probably stick with Palo Alto firewalls if fund are available. While some of the layer-7 information is easier to look at on the Meraki, the Palo Altos (even the entry level ones) have better firewall features and manageability. For basic installations though, the Meraki is a good option.
I haven't needed to use their support for this product.
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4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Aug 22, 2016
The product has worked great for us, short of a few DOA and hardware going bad during implementation.
Make sure your security roadmap is line with the existing capabilities and future capabilities of the MX product line as best as possible.
Ease of configuration and deployment.
Lack of enterprise network features and integration with traditional network tools (SNMP, Netflow, 802.1x).
I wish they were more hands on with us and put some skin in the game as far as initial implementation is concerned.
Asked the vendor more questions around how aggressive they were going to be towards implementing enterprise features within their product. Designed our Data center implementation of the security appliances differently.
Solving complex issues can take anywhere from a few days to months. At times their support is unresponsive for complex issues that await feedback from them. I have had to prod them for status updates in order to get things moving. On most small issues they are very responsive and able to resolve quickly.
This was mostly internal. We relied on the vendor when we had problems.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jul 21, 2016
Meraki MX appliances are easily implemented and deployed. The cloud management functionality is great for speeding up the implementation time and gives us agility when changes are required.
If you can purchase the advanced security bundle that includes everything with the MX.
Ease of use and agility of the product to make changes.
Changes in feature functionality as fast as I would like it to be.
Ability to license differently within their organizational structure.
Replace our existing firewalls with the Meraki MX firewalls.
Support was great in all areas from implementation to after go live.
You see it all in one dashboard.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jun 14, 2016
Overall, it is high quality and the best out there, but very expensive.
that it was reliable.
get more pre-approved budget in place for secure and reliable IT products.
Overall, this is a great product to have. They don't take care of you like a VIP client, so if you're not looking for that and you have a nice budget, go with them!
Support was not that great. Service of product was great.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jun 14, 2016
Solution is excellent. Vendor support could've been better.
had to ask repeatedly for help.
it took a while to get the product working with our WAN vendor.