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Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Firewall vs. Meraki MX and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
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"The most valuable feature that Cisco Firepower NGFW provides for us is the Intrusion policy.""One of the most valuable features of Firepower 7.0 is the "live log" type feature called Unified Event Viewer. That view has been really good in helping me get to data faster, decreasing the amount of time it takes to find information, and allowing me to fix problems faster. I've found that to be incredibly valuable because it's a lot easier to get to some points of data now.""The most important feature is the intensive way you can troubleshoot Cisco Firepower Firewalls. You can go to the bit level to see why traffic is not handled in the correct way, and the majority of the time it's a networking issue and not a firewall issue. You can solve any problem without Cisco TAC help, because you can go very deeply under the hood to find out how traffic is flowing and whether it is not flowing as expected. That is something I have never seen with other brands.""The solution offers very easy configurations.""Provides good integrations and reporting.""I like the firewall features, Snort, and the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS).""I have experience with URL filtering, and it is very good for URL filtering. You can filter URLs based on the categories, and it does a good job. It can also do deep packet inspection.""Firepower has been used for quite a few enterprise clients. Most of our clients are Fortune 500 and Firepower is used to improve their end to end firewall functionality."

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"I think that one of the best features is definitely the premium version, along with the IDPs in terms of the intrusion detection and prevention system.""Among the most valuable features are the DDoS protection that protects your virtual machines, the threat intelligence, and traffic filtering.""The Layer four features are okay and meet my business needs.""The most valuable feature is the integration into the overall cloud platform.""We secure the entry point to the virtual data center with the firewall.""The solution should be capable of self-scaling, which is one of the features we like about it.""The solution has many useful features. For example, the solution allows users to create virtual IP addresses.""I can easily configure it."

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"I love the simplicity of Meraki MX — specifically, the simplicity of the dashboard.""Meraki makes it easy to be secure and know where the holes are to fix them. We have been fixing anything that we have ever found for 20 years. We keep up-to-date with firmware upgrades. We just try to stay on top of everything for security, like maintaining updates and getting rid of old systems. I feel like we're on top of it.""We've had no issues with the scalability or the stability of this solution""Point-to-point VPNs can dynamically follow IP changes with no need for static IPs.""In general, Meraki MX is easy to work with.""It has very good features; it's easy to use, configure, set up, and deploy.""The most valuable feature is that we didn't have any problems with Meraki MX.""Its ease of configuration and management is very useful for us and for other companies that don't have an onsite IT person. It is easy to configure and easy to manage. It is easy to configure the VPN with the Auto VPN feature."

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Cons
"One feature I would like to see, that Firepower doesn't have, is email security. Perhaps in the future, Cisco will integrate Cisco Umbrella with Firepower. I don't see why we should have to pay for two separate products when both could be integrated in one box.""The visibility for VPN is one big part. The policy administration could be improved in terms of customizations and flexibility for changing it to our needs.""One issue with Firepower Management Center is deployment time. It takes seven to 10 minutes and that's a long time for deployment. In that amount of time, management or someone else can ask me to change something or to provide permissions, but during that time, doing so is not possible. It's a drawback with Cisco. Other vendors, like Palo Alto or Fortinet do not have this deployment time issue.""Web filtering needs improvement because sometimes the URL is miscategorized.""The Firepower FTD code is missing some old ASA firewalls codes. It's a small thing. But Firepower software isn't missing things that are essential, anymore.""Its interface is sometimes is a little bit slow, and it can be improved. When you need to put your appliance in failover mode, it is a little difficult to do it remotely because you need to turn off the appliance in Cisco mode. In terms of new features, it would be good to have AnyConnect VPN with Firepower. I am not sure if it is available at the moment.""They need a VTI. I know it's going to be available in the next software version, which is the 6.7 version. However, the problem with that is that the 6.7 is going to deprecate all the older IKEv1 deployment tunnels. Therefore, the problem is that we have a lot of customers which are using older encryptions. If I do that, update it, it's not going to work for me.""My team tells me that other solutions such as Fortinet and Palo Alto are easier to implement."

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"The solution lacks artificial intelligence and machine learning. It might be in the roadmap. However, currently, it's not available.""It is a cloud service, but the lending speed for each region is not always the same. For example, in China, the speed is slow. They need to think about how to make sure that the service pace or speed is always the same in all regions. It would be a great improvement if they can provide the same pace worldwide.""The solution doesn't offer the same capabilities of Fortinet. It should offer intrusion prevention and advance filtering. These are two very useful features offered on Fortinet that Azure lacks.""For larger enterprises, they need to adjust the scalability.""Currently, it only supports IP addresses, so you have to be specific about the IPs that are in your environment.""It would be nice to be able to create groupings for servers and offer groups of IP addresses.""Right now, with Azure Firewall, we cannot have a normal inbound traffic flow. For inbound, Microsoft suggests using application gateways, so the options are very limited. I cannot use this firewall as an intermediate firewall because of the limitations, and I cannot point routing to another firewall. So if I want to use back-to-back firewall architecture in my environment, I cannot use Azure Firewall for that type of configuration either.""We find it's different implementing it region-to-region. It might help if it was universal across all regions."

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"In the next release, because the security is pretty basic, I think they could include additional security features.""As far as what needs to be improved — nothing really comes to mind. It does what we need it to do.""From the improvement perspective, we need more monitoring capabilities. We want to have full-based access visibility, such as, what is happening when something is trying to reach and it is denying. We cannot see some parts of it. The integration of active directory with this product is not very fruitful. It has some bugs or lacks in the functionality of active directory integration. We are unable to identify where exactly and whether it has really applied our policy.""In general, the SD-WAN feature needs to be improved. The load sharing and load balancing of the traffic should be improved. I have had some problems with these features in the past.""The security is not as strong as it could be""Management can be improved in Meraki MX.""You can only have one tunnel in the whole infrastructure — one tunnel with one device.""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.​"

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Its price is in the middle range. Both Firepower and FortiGate are not cheap. Palo Alto and Check Point are the cheapest ones. I don't remember any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection.""Cisco, as we all know, is expensive, but for the money you are paying, you know that you are also getting top-notch documentation as well as support if needed.""The price for Firepower is more expensive than FortiGate. The licensing is very complex. We usually ask for help from Solutel because of its complexity. I have a Cisco account where I can download the VPN client, then connect. Instead, I create an issue with Solutel, then Solutel solves the case.""The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions.""When we purchased the firewall, we had to take the security license for IPS, malware protection, and VPN. If we are using high availability, we have to take a license for that. We also have to pay for hardware support and technical support. Its licensing is on a yearly basis.""This solution is expensive and other solutions, such as FortiGate, are cheaper.""Cisco is not for a small mom-and-pop shop because of the cost, but if you're in a regulated industry where a breach could cost you a million dollars, it's a bargain."

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"The total cost of ownership is much less than Palo Alto, Cisco, or any other brand.""Azure Firewall is quite an expensive product.""The licensing module is good.""It is pay-as-you-go. So, you pay based on the usage. If I remember it well, there is a basic fee, and there is a traffic fee. It is not per month. It is per hour or something like that. It is not so expensive.""Azure Firewall is more expensive. If Microsoft can make Azure Firewall cheaper, I can see that all clients will think of using it. One client used FortiGate because it is much cheaper. Some clients ask me for Cisco, but in the cloud estimate, I found its cost is the same as Azure Firewall."

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"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.""Its licensing cost could be better.""The price is slightly increased, but reasonable.""The price could be lower, but compared to the TCO of other products, it's not really that expensive.""We just have to pay for the product and the license. We have a license for three years, and it is renewed every three years. It costs $1,200 for three years for one endpoint. Meraki had a good promotion for remote workers or remote workforce. The discount is very good. This promotion continues till the next fiscal year of Cisco.""The price varies depending on the hardware platform as well as the type of license and whether you're adding security or not.""Meraki is the best option — based on the price and the features available.""Like any Cisco product, the license is really expensive for small business clients. It needs to be cheaper. If you look it up, you might go, "That doesn't make any sense.""

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Comparisons
Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
MX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600
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Overview

Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from
small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide
range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your
environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is
delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco
SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables
greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

Azure Firewall is a managed, cloud-based network security service that protects your Azure Virtual Network resources. It is a fully stateful firewall as a service with built-in high availability and unrestricted cloud scalability.

To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

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.
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Sample Customers
Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
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Hyatt, ONS
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Government8%
Non Profit8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
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Computer Software Company25%
Financial Services Firm25%
Manufacturing Company17%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Comms Service Provider31%
Pharma/Biotech Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Non Tech Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company20%
Government5%
Construction Company4%
Company Size
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Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
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Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise66%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise58%
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise69%
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Small Business56%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise21%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise38%
Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Firewall vs. Meraki MX and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
552,695 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Azure Firewall is ranked 16th in Firewalls with 19 reviews while Meraki MX is ranked 1st in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 17 reviews. Azure Firewall is rated 7.4, while Meraki MX is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Azure Firewall writes "Good value for your money, good URL filtering, supports intrusion prevention, and is stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Meraki MX writes "Makes it easy to stay on top of everything for security". Azure Firewall is most compared with Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, Fortinet FortiGate-VM, Check Point NGFW and OPNsense, whereas Meraki MX is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Sophos XG, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and Palo Alto Networks WildFire. See our Azure Firewall vs. Meraki MX report.

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