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"They have very good technical support and I have relied heavily on them.""The technical support people from Meraki are brilliant.""The most valuable feature is that we didn't have any problems with Meraki MX.""It is easy to manage, which is one of the most important things for us. It is also flexible, stable, and scalable.""It is very easy to use and manage. It is also very easy to scale.""Meraki MX offers advanced filtration options, plus it behaves like a router and a firewall at the same time.""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.""It has very good features; it's easy to use, configure, set up, and deploy."

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"Some of the valuable features in this solution are traffic monitoring, GUI functionality, and it very easy to troubleshoot if there is any problem that happens.""The stability of the product has been good over the years.""Palo Alto NGFW provides a unified platform that natively integrates all security capabilities, which is very useful. This prevents us from having to go to a lot of different systems, and in some cases, many different systems in many different regions, because we are a global company with 60 remote offices around the world in 30 different countries. Its centralized platform is really what we look for in all services, whether it be security or otherwise.""I like the architecture because it separates the management plan process and the data plan process.""It's one of the best products I've worked with. It's typically a market leader on Gartner. It's a very respected brand.""The graphical interface is easy to troubleshoot because it has a drill-down sequence. It is easy to monitor traffic.""Identifying applications is very easy with this solution.""The App-ID, Content-ID, User-ID, and encryption and decryption are valuable features."

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Cons
"As far as what needs to be improved — nothing really comes to mind. It does what we need it to do.""They need to improve the link between Meraki and Active Directory.""You cannot use switching behaviors as you see on the Meraki switch.""In the next release, because the security is pretty basic, I think they could include additional security features.""Management can be improved in Meraki MX.""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.​""We have been having a problem with the VPN. When the energy goes down and is back again, the VPN link doesn't get established. We have to manually turn off the modems and other pieces of equipment and manually establish the VPN. It has been around one month since we have been having this problem, and we don't have enough support from Meraki to solve the problem.""When we do API integrations with Meraki, they have always been hard as well as tedious to build. The data that we want out of the API integrations has been only recently available. Six months ago, it was hard to get someone to build something correctly or useful with Meraki APIs. Recently, they have made more data available on the API, but it is just a start. They need to do more."

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"It's not so easy to scale out your security capabilities.""I think automation and machine learning can be improved to make bulk configurations simpler, easier, and faster""We're working with the entry-level appliances, so I don't know what the higher-end ones are like, however, on the entry-level models I would say commit speeds need to be improved.""In Mexico, Palo Alto's discounts are significantly lower than Cisco's. They are also more expensive – about 15% or 20% – than Cisco, but their platforms are very similar.""In the cloud, the HA could be a lot better. Its price could also be better. It is very expensive.""The solution is very expensive. There are cheaper options on the market.""For an upcoming release, they could improve on the way to build security rules per user.""Its reporting can definitely be improved. I would like to have better graphical dashboards and more widgets for more clarity in the reporting area. In a third-generation firewall, you can generate some dashboards. It provides the information that we need, but from the C-level or a higher-level perspective, it is kind of rough and incomplete. Its data loss prevention (DLP) feature is not good enough. Currently, this feature is very basic and not suitable for enterprises. It would be nice if they can include a better DLP feature like Fortinet. We would like to have a local depot of Palo Alto in Latin America. Competitors such as Cisco and Check Point have a local depot here. If there is an issue with their hardware, you can go to the depot, and in about four hours, you can get a replacement device, but that's not the case with Palo Alto Networks because we need to import from Miami. It takes about two to three weeks."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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."""The pricing could always be improved — especially with the shape the economy is in at the moment.""Meraki is the best option — based on the price and the features available.""​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 varies depending on the hardware platform as well as the type of license and whether you're adding security or not.""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.""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.""Its licensing cost could be better."

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"We were very happy when they released the PA-440s. Previously, we had been looking at the PA-820s, which were a bit of overkill for us. Price-wise and capability-wise, the PA-820s hit the nail on the head for us.""This is an expensive product and there is a subscription cost.""Its price should be improved.""The pricing is very high.""Cheap and faster are the opposite sides of security. Security inspections have some technical and money costs. If you just purchase some cheap, fast firewalls, then you will lose a lot of the security features and fraud protection capabilities.""It is expensive as compared to other brands.""The product is expensive compared to competing products but uses a similar type of pricing model based on hardware, software and maintenance.""Definitely look into a multi-year license, as opposed to a single-year. That will definitely be more beneficial in terms of cost... Palo Alto is definitely not the cheapest, but if you scale it the right way it will be very comparable to what's out there."

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Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: 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… more »
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Top Answer: In the best tradition of these questions, Feature-wise both are quite similar, but each has things it's better at, it kind of depends what you value most. PA is good at app control, web filtering… more »
Top Answer: Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls have both great features and performance. I like that Palo Alto has regular threat signatures and updates. I also appreciate that I can just import addresses and URL… more »
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Also Known As
MX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600
Palo Alto NGFW, Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall, Palo Alto Networks PA-Series
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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.

Palo Alto Networks' next-generation firewalls secure your business with a prevention-focused architecture and integrated innovations that are easy to deploy and use. Now, you can accelerate growth and eliminate risks at the same time.

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Sample Customers
Hyatt, ONS
SkiStar AB, Ada County, Global IT Services PSF, Southern Cross Hospitals, Verge Health, University of Portsmouth, Austrian Airlines, The Heinz Endowments
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider31%
Pharma/Biotech Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Non Tech Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company20%
Government5%
Construction Company4%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider21%
Computer Software Company19%
Financial Services Firm12%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider25%
Computer Software Company24%
Government6%
Energy/Utilities Company4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business56%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise21%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise38%
REVIEWERS
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise49%
Find out what your peers are saying about Meraki MX vs. Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
554,529 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Meraki MX is ranked 1st in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 17 reviews while Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is ranked 8th in Firewalls with 67 reviews. Meraki MX is rated 8.4, while Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Meraki MX writes "Makes it easy to stay on top of everything for security". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls writes "The product stability and level of security are second to none in the industry". Meraki MX is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, Sophos XG and SonicWall NSa, whereas Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Azure Firewall, Sophos XG, pfSense and Check Point NGFW. See our Meraki MX vs. Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls report.

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