Juniper vSRX vs Meraki MX comparison

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Categories and Ranking

Fortinet FortiGate
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Average Rating
8.4
Number of Reviews
314
Ranking in other categories
Firewalls (2nd), Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions (2nd), WAN Edge (1st)
Juniper vSRX
Average Rating
7.8
Number of Reviews
34
Ranking in other categories
Firewalls (23rd), Virtualization Security (3rd), Unified Threat Management (UTM) (8th)
Meraki MX
Average Rating
8.2
Number of Reviews
60
Ranking in other categories
Unified Threat Management (UTM) (2nd)
 

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Unified Threat Management (UTM) category, the mindshare of Fortinet FortiGate is 169.0%, down from 215.7% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Juniper vSRX is 6.0%, down from 7.5% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Meraki MX is 16.3%, down from 19.9% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Unified Threat Management (UTM)
Unique Categories:
Firewalls
22.6%
Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions
19.7%
Virtualization Security
7.1%
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Featured Reviews

MURALI NIDAMANURI - PeerSpot reviewer
Jun 11, 2024
Has good two factor authentication and client VPN for advanced threat protection across clouds and data centers
My customers use Fortinet FortiGate for SD-WAN, network security, branch-to-branch communication, site-to-site channel communication, multi-layer protection, authentication, and antivirus solutions. They span various industries, including IT setups, chip-level designing, VLSI companies, software…
MENACHEM NUSSEN - PeerSpot reviewer
May 27, 2022
Scalable firewall and security solution with good switches
Fortinet is more user friendly than Juniper. In terms of remote access, I actually prefer using Fortinet. It is much easier to configure. When someone uses Juniper for the first time, it can be very intimidating. At one time, Juniper had what was known as a MAG, which was meant for remote access for users on the SRX. They sold MAG and now remote access on Juniper leaves a lot to be desired because they don't have their own client. You have to use Pulse Secure or another solution. When there's a bug, Juniper relies on Pulse Secure and in our experience, this took six months to fix.
PN
May 15, 2024
Completely cloud-controlled and provide an SD-WAN kind of experience for the customer with multiple WAN provider links to optimize
Meraki is very easy. It's very easy to manage the setup and all that stuff. I would rate my experience with the initial setup an eight out of ten, with ten being easy. Cloud Deployment: It is a solution where this can be managed through the cloud, Cisco's cloud. Meraki is the solution. You can manage it in Cisco's cloud. Generally, if you look into any router or that kind of thing, you need to put in the local IP, plug in, and do the configuration. Whereas in Cisco, you'll have a user ID and password. All your equipment will be listed in the Cisco Meraki cloud itself, where you can configure everything centrally and deploy it. Deployment time: The deployment took a few hours. Management is easy. It's centrally managed through the cloud. I don't see a challenge.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"It's very easy to set up, it's very easy to make policies and, for an organization, that means you don't need IT expert in firewalls. You just need to have somebody who knows a little bit of IT, and that's it. With other products, you need someone with a "Masters" degree in firewalls."
"Valuable features include the Web Application Firewall, and it even has DLP (data leak prevention)."
"The main reason why I purchased the particular unit was that it had good reviews and what other people were saying as far as its completeness and its leading capabilities in terms of endpoint security was very good."
"The SD-WAN function is very developed. It has SD-WAN functionality with security features in one device. We can manage from one single console SD-WAN and the security policy."
"The stability and scalability of this solution are satisfactory. Its SD-WAN, VPN, and URL filtering features are very useful."
"The ease of setting the solution up is a valuable aspect for us."
"Fortinet FortiGate is a stable solution."
"The CLI is robust and powerful, enabling rapid, consistent changes via SSH."
"This solution works well. Their switches and firewall are good."
"The product’s quality and performance are better than other vendors."
"I like the role-based functions, but the device can now perform most of the tasks. We have open access to CLI. You can access it directly. Many vendors have also opened their CLI to Linux, making troubleshooting easier."
"We like the solution’s protocol and its dashboard system."
"The technical support has been good."
"The features we found most valuable are using the IDS and IPS during protection. The application filtering feature is great."
"The technical support services are excellent."
"The product's scalability is good, and my company has 150 users."
"I use Meraki in my POCs and with my customers as well."
"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."
"They have very good technical support and I have relied heavily on them."
"I love the simplicity of Meraki MX — specifically, the simplicity of the dashboard."
"I think cloud management is key. The cloud management and support are the two things that make the product great."
"We've had no issues with the scalability or the stability of this solution"
"I like the automatic firmware updates. We use the Active Directory to authenticate VPN users."
"Meraki MX has been a stable solution so far, and I haven't faced any issues with it."
 

Cons

"It would be nice if backups could more easily migrate between different models."
"It would be good if they had fewer updates."
"As far as wanting more scalability or things in the network diagram, it's going to cost you."
"With the addition of some features, it is possible that FortiGate can be used in all verticals."
"It would be nice if FortiGate incorporated some built-in endpoint protection features. I would also like a built-in SOC dashboard for managing multiple Fortinet firewalls."
"It should be more stable. There should be full integration within Fortinet products themselves as well as with other third-party products. Especially when you're not dealing with SIEM and the correlation of the security box, we want Fortinet to be able to share that information with as many other products as it can."
"If they could extend their fabric towards other vendor environments for integration, that would be great."
"I would like to see more advanced developments of a wireless controller in the future."
"The solution should consider improving its licensing policies."
"The solution's GUI needs improvement."
"I've talked to people that say Juniper now, as a device, can be a solution for a data center, but in the past, I have not seen this as being possible."
"he stability could be improved."
"Fortinet is more user friendly than Juniper. In terms of remote access, I actually prefer using Fortinet. It's much easier to configure."
"The solution can be improved by allowing automatic updates for the OS devices."
"There are too many types of licenses, which can be confusing."
"The pricing still needs some improvement."
"In the next release, because the security is pretty basic, I think they could include additional security features."
"We feel that Cisco provides smaller features, with fewer possibilities versus other solutions out there."
"The problem is that the two licenses do not currently integrate. We have to create separate companies and do an interconnection."
"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."
"It can be hard to get a hold of the solution’s technical support team."
"You cannot use switching behaviors as you see on the Meraki switch."
"When it comes to cost, that's a pain point."
"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.​"
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The license of Fortinet FortiGate should be reduced."
"We are on an annual license to use Fortinet FortiGate."
"The price depends on the size of the company. From the beginning, you just want to know the internet bandwidths, speed, and the number of users to be able to offer the right product and model. They have a lot of products in FortiGate according to the size of the company, like 200D and 300D."
"The price of Fortinet FortiGate could improve, it is expensive."
"The price of FortiGate is reasonable as I plan to buy new switches. The initial gadgets are already booted, and the pricing seems normal on the market. As for additional costs, I haven't subscribed to many extra features, so I'm only using what I need. Last year, I renewed the support for three years, which can sometimes be expensive but depends on the security benefits and how it helps us."
"There is a license to use Fortinet FortiGate."
"Pricing and licensing is a little bit complicated in FortiGate. They are always on the higher side. This is one issue that we always raise with the company that they should reduce the price according to Indian market requirements. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
"The price of Fortinet FortiGate is reasonable for an SME."
"The pricing is reasonable."
"I rate the tool's pricing a five out of ten."
"The solution could have been cheaper."
"The solution is inexpensive."
"It is not that costly."
"We like pricing through the AWS Marketplace."
"Our experience purchasing the solution through the AWS Marketplace was good."
"The ongoing licensing cost seems to be pretty standard. There are no additional costs."
"The price of Meraki MX is between $8 and $1,200. Additionally, we typically purchase a three-year enterprise license, and we pay approximately $899 and mark it up a bit."
"The product’s pricing depends on the discount Cisco gives to different people."
"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 solution is expensive compared to other vendors but you can get good discounts if you know the account manager. The product is less expensive than a normal Cisco subscription. The tool's hardware warranty is a lifetime but you need to purchase support which comes in three, five, and seven years subscriptions."
"It is an expensive solution. There is a five-year licensing requirement. We already renewed licenses for all our devices."
"The pricing could always be improved — especially with the shape the economy is in at the moment."
"The price could be lower, but compared to the TCO of other products, it's not really that expensive."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Educational Organization
21%
Computer Software Company
15%
Manufacturing Company
6%
Comms Service Provider
6%
Educational Organization
82%
Computer Software Company
3%
Financial Services Firm
2%
Government
1%
Educational Organization
23%
Computer Software Company
16%
Government
5%
Manufacturing Company
5%
 

Company Size

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Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Juniper vSRX?
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What do you like most about Meraki MX?
I am happy with the technical support for the solution. I rate the technical support a ten out of ten.
 

Also Known As

FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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MX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600
 

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Sample Customers

1. Amazon Web Services 2. Microsoft 3. IBM 4. Cisco 5. Dell 6. HP 7. Oracle 8. Verizon 9. AT&T 10. T-Mobile 11. Sprint 12. Vodafone 13. Orange 14. BT Group 15. Telstra 16. Deutsche Telekom 17. Comcast 18. Time Warner Cable 19. CenturyLink 20. NTT Communications 21. Tata Communications 22. SoftBank 23. China Mobile 24. Singtel 25. Telus 26. Rogers Communications 27. Bell Canada 28. Telkom Indonesia 29. Telkom South Africa 30. Telmex 31. Telia Company 32. Telkom Kenya
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