31 Ratings
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Score 9 out of 100
35 Ratings
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    Aruba ClearPass

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.9

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    79%
    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Identification Technologies

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    8 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9
    69%
    8 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    7 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    8 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.5
    75%
    9 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    9 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    9 Ratings

    VPN

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    8 Ratings

    High Availability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    8 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    7 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    3 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Aruba ClearPass is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.2

    Aruba ClearPass

    92%
    7 Ratings
    6.5

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    65%
    12 Ratings

    Usability

    7.0

    Aruba ClearPass

    70%
    1 Rating
    5.5

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    55%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    8.9

    Aruba ClearPass

    89%
    10 Ratings
    6.4

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    64%
    6 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Aruba ClearPass

    We have quite a few visitors to our campus and we don't want to have a set PSK for the wireless so we have configured a guest network where visitors can create an account and gain access to the internet and we don't have to "manage" it since the accounts will expire after a certain time. We have RF scanners in our warehouses and we want them to be allowed on the network and be put into its own VLAN. ClearPass can do this flawlessly by keying off of the MAC address when it comes online and putting it into the correct VLAN. This makes it so we don't have to add each device individually to the system. The only time ClearPass would not be appropriate is in a small deployment where the cost to value wouldn't make sense.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    I would say a small business with a basic firewall and security needs would be a perfect fit for the Barracuda CloudGen firewall. I know that they soon end up leaving the NG models and are moving forward with the F series firewall. I think the F series is a much more difficult to manage device and doesn’t offer simplistic configuration or use and lacks cloud control so I don’t understand the move on Barracuda’s part to nix a great easy to manage the firewall. I do think that the NG line is maybe too simple for bigger businesses and would lack some main features that they would require.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Aruba ClearPass

    • wide range of compatible devices
    • have an easy-to-understand and hierarchical rule-writing structure
    • easy-to-use interface and extensive documentation
    • seamless MS AD integration
    Mehmet Fatih Onal | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    • The management software is excellent. It make it much easier to manage the firewalls than some of the other vendors.
    • Watching real-time traffic is easy to do when trying to troubleshoot a users issues getting to a particular service.
    • Support from Barracuda has been excellent. We rate their phone and online remote support as being the best in the business.
    • We like the QoS and Traffic shaping of the NG Firewalls. They help is manage our limited bandwidth, so that business critical resources are available over lesser critical resources.
    • Integration with Active Directory makes it easy to identify users activities in logs.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Aruba ClearPass

    • More intuitive upgrade process.
    • Add in-service software upgrades.
    • Use common syntax across the various systems within Clearpass. For instance, monitoring view and guest view use different syntax's.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    • Very complex and steep learning curve to get up to speed.
    • Multiple ways to configure for the same service or feature. Takes time to determine "your" customized build.
    • Interface can sometimes be clunky when trying to determine how it's organized or arranged. Again, steep learning curve.
    Derek Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Aruba ClearPass

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    Usability

    Aruba ClearPass

    Aruba ClearPass 7.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Aruba Clearpass is straight forward in terms of day to day use for monitoring and basic user connectivity issues. The system is very robust on the back end, therefore some larger configuration changes may not be the most intuitive. System upgrades and license management are not the most intuitive either.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall 5.5
    Based on 1 answer
    Easy enough to use and configure using the management UI. Reporting from the web filter is a little clunky, and not very user friendly. To be perfectly honest, once it's set up and running, there isn't a lot to do from the day-to-day side of things, which is not a bad thing.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Aruba ClearPass

    Aruba ClearPass 8.9
    Based on 10 answers
    We had some issues with ClearPass integration with AirGroup on Aruba Controller Clusters. Basically, it was tough to get coordinated between the controller support and the ClearPass support.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall 6.4
    Based on 6 answers
    I could go on and on about how good Barracuda's support really is. I have yet to have a problem they didn't help me fix and I always learn something when talking with them. The story that best describes my overall experience with Barracuda's support is this: When I first put in the xSeries they had a problem with a policy route. There was a bug in the code and in the one situation I was it, it just would not work. I went up the levels of support and they couldn't fix it. Well, next thing I know I am on the phone with 2 of the guys that programmed the thing and they work out the solution in no time and get me going. That is support. That is what I have come to expect from Barracuda. If the tech on the phone doesn't know the answer, they do not stop until they find it. Grant it, I also have to admit I do not call support with every problem, I try to work it out on my own first as that is how I learn best, so when I do call support it is going to be complicated.
    Paul Metzger | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Aruba ClearPass

    From my experience, ClearPass has been the best NAC server of all I've seen. Even though configuration is somewhat hard and it's hard to get training, once you learn how to configure it it works very well. The policies are very granular and scalable and the interface is a well-done web GUI that does not need any extra plugins installed, as some of Cisco's product require. There are many more options than with FortiNAC, and many more integration options. Also, troubleshooting and logging is good.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    Our Cisco firewall was always difficult to make any changes against. It had no user-friendly GUI interface. We were calling technical support most of the time whenever we needed to make any changes. The Barracuda CloudGen Firewall has a GUI interface which we are looking forward to getting better acquainted with as we move off of our old Cisco. Of course, Barracuda's technical support is always there and is top notch!
    Jay Glatt | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Aruba ClearPass

    • It has simplified our SSID management
    • It has made it very easy for us to segment our network based on security groups
    • It was relatively easy to implement with the support of a VAR
    Don Ringelestein | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    • We saved multiple thousands of dollars the first year out with the firewall in maintenance fees. We paid for the firewall and 3 years of service and still saved money.
    • The ease of management allows me to do my job more efficiently. I save a lot of time when doing my day to day job because I can get to my firewall virtually anywhere.
    • I feel a lot safer and my business more secure knowing that I have configured things the way they need to be and it was simple and not overly complicated.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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