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Score 9.8 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Aryaka SmartConnect

It integrates nicely with AWS (in regions other than China). The provisioning support is pretty good.
Jeff Stockamp | 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

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Aryaka SmartConnect
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
7.8
Identification Technologies
Aryaka SmartConnect
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
7.4
Visualization Tools
Aryaka SmartConnect
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
7.1
Content Inspection
Aryaka SmartConnect
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
8.2
Policy-based Controls
Aryaka SmartConnect
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
7.6
Active Directory and LDAP
Aryaka SmartConnect
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
7.3
Firewall Management Console
Aryaka SmartConnect
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
8.0
Reporting and Logging
Aryaka SmartConnect
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
6.6
VPN
Aryaka SmartConnect
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
8.8
High Availability
Aryaka SmartConnect
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
9.0
Stateful Inspection
Aryaka SmartConnect
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
8.0
Proxy Server
Aryaka SmartConnect
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
7.8

Pros

Aryaka SmartConnect

  • Relatively easily to implement
Jeff Stockamp | 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

Aryaka SmartConnect

  • Support is very inconsistent, no real trouble-ticketing system when you have issues
  • Very expensive for what you get
  • Not much advance notification for maintenance events
  • Unclear if Aryaka connectivity into China meets Chinese M.I.I.T. laws
Jeff Stockamp | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

  • Not come across any yet! A nice-to-have could be a mobile app which allows you to monitor it on your phone or mobile device.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Aryaka SmartConnect

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Aryaka SmartConnect

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall 8.2
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

Aryaka SmartConnect

We didn't really evaluate many other SDWAN providers as very few operate inside of China. Our alternative was to build VPN connectivity ourselves.
Jeff Stockamp | 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

Aryaka SmartConnect

  • Enabled us to deploy infrastructure into new regions quickly
  • Cost of Aryaka connections (especially in China) is excessive
Jeff Stockamp | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

  • Positive: highly customizable and can control the entire network from one location.
  • Positive: all services and processes work very well and are reliable.
  • Positive: MSPs looking to deploy and control numerous firewalls with ease, this is hands down the best product.
  • Negative: very high learning curve, definitely not a one-and-done firewall. Requires a lot of dedicated time to get the machine running the way you want.
Derek Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Aryaka SmartConnect

Pricing Details

Aryaka SmartConnect

General

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

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Aryaka SmartConnect
3.0
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
7.6

Usability

Aryaka SmartConnect
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
5.5

Support Rating

Aryaka SmartConnect
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
8.2

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