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Avanan

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Score 9.3 out of 100

Barracuda Essentials

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Score 9.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Avanan

I have been asked, and I will continually recommend Avanan to friends and colleagues. This is a solution that just works. Simple, and easy to install. It took us under 30-minutes to implement. We are continually amazed at how well this product works for our company.
Ed Gray | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Essentials

The Barracuda Essentials solution is definitely a great alternative to network security and especially corporate email to prevent employees from clicking on malicious links, spam, phishing, trojans and ransonware. The solution today is implemented in almost all sectors of the company and we have control of everything and good protection guaranteeing principles of compliance and security.
Gabriel Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Secure Email Gateway

Avanan
8.4
Barracuda Essentials
8.9
Anti-malware
Avanan
8.8
Barracuda Essentials
9.5
Cusomizability
Avanan
8.0
Barracuda Essentials
8.4
Data Loss Protection
Avanan
8.0
Barracuda Essentials
9.0
Threat Detection
Avanan
8.7
Barracuda Essentials
9.3
Sandboxing
Avanan
8.5
Barracuda Essentials
8.7
End-to-End Encryption
Avanan
8.5
Barracuda Essentials
8.8
Management Tools
Avanan
8.1
Barracuda Essentials
8.2

Pros

Avanan

  • The dashboard for Avanan makes all of the most important information easy to digest.
  • Alerting - specifically, the Geo-Location alerts allow us to see if a user has possibly been compromised.
  • The End-User Email Quarantine experience gives users the ability to request emails be released, which trains them to better spot legitimate emails.
Nathaniel Roebuck | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Essentials

  • Barracuda Essentials Spam Filtering works and it is very easy to add or remove senders from the Spam filter lists.
  • Barracuda Essentials provides excellent protection from Phishing and other Malware.
  • Barracuda Essentials email encryption is so easy to use and easy to setup. Our users love it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Avanan

  • Emails the platform sends out after setup require customization they're very basic and unreadable
  • Support is overwhelmed at this point
  • [The] initial implementation we fast but confusing to a point some things we skipped that were discussed during the demo and never got done when put into production.
Eric Rise | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Essentials

  • Encryption is always on. There's NO way to turn it off so false encryption leads to real issues. Many banks and other companies cannot read/accept encrypted email. There should be a "Do Not Encrypt" type of keyword to prevent encryption (competing products have this).
  • There's no indication an email was encrypted (like with Proofpoint or ZIX mail).
  • MSP management interface needs work. You have to request licenses by email and wait. Pretty archaic today. Most competing product sites let MSP's increase/decrease licensing as needed, immediately.
Bill Artemik | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Avanan

Avanan 8.2
Based on 1 answer
We've just started using the product and have another 7 months to go under contract. At this point I'd renew, Avanan continues to improve the product as well as their support.
Eric Rise | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Essentials

Barracuda Essentials 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Its the best email security gateway product I have used.
Victor Borghouts | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Avanan

Avanan 8.7
Based on 31 answers
Usability is so easy. It was a quick configuration with entering in some credentials, accepting terms and permissions and before you know it it's already going through and taking a look at existing emails. Portal is very easy to use and there are always updates with decent logs. The new UI is great and highly intuitive.
Paul Maranzano | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Essentials

Barracuda Essentials 8.9
Based on 5 answers
Barracuda Essentials is simple to use. It has a user dashboard that is simple to navigate even for those who have few computer skills. One can barely realize that the program is even running in the background heading off those emails that can cause damage to my computer or our overall system.
Neisha Pander | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Avanan

Avanan 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Always been available as needed.
Eric Rise | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Essentials

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Avanan

Avanan 6.4
Based on 1 answer
It's not all the time, on occasion the platform can delay email by seven to ten minutes.
Eric Rise | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Essentials

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Avanan

Avanan 8.5
Based on 32 answers
Avanan support always is ready to respond to user requests and typically does it in an exceptionally quick timeframe. Most requests are not even needed to be escalated as their team will look at active threats and deal with them before they are even a problem. Monthly meetups are also great in obtaining our needs as well as showing us what is new and in the horizon.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Essentials

Barracuda Essentials 8.7
Based on 6 answers
This is the best tool in the industry. It provides the best support on top of the product. If one has any trouble configuring things or troubleshooting things, Barracuda's support is renowned for resolving bugs and issues as well as assisting troubleshooting and fixing issues. I would highly recommend it as it covers all email security bases.
Derek Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Avanan

Avanan 1.0
Based on 1 answer
There was no in person training.
Eric Rise | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Essentials

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Avanan

Avanan 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Takes a lot to get a 10 out of 10.
Eric Rise | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Essentials

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Avanan

We selected Avanan based on compelling evidence and performance. The product simply stands up and does so higher than Mimecast, Barracuda, and other such products with a very reasonable price point. It's the most effective weapon against spammers and phishing that we have used to date. Avanan has a human factor that other products do not.
Gus Gilchrist | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Essentials

Essentials is far more user-friendly - far more customizable and seems to perform better than ATP. We used ATP for a while and found it a bit clunky and the user interface not as easy to use as Barracuda's. The easy to use GUI interface of Barracuda was one of the factors (in many) that swayed us to use Essentials.
Peter Robinson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Avanan

Avanan 9.1
Based on 1 answer
It does what they claim and then some.
Eric Rise | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Essentials

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Avanan

  • Improved risk mitigation by providing additional layer protection for M365.
  • Easy to setup and configure. No expert knowledge required and no downtime required.
  • Customizable license count. No need to buy the same number of mailbox users if you really don't want to protect some unused mailboxes.
Kishor Kumar TB | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Essentials

  • We were paying more just for an Email Encryption tool before moving to Essentials.
  • The price is lower than other like tools, but we got more in the offerings with Essentials.
  • We saw an overall savings shortly after installation as we were able to replace backup and archive tools as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Avanan

General

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

Avanan Editions & Modules

Edition
Advanced Anti-Phishing$4.001
Complete Malware Protection$5.001
Full-Suite Protection$8.001
  1. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details
Prices for fewer than 500 users.

Barracuda Essentials

General

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

Barracuda Essentials Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Avanan
8.9
Barracuda Essentials
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

Avanan
8.2
Barracuda Essentials
9.1

Usability

Avanan
8.7
Barracuda Essentials
8.9

Reliability and Availability

Avanan
9.1
Barracuda Essentials

Performance

Avanan
6.4
Barracuda Essentials

Support Rating

Avanan
8.5
Barracuda Essentials
8.7

In-Person Training

Avanan
1.0
Barracuda Essentials

Online Training

Avanan
8.2
Barracuda Essentials

Implementation Rating

Avanan
8.2
Barracuda Essentials

Scalability

Avanan
9.1
Barracuda Essentials

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