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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Data Center Backup

    7.9

    Barracuda Backup

    79%

    pfSense

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Barracuda Backup ranks higher in 14/14 features

    Universal recovery

    8.8
    88%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Instant recovery

    6.3
    63%
    30 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Recovery verification

    7.9
    79%
    29 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Business application protection

    8.7
    87%
    24 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Multiple backup destinations

    8.8
    88%
    31 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Incremental backup identification

    8.4
    84%
    32 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Backup to the cloud

    9.2
    92%
    33 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Deduplication and file compression

    8.3
    83%
    34 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Snapshots

    6.0
    60%
    25 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Flexible deployment

    6.3
    63%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Management dashboard

    6.4
    64%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Platform support

    8.3
    83%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Retention options

    8.8
    88%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Encryption

    9.0
    90%
    16 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Firewall

    Barracuda Backup

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.5

    pfSense

    85%
    pfSense ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Identification Technologies

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    8 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    7 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    9 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    9 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    8 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.7
    97%
    8 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    9 Ratings

    VPN

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    9 Ratings

    High Availability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    9 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    9 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    9 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • pfSense is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    7.6

    Barracuda Backup

    76%
    34 Ratings
    9.1

    pfSense

    91%
    22 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Barracuda Backup

    100%
    2 Ratings

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    8.2

    Barracuda Backup

    82%
    3 Ratings

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    7.0

    Barracuda Backup

    70%
    2 Ratings

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    Barracuda Backup

    90%
    2 Ratings

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.6

    Barracuda Backup

    96%
    12 Ratings

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    8.0

    Barracuda Backup

    80%
    2 Ratings

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Configurability

    8.0

    Barracuda Backup

    80%
    1 Rating

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    5.0

    Barracuda Backup

    50%
    1 Rating

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    7.0

    Barracuda Backup

    70%
    1 Rating

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    8.0

    Barracuda Backup

    80%
    1 Rating

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    10.0

    Barracuda Backup

    100%
    1 Rating

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Barracuda Networks, Inc.

    There are few scenarios that it's not well suited for as long as it's either VMware or Agent Based installations. I have not had success with directly backing up a non-Windows file share. I would definitely test the product first if you are not planning to directly backup through an agent.
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    Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

    For fast-growing or SME companies, pfSense is quite suitable because pfSense already had many advanced features such as VPN and multiple WAN / LAN. As a result, we just need to pay for expensive router frequently to upgrade our infrastructure.
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    Pros

    Barracuda Networks, Inc.

    • Quickness to deploy. You will not need an expert to get this up and running.
    • Extremely intuitive interface: Brand new techs can pick this up without much training.
    • Global Accessibility: The cloud interface allows administrators to access their backups from everywhere for quick restores after hours.
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    Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

    • pfSense is an excellent firewall - It logs all of your traffic. It has packages you can install to snort bad traffic.
    • pfSense has a tool called "p0f" which allows you to see what type of OS is trying to connect to you. You can filter these results and you can also block a specific OS from connecting to you.
    • pfSense is an excellent load-balancer: (Multi-WAN and Server Load Balancing) The fail-over/aggregation works very well. This is perfect if your business uses multiple ISP's to ensure your customers are always able to access their data. Also helps with bandwidth distribution as well.
    • VPN's - I am not entirely sure if this package was free with pfSense, but it does offer the ability to use OpenVPN which is what I am familiar with.
    • They also have IPsec in the settings as well, but I am not familiar with that enough to go into any detail with it.
    • As I mentioned I do use OpenVPN the only thing I don't care for with it is I can create OpenVPN configs for each user I want to be able to VPN into the network and I assumed each one would be "unique" but this does not seem to be the case. I could be doing it wrong, but if I create a config for a specific employee I would expect only that employee should be able to use that config, but I have been able to login to everyone that I made using my credentials.
    • I mentioned earlier that pfSense had a GUI.
    • I personally really think it is cool because it has a bunch of reporting graphs for monitoring your networks. I think when I become the full-time admin at the company I am going to try to talk them into getting me a TV I can mount on the wall and display all the graphs and real-time info pfSense shows so I can monitor what is going on with the network(s) at all times. Plus I think it would look rad.
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    Cons

    Barracuda Networks, Inc.

    • In some of the older version of the software, drilling down to restore a single files was quite the process. It's still a little slow to this day, but improvements have been made.
    • It would be nice to have the ability to spin up a virtual machine directly on the backup appliance in the event of a failed server. At current time you need a Hyper-v or VMWare environment to restore a failed machine to.
    • Once you put the device in cloud control mode, some of your options are limited when you log directly into the local appliance. I personally would like to see all the options remain the same so I can administer the device the same remotely and I would sitting in front of it.
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    Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

    • There is no API for making changes. This can be a hindrance in environments where auto-deploying something needs firewall rules or HAProxy configs updated. Since all settings are stored in an XML file and then configs are generated from that, even manually updating config files cannot be done.
    • Beware that some network cards can have issues. pfSense is based on FreeBSD, so it's best to look on their compatibility list before deploying.
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    Pricing Details

    Barracuda Backup

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Barracuda Backup editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      pfSense

      Starting Price

      $179 per appliance

      Editions & Modules

      pfSense editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      SG-11001791
      SG-21002292
      SG-31003993
      SG-51006994
      XG-7100-DT8995
      XG-7100-1U9996
      XG-153719497
      XG-154126498

      Footnotes

      1. per appliance
      2. per appliance
      3. per appliance
      4. per appliance
      5. per appliance
      6. per appliance
      7. per appliance
      8. per appliance

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Usability

      Barracuda Networks, Inc.

      The front-end webpages are basic without to much clutter which makes finding what you are trying to do fairly easy.
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      Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Barracuda Networks, Inc.

      They are always quick to get you routed to a tech support person and always get follow up after contacting them. Last experience was amazing, she adjusted my boxes and they perform even better. I cannot say enough about the support. We had some trouble with one of the windows servers leaving the volume shadow copy out there and would fail. They worked with us to adjust and get working. After that it has been months since I have had to do anything with the server to keep the backups running.
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      Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

      No answers on this topic

      Implementation Rating

      Barracuda Networks, Inc.

      Work on a backup agent for Mac OS X or any Apple OS.
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      Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Barracuda Networks, Inc.

      I'm much happier with how Barracuda lays out their console and user interface. Acronis is a great product and you do get what you expect. But to have a the learning curve personally cut by at least 50% is a great thing to have when it comes to training new members to the IT team and getting them up to speed of our procedures.
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      Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

      Before pfSense we were using consumer and small business rated network appliances from Linksys, Cisco, Buffalo and Netgear. We were replacing them on average of every 6-12 months because they'd fail or would offer poor wifi availability. Switching to pfSense allowed us to use professional grade switches and wifi access points, offloading all of the services that the consumer grade products took care of, onto pfSense (DHCP, DNS, routing, firewall, VPN, etc).
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      Return on Investment

      Barracuda Networks, Inc.

      • We've had a couple situations where we've had to pull data back down from the BBS cloud and while it can take a while sometimes, we haven't had an issue where we haven't been able to restore something that we needed. Overall it has been very reliable.
      • We've had to implement two other backup systems in addition to Barracuda Backup and dedicate our BBSs to just mission-critical data because we're size-locked in our appliances. Upgrading to larger models is not financially viable at the moment and we can't expand their internal storage or point them to an iSCSI share or likewise. We brought in other systems to handle non-critical and virtual data because of those storage limitations.
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      Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

      • Moving to a FWaaS solution installed on a decent computer the initial investment was moderate to cover 50 to 250 users, but still being cheaper that a Fortinet, Cisco ASA, or a Sophos UTM.
      • Paying only for support can be a double edge knife, cause you need to identify what's the goal of the request, or your drown into a an endless list of requirements.
      • To stay in the top with the half of a regular investment pFSense gives a wide variety of plugins that will give you a deep knowledge of your security flaws and strong points.
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