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Likelihood to Recommend

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

Cisco Meraki MX

SMB market where full protection of the items behind the firewall is needed. Branch office can be connected in a matter of 30 minutes from unbox to working. With the recent surge of work from home the z3 appliance is a great extension of the office
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
7.9
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Identification Technologies
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
7.6
Cisco Meraki MX
8.4
Visualization Tools
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
7.2
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Content Inspection
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
8.4
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Policy-based Controls
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
7.8
Cisco Meraki MX
8.5
Active Directory and LDAP
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
7.5
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
Firewall Management Console
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
8.3
Cisco Meraki MX
8.7
Reporting and Logging
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
6.5
Cisco Meraki MX
7.3
VPN
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
8.6
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
High Availability
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
8.8
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
Stateful Inspection
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
8.2
Cisco Meraki MX
8.0
Proxy Server
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
7.7
Cisco Meraki MX
7.1

Pros

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

Cisco Meraki MX

  • Meraki MXs are simply great at being easy to setup, deploy and maintain without advanced skills. They are so simple to use that one can just plug them in, give them a few IP addresses and ranges and they work.
  • Meraki MX appliances are compact and fit in a single rack unit (1U) space, and they consume less electricity and generate less heat than similarly-sized (as far as capacity goes) devices.
  • Meraki MXs have a cloud control panel (like other Meraki devices do) that is very easy to understand. If you don't understand it, their support and customer success account managers are right there to help.
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Cisco Meraki MX

  • Possible granular access to switchport settings when using VLAN's.
  • Wireless models could and should have advanced wireless functionality which is inherent in the Meraki AP devices.
  • More functionality and customization on the local access pages when device has not connected to the cloud yet.
Brent Marceaux | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.6
Based on 3 answers
As we have it in place now, we will continue to keep it at our remote sites. Future expansion is something we are reviewing, and may well start with some of the larger switches as they seem to offer good performance and management at a reasonable price. Wireless is also something we're investing in and their devices are great for that.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.4
Based on 4 answers
The Cisco Meraki MX series is very easy to use. Setting up user VPN access, site to site VPN to tie multiple locations together and managing all your devices. You can even download the latest firmware and install without ever leaving the dashboard. Meraki is the very definition of easy to use
Wesley Bond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall 8.4
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

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.7
Based on 20 answers
The constant use of the solution, the positive comments from customers, the economic results of the solution, quick response to incidents, quick access to technical support in case of failures, and having control of the network from a user-friendly interface make this solution easy to sell and to make the decision to make it part of the organization's infrastructure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 7.0
Based on 3 answers
Good product and simple to use.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

Cisco Meraki MX

The key to Cisco Meraki being the superior product is its ease of use and cloud managed portal. Although other products do offer more knobs, the simplistic design of the Meraki portal makes it easy for any user to integrate it into their new or existing networks. It really is a great product!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.4
Based on 16 answers
Actually my largest deployment is limited to 50 sites for a customer. I'm actually in a new one with the aim of deploy more than 1000 sites. I also can't give 10 because I don't know how it will work with many sites. But actually we already have more than 300 sites and the administration is still easy.
Julien Guffroy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

Cisco Meraki MX

  • Previously I managed Cisco ASA equipment and enjoyed these firewalls. The need to train other admins and deployment at MSP clients were at the top of my list for switching to Meraki MX. The learning curve is much less steep for new security admins and the central dashboard allows coolabritive efforts when admins are in different locations. Built-in change management makes it easy to see who made specific changes as changes are logged on the dashboard.
  • Other content filtering solutions that I have used had more bells and whistles, but given the cost, complexity, and management overhead, I am very pleased with Meraki’s solution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Cisco Meraki MX

Pricing Details

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

General

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

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MX

General

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

Cisco Meraki MX Editions & Modules

Edition
MX64$5951
MX67$6951
MX68$9951
MX84$1,9951
MX100$4,9951
MX250$9,9951
MX450$19,9951
  1. per appliance
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Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
7.8
Cisco Meraki MX
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6

Usability

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
5.5
Cisco Meraki MX
8.4

Reliability and Availability

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1

Performance

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1

Support Rating

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
8.4
Cisco Meraki MX
9.7

Implementation Rating

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
Cisco Meraki MX
7.0

Scalability

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
Cisco Meraki MX
9.4

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