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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 9.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    8.0

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    80%

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Identification Technologies

    8.1
    81%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    7.0
    70%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    7.8
    78%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    8.6
    86%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    7.9
    79%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    8.3
    83%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    7.3
    73%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    VPN

    8.7
    87%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    High Availability

    7.7
    77%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    7.9
    79%
    7 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    9.0
    90%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco Meraki SD-WAN is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    6.6

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    66%
    13 Ratings
    9.3

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

    93%
    14 Ratings

    Usability

    5.5

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    55%
    1 Rating

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    6.3

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    63%
    6 Ratings
    8.1

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

    81%
    4 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.7

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

    97%
    12 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Barracuda Networks, Inc.

    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.
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    Cisco

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN can be adapted to any type of scenario. Everything depends on the needs of the business and the complexity in terms of routing and treatment of links, but nevertheless, where it is best adapted is for the retail and hospitality sector. Where I would not recommend it is for service provider scenarios or where it is required to have [...] more granular control of the quality of the service.
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    Pros

    Barracuda Networks, Inc.

    • 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.
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    Cisco

    • Ease of configuration
    • Cisco Meraki SD-WAN over VPN/auto VPN as opposed to using a dual connection over the public internet
    • Application shaping within Cisco Meraki SD-WAN
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    Cons

    Barracuda Networks, Inc.

    • 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.
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    Cisco

    • Customized, esoteric configurations were very hard to get connected and configured.
    • We had hoped to configure all sites filtering in one place, but each site has to be configured separately. this is prohibitive with a large number of sites.
    • Network visibility does not work as well as I would like.
    • The MX appliances do not work well with voice VLAN when using the appliances as a small office router/switch.
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    Pricing Details

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall 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

      Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Cisco Meraki SD-WAN 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

        Pricing Info

        Usability

        Barracuda Networks, Inc.

        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.
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        Cisco

        No answers on this topic

        Support Rating

        Barracuda Networks, Inc.

        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.
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        Cisco

        Fast and efficient. The only issue currently is that the support is only overseas support and not in South Africa, which causes delays in resolution for some cases. Escalating issues is quite simple and the opening of new cases from the dashboard is easy. I have never had a support issue that could not be resolved.
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        Alternatives Considered

        Barracuda Networks, Inc.

        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!
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        Cisco

        Cisco Meraki SD-WAN is a way better option due to the fact that there is only one point of management and the way how you can integrate the entire network. A very important focus point is the security of the network from the beginning to the end. The visibility of the traffic and the way you can trace any failure and report it
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        Scalability

        Barracuda Networks, Inc.

        No answers on this topic

        Cisco

        Because [Cisco] Meraki SD-WAN has fulfilled the required functionality with the easy deployment of the configuration of new sites and growth, in addition to one of the integrations that Meraki has in general as a platform and the centralized management of everything through a single Dashboard. [...] The best thing is that [Cisco] Meraki SD-WAN is included from the enterprise licensing of the MX.
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        Return on Investment

        Barracuda Networks, Inc.

        • 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.
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        Cisco

        • All positive impacts. Easy to deploy, easy to manage. Z3 defects are rare.
        • ROI in 18 months.
        • All our hubs use Z3 embedded Wi-Fi.
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