36 Ratings
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Score 8.4 out of 100
44 Ratings
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Score 8.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Cisco Secure Firewall ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

7.9

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

79%
8.8

Cisco Secure Firewall

88%
Cisco Secure Firewall ranks higher in 10/11 features

Identification Technologies

7.8
78%
8 Ratings
8.1
81%
18 Ratings

Visualization Tools

6.9
69%
8 Ratings
8.0
80%
18 Ratings

Content Inspection

8.0
80%
7 Ratings
9.5
95%
20 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

8.4
84%
8 Ratings
9.1
91%
20 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

7.6
76%
9 Ratings
8.0
80%
18 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

8.4
84%
9 Ratings
8.8
88%
20 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

7.0
70%
9 Ratings
8.7
87%
20 Ratings

VPN

8.6
86%
8 Ratings
9.5
95%
17 Ratings

High Availability

7.7
77%
8 Ratings
9.9
99%
19 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

7.9
79%
7 Ratings
9.2
92%
20 Ratings

Proxy Server

9.0
90%
3 Ratings
7.4
74%
14 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Secure Firewall is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

6.5

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

65%
12 Ratings
9.5

Cisco Secure Firewall

95%
20 Ratings

Usability

5.5

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

55%
1 Rating
8.0

Cisco Secure Firewall

80%
1 Rating

Support Rating

6.3

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

63%
6 Ratings
7.9

Cisco Secure Firewall

79%
6 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

If you are already using [a] Cisco product like the Cisco ASA Series and you need more security on layer 7 then you can upgrade with firepower. This is well suited for middle and big organizations. If your company deals with credit card information then you should buy this firewall. It provides you all the features to stop any type of advanced attack on your organization
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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

  • Updates with the HA Pair are incredibly easy and automated
  • FMC with Firepowers provide a single place to view information about devices and connections
  • Tedious policy changes can be staged during the working hours and then deployed in one click after hours
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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

  • The UI in Cisco Firepower formerly Sourcefire) is complicated and entirely redundant. A lot of these features are not useful, and therefore, it can be removed from the main window.
  • The interface is very slow, with each operation taking a lot of time. Searching through the logs takes too much time.
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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 Secure Firewall

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Cisco Secure 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

      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

      It's overall very great, however the Management Console needs updating to fix the slowness of policy and rule deployments.
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      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

      Cisco support is not at all suitable for this product, at least. It takes a long for them to help us with our server issues. A lot of the time, the customer support person keeps on redirecting calls to another person. They need to be well versed with the terminologies of the product they are supporting us with. Support needs a lot of improvement. Cisco Fire Linux OS, the operating system behind Cisco Firepower NGFW (formerly Sourcefire), also doesn't receive regular patches. In short, average customer service.
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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 Firepower firewalls have all the features expected of an NGFW. Managed with a Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center, most of the learning curve is just knowing where in the menus to go to do what you want. All brands of firewalls work as expected, and learning each GUI is the trick. The GUI for Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center is simple. Though when devices are registered to Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center, there are no options to make changes locally and sync them back to the management center. That does limit accessing a remote site that might go down.
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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

      • This product is great for inspection and normal firewall controls.
      • If there's a bug in it, it can take a lot of resource time to chase it and work around it.
      • Deciphering which data is useful has taken a bit of time and trimming.
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