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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    7.9

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    79%

    KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

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

    Identification Technologies

    7.8
    78%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    6.9
    69%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    8.0
    80%
    7 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    8.4
    84%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    7.6
    76%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    8.4
    84%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    7.0
    70%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    VPN

    8.6
    86%
    8 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

    • KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    6.5

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    65%
    12 Ratings
    9.0

    KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

    90%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    5.5

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    55%
    1 Rating

    KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    6.3

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    63%
    6 Ratings

    KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

    N/A
    0 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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    KeepSolid

    If you need to access sites from your home country while travelling, a dedicated VPN is well worth your time and money. Free versions are limited, maybe useful if you only need to check email, but for ad-free consistent service, this is an excellent value. I suppose you could use a VPN to guard your privacy, but this doesn't fit my usage scenario.
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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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    KeepSolid

    • No distractions, works quietly in the background.
    • Dozens of servers to choose from.
    • Lifetime access price well worth it.
    • Covers multiple devices.
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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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    KeepSolid

    • Streaming servers aren't the greatest, sometimes fail.
    • Not quite so seamless on mobile devices.
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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

      KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

      Starting Price

      $14.99 per IP address

      Editions & Modules

      KeepSolid VPN Unlimited editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      Personal VPN Server$24.991
      Personal Static IP$14.992
      Teams & Family plans$19.993

      Footnotes

      1. per server
      2. per IP address
      3. per family

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Optional

      Additional Details

      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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      KeepSolid

      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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      KeepSolid

      No answers on this topic

      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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      KeepSolid

      I tried a few free VPN servers, some via webpages and others via apps, but nothing specific comes to mind, maybe HideMyAss.com and Windscribe. All the freebies had limitations, such as ad-supported, speed limitations, or not allowing scripts to run. KeepSolid VPN Unlimited doesn't have any of these limitations so I could get to work without distraction.
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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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      KeepSolid

      • After a week of constant roadblocks, this VPN sped up my online research considerably.
      • Travelling, I was unable to control my IP, the majority of which were blacklisted on the majority of American sites, but this VPN got me around that so I could get to work.
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