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Score 8.7 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Barracuda CloudGen Firewall (formerly NG Firewalls) ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

8.1

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

81%
7.8

SonicWall NSA Series

78%
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall (formerly NG Firewalls) ranks higher in 6/11 features

Identification Technologies

7.7
77%
7 Ratings
6.1
61%
3 Ratings

Visualization Tools

7.6
76%
7 Ratings
7.0
70%
3 Ratings

Content Inspection

8.2
82%
6 Ratings
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

7.8
78%
7 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

7.9
79%
8 Ratings
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

8.2
82%
8 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

7.8
78%
8 Ratings
5.0
50%
3 Ratings

VPN

9.1
91%
7 Ratings
9.9
99%
3 Ratings

High Availability

7.7
77%
7 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

8.2
82%
6 Ratings
8.9
89%
2 Ratings

Proxy Server

8.9
89%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • SonicWall NSA Series is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

6.5

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

65%
11 Ratings
8.0

SonicWall NSA Series

80%
3 Ratings

Usability

5.5

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

55%
1 Rating

SonicWall NSA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

6.6

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

66%
6 Ratings
9.0

SonicWall NSA Series

90%
4 Ratings

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

SonicWall NSA Series

SonicWall NSA is best suited for small to mid-size companies or small to medium K-12 school districts. It's less appropriate for larger businesses and schools. This is due to their ease of use and well-rounded feature set but lacks in advanced configuration, performance, and reliability.
Geoff Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SonicWall NSA Series

  • Relatively inexpensive compared to some of the higher-end products, like Palo Alto Networks.
  • Easy to set up, as the SonicWall NSA interface is consistent across all models.
Kenny McGarrity | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

  • 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.
Derek Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall NSA Series

  • Ideal with smaller businesses. Would have to examine for more complex needs of larger businesses.
  • Scalability might be an issue for super large organizations.
Mike Narumiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

General

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

Starting Price

SonicWall NSA Series

General

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

Starting Price

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

SonicWall NSA Series

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall 6.6
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

SonicWall NSA Series

SonicWall NSA Series 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Most of the time, calling SonicWall NSA Support, you get an expert who can help resolve your issues. RMAs are pretty easy once they determine there is an issue with the hardware. Support is available 24x7, which makes emergency calls easy. The only downside is the support engineers may have thick accents; however, their expertise more than makes up for any language barriers.
Kenny McGarrity | 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

SonicWall NSA Series

We compared the FortiGate to Sonicwall and continued with Sonicwall as we were a mid-size school where the Sonicwall was performing adequately, and the learning curve was steep to switch platforms. The Sonicwall offered everything the FortiGate did, and was not as costly, both in the appliance and in licensing.
Geoff Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall NSA Series

  • Saved money on implementation and administration staff.
  • Covered the sophisticated needs of many organizations.
Mike Narumiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

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SonicWall NSA Series

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