36 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.4 out of 100
13 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 9.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    7.9

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    79%

    SonicWall VPN Clients

    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

    • SonicWall VPN Clients is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    6.5

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    65%
    12 Ratings
    7.0

    SonicWall VPN Clients

    70%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    5.5

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    55%
    1 Rating

    SonicWall VPN Clients

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    6.3

    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

    63%
    6 Ratings
    7.0

    SonicWall VPN Clients

    70%
    2 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.
    Read full review

    SonicWall

    If your organization has a full-time IT department or support staff, SonicWall VPN Clients might be a good fit. Configuration can be challenging if you're a small business office manager who HAPPENS to take care of IT (as in my case). Still, once the SonicWall VPN Clients is configured, it works pretty well and at minimal ongoing cost. We opted for extended support from the manufacturer just in case we run into issues that we can't address internally.
    Read full review

    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.
    Read full review

    SonicWall

    • Exceptional security
    • Relatively easy configuration
    Read full review

    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.
    Read full review

    SonicWall

    • Connections could be more stable
    • Difficult to use for tech-challenged end-users
    Read full review

    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

      SonicWall VPN Clients

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      SonicWall VPN Clients 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

        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.
        Read full review

        SonicWall

        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.
        Read full review

        SonicWall

        Phone support has been very reliable and useful, but there have been times when better support documentation would have made that call unnecessary. I like to tackle problems internally if I can, as it tends to save time and usually money. The SonicWall VPN Clients system seems to be pretty locked down as far as being accessible to self-manage.
        Read full review

        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!
        Read full review

        SonicWall

        We started the process of vetting Norton VPN, but since it wasn't available from our preferred vendor, we ended up going with SonicWall VPN Clients by default.
        Read full review

        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.
        Read full review

        SonicWall

        • ROI is difficult to determine because of the minimal initial cost; that said, now that we've experienced the benefits of having secure VPN access, we couldn't imagine not having it.
        • Users have much greater flexibility now that specific legacy systems are accessible from places other than the office.
        Read full review

        Screenshots

        Add comparison