Barracuda Email Security Gateway vs. Mimecast Advanced Email Security

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Barracuda Email Security Gateway
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Barracuda Email Security Gateway is designed to protect against inbound malware, spam, phishing, and Denial of Service attacks, and ensure that business productivity isn’t impacted by attacks through the email system.N/A
Mimecast Advanced Email Security
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
The Mimecast Secure Email Gateway is a messaging security option with anti-spam / anti-malware, data loss prevention, large file send, and other features, from UK company Mimecast.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Pricing Offerings
Barracuda Email Security GatewayMimecast Advanced Email Security
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Barracuda Email Security GatewayMimecast Advanced Email Security
Considered Both Products
Barracuda Email Security Gateway
Chose Barracuda Email Security Gateway
Barracuda was selected purely on a need and cost basis during the course our selection for an SEG. We needed a tool that could be set up fairly quickly and block and detect against spam and malicious emails. It did not compare in efficacy or ease of use to Mimecast, however it …
Chose Barracuda Email Security Gateway
The Barracuda [Email Security Gateway] is cost comparative to the Sonicwall Email Security appliance but outperforms it in every scenario we tested. The Mimecast Security Email Gateway was not a good fit, had far too many "beta" quality features. The Cisco Email Security
Chose Barracuda Email Security Gateway
We switched from an IronPort appliance to ESS in the cloud after evaluating several others, and have evaluated competitors at each renewal since then. The only services that come close are MimeCast and Proofpoint; if I were making the decision again today, it would …
Chose Barracuda Email Security Gateway
Mimecast is an excellent, versatile and full-featured product. However, it was significantly more costly than Barracuda ESS. If you need some of the advanced features from Mimecast and are able to justify the cost based upon those, you will not be disappointed. Microsoft offers …
Mimecast Advanced Email Security
Chose Mimecast Advanced Email Security
Mimecast offers a lot more features than the old Barracuda gateway. It is all cloud-based as well. Being able to access it from anywhere is a plus right out of the gate. The Barracuda basically just did spam filtering. There was nothing in terms of archiving, list management, …
Chose Mimecast Advanced Email Security
We switched from Barracuda to Mimecast and I definitely feel like Mimecast is more robust and has allowed for more customization of features.
Chose Mimecast Advanced Email Security
We found Mimecast to offer the value and features we were seeking at a more competitive price when compared to its competitors. It was a significant enhancement over the cloud-based service we used prior to switching. Therefore, we've been happy with our choice and would …
Chose Mimecast Advanced Email Security
We used Symantec (previously Dell's) Email Security Cloud. The features were listed as similar to Mimecast, but support was a thousand times slower and we had significantly more spam, even after all the setting adjustments we could make. We also experienced several issues in …
Chose Mimecast Advanced Email Security
Barracuda was causing us a lot of problems with missed malicious emails, and a high false positive count.

Proofpoint was evaluated against Mimecast and was found to appear superior. However when it came down to bidding, Mimecase undercut Proofpoint by a very large margin. …
Chose Mimecast Advanced Email Security
The price was a bit middle of the road which we found to be ok (we were paying much less with a inferior product). We also appreciated the sales people and their knowledge of the product during demonstrations. The product had many things that we needed without being overly …
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Features
Barracuda Email Security GatewayMimecast Advanced Email Security
Secure Email Gateway
Comparison of Secure Email Gateway features of Product A and Product B
Barracuda Email Security Gateway
6.4
15 Ratings
27% below category average
Mimecast Advanced Email Security
7.9
17 Ratings
6% below category average
Anti-malware6.915 Ratings8.017 Ratings
Customizability5.013 Ratings7.217 Ratings
Data Loss Protection7.311 Ratings7.715 Ratings
Threat Detection6.315 Ratings8.216 Ratings
Sandboxing6.09 Ratings7.714 Ratings
End-to-End Encryption7.812 Ratings8.715 Ratings
Management Tools5.715 Ratings7.717 Ratings
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Barracuda Email Security GatewayMimecast Advanced Email Security
Small Businesses
Barracuda Essentials
Barracuda Essentials
Score 9.2 out of 10
Barracuda Essentials
Barracuda Essentials
Score 9.2 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Barracuda Essentials
Barracuda Essentials
Score 9.2 out of 10
Barracuda Essentials
Barracuda Essentials
Score 9.2 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Cloud Email Security
Cisco Cloud Email Security
Score 7.8 out of 10
Cisco Cloud Email Security
Cisco Cloud Email Security
Score 7.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Barracuda Email Security GatewayMimecast Advanced Email Security
Likelihood to Recommend
7.2
(23 ratings)
7.7
(29 ratings)
Usability
8.7
(2 ratings)
6.0
(3 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
6.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.4
(5 ratings)
8.9
(5 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Barracuda Email Security GatewayMimecast Advanced Email Security
Likelihood to Recommend
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
Good combination when using their other products like an incident response. When using automated workflows, this makes creating sender policies a breeze. Unfortunately, this can also be done too well as it may filter out valid emails and to resend or place them back into users' mailbox isn't an easy thing to do even if you attempt to resend through the Email Security Gateway.
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Mimecast
Mimecast is good when you are needing a basic email security platform. It does some basic things really well, but when you start hitting some advanced needs, it lacks. Mimecast does not do a good job with BEC detection. Mimecast does spam filtering alright, but it could be much better. It really doesn't care about gmail or other external addresses. It doesn't check for age of accounts, etc.
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Pros
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
  • ESS has a simple interface for both users and administrators.
  • The "Manage Quarantine" button in each email is a direct sign-on link, so users don't have to remember their password to manage their quarantine (this is GOLD, Jerry!).
  • The baseline functionality (catching spam/malware/phishing/malware attachments/malformed PDFs etc) is super-solid, with few false positives and few false negatives.
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Mimecast
  • Email retention - convenience for the end-users to access older messages even if they've deleted them from Outlook
  • SPAM management - allows us to prevent SPAM and Phishing attacks with custom policies that fit our organizational needs
  • URL protection - allows incoming emails with a URL to be scanned and protects our end-users from clicking on malicious URLs
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Cons
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
  • You need to take time in adding your contacts to a whitelist so that you don't miss an email.
  • I recommend changing the time interval; Barracuda notifies you that you have quarantined emails as we were only getting 1 per day and we missed some urgent emails.
  • The quarantine folder is web based, we'd prefer it to have been an add-in for Outlook.
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Mimecast
  • The Admin Management console is absurdly complicated. For every first time we wanted to setup we've had to call their support for assistance. Support is quick and fantastic but it's so difficult to do anything yourself. They seem to have gone out of their way to call features unique things instead of using standard language from other providers so you as an IT professional know what you're looking for to setup.
  • They have lots of KB articles, which their support will point you to. They are written on the most basic level and don't actually provide the help you need. For example, the KB page will tell you the list of options on the page... but not actually tell you what you do, why you might use them, or define their terminology.
  • Their email threat management system has several nice features. One of the features available is that it will rewrite links in emails so that users click the link and it sandboxes the link, testing it on their server space and the user sees it there. This means the actual link in the email gets changed to the address of one of their servers. As a law firm, the EXACT LINKS are important to maintain in our communications and editing actual data from our clients to point to a Mimecast server is an unacceptable practice. I wish they had an alternative that did not edit the link itself on the page.
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Usability
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
So far we have had limited problems the one's we have had we can attribute to poor user judgement not our gateway failing. One of the best features is the Barracuda is intuitive to choices we make on blocking or rejecting emails which is a great feature. lessens are need to repetitively enter the same information
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Mimecast
Yes using the same administration console is good, as user that you have assigned limited functionality to the console, they are already familiar with it when you increase their functionality. The new portal does take a bit of getting used to, but i can see that it is an improvement on the old version.
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Reliability and Availability
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
Availability is robust and flawless. This is a non-issue, its always up & running and fail-over protection is available for restarts or upgrades.
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Mimecast
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Performance
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
The WebUI is the only piece I find lacking on the Barracuda ESK. Its is not the fastest and is fairly utilitarian in its approach. The Outlook plug-in, while not in wide use here, causes zero slowdown in Outlook or the Barracuda ESG.
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Mimecast
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Support Rating
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
Barracuda customer support is great. Most of the time when I can an actual tech support representative answers, not some person that will just take a message. If one is not available I will receive a call back in a very short time.
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Mimecast
When calling them you get best in the world customer services but as previously mentioned their online community and capabilities are a bit lacking. They want you to log into their portal to see updates on issues (vs. using a public facing service) and I rarely find the answers to my issues in electronic format. Their online presence is only helpful with the simplest of issues.
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Alternatives Considered
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
Barracuda integrates well with Office 365 and mail flow is great. It was the first solution we found that was part of a greater suite to fit all the requirements we had. With the Email Security gateway being in the cloud, it required no extra hardware but also nothing new installed on an endpoint as some solutions require.
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Mimecast
Previously we have only used the default on-premise exchange that comes with SBS. This was very simple and only provided basic filtering of spam and junk mail. We weren't able to filter impersonation mail or emails with malicious code
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Return on Investment
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
  • Allows us to set it and forget it. We don't have to worry about patch or upgrade to a newer version. Barracuda does it all for us.
  • DLP has been great. That's a risk which is hard to monitor but Barracuda does it effortlessly.
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Mimecast
  • Reasonably priced solution, even for a small business like ours.
  • It's hard to put a figure on our ROI - I would just say we feel like we've gotten our money's worth with the advanced email protection we receive. We have definitely avoided many potentially dangerous emails since we've implemented this solution.
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