40 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 100
2 Ratings
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Barracuda Essentials ranks higher in 1 feature set: Secure Email Gateway

Secure Email Gateway

8.8

Barracuda Essentials

88%
8.2

Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway (SEG)

82%
Barracuda Essentials ranks higher in 6/7 features

Anti-malware

9.3
93%
15 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Cusomizability

8.4
84%
14 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Data Loss Protection

9.1
91%
12 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Threat Detection

9.3
93%
15 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Sandboxing

8.4
84%
11 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

End-to-End Encryption

8.8
88%
12 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Management Tools

8.2
82%
15 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • Barracuda Essentials is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.9

Barracuda Essentials

89%
15 Ratings
8.0

Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway (SEG)

80%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Barracuda Essentials

91%
1 Rating

Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway (SEG)

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.9

Barracuda Essentials

89%
8 Ratings

Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway (SEG)

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.2

Barracuda Essentials

82%
9 Ratings

Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway (SEG)

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Barracuda Networks, Inc.

The Barracuda Essentials solution is definitely a great alternative to network security and especially corporate email to prevent employees from clicking on malicious links, spam, phishing, trojans and ransonware. The solution today is implemented in almost all sectors of the company and we have control of everything and good protection guaranteeing principles of compliance and security.
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HelpSystems

The CS SEG appliances are running as virtual appliances by now. They do need not much power in the ESX environment. I recommend to use at least two peers running in a cluster. The cluster feature is working very well. The CS SEG can process a huge number of emails in a very short time frame.
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Pros

Barracuda Networks, Inc.

  • Barracuda Essentials Spam Filtering works and it is very easy to add or remove senders from the Spam filter lists.
  • Barracuda Essentials provides excellent protection from Phishing and other Malware.
  • Barracuda Essentials email encryption is so easy to use and easy to setup. Our users love it.
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HelpSystems

  • CS SEG is fast in email processing
  • Managing the quarantine is easy
  • Display of the reasons why an email has been processed this is very detailed
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Cons

Barracuda Networks, Inc.

  • Encryption is always on. There's NO way to turn it off so false encryption leads to real issues. Many banks and other companies cannot read/accept encrypted email. There should be a "Do Not Encrypt" type of keyword to prevent encryption (competing products have this).
  • There's no indication an email was encrypted (like with Proofpoint or ZIX mail).
  • MSP management interface needs work. You have to request licenses by email and wait. Pretty archaic today. Most competing product sites let MSP's increase/decrease licensing as needed, immediately.
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HelpSystems

  • Improvement is needed in the area of AV/Antispam update processing (internally)
  • Improvement is needed in the log file processing. Many log file entries are not understandable for an operator or administrator without special insider knowledge
  • Clearswift has recently changed the support provider. Now there are no german supporters anymore.
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Pricing Details

Barracuda Essentials

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Barracuda Essentials 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

    Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway (SEG)

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway (SEG) 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

      Likelihood to Renew

      Barracuda Networks, Inc.

      Its the best email security gateway product I have used.
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      HelpSystems

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      Barracuda Networks, Inc.

      Barracuda Essentials is simple to use. It has a user dashboard that is simple to navigate even for those who have few computer skills. One can barely realize that the program is even running in the background heading off those emails that can cause damage to my computer or our overall system.
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      HelpSystems

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Barracuda Networks, Inc.

      This is the best tool in the industry. It provides the best support on top of the product. If one has any trouble configuring things or troubleshooting things, Barracuda's support is renowned for resolving bugs and issues as well as assisting troubleshooting and fixing issues. I would highly recommend it as it covers all email security bases.
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      HelpSystems

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Barracuda Networks, Inc.

      Essentials is far more user-friendly - far more customizable and seems to perform better than ATP. We used ATP for a while and found it a bit clunky and the user interface not as easy to use as Barracuda's. The easy to use GUI interface of Barracuda was one of the factors (in many) that swayed us to use Essentials.
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      HelpSystems

      The Clearswift Secure Email Gateway (CS SEG) has very low license costs. A two peer cluster is enough to run a complete emailing gateway environment. Compared to the Proofpoint PPS the CS SEG does not need a management appliance. The CS SEG peers can manage the quarantine by themselves. This is easy to use and quite fast.
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      Return on Investment

      Barracuda Networks, Inc.

      • Barracuda Essentials has had a very positive impact especially since the Pandemic with many remote workers. Our IT objective is 99.9% uptime with many redundancy fail safes in place. Barracuda Essentials helps meet that objective by protecting the vast amount of email we receive daily.
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      HelpSystems

      • Since this CS SEG environment is operated for a customer, I cannot answer this question
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