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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Secure Email Gateway

    8.8

    Barracuda Essentials

    88%

    WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Barracuda Essentials ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Anti-malware

    9.3
    93%
    15 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Cusomizability

    8.4
    84%
    14 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data Loss Protection

    9.1
    91%
    12 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Threat Detection

    9.3
    93%
    15 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    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
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.9

    Barracuda Essentials

    89%
    15 Ratings
    10.0

    WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

    100%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.1

    Barracuda Essentials

    91%
    1 Rating

    WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    8.9

    Barracuda Essentials

    89%
    8 Ratings

    WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.2

    Barracuda Essentials

    82%
    9 Ratings

    WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

    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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    WatchGuard Technologies

    I like it because it tends to block out some of the things that shouldn't get in our inboxes, but they somehow end up in our mailboxes sometimes, not a big deal. The main thing that needs to be blocked out is any phishing and it keeps those emails out!
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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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    WatchGuard Technologies

    • Very Secure!
    • Easy to use and set up.
    • Great to keep things safe for employees and employer.
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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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    WatchGuard Technologies

    • I would like to see why the multi WAN doesn't work at times!
    • Can be a little slow.
    • Some things are blocked for no reason.
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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

      WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued)

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      WatchGuard XCS (Discontinued) 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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        WatchGuard Technologies

        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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        WatchGuard Technologies

        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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        WatchGuard Technologies

        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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        WatchGuard Technologies

        I suggest WatchGuard because they offer so much. They offer the way to keep email and websites blocked that don't belong and they also help us connect to the server whenever we remote in from work. Everything is done with so much ease and there is not any hassle.
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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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        WatchGuard Technologies

        • It helps our computers be safe.
        • Less worrying about IT fixing bugs on computers.
        • Their beliefs are inline with ours.
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