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Score 9.4 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Barracuda Web Application Firewall is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • Citrix ADC is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.3

Barracuda Web Application Firewall

83%
5 Ratings
8.6

Citrix ADC

86%
21 Ratings

Usability

Barracuda Web Application Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Citrix ADC

80%
1 Rating

Support Rating

8.0

Barracuda Web Application Firewall

80%
2 Ratings
7.7

Citrix ADC

77%
7 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Barracuda Networks, Inc.

Easy to use and reliable, with very little maintenance required and zero downtime to date. For the education sector, ease of use is hugely important as IT Managers/Technicians are often "Jack of all trades" with a good, broad general knowledge but perhaps lacking specific expertise in certain aspects. Being provided with easy-to-follow tutorials and instructions has been very useful in setting up and configuring the firewall, especially as my background is more in desktop support.
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Citrix

Citrix Netscaler can be a powerful network appliance for environments that are fully committed and open to utilizing a network appliance that isn't made by a traditional network vendor. Administrator user experience has improved over the years and will continue to improve with the flexibility of virtual and physical appliances available for medium and large enterprises.
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Pros

Barracuda Networks, Inc.

  • Email Filtering and Inspection
  • Web-based intrusions and attacks
  • Traffic Patterns
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Citrix

  • Flexibility. NetScaler assumes its admins know a bit about networking and in-depth details surrounding the applications they are configuring access for/to. This being so, the range of configuration options is very broad allowing various versions' combinations of protocol patterns, expressions, rules etc., all to the benefit of the admin.
  • Granularity. Having such a broad range of configuration options available, while still allowing simple options to be configured simply. The GUI is well-stylized and navigation has a good flow.
  • Ease of control. For load-balancing of simple services right out of the box, NetScaler makes it pretty easy, compared to the range of options available in the surrounding GUI and under the hood.
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Cons

Barracuda Networks, Inc.

  • Reports could be somewhat confusing.
  • The initial setup was a little difficult for our Security Admin team.
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Citrix

  • The documentation could use an overhaul with specific examples related to the command line as well as GUI. Explanations in the documentation would also be helpful.
  • Being able to have more than just one routing table would allow the ability to leverage security.
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Pricing Details

Barracuda Web Application Firewall

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Barracuda Web Application Firewall editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    Citrix ADC

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Citrix ADC 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.

      No answers on this topic

      Citrix

      Improve on the specifics I mentioned previously and could be a 10/10 product. It is also a confusingly branded product that I have supported in two large enterprises where IT departments are unsure if the product belongs to the Citrix remote access support team or the Network infrastructure support team (it should be the later) and typically under utilized.
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      Support Rating

      Barracuda Networks, Inc.

      The Barracuda Web Application Firewall is easy to use. Support from Barracuda is great also. Load Balancing of the Web Application Firewall is also nice. This allows you to do maintenance or have large loads for the end-user. Threat monitoring of our network and traffic coming into our services within our cloud solution.
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      Citrix

      Overall, our organization's experience with Citrix support is that support can be hit or miss. Oftentimes it takes multiple attempts and much longer than desirable to obtain a viable solution for issues experienced with their products. It would be great to see Citrix invest time, effort, and almighty dollars into improving their support and bug fix process across the board.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Barracuda Networks, Inc.

      We have used SonicWalls and WatchGuard firewall appliances neither are even remotely close to the Barracuda Web Application Firewall. In addition, Barracuda support is fantastic. Throw in the 4 year (free) refresh cycle and there is no reason we would even consider the other two again (at least for the foreseeable future).
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      Citrix

      We chose Citrix ADC over Kemp and F5 due to additional integrations with various products such as Citrix/Horizon/Monitoring tools. We additionally chose ADC due to better ease of use and ability to have the appliances be virtual or physical, with the configuration being a simple migration of code which provided flexibility to be able to do a hybrid environment with ease.
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      Return on Investment

      Barracuda Networks, Inc.

      • Negative impact: a default port was open and missed by one of our techs.
      • Positive impact: it protects us everyday now that we have it locked down.
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      Citrix

      • It has saved a tremendous amount of money and manpower by allowing for broad support without the need for a VPN.
      • The security functions within Netscaler enabled our business to pass additional IT-based audits.
      • Having a full Citrix stack from front to back makes our business look more professional both to our users and outsiders.
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