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Score 8.1 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Barracuda Web Application Firewall is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • F5 BIG-IP is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.3

Barracuda Web Application Firewall

83%
5 Ratings
8.4

BIG-IP

84%
12 Ratings

Usability

Barracuda Web Application Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

BIG-IP

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

8.0

Barracuda Web Application Firewall

80%
2 Ratings
7.7

BIG-IP

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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F5

Again, protection of enterprise data via VPN solution can be easily achieved with BIG IP. Despite its shortcomings, it has been very reliable as I use it daily to acess the coporate websites and do my work. I can imagine getting frustrated if the connection is not stable . Thankfully, Big IP is a very stable VPN client.
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Pros

Barracuda Networks, Inc.

  • Email Filtering and Inspection
  • Web-based intrusions and attacks
  • Traffic Patterns
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F5

  • Easy connection: you can connect to your corporate network with two clicks.
  • IP restriction: F5 has a list of possible insecure IP numbers, if someone tries to connect using one of these numbers, F5 BIG-IP won't connect.
  • Always on feature: Very handy feature, if you install always on, you won't need to click connect.
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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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F5

  • The appliance had power supply problems, replaced 2 over the 5 years, $3000 each
  • The appliance as a hardware device had no support 2 years after we bought them, moved to virtual
  • Requires F5 knowledge, their terminology and way of doing things needs training
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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

    BIG-IP

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    BIG-IP 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

      F5

      Great customization and easy to use help reference menus
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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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      F5

      On the occasions when we've had to engage f5 support, they have been great. They have always resolved our issues quickly and been easy to work with and professional. The reason I give them a 10 out of 10, however, is because when we've had issues that have crossed over between the f5 BIG-IP, our Cisco switches, and our Microsoft IIS server the f5 support representatives have been extremely knowledgeable about every product and device involved and have been able to troubleshoot end-to-end without having to engage other vendors.
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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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      F5

      I can't recall the name of the previous software we used for remote intranet access, but it was much less reliable. F5 BIG-IP is consistent and easy to use--the authentication process happens quickly and reliably via my cell phone's facial recognition feature which is convenient and secure. No need to carry a key fob or enter a verification code. The previous software required email codes be sent and entered to verify access.
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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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      F5

      • Load balancing is a requirement in most serious web environments, and this allows us to keep sites up and running in the event of partial server outages.
      • Keeping sites extra secured with the advanced security and routing features is a plus.
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