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Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service Alternatives and Competitors

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Muhammed-Shafi
Presales Solutions Architect at Hilal Computers
Real User
Top 5
It is stable but needs good service and training

Pros and Cons

  • "It is a stable product."
  • "Fortinet WAF came out recently, and there is not much feedback about customer experience. For each project, customers ask about the scenarios and references of the customers who have implemented this solution, which we don't have. They need to simplify the customer experience and provide more information so that we can propose Fortinet Fortiweb as a WAF solution to customers and convince them. They need to improve their service and training. We need good training to implement and use it properly and know more about it. We still don't know much about Fortinet WAF. We didn't get any proper training sessions. Other vendors like Cisco, Palo Alto, Check Point, and Barracuda provide such sessions. Whenever we receive a request from a customer for this solution, we just give the price. We don't propose this solution because we don't know much about it. We propose whatever we are familiar with and what is supported."

What is most valuable?

It is a stable product. 

What needs improvement?

Fortinet WAF came out recently, and there is not much feedback about customer experience. For each project, customers ask about the scenarios and references of the customers who have implemented this solution, which we don't have. They need to simplify the customer experience and provide more information so that we can propose Fortinet Fortiweb as a WAF solution to customers and convince them.

They need to improve their service and training. We need good training to implement and use it properly and know more about it. We still don't know much about Fortinet WAF. We didn't get any proper training sessions. Other vendors like Cisco, Palo Alto, Check Point, and Barracuda provide such sessions. Whenever we receive a request from a customer for this solution, we just give the price. We don't propose this solution because we don't know much about it. We propose whatever we are familiar with and what is supported.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Fortinet FortiWeb for four years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Its stability is fine wherever we have implemented it.

How are customer service and technical support?

Its support is a bit difficult to get. They need to improve the service. 

How was the initial setup?

It is straightforward, but we still need good training.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is fine now. We had to earlier negotiate the price.

What other advice do I have?

We are a solution provider and system integrator company. We work for DCC countries. We deal with Fortinet, Meraki, Sophos, Check Point, Barracuda, and Juniper SRX solutions.

Fortinet FortiWeb is comparable to Barracuda. We don't have many customers for Fortinet WAF, and we couldn't get that much good feedback. We mostly use Barracuda WAF. We use it even in the cloud environment. 

Fortinet is fine on the firewall side. We haven't sold many Barracuda firewalls, but for WAF, we mostly use Barracuda. We prefer Barracuda because they provide good training, and they always follow up. Customers also prefer Barracuda or any other WAF service. Customers receive good support from Barracuda. Fortinet WAF is rare. 

I would recommend this product only based on customer requirements. At the end of the day, how you install, configure, and meet customer requirements are more valuable. I never place a product ahead of a customer. Fortinet WAF might not be suitable for certain customers. Similarly, Barracuda WAF might not be suitable for certain customers. I always get customer requirements and then supply the product according to their requirements.

I would rate Fortinet Fortiweb a five out of ten. It is neither good nor bad.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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