Compare Barracuda CloudGen Firewall vs. OPNsense

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is ranked 8th in Firewalls with 10 reviews while OPNsense is ranked 24th in Firewalls with 4 reviews. Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is rated 8.8, while OPNsense is rated 9.4. The top reviewer of Barracuda CloudGen Firewall writes "You can program it to detect certain attacks, and it will automatically insulate or block the IP". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OPNsense writes "Has good performance but I want to see a friendlier user interface". Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA NGFW and SonicWall TZ, whereas OPNsense is most compared with pfSense, Untangle NG Firewall and Sophos UTM. See our Barracuda CloudGen Firewall vs. OPNsense report.
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Pros
The firepower sensors have been great; they do a good job of dropping unwanted traffic.Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.The most important point is the detection engine which is now part of the next-generation firewalls and which is supported by Cisco Talos.The most valuable features are the flexibility and level of security that this solution provides.Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable.We moved from a legacy firewall to the ASA with FirePOWER, increasing our Internet Edge defense dramatically.Cisco ASA NGFW significantly improves our bank. It protects any high-value products that we use from hackers, viruses, malware, and script-bots. It gives us metrics on network traffic as well as what kind of attacks we are getting from the outside.Right now, Cisco ASA NGFW has given us a lot of improvement. We are planning to move to a new facility and will be a much larger organization.

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The features I find most valuable is the VPN and the fact that we can apply our policies to the program.The most valuable features are SD-WAN, URL filtering, IPS, and virus scanning.The most valuable feature for us is the ability to offer firewall support to our clients.Barracuda is very prompt at blocking any new spam which comes out.The product is foolproof. It has done everything that we have needed with the amount of email that we receive, and it handles it quite well.We enjoy the reduction in terms of labor.Inbound and outbound traffic analysis, rule creation wizard, and the GUI portal are among the key features.Add-on features such as Virus Scanning, ATP, and web filtering add another level of protection and block malware before it gets to the end user.

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The initial setup is easy. It only takes 15-30 minutes to deploy.The feature I find most valuable, is that the program helped me to realize all the requested functionality that was needed.I find the solution to be user-friendly. It has a lot of reports and easy settings.We can open a new VPN connection easily. It's much easier than with Fortinet in our experience.

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Cons
The software was very buggy, to the point it had to be removed.In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.Most users do not have awareness of this product's functionality and features. Cisco should do something to make them aware of them. That would be quite excellent and useful to organizations that are still using legacy data-center-security products.There was an error in the configuration, related to our uplink switches, that caused us to contact technical support, and it took a very long time to resolve the issue.With regards to stability, we had a critical bug come out during our evaluation... not good.The product would be improved if the GUI could be brought into the 21st Century.Cisco should improve its user interface design. There is a deep learning curve to the product if you are a newcomer.There is no support here in Georgia. If something goes wrong, support is not always very helpful with the other firewalls or other products.

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I would like to see a more user-friendly dashboard and an easier interface.The technical manuals, at times, have images that don't match the actual screens and are not always as clear as they could be on the configuration.We would like to see a solution that is focused on container deployment, which is very important right now.To start working with spam, it takes a while because the product has to see that multiple emails are coming in with all the spam. If it could reduce that amount of time, then we would reduce the amount of users who are receiving spam.The usability for the administrator's experience needs improvement. My system administrator has some questions about its overall connectivity and flexibility.A rule for email announcements, when configured hits occur, would be a great improvement for a more efficient experience.Can be underpowered if you choose to use all available add-on features. Just be careful when sizing your unit. Make sure you take into account what features you will be turning on, and work with your sales rep to get the model that can handle that load.It's a little bit complex in terms of handling. If you implement a change, there is a specific point where you have to commit it. It's not like you just push a button and it's always committed. If you don't know to check whether your commit command has been executed or not... that is something Barracuda needs to work on.

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On the customer-side, because I'm a small business, I need a cheaper or free solution option.OPNsense showed me some problems when using it in different environments. The problem is integration with a virtual server.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs.We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement.The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market.Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions.Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision.The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market.Cisco recently has become very expensive.

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We pay around 150 to 200 Euros per year and there are no additional costs.In general, it tends to be cheaper than most solutions.It would be nice if the pricing and licensing offered for less.Purchasing through AWS Marketplace was good. We did it because it was easy.Pricing is good. Licensing is pretty much automatic if using Control Center.Pricing and licensing are fine. It's worth the value because every four years, if I buy any other product, I have to replace my hardware. But with Barracuda I get a free hardware upgrade. Today I'm using Xbox. After four years I can take another Xbox or a Ybox.It is a product with a very transparent model of licensing. In the sense of hidden expenses, they do not exist with this model. ​​We evaluated a lot of different options. We concluded that Barracuda NG Firewall provided the most features for an exemplary price. ​

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There are no licensing costs for OPNsence.It costs about $1000.We are not paying any licensing fees. OPNsense is completely free for us.

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Also Known As
Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASABarracuda NextGen Firewall, Barracuda CloudGen Firewalls
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Overview

Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is Cisco's end-to-end software solution and core operating system that powers the Cisco ASA product series. This software solution provides enterprise-level firewall capabilities for all types of ASA products, including blades, standalone appliances and virtual devices. Adaptive Security Appliance provides protection to organizations of all sizes, and allows end-users to access information securely anywhere, at any time, and through any device.

Adaptive Security Appliance is also fully compatible with other key security technologies, and so provides organizations with an all-encompassing security solution.

Block more threats and quickly mitigate those that do breach your defenses with the industry’s first threat-focused NGFW.

Barracuda's Cloud Generation Firewalls redefine the role of the Firewall from a perimeter security solution to a distributed network optimization solution that scales across any number of locations and applications, connects on-premises and cloud infrastructures, and helps organizations transform their business.

OPNsense is an open source, easy-to-use and easy-to-build FreeBSD based firewall and routing platform. OPNsense includes most of the features available in expensive commercial firewalls, and more in many cases. It brings the rich feature set of commercial offerings with the benefits of open and verifiable sources.

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Sample Customers
There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.ARZ, Bauer, CBCX Technologies, Diamant-groep, Eissmann Group Automotive, European Youth Olympics, Exalo Drilling, FineLine Technologies, Geocell, Grimaldi, Infront Sports & Media, Odlo, Schenker Deutschland AG, Tilak, Verbandsgeneinde Zell, Conservas El Cidacos S.A., Institute for Emergency Medicine and Medicine Management, Erwin Muller GmbH, Info-Tech: NGF is Champion, Schoellerbank, IZB Informatik-Zentrum, RHI AG, Berglandmilch, Antenne Bayern, Sanochemia
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Financial Services Firm17%
Manufacturing Company11%
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Software R&D Company28%
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Manufacturing Company6%
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Financial Services Firm29%
Health, Wellness And Fitness Company14%
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Midsize Enterprise25%
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