Most Helpful Review
Single device, multiple functions - I don't need to buy a WAF, proxy server, or VPN device - all are built-in
I discovered that I could still keep the data rates really high, up near the 1 gigahertz data speed, without...
Find out what your peers are saying about Barracuda CloudGen Firewall vs. WatchGuard Firebox and other solutions. Updated: November 2019.
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For us, the most valuable features are the IPX and the Sourcefire Defense Center module. That gives us visibility into the traffic coming in and going out, and gives us the heads-up if there is a potential outbreak or potential malicious user who is trying to access the site. It also helps us see traffic generated by an end device trying to reach out to the world.
The information coming from Talos does a good job... I like the fact that Cisco is working with them and getting the information from them and updating the firewall.
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 feature of this solution is AMP (Advanced Malware Protection), as this is really needed to protect against cyber threats.
I like the Cisco ASDM (Adaptive Security Device Manager), which is the configuration interface for the Cisco firewall.
The technical team is always available when we have problems.
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.
It's hard to pick one feature over another. But if I had to pick one, the UTM would be the most valuable because of the notification. I get notified via email if there is any type of threat detection or alert, telling me something is wrong.
The most valuable feature is the ease of use of the interface.
It's very easy to use, especially compared to similar products. A lot more users use the WatchGuard appliance now than use the SonicWall appliance because of the ease of usability.
The most valuable features of this solution are live logging, rule setup and maintenance, and VPN creation.
Intrusion Prevention is my primary focus so that's what I find most useful. The why is straightforward: It's to prevent intrusion.
[A] valuable feature would be the branch office. We have five offices throughout the United States, and it coordinates the connections of those offices.
HostWatch makes it so I can see, in real-time, activity in the event that there is something weird happening on the network. This simplifies my job.
The product's usability is good. It is straightforward and simple. One of the benefits is that it is easy to navigate and intuitive.
We were also not too thrilled when Cisco announced that in the upcoming new-gen ASA, iOS was not going to be supported, or if you install them, they will not be able to be managed through the Sourcefire. However, it seems like Cisco is moving away from the ASA iOS to the Sourcefire FireSIGHT firmware for the ASA. We haven't had a chance to test it out.
Our latest experience with a code upgrade included a number of bugs and issues that we ran into. So more testing with their code, before it hits us, would help.
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.
I have found that Cisco reporting capabilities are not as rich as other products, so the reporting could be improved.
The Sandbox and the Web Censoring in this solution need to be improved.
It will be nice if they had what you traditionally would use a web application scanner for. If the solution could take a deeper look into HTTP and HTTPS traffic, that would be nice.
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.
Websense is an application that monitors and filters internet traffic. Websense was derived from WatchGuard. But when you go to WatchGuard to actually implement that particular feature, you have to use some type of additional feature and you have to pay for it, unfortunately. I think it should be free or free in the WatchGuard box itself, as an option. It would be nice if they didn't charge us for that.
The reporting is a little on the weak side. I would like to see a better reporting set and easier drill-down options.
There is a slight learning curve.
We would like to see granular notification settings and more advanced filtering in traffic monitoring.
I'd like to have better access to workstation monitoring, connection monitoring, and the amount of time an address is being used, to better gauge proper network utilization. If I knew that something was connected to a particular external location for an extended period that seems abnormal, I'd be able to act upon it.
In terms of the reporting and management features — and this isn't necessarily a WatchGuard issue, this seems to be more of an industry-wide issue — you get reports, but a lot of times you don't know what you're looking at. You're so overwhelmed with the data. You're getting a lot of stuff that doesn't matter, so it takes time to parse through it, to actually get what you want to know.
Sometimes, the writing rules are a little confusing in how am I doing them.
We were able to take from an older configuration, build a new one quickly, and get it up and running, which didn't take long, but there was some pain around it.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Pricing varies on the model and the features we are using. It could be anywhere from $600 to $1000 to up to $7,000 per year, depending on what model and what feature sets are available to us.
We used Check Point and the two are comparable. Cost was really what put us onto the ASAs... the price tag for Check Point was exorbitantly more than what it is for the ASA solution.
Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.
We are in the process of renewing our three-year license, which costs approximately $24,000 USD for the thirty-six months.
The pricing for Cisco products is higher than others, but Cisco is a very good, strong, and stable technology.
The program is very expensive.
The cost of this solution is high.
Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment.
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.
The cost was somewhere in the vicinity of $2,000 to $3,000 for each one...
It costs me about $800 a year.
I buy a three-year renewal on the main device, which is usually around $3,000 to $4,000. They usually upgrade the device when I do it. You get a big discount when you do three years.
Their price point worked, which is the reason why we stayed with WatchGuard.
We pay about $3,500 every three years.
I think we might be subscribed to one or two of the premium features.
We had a trade-in offer at the end of our first three-year term. As a result, we pretty much got a free device by buying the three-year subscription. It was around $3,000 for the three-years.
There is an additional cost for support on top of licensing. When I bought my new unit, I received additional time added to my support.
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Also Known As
|Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls||Barracuda NextGen Firewall, Barracuda CloudGen Firewalls|
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.
WatchGuard's approach to network security focuses on bringing best-in-class, enterprise-grade security to any organization, regardless of size or technical expertise. Ideal for SMBs and distributed enterprise organizations, our award-winning Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances are designed from the ground up to focus on ease of deployment, use, and ongoing management, in addition to providing the strongest security possible.
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|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||Ellips, Diecutstickers.com, Clarke Energy, NCR, Wrest Park, Homeslice Pizza, Fortessa Tableware Solutions, The Phoenix Residence|
Financial Services Firm20%
Comms Service Provider9%
Software R&D Company29%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm29%
Health, Wellness And Fitness Company14%
Software R&D Company14%
Non Tech Company14%
Software R&D Company20%
Comms Service Provider11%
Museum Or Institution6%
Software R&D Company18%
Comms Service Provider13%