Compare Barracuda Web Application Firewall vs. Citrix NetScaler ADC

Barracuda Web Application Firewall is ranked 7th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 9 reviews while Citrix NetScaler ADC is ranked 3rd in Application Delivery Controllers with 18 reviews. Barracuda Web Application Firewall is rated 8.6, while Citrix NetScaler ADC is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Barracuda Web Application Firewall writes "Gives an understanding of what is happening on your site and any attempts on your source". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Citrix NetScaler ADC writes "SSL VPN works very well; it's easy to set up and you can go very granular with it". Barracuda Web Application Firewall is most compared with F5 BIG-IP, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and Fortinet FortiWeb, whereas Citrix NetScaler ADC is most compared with F5 BIG-IP, HAProxy and Citrix NetScaler VPX.
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It's very simple and predictable, because Barracuda provides a vision of the current state of your application. It gives you an understanding of what is happening on your site and any attempts against you at your source. This is the main value that Web Application Firewall provides our company. These aspects are also the main reason for this documentation process.The most valuable feature is the automatic content filtering.The most valuable feature of this solution is the simplicity of configuration.I find the solution very stable.The volumetric DDoS defense is very good because I had a problem with a lot of volumetric DDoS attacks on my servers. After using Barracuda, those attacks have stopped and all the traffic is going smoothly to my servers and the system is working really well.The updating and signature features are my primary use case for the solution. These features are beneficial to my organization.It allows us to scale out to multiple phase servers.We run it with no downtime, because it has good support.

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Helped us a lot with load balancing.Very stable.For desktop application management, I recommend the NetScaler edition. This product is like a Swiss army knife. Citrix NetScaler ADC supports the education front-end.I can turn on features without actually owning a license. I can test them out, I can use them for a while, and then I can be licensed up. That's awesome. I don't have to have a license immediately before I can start to deploy things rapidly, rapid deployment is a plus.It has helped us to increase the resiliency of the application and the performance.It is the best product out there.Scalability is great. One of the best features of NetScaler is that it can scale out.This solution allows the user to easily scale out application delivery, and provides secure remote access.

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I think the main area for improvement in this product is learning it, as can be seen when comparing it to the F5 web application firewall. F5 has a very powerful learning phase when you start using your web application firewall against your site. Barracuda has something like this, but not with the same functionality from my point of view.The usability of the interface could be improved.I would like to see an improved capacity to store logs so that they will be available for a longer time.The solution could use more reports.I would like to see better controlling of the traffic.I would suggest that someone implementing this product is knowledgeable in the IT field, and with the network needs. It is complex.If you know nothing about networks, then you can't set it up.It is not stable nor mature.

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Technical support sometimes takes a little longer because of the multilevel ticket priority.Does not include security. A web application firewall would be a nice addition.Citrix should improve the documentation. It is not really clear how to set up many features to our advantage. When we setup Citrix NetScaler ADC, we have to figure it out by ourselves without a lot of documentation.I would like to see them make it easier to do some of the more complex things. For example, a web re-direct requires two pieces to it. You have two ports and when people want to go to a web page, they just type in the webpage that on the backend it will redirect them to a secure link. The initial setup of that is cumbersome because you have to do it twice. There are things that can be replicated. The IP address, for example, is the same. This change would go a long way. Don't make me do it twice and don't make me have to read tons of documentation to figure out how to do it. Ease of configuration for some of the more complex processes would be a good improvement.The technical support has room for improvement.It can be difficult to setup.I would like to see more integration for single sign-on.Should offer more flexible cost-effective licensing for small to medium sized organizations.

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Barracuda costs us $8,000 per year. Barracuda costs $20,000 for a full subscription, when you try to protect multi-site infrastructure, in different geographical zones and for different data centers. If you have only one site, Barracuda will be cheaper.Our licensing fees are paid annually and the cost is between €600 and €800 (approximately $665.00 to $885.00 USD).They have competitive pricing.The pricing is less compared to other web applications.

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We have a yearly licencing fee, and there are no additional costs.Ninety day free trial makes it easy to try out this solution.Licensing is adequate. I wanted to have a more prominent license, but until I do they don't give enough support. The additional cost would be too much.NetScaler does the same thing as an F5 and it's cheaper.You get the value for your money. There aren't any hidden fees.I do not have any experience with the pricing of the product.We are quite happy with price. It's not too high.We have been evaluating F5, Citrix, and other ADC products. Citrix is the most expense of all of them.

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Overview

Barracuda Web Application Firewall is the ideal solution for organizations looking to protect web applications from data breaches and defacement. With the Barracuda Web Application Firewall, administrators do not need to wait for clean code or even know how an application works to secure their applications. Organizations can ensure robust security with a Barracuda Web Application Firewall hardware or virtual appliance, deployed either on-premises or in the cloud.

Citrix NetScaler is deployed in thousands of networks around the globe to optimize, secure and control the delivery of all enterprise and cloud services, and to maximize the end user experience for all users including mobile clients.
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