If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Barracuda CloudGen Firewall, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
My advice for anybody who is considering this solution is to do a proof of concept first, to make sure that it meets the requirements. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to first discuss the environment and task with the Barracuda engineers. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
We are a Barracuda partner. We have firewalls in all of our data centers and have a total of around 200 firewalls. I would advise others that it's really a good product for SD-WAN, and for security. I would advise them to consider other products as well. Companies should certainly consider it for security features. For us, it's probably more of an SD-WAN product to really set up good connections between sites, but not a really in-depth security product per se. If a company needs more security, they should look at and compare different products that may really focus more on the security aspect. The solution has far fewer features than Sophos, for example, which is more security-driven. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten because it offers SD-WAN functionality and an easy zero-touch deployment. If you have a lot of sites and you need to connect them to each other, it's a really good product.
All the firewall companies such as Fortinet tend to go after certain markets. All the highly regulated industries such as banking and security exchanges have to follow a lot of rules. Firewalls can't provide them with all their specific needs. A lot of our time is spent trying to fix their problems. Our problem is that they all run different operating systems so it's difficult for them to do a good job at protection. In another area, the more variation in equipment creates more issues. If you had a thousand computers, all identical and doing the same job, you wouldn't have as much trouble as you do when there are a thousand computers with 500 variations all doing different things; document control, engineering, facilities management and the most difficult to deal with is material management. I would rate this product a five out of 10.
My advice to others would be to get familiar with firewalls logic. My rating for this program is 9.5 out of ten. Not a ten because I would like better technical support and a better interface.
We suggest to our clients that training is the first thing they should do after deployment. This is because it is very important that they know how to operate and maintain the product. It allows them to be self-sufficient when it comes to maintenance. If you have sufficient knowledge then you can deploy and maintain the solution with no issues. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
Give Barracuda a try because it has been successful in my experience. 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. So, I would give it a ten out of ten and recommend it to anyone for use. I have used the on-premise and Barracuda Cloud versions of the product. We are only now looking into AWS. They are already pushing it out to the cloud and putting another layer in front of it before it even gets to me.
I would recommend to check out this product. We have used other versions besides AWS, and we are still comparing them.