Barracuda Networks Spam & Virus Firewall
Strengths: Solid feature set with many capabilities and controls.
Weaknesses: Web interface has a lot going on and takes some navigating to get used to.
Verdict: Very good product that needs a bit more thought on the user interface.
SummaryThe Spam and Virus Firewall from Barracuda Networks provides a range of email content management functionality. With this product, email can be scanned for viruses and spam content, as well as possible phishing and spyware. Granular policies can be set up for both inbound and outbound mail, including preventing possible data leakage. Barracuda also provides cloud-based spam protection to prevent a large amount of unsolicited mail from even coming through to the enterprise.
We had this product up and running within a few minutes. The initial configuration is done by connecting a keyboard and mouse to the appliance and setting all network and IP information, and after that is complete, all further configuration and management is done through the appliance's web GUI. We found this GUI to be a little overwhelming at first. There are many tabs and configuration menus to sift through, but after a few minutes of getting acquainted with the layout, we had no trouble at all getting around the console.
The one major issue about configuring this device is that pretty much everything is done manually without the help of wizards. With that said, this appliance has some very powerful controls and policy settings.
Documentation included a short quick-start guide, as well as a full administrator manual. The quick-start guide does an excellent job of detailing the initial configuration process, while the administrator guide provides a great amount of detail on how to configure and use product features, thanks to many diagrams and a few screen shots included. We found all documentation to be well-organized and easy to follow.
Barracuda Networks offers basic, premium and enhanced support. Basic provides no-cost access to eight-hours-a-day/five-days-a-week phone and email technical support, as well as an online knowledge base and resource area.
At a price just shy of $9,000, we find this product to be a good value for the money. This appliance can provide some excellent functionality once it is up, configured and finetuned.