Barracuda CloudGen Firewall vs Fortinet FortiGate comparison

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We performed a comparison between Barracuda CloudGen Firewall and Fortinet FortiGate based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two WAN Edge solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Q&A Highlights
Question: Comparison of Barracuda F800, SonicWall 5600 and Fortinet
Answer: Looks like WatchGuard is doing a really bad job in it's marketing, as it's in many aspects superior to other firewall vendors - when you are really into security and not just to have a box, that you will set up and forget. The biggest mistake in firewalling and security is that everyone just looks to have things as simple as possible, set them up and than never look back at them. Firewalls are not L2 switches! Still many would like to handle them as such. Big mistake. But there is no 'best' firewall. All good ones have advantages and disadvantages. It's pretty much like there is no 'best car'. You just have more and less popular ones and such that spend tons of money for marketing, to give you a fake sense of how good they are. Today it's easy to get demo/eval appliances. Instead of asking what others like, everyone should evaluate the different products out there and find out, what HE likes. Others don't have the same environment as you have, neither they have the same requirements, skills, experience. All this is critical for choosing the right firewall solution for your needs. There is a Gartner MQ released every year and there is the NSS Labs report. Should not be too difficult to find out, what solutions are worth to be evaluated. But please don't others let decide for you, what firewall you should be using!
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"The ability to be deployed and supported remotely is valuable.""It's great for handling complex items.""It provides a lot of functionality adhering to the current trends.""The solution is stable.""I think Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is one of the most advanced firewall platforms. I also like that it's easy to get top-level support right away. You get that security, and if you make a mistake, it doesn't break.""It is a very stable solution.""The antivirus protection or malware protection has been great.""Its central management, especially when it comes to distributed environments, is great. I can generate and save a setting and then apply that setting across the network with just one click."

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"I like Fortinet's cloud management. It allows me to manage all my devices in different branches for three cloud accounts. Even though I use on-prem devices, I can manage everything on the cloud.""The solution is very user-friendly.""Fortinet FortiGate is user-friendly and affordable.""It is simple to manage, and there are a lot of functionalities in the same box.""The technical support in our region is excellent.""FortiGate is very simple to manage and easy to use.""The interface is very good.""The network security and cloud security are most valuable."

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"It would be better if they had a trace and trap feature. It's hard for me to say anything bad about Barracuda. This is because we had a firewall go down in the town of Kirkland Lake, and it was a blown-out port, and they had an instant replacement.""The price is a bit higher than other vendors.""While using Barracuda CloudGen Firewall, we encounter issues with VPN profiles for Windows.""The biggest downside is that it is quite an expensive product.""They have a very complicated interface. It's very hard to learn.""There is room for improvement in performance and the support language. The support they're providing right now is from a different country, and in our country, there are people—network admins and IT heads—who don't speak English properly. So Barracuda needs to provide support agents who speak additional languages, such as Bangla.""The initial setup is a bit complex.""I would like to see the connection improved."

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"The solution could be more secure and stable.""Fortinet FortiGate is a firewall solution and once it's deployed, you can rest assured that your system is secure.""I would like some automated custom reporting.""The routing capability on the FortiGate devices has room for improvement.""Fortigate's hardware capacities could be improved.""The support system could be improved.""From a reporting perspective, there's room for improvement. They're providing FortiAnalyzer through which one can get some enhancements, but the visibility and reporting still need slight improvement.""The solution lacks sufficient filtering."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing is very cheap compared to Cisco ASA, which we used before, and compared to Palo Alto Networks and Fortinet. Barracuda has different solutions for different people. So for my SMB-level infrastructure, Barracuda has given me a proper solution that is half of the price of Palo Alto or Fortinet."
  • "It's not the most expensive, but it's certainly not cheap."
  • "The solution's price is reasonable."
  • "The platform is inexpensive compared to other vendors."
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  • "I had to pay for the license for the firewall, but it is guaranteed to have updates. I expect a good service for it. It was about €1000 for a year, and there was no additional cost."
  • "It is more expensive than Sophos. Fortinet is overall more expensive than Sophos. The small range of Fortinet, such as 60F and 80F, is more expensive than the small range of Sophos. Sophos is cheaper. In addition, if you jump from 80F Series to 100F Series, the price doubles."
  • "The license is yearly. We pay for the top end. It's called 360."
  • "Here in Brazil, we're going through difficult economic times and the tax on the dollar is high. All the solutions from minor competitors are growing in the market. The prices have come more competitive."
  • "Licensing for Fortinet FortiGate is on a yearly basis. Pricing for it is a bit high. It could be cheaper."
  • "The licensing scheme of Fortinet is better than Cisco. It is more logical."
  • "The solution requires a license annually, it is not a user license, you can have as many users as your want. I must renew the license regularly per device."
  • "It was probably about $2,500 per firewall. It was all included. It included support, services, threat management software, and 24/7 FortiCare on it. Cisco products are more expensive."
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    Answers from the Community
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    it_user739662 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user739662 (System Engineer with 51-200 employees)

    I strongly recommend you SonicWall 5600. Its having lots of feature for network security and Comparison of price and Support it would be great choice.

    it_user514128 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user514128 (User at a printing company with 51-200 employees)

    Fortigate firewalls are quite rugged and offer great flexibility in configuring the policies and managing them. For individuals as well as group level user privileges. The antivirus offered is also very effective and not at all resource hungry. The only drawback is, the admin should be very well trained and aware of configuring the firewall. It’s quite complicated that way. Or the support provider (reseller) should have expert level admins to configure and set these firewalls in the infrastructure.

    I would alternatively suggest looking into Sophos firewalls. They are equally rugged and effective. And also have a much user-friendly configuration and management console.

    Ghayur Abbas - PeerSpot reviewerGhayur Abbas
    Real User

    Barracuda: No Presence in the market at all, quite different way to install manage the product. Impossible to find the technical resource. If it is managed by Multinet then it’s a different story.
    UTM control was not good back in the days, not sure about recent improvements.
    Support Generally good feedback of Barracuda support.

    Sonicwall: Very little presence in the local market, will have compatibility issues when establishing VPN with other vendors or any other integration.
    UTM should be good, not experienced it first-hand.
    Support, Have horrible feedback about support. they don’t respond for months.

    Fortinet: Firewall full of features, good market presence with official REPs in the country. It is basically the same Juniper SSG ScreenOS platform with good UTM.
    UTM is good
    Support, Support in the region from India is poor, fright. A good local partner can make your day. If case is escalated to US/Canada teams, the experience is much better. You need in-country REPs support to escalate the cases.
    China effect, the downside of Fortinet is, its QA of new FortiOS release is not good at all. Things running fine on one release fail badly when upgraded to new release. you need to be ready for an alternate solution when faced with such situation.
    But it is better than Barracuda and SonicWall anyways.
    RMA time is not next day.

    Palo Alto: I would recommend Palo Alto, it can do everything typically required from a NGFW/UTM. Price can be expensive. Typically models with high throughput are quoted from most vendors. In reality, the actual required throughput is not that much. PA820 and PA220 can cater 90% of requirement we have in our environments. This way solution will be comparatively competitive cost wise. Compatibility with third-party devices is good.
    Per-user bandwidth limit is missing.
    UTM is best.
    Support is good. The first level is through support partners, but the experience is good.
    No rapid RMA, as no in-country depot exists. But On site spare is best, as the customer owns the spare unit on his premises.

    it_user733791 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user733791 (Account Executive / Business Development with 51-200 employees)

    Fortinet is a good option, the interesting thing with them is all the other bits you can add. Many of these such as email protection, Sandbox, edge device protection (anti-virus, VPN Connector for PCs), tokens (electronic or hardware), switches, Wireless Access Points all talk to each other so the Fortinet security umbrella covers them as well. Fortinet has a SIEM as well.

    Whatever you buy, get training on it. Also, evaluate the reseller's ability to do an install. Some folks just sell the product, other also know how to install - buy from the latter, and get some Pro Services for the installation.

    I have always thought Barracuda's marketing was better than the products (it is very good marketing) and SonicWALL R&D suffered under Dell, and I don't know that it is any better now they are owned by an Investment house.

    reviewer215406 - PeerSpot reviewerreviewer215406 (Sr. ISS at a government with 11-50 employees)
    Real User

    Out of these three firewalls I would, and have chosen Fortinet. Checkout NSS Labs for real world comparisons. I have been using Fortigates for 2 years now in HA configurations and have only once had to use the cli. Also updates and firmware upgrades never bring the network or internet down. These firewalls get new features added at no extra cost and the throughput is amazing. Buying the UTM bundles gets you all of the features you need and more. I heard about support issues but evertime i call i get routed to someone who knows how the features work and actually helps. We added a fortianalyzer and now we can see logs from all of the firewalls in one console and hold them for a year. Fortinet doesn't just manage their antivirus products they are the developers. These firewalls decrypt data on the fly and scan for viruses before it gets to your email, desktops or servers. Within the first week it caught ransomware within a yahoo email before it could infect our systems. We replaced our websense URL filtering with the URL filtering within the fortigates and never looked back.
    I could go on and on but the real tilt in Fortinets favor was it was near half the cost of similar features and functions PA had quoted. Write down what you want and then ask if the vendors have these included in their firewalls or if they have separate appliances that can do them. Every appliance has a latency cost associated with it. You might find that all three can do what you want then it will come down to the management of the firewalls and cost.
    Good luck.

    it_user513891 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user513891 (VP, Technology at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)

    I've utilized both SonicWALL and Fortinet in many implementations over the years. Fortinet does a better job in large, multi-tenant deployments and has excellent stateful packet inspection throughput. If you're planning to do SSL decryption and inspection, SonicWALL is the way to go (and currently, the product we lead with). I've found SonicWALL to be easier to manage and have also found that if you're a GUI-oriented user, all of the features are there in the UI. On the Fortigate you'll often have to dig into the CLI to enable some features.

    reviewer863067 - PeerSpot reviewerreviewer863067 (IT at a real estate/law firm with 1-10 employees)

    The Barracuda products are very good and quite pricey, especially since you mentioned you were looking at the Sonicwall TZ series. The Sonicwall TZ series is meant for a smaller environment. The Fortinet firewalls are great but require a little more training. My experience with Sophos is that they have been a little buggy and support is not great. Since Sonicwall was sold by Dell the support has been better. I work with several small companies and I would say go with whatever product you have the most experience with. The learning curve can be a little much when you don't know what you're looking at. Both Sonicwall and Fortinet have pretty good support and a pretty extensive KB. Good Luck!

    MS Alam - PeerSpot reviewerMS Alam
    Real User

    fortinet or baracuda and CISCO ASA 5500 series also good

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It provides a lot of functionality adhering to the current trends.
    Top Answer:The platform is inexpensive compared to other vendors. I rate its pricing a five out of ten. We have purchased its support services for three years.
    Top Answer:While using Barracuda CloudGen Firewall, we encounter issues with VPN profiles for Windows. It could be improved.
    Top Answer: When you compare these firewalls you can identify them with different features, advantages, practices and usage at large. In my opinion, Fortinet would be the best option and l use… more »
    Top Answer:From my experience regarding both the Sophos and FortiGate firewalls, I personally would rather use FortiGate. I know the firewalls change every 5 to 7 years as stated but you really do need to… more »
    Top Answer:As a solution, Sophos UTM offers a lot of functionality, it scales well, and the stability and performance are quite good. The most valuable features for me are their web and email filtering. I would… more »
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    Also Known As
    Barracuda NextGen Firewall, Barracuda CloudGen Firewalls
    FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is a comprehensive network security solution that provides advanced protection for organizations of all sizes. It offers next-generation firewall capabilities, including application control, intrusion prevention, and web filtering. 

    With its integrated VPN functionality, it ensures secure remote access for employees. CloudGen Firewall also includes advanced threat intelligence, leveraging real-time updates to detect and block emerging threats. Its centralized management console simplifies administration and provides visibility into network traffic. 

    CloudGen Firewall can easily adapt to changing business needs based on its scalable architecture. 

    Fortinet FortiGate is an innovative line of firewalls that aim to protect organizations from all types of web-based network threats. They come in a wide variety of product types. Fortinet FortiGate’s solutions are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

    Fortinet FortiGate provides users with next-generation firewall solutions that provide proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments to data centers to cloud environments. You can protect every part of your network without exception. Additionally, your protections can be managed from a single central location. This ensures that the task of protecting your network is infinitely easier to accomplish.

    Benefits of Fortinet FortiGate

    Some of the benefits of using Fortinet FortiGate include:

    • The ability to manage your firewalls from a centralized automated control console. Fortinet FortiGate’s FortiManager enables administrators to exercise control of their firewalls in a streamlined manner. Administrators have full visibility and control over their system from a single location. It utilizes automation that collects information in real time, which greatly simplifies and reduces the cost of running various types of workflows. Administrators can free up resources by automating the most basic tasks.
    • The ability to produce uniform, appropriate, and coordinated responses to threats across networks. Fortinet FortiGate’s FortiGuard feature generates system protections in near real time. This allows administrators to address threats to the system with custom-made solutions that can be uniformly enforced.
    • The ability to scale up your security to fit your changing security needs. Fortinet FortiGate’s design allows users to accelerate the transfer of data between users and escalate the number of users that are covered without compromising security of performance. This means that users can grow their networks and continue to collaborate without worrying about the system slowing down or coming under attack.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Fortinet FortiGate’s firewall solutions are cutting edge. They stand out from competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are the robustness and power of their firewalls. Fortinet FortiGate’s firewall provides users with many valuable features that allow them to maximize what they can do with the solution. These firewalls enable users to use a single piece of software to accomplish tasks that often require the use of multiple pieces of software.

    PeerSpot user Eric S., a Solutions Engineer and Consultant at a tech-services company, notes the robustness of this solution when he writes, "One of the nice things about FortiGate is that it can be deployed on the cloud or on-premises. You can actually do both. That's the biggest reason why I stick with this solution as opposed to something like Cisco Meraki. Another nice thing is that I can log directly into a FortiGate or get to it through their FortiCloud access products. They're pretty reliable and consistent. One of the reasons why I started using the product was their single pane of management. I can deploy their line of firewalls in conjunction with their switching and access points, and I can manage the entire network from one interface.”

    PeerSpot user Jim M., a network admin at Penobscot Valley Hospital, notes the power of Fortinet FortiGate’s security software when he writes, "It does a lot for you for intrusion protection and as an antivirus. The threat management bundle is worth the money. You don't need another company to monitor your web traffic for you. You can do everything yourself on the firewall. You restrict your own black list for people on the firewall.”

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    Sample Customers
    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
    Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies here
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company24%
    Construction Company6%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Educational Organization22%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Company Size
    Small Business71%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise11%
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise30%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise41%
    Buyer's Guide
    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate
    September 2023
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    Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is ranked 10th in WAN Edge with 10 reviews while Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in WAN Edge with 108 reviews. Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is rated 8.2, while Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Barracuda CloudGen Firewall writes "Excellent client-to-site VPN stability and great antivirus protection". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Efficient, user-friendly, and affordable". Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is most compared with Netgate pfSense, Cisco Secure Firewall, Sophos XG, Azure Firewall and Palo Alto Networks WildFire, whereas Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Sophos XG, Cisco Secure Firewall, Netgate pfSense, Meraki MX and Check Point NGFW. See our Barracuda CloudGen Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate report.

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