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BARRACUDA WEB FILTER 310 W/1Y EU+IR

Mfg. Part: BYFI310A11 | CDW Part: 3986095
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Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 33reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by I worked for a local county's IT department prior to this job and we used this there. It was great, a lot of options for filtering, we used an option where people had to log in every 24 hours as it served as a reminder that "you're going out onto the internet, remember the agreements you have signed". It never failed us. May 5, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Unit is working great, and helping keep the network safe. The only issue we had was the unit initially not being configured right to work in a Xenapp environment. Once I set it up in a hybrid authentication mode, it has been smooth sailing. Their tech support was very helpful with any questions I had! December 2, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Would not recommend Barracuda web filters. To many sites are uncategorized, constantly having to maintain white list. Can't allow uncategorized sites because anonymous proxies are often uncategorized in Barracuda web filter but identified by OpenDNS. Looking at moving to OpenDNS Umbrella. June 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by With the granular control we can block strategically. WAN optimization with bigger disk space would be an improvement. Valuable Features:I would have to say for the Web Filter, the best features for me are the application control, content filtering and the ease of use configurations. This helped because we needed to use of all of these in order to provide a secure solution against application threats and web content threats and we could configure the appliance to do this easily.Improvements to My Organization:A good example would be that we needed anti malware and content filtering along with bandwidth management, the Barracuda solution helped me to consolidate this and optimize our network. We also found that with the granular control we could block things strategically and allow administrators to optimize our bandwidth usage. The Barracuda solution has improved the way we function by consolidating threat management and network optimization in one standalone appliance.Room for Improvement:It's extremely difficult to say what improvements are needed as everything we needed we could get. I think if they had a product that could allow for more WAN optimization with bigger disk space, it would definitely help. At the moment we use steel-head technology in a different appliance and if we could get the same performance from a Barracuda then we would use that. At the moment that's all that I can think of.Use of Solution:I have used Barracuda Web Filters 310 to higher models.for about for roughly three years now and have had clients that have been using it for more than eight years. I definitely see myself servicing more clients with this solution.Deployment Issues:We haven't really experienced any business critical issues with the product, however, we have had minor issues with deployment in the past. It was our first time implementing a solution as such and after that we not have the issues again. There are times where we make changes to our network and come across new issues but they are all minor and with a bit of reading we manage to resolve them quickly.Stability Issues:Not at all. For what we use it for it seems very stable.Scalability Issues:Not at all. We find the product very scalable especially with Virtualization.Customer Service:With the level of customer service from Barracuda I would rate theman 8/10. We find them polite and helpful, however you do wait quite a while to speak to someone.Technical Support:The level of technical support is great when needed. We have used it a few times when doing migrations and data center moves and we always speak to experienced people that help us gain knowledge in new issues that we come across. I can gladly say that there has not been one question that they have not been able to answer.Previous Solutions:We did not use other solutions before, however, when we decided to implement a solution like this we did test a couple of other solutions and we chose the one best suited for our environment and that was the Barracuda product.Initial Setup:The initial setup was straight forward, and it took us very little time to do so, and we minimized the downtime needed for the setup. It has a basic GUI that we could easily find our way around and there are a number of setup wizards and prompts that assist you when beginning the setup. The great thing was that we could do our setup and configurations while the appliance was in demo mode. This meant that if it took us a long time to setup and configure, the license would only be activated when we had completed the setup and everything is running smoothly. This way we were not paying for the license when the device is non-functional.Implementation Team:We have a team of highly skilled in-house engineers who made the attempt of doing the installation themselves and it was a success. We needed minor technical support but we had this directly from Barracuda and they assisted us very well. Their expertise were great.ROI:It is difficult for me to give exact numbers but it’s estimated at a 43% saving annually.Cost and Licensing Advice:Inclusive of two (along with the Load Balancers) of the high end appliances our total was around US$21,000. Day to day it averages about US$5,000 calculated annually. This number is not an exact figure but merely a rough estimation.Other Solutions Considered:We did, we looked at SonicWall and Aventail we also looked at cloud based content filtering. They are all very good solutions but the Barracuda solution saved us the most money and we could achieve the efficiency we needed that stayed within our budget.Other Advice:The technology keeps changing and there are newer products coming out all the time, it’s very difficult to stay at the top for a long time.I would recommend that you get a POC and test it. This was the best way for us to answer all the unsure questions that we had. I would definitely look at the features of other solutions when comparing, we found that some other solutions have more features but we didn't need to use those features and the cost of those solutions were more expensive due to the extra features so if you not going to use them why pay for them? Make sure you test, and compare apples with apples.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. January 31, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by In my opinion, this is the easiest solution to deploy. I've installed three of these units for a couple of clients and they just work. Very little configuration needed and you can literally just drop this into your network between your firewall and ISP equipment. Two cables, that's it. September 20, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by We have had this for 3 years. With one lab of 30 computers and 20 teachers classroom (elementary who really never use it except email) it worked fine. When we added 30 chromebooks and 60 ipad mini's and a great Ruckus wireless system it couldn't handle the additional computers setup with more than one subnet of 255. We needed three as we ran out of ips in the subnet 255.255.255.0. We expanded to 3 (192.168.1, 192.168.2, 192.168.3 ) and it just got very confused. Nothing in docs gave us any reason why it should work and no help online. So on our 150 mbps download speed, we have dropped to 2-3 mbps although upload speed is still fine at 70 mbps. So the Barracuda 310 is really either a trade in or replace at this point.John Fox September 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by We have this in place now. Works well. I would give it 5 stars but the interface is too freaking slow. It works great though. September 13, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by We have been using the Barracuda Web Filter now for about a year and lately it has become more and more a problem for us. I think most Administrators would agree that if you Whitelist or Blacklist a site you would want that to take precedence over everything else. In actuality, it is one of the lowest priorities in the web filter. Content filters and exceptions are higher. Therefore, like for our company, our corporate websites were whitelisted under URL Patterns and Domains and neither would allow traffic to pass because a web category for commerce was in the exception list so it blocked it. Worse, the troubleshooting section showed it would pass. Can't say that I would recommend Firmware Version 8.0.0.003 at this time. Perhaps if they fix it. September 11, 2014
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