Thoughts on Barracudas?

Stein, Mr. Fred FStein at
Tue Aug 22 12:22:25 IST 2006

I have been using mailscanner for several years.  I have only had 1 email virus hit my Symantec antivirus gateway in the last 18 months thanks to mailscanner and spam blocking is excellent.  I had a school employee call last week and he said spam is getting ridiculous.  I agreed and asked how I could help.  His reply, I am getting covered in spam.  I asked that he quantify his statement. Well, 2 in 2 weeks.  Okay what is your norm was my reply.  There was a silence.  These are the only 2 I ever receive here at school in 2 years.   So needless to say we have been very happy with mailscanner.

Fred Stein 
Network Administrator 
The Hill School 
717 E. High Street
Pottstown, PA  19464
fstein at

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From: mailscanner-bounces at [mailto:mailscanner-bounces at] On Behalf Of Julian Field
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2006 8:51 AM
To: MailScanner discussion
Subject: Thoughts on Barracudas?

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I have had some comments from a few people leaving the mailing list as 
they are ditching their MailScanner setups and switching to Barracuda 
applicances instead. They claim that things worked fine when they first 
installed MailScanner, but gradually more and more spam is leaking 
through, to the point where they have decided to abandon it.

Here is what he said:

"I've tried Mailscanner on FreeBSD for almost one year. It worked great
for about two months, then after every upgrade it began to let more and
more spam through. I've tried everything to fix it and just got tired of
my users complaining of increased spam.
"It wasn't worth the headache. Your forums indicate that there are
numerous people experienced the same problems I have encountered.
"I have since purchased a Barracuda SPAM 200 firewall. This device has
worked much better."

What is your opinion on the Barracuda appliance?
How easy is it to use?
Does it actually work?
Can it survive the loads they say it can?

And, of course, how does it compare with MailScanner?

Please be open and honest, and as impartial as you can.

All of your thoughts are most welcome.

- -- 
Julian Field
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