Barracuda Networks is at it again: Any Suggestions as to an Alternative?

Jeffrey Lyon jeffrey.lyon at
Sat Apr 9 07:19:51 UTC 2011

Juniper does this also.


On Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 11:51 PM, John Palmer (NANOG Acct)
<nanog2 at> wrote:
> OK, its been a year since my Barracuda subscription expired. The unit still
> stops some spam. I figured that I would go and see what they would do if I
> tried to renew my subscription EXACTLY one year after it expired. Would
> their renewal website say "Oh, you are at your anniversary date", and renew
> me for a year?
> No such luck: They want me to PAY FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR for which I did NOT
> receive service and then for the current (upcoming year). Sorry - I don't
> allow myself to be ripped off like that. Sorry Barracuda - you get no money
> from me and I'll tell everyone I know about this policy of yours.
> I posted an article about this unscrupulous practice on my blog last year at
> My question is - does anyone have any suggestions for another e-mail
> appliance like the Barracuda Spam Firewall that doesn't try to charge their
> customers for time not used. I should be able to shut off the unit for a
> year or whatever and simply renew from the point that I re-activate the unit
> instead of having to pay for back-years that I didn't use.
> Thanks

Jeffrey Lyon, Leadership Team
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