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

Joel M Snyder Joel.Snyder at Opus1.COM
Sun Apr 10 12:59:43 UTC 2011

> It's quite easy to build your own [out of open-source components] that
> easily outperforms any appliance on the market.  (Which isn't saying
> much: none of them are very good, and all of them are way overpriced.
> The bar is thus set quite low.)  It will not have all the superfluous
> bells and whistles that marketing departments are so fond of hyping,
> but it will work, it will be cheap, it will be scalable, and it will be
> far more secure.

Is there any aspect of this screed that you can support with data, 
preferably data published this decade?  Of course, I understand that 
"overpriced" and "superfluous bells and whistles" and "far more secure" 
are fairly subjective criteria, but numbers such as efficacy and 
specificity are easy to compare.  I'd also be interested in hearing 
about any cases where someone compromised a production Barracuda, 
Ironport, or similar appliance--or does your definition of "far more 
secure" include other substantive components that matter more?

> I've discussed this at some length on mailop and am in the process of
> reducing it to near-cookbook form.  If you're interested, contact me
> offlist and I'll outline it for you.

I'd be interested in seeing you put your money where your mouth is 
regarding catch rate and false positive rate.  Contact me off-list with 
a place where I can FTP a VM of one of your appliances.


Joel M Snyder, 1404 East Lind Road, Tucson, AZ, 85719
Senior Partner, Opus One       Phone: +1 520 324 0494
jms at Opus1.COM      

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