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

Jon Lewis jlewis at lewis.org
Mon Apr 11 08:41:53 CDT 2011


On Mon, 11 Apr 2011, Tom Hill wrote:

> On Mon, 2011-04-11 at 12:10 +0200, Gabriel Marais wrote:
>> I have 6 MailScanner servers in production running with Postfix, not
>> had any 'real' issues in the last few years.
>
> We have just as many -- and yes, it's great.
>
> The only thing I'd prefer would be Exim over Postfix, but Mailscanner
> does make things very pleasant to use.

I think you guys are missing the point, which is that Barracuda and 
similar products are marketed primarily to people who don't know what 
qmail, postfix, exim, clamav, mailscanner, etc. are and certainly don't 
have any experience installing or maintaining them.  Some places just want 
a black box where you have a web GUI to configure it, and then it mostly 
takes care of itself...and if it breaks, you call tech support.

Sure, you can probably get most of the functionality and better filtering 
with roll your own solutions and careful DNSBL selection...but not 
everyone is capable or has the man power to devote to it.

To most of us on this list, sure, it's an overpriced piece of commodity 
x86 hardware with someone else's roll your own stuff on it, backed by an 
ill-defined DNSBL of questionable quality and integrity, but it must work 
well enough as it's kept them in business and I even know a few people 
who've owned them and been happy with them.

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