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

AP NANOG nanog at
Wed Apr 13 14:22:47 UTC 2011

I would look into Asatro, they have a solid product and good support.

If you want a contact person let me know and I will email you directly.

On 4/9/11 11:55 AM, proth at wrote:
> Andrew,
> We use and offer Postini - a front end service.  Postini is a anti virus and spam filter, and can spool mail if your circuits are  down.  Postini is a Google company and works like a charm.  If you need more information please contact me offline proth at
> Paul
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone
> ----- Reply message -----
> From: "Andrew Kirch"<trelane at>
> Date: Sat, Apr 9, 2011 10:39 am
> Subject: Barracuda Networks is at it again: Any Suggestions as to	an	Alternative?
> To: "John Palmer (NANOG Acct)"<nanog2 at>,<nanog at>
> John,
> My suggestion isn't _QUITE_ an appliance, but it works very well and
> I've been exceptionally happy with it.  It's a distribution of linux
> controlled via a web interface that does far more than just mail
> filtering (at which it is both flexible and adept).  Take a look at
>  The hardware
> requirements shouldn't be too insane, and the rules
> updates/subscriptions for the various services are all month to month,
> and not a bucket of insane.
> Andrew
> On 4/8/2011 11:51 PM, John Palmer (NANOG Acct) 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

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