Product Comparison

Barracuda Essentials Archiving vs Sonian Archiving

Common Comparisons

Overall Score
Features
Ease of Use for Administrators
Ease of Use for End Users
Support
Value for Money
Customer Satisfaction

Summary

Review date: September 28th 2018

Snapshot: Offers email archiving, compliance and eDiscovery with search and retention policies.

Who are Barracuda?

Barracuda is an email security vendor that provides cloud based security solutions that aim to be easy to buy, deploy and use. They have security solutions for email, networks, data and applications used by customers around the world. Barracuda Essentials is an ‘all in one’ email security solution, comprised of email protection, archiving and encryption. The archiving platform is clod hosted and stores all email communications securely, to help ensure that businesses meet all legal requirements. It allows full storing of all emails on Outlook and within cloud based apps such as Google Apps.

For: Small businesses looking for easy to use, secure archiving alongside email security, continuity and PST management.

Not For: Enterprises such as financial institutions that need advanced archiving of all communications.

Barracuda Essentials Features:

  • Cloud based archive allows for secure storage of email communications to meet legal compliance
  • Copies of emails are stored which cannot be altered or deleted
  • Simple, easy to use and streamlined archiving capabilities
  • Range of admin feature such granular retention policies, auditing and legal compliance
  • Powerful search and eDiscovery features to find specific emails within the email inbox
  • End users can access their own archives, with support for mobile access
  • PST managementt for older email communications
  • Custom policies can *flag email with swearing, personal email use and personal information with violation alerts

Expert Insight:

Barracuda Essentials Archiving offers a secure archiving solution with a focus on ease of use without compromising on features. The archive is cloud based and secures copies of all of an organisations email correspondence which cannot be edited or deleted. They offer a range of eDiscovery tools such as full text search to make it easy to find specific correspondence in the archive and granular retention policies for administration. Barracuda also offer custom policies which highlight email with foul language and personal email use with violation alerts. This can help businesses combat email security threats. This platform offers small businesses full legal compliance. Essentials also comes packaged with an Email Security module, making it a good option for small businesses looking for a single platform for security and archiving.

The platform is not the most advanced and will only archive email rather than other electronic messages. It can also be difficult and potentially expensive to export emails in bulk, and there is no SLA on the time it takes to search the archive. However, Barracuda Essentials is a strong solution for small and medium sized customers. It’s cost effective and fully compliant.

Overall Score
Features
Ease of Use for Administrators
Ease of Use for End Users
Support
Value for Money
Customer Satisfaction

Summary

Review date: October 10th 2018

Snapshot: Sonian offers email archiving, with fast and accurate search and analytics.

Who are Sonian?

Sonian offer cloud archiving as their core service. In 2017, they were bought by Barracuda. Their platform stores all inbound, outbound and internal emails, with attachments in a cloud archive. Emails within the archive can be quickly searched an exported for legal compliance. The platform also offers logs and analytics to help prevent data. The core focus of this platform is securing electronic communications and using this to generate insights and data. Sonian is not sold directly and can only be bought through MPS or resellers.

For: Organizations looking to archive email with fast and accurate search and a range of insights from communication data.

Not For: Small businesses looking for email archiving alongside email security, or encryption.

Sonian Archiving Features:

  • Secure archive is easy to search with all inbound, outbound and file attachments archived
  • Unlimited cloud storage options for scalable archiving
  • Searching the archive is quick, with tagging options to help find communications easily
  • Dependable service, with 99.99% up time and 99.99999% data durability and availability
  • Easy to use service with rapid deployment and unlimited concurrent searches, making it a good option for MSPs and Resellers
  • Full legal compliance offered with audits and reports
  • Range of Insights from email communications such as showing when sensitive data is being sent/received from email
  • Insights can help to improve the overall security of a business, and enforce human resources policies around email communication

Expert Insight:

As you’d expect from one of the only vendors offering only cloud Archiving, Sonian’s platform is an ideal solution for businesses looking for archiving. The platform offers a reliable and secure archive, which is quick to search, and offers tagging to help find and export data for legal reasons easily. It’s easy to manage and deploy, which makes it a good choice for most organisations, as well as MSPs and Resellers. The service archives all email communications an and attachments, with reports and audits, meaning this platform offers full legal compliance.

Sonian also offers ‘Insights’ which are generated from the email archive. This useful tool can show trends from email communications, which can help to highlight email security concerns, such as when sensitive information is being sent via email or can be used to help enforce policies such as stopping unprofessional/inappropriate use of email. End users can access their own archive, but not by default, and accessing archives on mobile may be difficult for some users. Sonian was acquired by Barracuda in 2017, which may suggest some changes coming to the platform leading to some uncertainty about the future of the platform. As it stands currently however, Sonian is a strong solution for companies looking for an email archiving solution.

Overall Score
Features
Ease of Use for Administrators
Ease of Use for End Users
Support
Value for Money
Customer Satisfaction

Summary

Review date: September 28th 2018

Snapshot: Offers email archiving, compliance and eDiscovery with search and retention policies.

Who are Barracuda?

Barracuda is an email security vendor that provides cloud based security solutions that aim to be easy to buy, deploy and use. They have security solutions for email, networks, data and applications used by customers around the world. Barracuda Essentials is an ‘all in one’ email security solution, comprised of email protection, archiving and encryption. The archiving platform is clod hosted and stores all email communications securely, to help ensure that businesses meet all legal requirements. It allows full storing of all emails on Outlook and within cloud based apps such as Google Apps.

For: Small businesses looking for easy to use, secure archiving alongside email security, continuity and PST management.

Not For: Enterprises such as financial institutions that need advanced archiving of all communications.

Barracuda Essentials Features:

  • Cloud based archive allows for secure storage of email communications to meet legal compliance
  • Copies of emails are stored which cannot be altered or deleted
  • Simple, easy to use and streamlined archiving capabilities
  • Range of admin feature such granular retention policies, auditing and legal compliance
  • Powerful search and eDiscovery features to find specific emails within the email inbox
  • End users can access their own archives, with support for mobile access
  • PST managementt for older email communications
  • Custom policies can *flag email with swearing, personal email use and personal information with violation alerts

Expert Insight:

Barracuda Essentials Archiving offers a secure archiving solution with a focus on ease of use without compromising on features. The archive is cloud based and secures copies of all of an organisations email correspondence which cannot be edited or deleted. They offer a range of eDiscovery tools such as full text search to make it easy to find specific correspondence in the archive and granular retention policies for administration. Barracuda also offer custom policies which highlight email with foul language and personal email use with violation alerts. This can help businesses combat email security threats. This platform offers small businesses full legal compliance. Essentials also comes packaged with an Email Security module, making it a good option for small businesses looking for a single platform for security and archiving.

The platform is not the most advanced and will only archive email rather than other electronic messages. It can also be difficult and potentially expensive to export emails in bulk, and there is no SLA on the time it takes to search the archive. However, Barracuda Essentials is a strong solution for small and medium sized customers. It’s cost effective and fully compliant.

Overall Score
Features
Ease of Use for Administrators
Ease of Use for End Users
Support
Value for Money
Customer Satisfaction

Summary

Review date: October 10th 2018

Snapshot: Sonian offers email archiving, with fast and accurate search and analytics.

Who are Sonian?

Sonian offer cloud archiving as their core service. In 2017, they were bought by Barracuda. Their platform stores all inbound, outbound and internal emails, with attachments in a cloud archive. Emails within the archive can be quickly searched an exported for legal compliance. The platform also offers logs and analytics to help prevent data. The core focus of this platform is securing electronic communications and using this to generate insights and data. Sonian is not sold directly and can only be bought through MPS or resellers.

For: Organizations looking to archive email with fast and accurate search and a range of insights from communication data.

Not For: Small businesses looking for email archiving alongside email security, or encryption.

Sonian Archiving Features:

  • Secure archive is easy to search with all inbound, outbound and file attachments archived
  • Unlimited cloud storage options for scalable archiving
  • Searching the archive is quick, with tagging options to help find communications easily
  • Dependable service, with 99.99% up time and 99.99999% data durability and availability
  • Easy to use service with rapid deployment and unlimited concurrent searches, making it a good option for MSPs and Resellers
  • Full legal compliance offered with audits and reports
  • Range of Insights from email communications such as showing when sensitive data is being sent/received from email
  • Insights can help to improve the overall security of a business, and enforce human resources policies around email communication

Expert Insight:

As you’d expect from one of the only vendors offering only cloud Archiving, Sonian’s platform is an ideal solution for businesses looking for archiving. The platform offers a reliable and secure archive, which is quick to search, and offers tagging to help find and export data for legal reasons easily. It’s easy to manage and deploy, which makes it a good choice for most organisations, as well as MSPs and Resellers. The service archives all email communications an and attachments, with reports and audits, meaning this platform offers full legal compliance.

Sonian also offers ‘Insights’ which are generated from the email archive. This useful tool can show trends from email communications, which can help to highlight email security concerns, such as when sensitive information is being sent via email or can be used to help enforce policies such as stopping unprofessional/inappropriate use of email. End users can access their own archive, but not by default, and accessing archives on mobile may be difficult for some users. Sonian was acquired by Barracuda in 2017, which may suggest some changes coming to the platform leading to some uncertainty about the future of the platform. As it stands currently however, Sonian is a strong solution for companies looking for an email archiving solution.