Barracuda Essentials Archiving

COMPANY: Barracuda

Email is the leading threat vector for ransomware, phishing, data theft, and other advanced threats. The Barracuda Essentials cloud-based service makes email safe for business with advanced threat protection, tamper-proof archiving, and data protection.

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Barracuda Essentials Archiving Review

Review date: February 15th 2019

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.

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Barracuda Vendor Overview

Barracuda Networks offers solutions designed to solve mainstream IT problems – efficiently and cost effectively – while maintaining a level of customer support and satisfaction second to none. Barracuda's products span three distinct markets, including;

  1. Content security,
  2. Networking and application delivery
  3. Data storage, protection and disaster recovery
Employees on LinkedIn 1366
Glassdoor Rating (309 reviews)
Founded 2003
Revenue $300 - $500 (USD) million per year
Headquarters Campbell, CA, US
Support Team Location(s) US, UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Australia, China, Japan & India

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Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Feature Description
Search time
Availability 99.9%
Data Storage

Feature Description
Data storage location for US clients US
Data storage location for EU clients Germany
Data storage location for Australian clients Sydney, Australia
Data storage location for UK clients UK
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Package Price
5 to 49 users $30 / £24.15 (per user / year)
50 to 99 users $30 / £24.15 (per user / year)
100 to 249 users $30 / £24.15 (per user / year)
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