Primary Advantages of Barracuda:
- Barracuda appliances, similar to Unitrends’ offering, delivers on-premise and off-premise appliances to offer a comprehensive data protection solution. The all-in-one appliance eliminates the need to stitch together a solution comprising of different storage, software, and backup vendors.
Primary Disadvantages of Barracuda:
- Integrated fixed/rotational archiving to disk, tapes, NAS, or SAN is not supported by Barracuda Backup Servers. Customers cannot leverage their investment in tape/autoloader/NAS/SAN infrastructure for long-term retention and disaster recovery.
- Barracuda Networks data protection product suite is a small portion of their primary product offering of network security and firewall solutions.
- Barracuda Backup Servers do not offer bare metal restore options to dissimilar hardware, thereby reducing the efficacy of the solutions.
- Barracuda offers native agents only for a limited set of operating systems and relies on protocols like CIFS/SSHFS for backup and restore of unstructured data, which may not capture the file system specific metadata like access control and ownership rights.
- Barracuda Backup Servers do not encrypt data at rest on the on-premise appliance, so it may not meet regulatory requirements for many customers.
- Barracuda Backup Servers are powered by integrating acquired technologies from BitLeap and Yosemite Technologies. This increases the complexity of the product, which hampers user experience.
- Barracuda Backup Servers do not offer Windows Instant Recovery
- Barracuda Backup Servers do not have a single user interface to access data and requires access to multiple connections and technologies
- Barracuda Backup Servers do not have the option to “seed” the data to off-premise appliance. Initial data sync will take weeks depending on the amount of data being synchronized.
- Barracuda Backup Servers do not have cloud service data centers SAE 16 certified
- Barracuda Backup Servers do not have features like Failover Virtualization for Windows is not offered by Barracuda Backup Service.
- Support costs are almost double to Unitrends Premium level