[unisog] Anti-virus/Anti-spam appliances

Frank Bulk frnkblk at iname.com
Wed Nov 30 17:53:47 GMT 2005

We recently purchased this, too, and found the support somewhat lacking.
Our sales person told us they are growing that as quick as possible, but
that it's been difficult.  I'm not that sympathetic, because it's all part
of running a business as it grows.


-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of Scott Spyrison
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 9:19 AM
To: UNIversity Security Operations Group
Subject: Re: [unisog] Anti-virus/Anti-spam appliances

Ben Beuchler wrote:
> Not five minutes ago one of the admins leaned into my office to tell 
> me how much our Barracuda rocks.
> Inexpensive, extremely effective, and integrates seamlessly with our 
> LDAP backend.
> -Ben
National-Louis University also went with Barracuda.  Their pricing was hands
down the best... extremely competitive.  The flip-side of that is their
business has increased dramatically, and they are struggling to keep up with
support.  All the other appliances/solutions we looked at were nice as well,
but nobody could even come close to the Barracuda's pricing.

Their appliances are based on SpamAssassin and ClamAV, and they come with a
web-based configuration and management interface.  Depending on the units
you get, they support settings at the global, domain and user level...  even
to the point of having individual user quarantines if you so desire.
Supports ldap and ldaps for user verification.  We're running against both
AD and Sun Directory over 4 domains (2 production and 2 test) with no

We have 2 units in what the vendor calls an A/A cluster configuration, which
really only amounts to replication of settings between the units.  
Load balancing is your responsibility.  Mail logs and individual user
accounts (if present) are also replicated, although they are still working
out some bugs in their cluster/replication processes with respect to things
like user-level bayesian databases. 


Best Regards,

Scott Spyrison * Unix Systems Administrator / National Louis University
* SunGard * Collegis * 1000 Capitol Dr. Wheeling IL 60090 * Tel
847-947-5075 * Fax 847-465-5920 * sspyrison at nl.edu

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