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Re: Barracuda Networks is at it again: Any Suggestions as to an Alternative?
From: Jon Lewis <jlewis () lewis org>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 09:41:53 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 11 Apr 2011, Tom Hill wrote:

On Mon, 2011-04-11 at 12:10 +0200, Gabriel Marais wrote:
I have 6 MailScanner servers in production running with Postfix, not
had any 'real' issues in the last few years.

We have just as many -- and yes, it's great.

The only thing I'd prefer would be Exim over Postfix, but Mailscanner
does make things very pleasant to use.

I think you guys are missing the point, which is that Barracuda and similar products are marketed primarily to people who don't know what qmail, postfix, exim, clamav, mailscanner, etc. are and certainly don't have any experience installing or maintaining them. Some places just want a black box where you have a web GUI to configure it, and then it mostly takes care of itself...and if it breaks, you call tech support.

Sure, you can probably get most of the functionality and better filtering with roll your own solutions and careful DNSBL selection...but not everyone is capable or has the man power to devote to it.

To most of us on this list, sure, it's an overpriced piece of commodity x86 hardware with someone else's roll your own stuff on it, backed by an ill-defined DNSBL of questionable quality and integrity, but it must work well enough as it's kept them in business and I even know a few people who've owned them and been happy with them.

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