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Barracuda Essentials Vs SpamTitan Email Security

Barracuda Essentials Pricing vs. SpamTitan Pricing

Email Security for Service Providers

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Barracuda Essentials Vs SpamTitan Email Security

SpamTitan’s customers agree that our email security is the best spam filtering alternative to Barracuda Essentials in 2023. Recent reviews from G2 shows that SpamTitan is rated 4.5 stars in customer satisfaction versus Barracuda’s 4 stars. It’s clear that customers prefer SpamTitan over Barracuda Essentials for SpamTitan’s ease of use and setup, ease of administration, and customer support.

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Reviews for SpamTitan and Barracuda Essentials cover several aspects of both products. SpamTitan performed better according to customer feedback in every category.


In assessing the two solutions, SpamTitan surpasses Barracuda with a major focus on the quality of customer support, ease of use & setup.SpamTitan leads the way in 7 out of the 8 key deciding factors in the G2 Comparison.

SpamTitan versus Barracuda G2 ratings


Source: G2


A few customer reviews indicate why our customers like our product.

“SpamTitan definitely solved all our email security issues with the in/outbound configuration. The best thing about SpamTitan is that it's so easy to use, the support is very quick to answer all our questions we had to configure. We were up and running in just a few minutes”  


"After using a cloud-based Barracuda spam filter solution we decided to trial SpamTitan.  After one week of the trial, we decided to buy a 3-year license.  One of the best easy-to-use products I have seen in a long time.  The performance of the virtual Hyper-V box is amazing! It has greylisting/DKIM and TLS, and 99,99% of the spam is being filtered. It does a better job than Barracuda!"


“We've been using SpamTitan for a few years, and it's really a solid product. We don't really touch it, it quietly runs and protects our inbound email. Was easy to set up and easy to understand.”


“Fastest and easiest to deploy cloud based Anti Spam, great features for the price fastest anti spam deployment ever, great service, great product, great customer and Technical support.”


"We were using this product for email security in my previous company. It helps in blocking most of the email threats including spam, viruses and phishing. Cost is also affordable. It is the industry leading product for email security. This product can be customized, scalable and very powerful. Spam catch rate is comparatively high compared to other leading products in the market. It holds good for MSPs, Office 365 and Schools. It has advanced protection system for threats which we felt very helpful. "



Barracuda Essentials Pricing vs. SpamTitan Pricing 

Pricing isn’t always a main priority for most enterprise customers, but it’s often a factor in some way. SpamTitan pricing is competitive compared to Barracuda Essentials, and it helps to know how much your email security will cost ahead of time so that your IT budgets can fit provisioning.

Barracuda Essentials is based on a tiered pricing model. An advantage of SpamTitan over Barracuda Essentials pricing is the number of features and support you get under one-tiered pricing. Barracuda Essentials has a baseline price tag, and any extras are an extra charge. Taking Barracuda Essentials and SpamTitan equivalent solutions, you can expect to pay about $2.66 per user for the Barracuda Essentials product versus $1.20 for the SpamTitan email security solution.

SpamTitan versus Barracuda Pricing

*Pricing is based on 250 users, pricing accurate as of March 2023. If you would like a detailed pricing quote for your organisation, get pricing quote here.

Comparing SpamTitan to Barracuda Essentials, both products have several similar features. Barracuda and SpamTitan have the following spam filtering:


  • Advanced threat protection from zero-day and sophisticated attacks
  • Phishing detection and quarantining
  • Malware detecting and blocking
  • Link scanning and advanced analysis
  • Outbound email security and filtering

Although both solutions have several similar features, SpamTitan has several more out-of-the-box. Customers interested in Barracuda Essentials must upgrade to Barracuda Sentinel to get extra features, which is an additional cost per user. A few features included with Barracuda Sentinel at an extra cost:

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) for real-time spear phishing attacks, and prevention of CEO spoofing and employee impersonation.
  • Email security and authentication with DMARC integration

SpamTitan includes several more features in its base pricing subscription. Features included in SpamTitan out-of-the-box at no additional cost or upgrades:

  • Machine learning for advanced threat detection
  • Verification of read receipts
  • Real-time analysis and administration
  • Blocking based on geographic location and regions
  • Filtering of suspicious attachments and file types
  • Extended email scanning and filtering based on custom configurations
  • Quarantining of suspicious messages for further administrator review
  • Anti-spoofing technology
  • Phishing detection using machine learning and artificial intelligence

Although SpamTitan pricing is lower than Barracuda spam filtering, it does not reflect the quality of email security and filtering. SpamTitan has several more features with lower pricing, but its ease of use, effective email security, and customer support are top-notch.


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Email Security for Service Providers

Barracuda Essential is an email filtering and security solution for enterprise customers. The solution uses machine learning to identify and quarantine email-based threats including malware, ransomware, phishing, spam, and other common cyber-attacks.

In 2023, customer feedback indicates that SpamTitan is the number one Barracuda Essentials alternative proven to be a more budget-friendly solution with more advanced threat detection and filtering.  Managed service providers have been switching from Barracuda to SpamTitan for the advanced features. MSPs still get the same quality service and email security at a lower price to improve their return on investment.

A few reasons why MSPs are switching to SpamTitan:

  • Barracuda Pricing – The base pricing tier for Barracuda Essentials without the added features included in SpamTitan is significantly higher.
  • Support – MSP and customer reviews indicate that Barracuda’s support options are significantly poorer than SpamTitan’s. SpamTitan has 24/7 top-notch support recognized as one of the best in the email security industry.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Advanced threats have bypasses for common traditional email security, and SpamTitan has the machine learning capabilities to detect them. Advanced AI technology is not included in the standard Barracuda Essentials pricing tier.
  • Threat intelligence database – SpamTitan has a current database of 650 million users used to detect spam and verify accounts against real-time phishing analysis. The result is more effective and accurate email filtering.

Both Barracuda and SpamTitan are leading providers in the industry, but customers have said that SpamTitan is much more focused on supporting MSPs. Without a good email security provider, MSPs are unable to fully support their customers and could damage their brand without the right tools in place.

What does Barracuda Essentials do?

SpamTitan and Barracuda Essentials are the industry-leading solutions for email protection and security.

What does an email protection solution do?

Email protection or email security solutions scan emails before entering mail servers to protect end-users from email-borne threats, including phishing attacks, malware and links to malicious websites. Security solutions filter and scan emails via virus, scanning tools, real-time analysis, spam scoring, reputation checks and URL protection.

Email security is essential for organisations to prevent cybercriminals from attacking unaware employees, which could result in a ransomware attack or data breach. With the rise in phishing attacks in the remote working movement, an email security solution is essential to defend against, ransomware, malware, zero-day attacks and other advanced threats.

Barracuda customers have stated that the solution is not MSP focussed and although it has a wide product range, it does not solely focus on email and web security. This has been a large contributing factor on why MSP’s are moving to SpamTitan from Barracuda.

TitanHQ’s solutions were created by MSPs for MSPs, which enables clients to operate more productively, while protecting their business emails and data. Whereas Barracuda’s focus is on direct Enterprise sales.


SpamTitan for Service Providers

SpamTitan has a long history of protecting enterprise email services since 1999. It’s currently integrated into several enterprise environments and helps numerous MSPs support their customers. MSPs use SpamTitan to keep their customers compliant with effective email filtering that blocks email-based cyber-attacks.

Multiple features in SpamTitan create a layered security approach to threat detecting and filtering. Sender Policy Framework (SPF), Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC), Real-time Blackhole List (RBLs), and Bayesian analysis are just a few advanced features incorporated into SpamTitan.

SpamTitan uses dual antivirus engines to detect and block malware, and sandboxing quarantines suspicious messages and blocks them from reaching user inboxes. Administrators can custom configure in-depth analysis to manage messages with suspicious links and zero-day threats.

A few reasons why MSPs prefer SpamTitan Spam Filter over Barracuda Essentials:

  • Intuitive controls make it easy to set up SpamTitan in the cloud
  • Real-time detection with 24/7 protection
  • Unlimited number of users and domains, and administrators can be created for each configured domain.
  • Ease of migration from another solution to SpamTitan’s solution
  • Zero-day threat detection and protection from malware
  • Per-domain reporting
  • Flexible pricing models for any MSPs requirements and business needs
  • Separation of domains under one umbrella so that individual administrators can manage their own assigned environment
  • Cloud-based provisioning
  • Outbound email security, scanning, and filtering
  • Optional local hosting solutions
  • Sandboxing for further administrative review


One of the largest contributing factors for MSP migration to SpamTitan is that Barracuda does not solely focus on email and web security. SpamTitan fully supports MSPs in their commitment to stop spam, malware, ransomware, and other email-based threats targeting enterprise organizations. Customers get full email security and filtering out-of-the-box without expensive upgrades and complicated provisioning with SpamTitan.


MSP Case Study – True North Consultants Migrate from Barracuda to SpamTitan

True North Consultants is a managed service provider that is focused on creating value for their clients and their customers. They strive to help businesses to transform and lead.

True North were using Barracuda for email spam filtering however they wanted a solution that they could host locally for their employees and sell to clients. “With Barracuda we didn't feel like paying some other company to do it for us in "the cloud". SpamTitan was the perfect fit.”

SpamTitan were able to provide True North with an advanced email security solution, that they could host locally.

After a free trial with SpamTitan, True North switched from Barracuda to SpamTitan and has been very successful since. Here’s what they had to say about SpamTitan

“The degree of customization and logging with SpamTitan is amazing. You can account for everything going in or out of your organization and set filtering rules to match any scenario.

Barracuda spam filtering was letting us down and letting viruses through”

“Performance of the web UI and functions like searching and reporting are lightning quick. Virtual machine for VMware was super easy to deploy. Spam Titan offers an in-house solution, which we LOVE as well as options for people who prefer cloud. The SpamTitan in-house appliance has full support for ipv6 both sending and receiving.”

“I recommend to take the time to consider SpamTitan. The offering is flexible and if you still want and trust an in-house solution, they offer that in addition to cloud. The in-house solution is not scaled down in any was and is just as good as the cloud offering.”

David Sgro, IT Recruiter / Search Specialist, True North Consultants.

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MSP Case Study – Opal IT moves from Vade Secure & Barracuda to TitanHQ

Another great success story of an MSP partnership with SpamTitam, is U.K.-based MSP, Opal IT. Opal IT, in Newcastle and Edinburgh, transitioned from Vade Secure and Barracuda to the TitanHQ trio of SpamTitan Email Security, WebTitan Content Filtering, and ArcTitan Email Archiving.

Opal IT had been using Barracuda and Vade Secure for email filtering, alongside firewall filtering, for their 6k+ customer base. The organization is now offering its customers a TitanHQ cybersecurity bundle, which includes a multi-layered approach to cybersecurity, protecting clients from phishing, ransomware, malicious websites and secure email archiving.

"Opal IT moved to TitanHQ because of our MSP-focused solutions, ease of deployments, extensive API functionality and the increased margin they're now making. TitanHQ cybersecurity bundle solutions allow MSPs to provide their downstream customers with a layered defense approach” said Ronan Kavanagh, CEO, TitanHQ

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Independent review site, G2 Crowd conducted a feature comparison survey between SpamTitan and Barracuda Essentials. The results show that customers of SpamTitan rated the solution higher than the customer ratings of Barracuda. SpamTitan scored 4.6/5 on customer satisfaction, where scored Barracuda 4.2/5.

Based on the equivalent solution with SpamTitan Email Protection, Barracuda's pricing is in the region of $2.66 per user, per month, versus $1.08 with SpamTitan. Barracuda pricing is significantly higher than SpamTitan. Customers are leaving Barracuda due to the ever-rising pricing.

Based on the equivalent solution with SpamTitan Email Protection, Barracuda's pricing is in the region of $2.66 per user, per month, versus $1.08 with SpamTitan. Barracuda pricing is based on different tiers and features of email threat protection.  Additional features cost more, unlike SpamTitan which offers an all-encompassing package price.

Barracuda MSP customers are leaving and migrating to SpamTitan for several reasons. The main factor being pricing. SpamTitan offers a more profitable pricing margin for MSPs. SpamTitan for MSPs offers first-class industry support and a concierge service in migrating MSP clients to SpamTitan.

Barracuda Email Protection is a comprehensive email security solution that helps to prevent spam, ransomware, and social engineering threats such as spear phishing, business email compromise (BEC), and account takeover (ATO). Barracuda Email Protection also integrates with Microsoft 365 email to protect against phishing and other email-borne threats.

Barracuda uses a preventative approach based on a secure email gateway that calls upon AI-enabled threat prevention and Domain Fraud Protection to block malicious emails and spam before they enter an inbox.

Barracuda Essentials uses a tiered pricing model with a baseline price tag; any extras incur an extra charge, which can be off putting for SMBs on a budget. The three tiers Barracuda uses are Advanced, Premium, and Premium Plus; each offering increased functionality built on the previous tier.

A comparative example of the cost of Barracuda Essentials against SpamTitan equivalent email security features offers a view of Barracuda Essentials pricing: you are likely to pay around $2.66 per user for the Barracuda Essentials product versus $1.20 for the SpamTitan email security solution.

Spam filters are essential to manage the massive amount of spam emails that enter employees’ inboxes. Barracuda offers spam filtering as part of its Barracuda Email Security solution. Barracuda Spam Filter is integral to all three Barracuda tiers: Advanced, Premium, and Premium Plus pricing options include spam filtering and malware prevention as a fundamental product feature.

Barracuda Email Protection Solution comes with three pricing plans: Advanced, Premium, and Premium Plus. The Premium Plus Pricing plan offers the most comprehensive feature list. As well as fundamentals such as spam and phishing prevention, the Premium Plus options include Domain Fraud Protection; Web Security; Zero Trust Access for Microsoft 365; Security awareness training and Cloud archiving.

Barracuda Secure Email acts as an email security gateway to detect and prevent threats from inbound and outbound email traffic. This protection acts to stop email-borne threats and data leaks. Barracuda Email Protection integrates with Microsoft 365 email to protect against phishing and other email-borne threats. The Data Loss Prevention (DLP) feature of Barracuda Secure Email is available as part of all pricing plans and tiers.

Many small to medium sized organizations (SMBs) prefer to use an MSP (managed service provider) to deploy and manage their email security. MSP delivery of email security helps to provide value for money. Barracuda offers an MSP option. Barracuda MSP pricing is available on request but is based on a recurring monthly charge. Barracuda Cloud Email Gateway Defense is the MSP version of their email security solution. The solution provides email continuity, encryption, archiving, and backup.

Barracuda Email Protection is a comprehensive email security solution, but it comes in three pricing tiers; each price increase offers additional features. The three-tiered plans are named Advanced, Premium, and Premium Plus. Using Barracuda Essentials and SpamTitan equivalent email security features, you will likely pay around $2.66 per user for the Barracuda Essentials product versus $1.20 for the SpamTitan email security solution.

Barracuda Total Email Protection is the most complete email protection platform from Barracuda, providing an Email Security (Gateway), Cloud-to-cloud backup, Cloud Archiving, Inbox Defense, Security Awareness Training, and Incident Response. This comprehensive email security package is the highest cost plan from Barracuda. The cost of this plan is available on request from Barracuda.

Barracuda Email pricing is offered via three pricing tiers. Each tier increases in price, each tier building upon the previous tier with additional features and functions. The three-tiered plans are named Advanced, Premium, and Premium Plus. Taking Barracuda Essentials and SpamTitan equivalent email security features, you will likely pay around $2.66 per user for the Barracuda Advanced (most basic) product versus $1.20 for the SpamTitan email security solution.

The cost of Barracuda Email Protection depends on the tier you choose: Advanced, Premium, and Premium Plus. All three plans provide basic protection of email threat prevention, spam detection, attachment and link protection, email continuity, and account takeover protection. The Advanced plan costs around $2.66 per user for the Barracuda Advanced (most basic) product versus $1.20 for the SpamTitan email security solution. The Premium and Premium Plus plans pricing are on request.

The Premium Plus Barracuda option provides all of the features of the other two plans but with added features such as the following: Domain Fraud Protection, Web Security, Zero Trust Access for Microsoft 365 and Security awareness training.

The Barracuda Cloud Archiving service is part of the Premium Plus pricing plan. It is a cloud-based solution that captures an accurate and unmodified copy of emails as they are sent or received. The service keeps copies of these emails as per policies/compliance requirements. Barracuda Cloud Archiving is performed directly from Office 365. The solution also offers PST management for legacy email, uses granular retention policies, offers a full text search, and helps with regulatory compliance.

A spam filter is an integral part of Barracuda Email Security and is available in all three of the Barracuda Email Security plans: Advanced, Premium, and Premium Plus. Barracuda Spam Filter pricing includes a spam filter. Therefore, if you choose Barracuda Email Security, you will have the spam filter capability as part of your purchase.

Barracuda Email Security has three pricing tiers: Advanced, Premium, and Premium Plus. Each tier adds additional functionality; therefore, as you move from Advanced to Premium Plus, each has a higher price bracket. Using Barracuda Essentials and SpamTitan equivalent email security features as an example, you are likely to pay around $2.66 per user for the Barracuda Advanced (most basic) product versus $1.20 for the SpamTitan email security solution.

Barracuda Email Security Gateway is purchased as one of three tiers: Advanced, Premium, and Premium Plus. Each tier has further functionality above and beyond the previous tier. The price also increases. Using Barracuda Essentials and SpamTitan equivalent email security features as an example, you are likely to pay around $2.66 per user for the Barracuda Advanced (most basic) product versus $1.20 for the SpamTitan email security solution.

Barracuda Networks Inc. is a recognized leader in Email Protection, Application Protection, Network Security, and Data Protection Solutions. The pricing of Barracuda Networks email security solutions is offered as three tiers, each tier increasing in price as added functionality is included. As a comparison, Barracuda Advanced email security costs around $2.66 per user versus $1.20 for the equivalent SpamTitan email security solution.

What are MSPs saying about SpamTitan versus Barracuda spam filter?

Reddit SpamTitan Review

Our Barracuda virtual appliance was recording about 14% block/spam rates, by volume, inbound, with an unacceptably high false positive rate.

Spamtitan is getting almost 19%, and we have been easily able to integrate several 3rd party abuse-based lists into our defense, giving us better protection from compromised email accounts in cloud providers, which is always a plus.

Oh, and f%$k Barracuda. They wanted to charge us almost a 25% increase for renewal on a 3 year term, we were a customer for almost a decade.

r/sysadmin - Comment by u/Youneededthiscat on "Any Admin moved from SpamTitan to Proofpoint?

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