Barracuda Essentials Pricing

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.

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 Crowd.com


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 $1.08 for the SpamTitan email security solution.

SpamTitan versus Barracuda Pricing

*Pricing is based on 250 users, pricing accurate as of June 2021. 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.

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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