• Barracuda launches industry’s first advanced next-generation firewall available in the sub-$700 price range, with the addition of four powerful new desktop appliances aimed at organizations that increasingly rely on cloud-based applications such as software-as-a-service (SaaS), Microsoft Office 365, and public cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.
• The new Barracuda NextGen Firewall desktop appliances models F18, F80, F180, and F280 are designed for distributed networks, providing branch offices with advanced security features and high bandwidth availability for cloud, SaaS, and other mission critical applications.
• The new Barracuda NextGen Firewall desktop appliances can be centrally managed through the Barracuda NG Control Center, which enables administrators to manage Internet breakouts for remote sites, branch offices, and satellite locations to the same level of security and availability as a headquarters location.
• The new Barracuda NextGen Firewall desktop appliances include advanced security functionality such as deep secure sockets layer (SSL) inspection and a separately licensable Advanced Threat Detection module.
• Alongside the launch of the new desktop appliance models, Barracuda also rebranded its next-generation firewall product line as Barracuda NextGen Firewalls, which includes the Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series and Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series.
Next-Generation Firewalls for Modern Networks
Barracuda today launched its new Barracuda NextGen Firewall desktop appliances, which are the industry’s first advanced next-generation firewalls that include advanced traffic optimization capabilities available in the sub-$700 price range. These powerful desktop appliances are designed for distributed networks, and provide branch offices with improved security and network performance as those offices access private and public cloud-based applications. The new models include F18, F80, F180, and F280, which all have the ability to run full security and network optimization. They also provide intelligent traffic regulation at the network perimeter to ensure business quality access, performance, and reliability to mission critical applications.
“Typical gateway security devices for remote locations can be a bottleneck when all security functions are enabled. This issue is compounded when you take into account the growing number of organizations that rely on SaaS and public cloud applications,” explained Dr. Klaus Gheri, VP Network Security, Barracuda. “As the adoption of these cloud-based applications increases, organizations are forced to rethink their network architecture and thus the technology needed to protect it. Most ‘next-generation’ firewalls today are designed to filter out undesired application traffic rather than proactively regulate and prioritize business critical traffic. The new Barracuda NextGen Firewall desktop appliances change that approach. Barracuda NextGen Firewalls provide a high level of security, and play an active role in application delivery and network performance, which other security devices used to secure remote locations in this price range typically do not offer.”
“Companies are using the cloud every day as well as supporting remote workers through VPN access. Cloud applications like Salesforce are no longer a luxury but a necessary part of business operations,” said Jason Pappalexis, Research Director, NSS Labs. “A next-generation firewall strategy that includes secure access and full next-generation firewall functionality with central management will be important for today’s hybrid networks where application-aware traffic distribution is key. The most successful firewall vendors will be those that help address the unique challenges created within a hybrid network.”
Security and Performance: No Longer “Either/ Or” for Branch Offices
Organizations today run hundreds of Internet applications such as Office 365 and Salesforce, and enterprise applications increasingly reside in virtual data centers and public cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. With the increasing adoption of SaaS, virtualization, and public cloud applications, the network architecture and security requirements have evolved, and specifically, the firewall has evolved from a security-only device to one that also improves network performance and availability. Historically, this functionality has been reserved for large enterprises with the resources and budgets to support it.
With today’s announcement, Barracuda is changing that approach. Highlights of the new Barracuda NextGen F-Series desktop appliances include:
• Leading Pricing - Offers industry’s lowest price point for advanced desktop appliance next-generation firewall functionality.
• High Performance - Improves bandwidth availability and user experience with built-in WAN Optimization and intelligent dynamic link balancing and failover.
• User and Application Awareness - Allows organizations to prioritize traffic for active bandwidth management, application usage, and customized network access.
• Dynamic Link Balancing - Ensures business continuity and bandwidth management via dynamically balanced traffic across multiple Internet connections.
• Intelligent Site-to-Site Connection Management - Provides high quality, reliable connectivity across multiple locations (both hardware and virtual appliances). IPsec VPNs ensure secure connectivity to other remote sites, centralized offices, as well as public cloud offerings like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.
• Next Generation Security - Delivers application control, user awareness, deep SSL traffic inspection, web filtering, IPS, and optional malware and Advanced Threat Detection (ATD).
Barracuda NextGen Firewalls
Barracuda next-generation firewalls allow organizations to safely, efficiently, and reliably access applications hosted in private and public cloud environments. Alongside the launch of the new desktop appliance models, Barracuda rebranded its next-generation firewall product line as Barracuda NextGen Firewalls, which include models designed to meet the needs of small office and retail networks, up through to high performance firewalls for large managed service providers, data center and highly distributed environments. The Barracuda NextGen Firewall product line includes two series:
• Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series1 - Cloud-managed next-generation firewall designed for small and medium sized businesses.
• Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series2 - Next-generation firewall with advanced central management designed for highly distributed environments.
For more information about barracuda’s next-generation firewall product family, please visit cuda.co/ngfw.
Pricing and Availability
New Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series desktop appliance models F18, F80, F180, and F280 are available immediately with a starting list price of $699 USD for the appliance and a starting list price of $129 USD for Energize Updates. An optional Instant Replacement service featuring priority replacement of failed hardware and complimentary refresh of four-year old hardware units is available starting at list price of $129 USD per year. International pricing and availability vary by region.
About Barracuda Networks, Inc.
Barracuda (barracuda.com) provides cloud-connected security and storage solutions that simplify IT. These powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solutions are trusted by more than 150,000 organizations worldwide and are delivered in appliance, virtual appliance, cloud and hybrid deployments. Barracuda’s customer-centric business model focuses on delivering high-value, subscription-based IT solutions that provide end-to-end network and data security.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the potential benefits, performance, availability, and functionality of Barracuda NextGen Firewall. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond the Company’s control and that could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could materially affect the Company’s business and financial results include, but are not limited to customer response to the Company’s products, as well as those factors set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update the forward-looking information to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date of this press release.