New Barracuda firewall appliance targets price-sensitive mid-market

Barracuda Networks launched the latest update to its firewall appliance – Barracuda Firewall version 6.5 – claiming to offer enterprise-grade next-generation firewall technology, including advanced application control, with a simple, customizable user interface, at affordable price.
According to the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls report in April 2014, “less than 20 percent of Internet connections today are secured by next-generation firewalls (NGFWs). By year-end 2014, this will rise to 35 percent of the installed base, with 70 percent of new enterprise edge purchases being NGFWs.”
As security threats continue increase in quantity and sophistication, this requirement becomes increasingly important. However, many organizations lack the resources of dedicated IT staff and budgets to handle complicated, expensive enterprise solutions.
According to Barracuda, enterprises of all sizes face the same challenge – limited time, limited budget and limited resources. Said Stephen Pao, GM Security at Barracuda: “Barracuda reduces that burden for our customers. The Barracuda Firewall is designed for the mid-market, and brings that enterprise next-generation firewall functionality to our customers in an easy-to-use and cost-effective solution.”
The Barracuda Firewall provides advanced next-generation features like application control, QoS, link aggregation, IPS and VPN at an affordable price. The new application control and usability features make the Barracuda Firewall very cost effective and easy to use. Highlights of the Barracuda Firewall version 6.5 include:

  • Enterprise-Grade Application Control – The new release provides enhanced application control over more than 1200 browser and non-browser-based applications. Administrators can define dynamic application polices to establish acceptable use policies for users and groups by application, application category, location or time of day. These policies can be set to block unwanted applications for certain users or groups; control and throttle acceptable traffic; preserve bandwidth and speed up business critical applications; enable or disable specific sub-applications (e.g., Facebook Chat, Skype Video); and inspect SSL-encrypted application traffic.
  • Easy to Use, Easy to Manage – The new release includes a redesigned User Interface (UI), making it even easier to navigate. The updated UI maintains consistency with other Barracuda security products to minimize the learning curve for existing Barracuda customers looking to deploy affordable, easy-to-use and manage next-generation firewall functionality.
  • Customizable Dashboards – The new release delivers increased flexibility in monitoring network traffic and firewall status. The dashboards provide a granular view of user activity such as application usage and bandwidth utilization, which can be used to determine performance bottlenecks and tune policy accordingly.
  • Enhanced Reporting – The new release supports detailed reports around network traffic, Web requests and application usage. Reports can be generated via the Barracuda Report Creator and can be filtered for specific users and groups for additional granularity.

The Barracuda Firewall is an application-aware network firewall appliance designed for organizations without dedicated IT personnel to manage firewalls. It leverages cloud resources to extend next-generation security and networking beyond the capabilities of typical security gateways or legacy firewalls. The Barracuda Firewall delivers application control, user awareness, secure VPNs, link optimization, dynamic traffic prioritization, and advanced malware protection. With the Barracuda Cloud Control centralized management portal, administrators can use a Web browser or app to deploy, configure, and manage the Barracuda Firewall from any location.
Download the IDC report on “Augmenting Next Generation Firewalls with the Cloud”.
Hackers know that most enterprises have a firewall and develop approaches aiming to circumvent these firewalls. Watch the video below to get a better perspective on this.

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