July 13, 2016

Barracuda expands cloud-ready next-generation firewall technology

New Barracuda NextGen Firewall enables secure cloud adoption for customers operating dispersed network environments and leveraging public cloud and IaaS platforms.

Barracuda today announced availability of Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series version 7.0, which is expressly designed for organizations adopting cloud-based applications, operating dispersed network environments, and leveraging public cloud platforms. Barracuda NextGen Firewall Version 7.0 provides security and reliability in these environments, especially for organizations leveraging public cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS. Barracuda is demonstrating the cloud-ready NextGen Firewall this week at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference.

Barracuda NextGen Firewall can be natively deployed in public cloud platforms including Microsoft Azure and AWS, complete with high availability, next-generation security, and central management. With version 7.0, Barracuda NextGen Firewall provides cloud-based central management support in Microsoft Azure for an unlimited number of managed firewalls within a tenant and configuration cluster, allowing organizations to move workloads and applications to Azure. The new version offers administrators an overview of cloud deployments, including dedicated dashboard widgets that display data such as public IP, domain name and DNS name received from the cloud datacenter where the NextGen Firewall is hosted, and the cloud instance type where the firewall is running.

The Firewall also includes advanced next-generation security capabilities such as application and user awareness and control, fully integrated Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), web and email security, and fully integrated Advanced Threat Detection. With the new version, customers also can now prevent data exfiltration from botnets and spyware, with the ability to identify and block infected rogue endpoints in real time.

Customers can scale across multiple locations with a “configure once, deploy many” management model that allows up to thousands of firewalls to be deployed, managed and monitored from a single pane of glass. Additionally with version 7.0, the Firewall can improve the wide area network (WAN) performance by including multiple uplink usage, intelligent uplink failover, link balancing and WAN optimization, enabling 99.999% uptime with low-cost Internet uplinks, Barracuda claims.

Klaus Gheri, vice president of network security at Barracuda, commented :

Security at the network perimeter and at the endpoint was considered ‘good security’ years ago. As threats became more targeted, traditional port blocking firewalls were no longer enough – and the next-generation firewall was born. Today, we’re at another crossroad, where the next-generation firewall must move beyond application and user aware security.

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall was built for the cloud era. Designed from the ground-up for dispersed networks, the Barracuda NextGen Firewall redefines the traditional next-generation firewall by enabling an intelligent network perimeter that offers fast, secure, reliable and affordable access to business applications from anywhere and any device.

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