The history of Barracuda

It started as a simple idea—providing an email-security solution that every business could afford. Fifteen years later, we’re still growing, still innovating and still focused on bringing you tomorrow’s IT-security technology today.

Take a look at some of the major milestones on our world-changing journey.

There was no affordable email-security solution

APRIL

Dean Drako, Michael Perone and Zach Levow can’t find a solution that doesn’t cost a small fortune.

The idea for Barracuda is born.

Founders
Spam Firewall

Barracuda launches Spam & Virus Firewall

October

Barracuda officially enters the anti-spam market with its flagship product.

Barracuda becomes a disruptive force in the worldwide anti-spam market

OCTOBER

Within a year of launching of our first product, we won nine industry awards and were serving 11,900 customers, including small and mid-sized companies, large enterprises and Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

9
awards
11,900
customers

CRN lists Barracuda among top ten ‘Channel Stars’

AUGUST

CRN selected Barracuda as one of only 10 up-and-coming channel stars in the magazine's inaugural “Star Search” list.

CRN

Barracuda selected by AlwaysOn as one of the ‘Top 100 Private Companies’

JULY

Barracuda was handpicked by the AlwaysOn editorial panel based on a set of five criteria - technology innovation, market potential, customer adoption, media buzz and investor value creation.

AlwaysOn

Securing web apps

SEPTEMBER

Barracuda acquires NetContinuum, expanding its portfolio to secure and manage enterprise web applications.

NetContinuum

Continued momentum

SEPTEMBER

Barracuda reaches the significant milestone of 50,000 customers spanning more than 80 countries – in less than five years.

80
countries
50,000
customers

Backup in the cloud

NOVEMBER

Barracuda expands into cloud-based backup services by acquiring BitLeap.

BitLeap

Financial growth

FEBRUARY

Barracuda surpasses $100 million in annual revenue.

Financial Growth

Enterprise-class firewalls

SEPTEMBER

Barracuda acquires controlling interest in Phion AG, an Austria-based public company delivering enterprise-class firewalls.

Phion AG

Barracuda dominates global email security

JUNE

The Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall becomes the world's most widely-deployed solution for on-premises email security.

Map Locations

Continued customer growth

JANUARY

Barracuda now has more than 100,000 customers spanning more than 80 countries.

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countries
100,000
customers

Barracuda gets new leadership

NOVEMBER

BJ Jenkins, a 20-year veteran of the IT industry, becomes president and CEO.

BJ Jenkins

Barracuda goes public

NOVEMBER

Barracuda stock begins trading on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CUDA.

NYSE CUDA

Continued industry recognition

FEBRUARY

Barracuda wins ‘Best Web Application Firewall’, ‘Best Email Security’ and ‘Best Customer Service’ at the SC Awards in the U.S.

SC Awards

Enters MSP market

OCTOBER

Barracuda acquires Intronis to meet increasing security and data-protection demands for small and medium-sized businesses.

Intronis

Microsoft Partner of the Year!

JULY

Barracuda recognized as 2016 Microsoft Azure Partner of the Year.

Microsoft Partner of the Year!

AI for email security

APRIL

Barracuda acquires Sookasa to expand encryption, security and compliance for data stored in the cloud.

Sookasa

Cloud archiving, upgraded

NOVEMBER

Barracuda acquires Sonian, deepening cloud archiving and email-security capabilities, as well as expanding channel reach with key OEM partners.

Sonian

Cyber Security Vendor of the Year

NOVEMBER

CRN awards Barracuda ‘Cyber Security Vendor of the Year’ in the U.K.

CRN awards

Barracuda achieves AWS Security Competency

DECEMBER

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall and CloudGen WAF have achieved AWS Security Competency and prequalified by AWS solution architects as being well-architected for AWS.

AWS Security Competency

Fighting phishing

JANUARY

Barracuda acquires PhishLine, a social-engineering simulation and training company, giving customers comprehensive defense against email-borne targeted attacks.

PhishLine

Barracuda gets new ownership

FEBRUARY

Thoma Bravo, a private equity investment firm, acquires Barracuda.

Thoma Bravo

1 million
cloud-enabled products delivered!

JULY

The Barracuda Backup 390, a Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) in our data protection line of products, was pulled off the production line by CEO BJ Jenkins, who had it customized in gold.

15 Years of Innovation

NOVEMBER

Barracuda celebrates 15 year anniversary.

15 years