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Barracuda Expands Cloud-Ready Next-Generation Firewall Technology

Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series version 7.0 Enables Organizations to Economically Implement and Operate Secure, Distributed, Cloud-based Network Environments

Campbell, Calif. (JULY 13, 2016) – Barracuda Networks, Inc. (NYSE: CUDA) -

Press Release Highlights:

  • New Barracuda NextGen Firewall enables secure cloud adoption for customers operating dispersed network environments and leveraging public cloud and Infrastructure-as-a-Service platforms.
  • Designed for the cloud era, Barracuda NextGen Firewall can be natively deployed in public cloud platforms including Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide segmentation, security and connectivity in cloud and hybrid environments. The new version 7.0, which is available in Azure Security Center, supports deploying unlimited firewalls in Microsoft Azure within a tenant and configuration cluster.
  • Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series version 7.0 provides intelligent network perimeters at all locations, and leverages Barracuda’s global threat intelligence framework to prevent data exfiltration from botnets and spyware for on-premises or cloud-based networks.
  • With version 7.0, Barracuda NextGen Firewall customers can cost effectively scale by connecting on-premises and cloud networks through multiple uplinks with dynamic failover, traffic balancing and WAN optimization.
  • Barracuda is demonstrating the new NextGen Firewall this week at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, where the company also will be honored as Winner for the 2016 Microsoft Azure Certified ISV Solution Partner of the Year.


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, Booth #1731, in Toronto, where the company also will be honored as Winner for the 2016 Microsoft Azure Certified ISV Solution Partner of the Year.

Organizations are increasingly adopting virtualization, software defined networks and cloud applications such as Office 365, Salesforce and video conferencing. As such, the role of the firewall has evolved from a perimeter-based security device to a distributed security solution that must intelligently optimize traffic to improve network performance and provide reliable access to these mission critical applications for all users across all locations. Barracuda NextGen Firewall is designed from the ground-up for the cloud era. Barracuda NextGen Firewall enables intelligent network perimeters at headquarters, remote and branch offices, and satellite locations to deliver secure, direct, business quality access to applications hosted in private and public cloud environments while minimizing the need to backhaul traffic. Barracuda NextGen Firewall goes beyond next-generation security with features to also improve connectivity and performance.

Native Deployment in Public Cloud Infrastructures

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.

New Botnet & Spyware Protection, Macro Blocking

Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series 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. Leveraging Barracuda’s global threat intelligence framework through new DNS sink-holing technology, customers have functionality to help prevent confidential data from leaving the organization. Additionally, the new version offers customers the ability to automatically block macro-enabled office documents, which can easily be used to deploy malware.

Cloud-Ready Connectivity and Management

Barracuda NextGen Firewall 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, Barracuda NextGen 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 percent uptime with low-cost Internet uplinks. This is particularly valuable in hybrid environments that require fast, reliable connectivity to cloud apps as well as across on-premises and cloud-based network locations. Barracuda NextGen Firewall also offers remote connectivity and Secure Sockets Layer virtual private network (SSL-VPN) capabilities with the CudaLaunch client for Windows and Mac OSX desktop operating systems and applications for iOS and Android for “zero-touch” deployment.


“Security at the network perimeter and at the endpoint was considered ‘good security’ years ago,” said Klaus Gheri, vice president of network security at Barracuda. “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.”  

"Our deployment in Azure with the Barracuda NextGen Firewall has allowed our IT organization to become a business enabler,” said Pieter Wagenaar, IT Architect, Agrifirm, a cooperative in which 17,500 Dutch farmers and horticulturalists have combined their purchasing power. "We are both a research organization and an agricultural supplier. For our research operations, Barracuda provides better security, streamlines access to corporate resources, and enables more efficient research. For our business operations as a supplier, Azure and Barracuda together have enabled us to streamline operations and improve our response time, which helps to improve innovation and customer satisfaction at the same time.”

“With IT infrastructure costs and reliability issues rising, we began looking to the cloud for IT agility and cost savings,” said Chris Jones, Director of IT at Lerch Bates Inc., a global leader in technical consulting for the building industry. “We decided to use Microsoft Azure and the Barracuda NextGen Firewall, as they were the obvious choices for a low cost and effective upgrade. Setup and guidance was easy with the help of Barracuda’s sales and support team. With their assistance, we were able to quickly deploy and setup a new wide area network using the Barracuda NextGen Firewall virtual appliance, physical routers, and Barracuda’s cloud management.”

Pricing and Availability

Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series version 7.0 is available immediately at no additional charge to existing customers on supported platforms with an active Energize Updates subscription. Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series list price starts at $699 USD for a branch-to-cloud appliance and list price of $129 USD for Energize Update subscriptions. Public cloud instances are available for Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, both as “Bring Your Own License” (BYOL) as well as hourly billing variants on the respective Marketplaces. Pricing starts at $2,999 USD for a BYOL 1-year subscription.


Video – Next-Generation Security for the Cloud Era, 1-minute:

Video – Barracuda Security for Azure:

Blog Post – Barracuda at Microsoft World Partner Conference:

Blog Post – Barracuda NextGen Firewall version 7.0:

Overview – Barracuda NextGen Firewalls:

Overview – Barracuda Security Solutions for Azure:

About Barracuda Networks, Inc. (NYSE: CUDA)

Barracuda (NYSE: CUDA) simplifies IT with cloud-enabled solutions that empower customers to protect their networks, applications, and data, regardless of where they reside. 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. For additional information, please visit  

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the functionality and performance of Barracuda NG Firewall product including version 7, and the availability of the product through Azure and AWS.  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, a highly competitive business environment and 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, including under the caption “Risk Factors” in the Company’s prospectus filed with the SEC on November 6, 2013 pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. 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.

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