Barracuda Backup Helps Customers Protect Data with Added Speed and Performance Improvements
Barracuda Backup version 6.3 Introduces New Agent, Enhances Public Cloud Support, and Updates High-End Models with Competitive Pricing and Expanded Capacity
Campbell, Calif. (September 7, 2016) – Barracuda Networks, Inc. (NYSE: CUDA) -
- Barracuda Backup now enables faster data recovery with significantly increased replication speeds and restore performance, helping customers improve recovery time objectives.
- Barracuda continues its cloud innovation with Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup for Office 365 improvements, and the expanded Barracuda Backup Export Tool that now supports exporting data to Amazon Web Services (AWS) for long-term retention.
- The Barracuda Backup 990 appliance upgraded to 48TB of usable storage, representing a capacity increase of 33 percent and making it one of the most affordable backup solutions at its capacity level. Additionally, the Barracuda Backup 995 and 1090 appliances and subscription list prices have been reduced.
Barracuda today announced several new enhancements to its Barracuda Backup product line to enable faster backup and recovery performance, enhance public cloud support, and expand storage capacity for customers – all at competitive price points. The new Barracuda Backup version 6.3 provides customers with improved performance to more efficiently protect their data with a single solution regardless of whether data resides in physical, virtual or Office 365 SaaS environments. The new enhancements, which are available to both physical and virtual Barracuda Backup appliance customers with active subscriptions, boost initial backup speed and recovery performance, while shortening restore windows to improve recovery time objectives. This is especially important today where rampant ransomware attacks continue to increase risks of data theft. In fact, in a research survey conducted by Osterman Research, 49.4 percent of companies surveyed indicated they had been hit with one or more ransomware attacks in the last 12 months. A complete backup with an effective retention policy enables customers to recover from a ransomware attack without having to pay any ransom to the criminals holding the encryption keys to their important data.
“Barracuda Backup provides us with a secure way to store critical data, and an efficient way to recover it if things don’t go as planned – such as recently when we were hit with a ransomware attack,” said A.J. Murray, IT Manager at Hayward Tyler, a leader in design, manufacturing and services for fluid-filled electric motors and pumps for high-pressure, high-temperature applications and environments across the global energy sector. “A solid backup plan makes the difference in having to pay a ransom, lose files all together or recover them in a timely fashion. With Barracuda Backup, we were able to quickly restore our stolen data, allowing us to address this attack with minimal business impact.”
Fast and Efficient Data Restores Enhance Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup version 6.3 offers customers a quick and efficient way to restore data. The enhancements boost initial backup speed and recovery performance – by up to 1.5-2x on large files and up to 3x for file server backups with millions of small files with the Barracuda Backup Agent. Barracuda Backup provides the flexibility for users to run image-based backups with instant recovery for virtual servers using LiveBoot, as well as the Barracuda Backup Agent for granular file and application recovery, which introduces multi-streaming in this new version and complements existing recovery options for physical-to-physical (P2P), physical-to-virtual (P2V) or virtual-to-virtual (V2V) scenarios. Customers also benefit from Barracuda Backup’s new queuing system, which significantly increases replication performance for highly transactional environments with large amounts of replicated change data.
Expanded Cloud Support – Office 365 & Amazon Web Services
Barracuda continues to push its innovation in cloud environments. For organizations that have made the switch to Microsoft Office 365 or plan to in the future, Barracuda updated its Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup for Office 365 to reduce incremental backup windows for all customers. Additionally, Barracuda Backup gives customers flexibility to support their long-term data retention needs; introducing public cloud integration. Customers with a Barracuda Cloud Storage subscription can take advantage of Offsite Vaulting for long-term retention for up to seven years. For organizations requiring longer retention times or support for external storage, the Barracuda Backup Export Tool was designed to enable customers to export data to external disk or tape in the local environment. Barracuda Backup administrators now have the option to export data to virtual tapes stored in AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) or Glacier for archiving using the AWS Storage Gateway VTL.
Barracuda Backup Pricing and Capacity Update
As part of this release, Barracuda has reduced pricing while increasing storage capacity for certain Barracuda Backup models. Barracuda Backup 990 has increased usable storage capacity by 33 percent, from 36TB to 48TB. The upgraded appliance is shipping for all new customers, and eligible existing customers with an Instant Replacement subscription are able to upgrade via hardware refresh. A hardware upgrade is included at no additional charge every four years for customers with a continuous Instant Replacement subscription. In addition, Barracuda Backup 995 and 1090 appliance and subscription list prices have been reduced.
“Barracuda Backup provides customers with an easy way to protect their data in a single solution, while our Energize Updates and Instant Replacement subscriptions ensure customers continue to see ongoing value as technology evolves,” said Rod Mathews, SVP & GM, Data Protection at Barracuda. “We’ve made a number of enhancements with this software release to significantly improve the performance and functionality of existing systems deployed by our customers. Whether customers are looking to improve their disaster recovery plans, speed up their backups or expand on public cloud initiatives – Barracuda Backup simplifies that process with innovative technology that is secure, easy to use and affordable, regardless of deployment choice.”
Pricing and Availability
Barracuda Backup version 6.3 is in early availability (EA), and will be generally available (GA) to customers with active subscriptions in the Fall. Customers interested in the current EA version can contact their Barracuda solution provider or Barracuda representative for more information. The updated US list pricing for Barracuda Backup 995 and 1090 is as follows: Barracuda Backup 995 appliance with 72TB of usable storage capacity starts at the US list price of $66,999 for the appliance, and $12,049 for a one-year Energize Updates subscription. US list pricing for Barracuda Backup 1090 appliance with 112TB of usable storage capacity starts at $104,999 for the appliance and $18,899 for a one-year Energize Updates subscription. Replication to the Barracuda Cloud for Barracuda Backup physical appliance customers can be purchased in 200GB increments or unmetered with an Unlimited Cloud Storage subscription. Barracuda Backup Vx virtual appliance subscriptions start at a US list price of $599 per-socket or per-server per year. Replication to the Barracuda Cloud for Barracuda Backup Vx starts at a US list price of $799 per TB per year and includes inline source and target-based global deduplication and compression, as well as data redundancy between or within Barracuda’s geographically-dispersed enterprise-grade data centers.
Barracuda Backup version 6.3 Blog Post: http://cuda.co/17452
Blog Post - Ransomware, Phishing and APTs – Avoid Falling Victim to These Attacks: cuda.co/17113
Overview – Barracuda Backup: https://www.barracuda.com/products/backup
Barracuda Backup Blog Page: http://cuda.co/bublog
Video – Barracuda Backup: http://cuda.co/ytv-q4
Video – Barracuda Cloud to Cloud Backup: http://cuda.co/ytpbcs
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 barracuda.com.
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