Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series?

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series is the next-generation firewall that delivers advanced features without reducing performance. Malware protection and content filtering takes place in the cloud, so network resources are not affected. Dynamic link balancing and traffic shaping keeps things running smoothly even while performing complex application control and policy enforcement. By aggregating and load-balancing multiple uplinks (e.g., MPLS, T1, DSL, 3G) with automatic and seamless failover, the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series ensures users and applications have uninterrupted access to cloud applications and resources. The Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series is the most reliable and cost-effective network security and connectivity solution available for smaller and mid-sized organizations.

Does the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series involve any sort of user fees?

No. There is no limitation on number of users or numbers of protected IP’s. All Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series models also include a license to an unlimited number of VPN clients.

What are Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series’s cloud-enabled capabilities?

Cloud-based content filtering delivers advanced security against today’s web-based threats without impacting network and application performance. By offloading processor-intensive content filtering and malware protection to the cloud, the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series minimizes the demand placed on network resources to ensure optimal performance. 

Cloud integration for management and malware protection gives the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series the elasticity to provision just the right combination of resources to meet your needs. As needs evolve and business grows, scaling cloud-based resources as needed is transparent and automatic.

Accessible via web browser or mobile app, the intuitive cloud-based management portal delivers truly flexible anytime/anywhere management.

What is Application Control?

Application identification techniques in traditional firewalls rely on basic technology features like URL, destination IP address, or TCP port / protocol definitions. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help administrators determine what applications users are accessing on their network.

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series uses Application Control to identify and enforce policies on applications that may masquerade their traffic as “safe” protocols such as HTTP. When reviewing an application log file, administrators can see what types of applications are seeking access to the Internet, such as peer-to-peer sharing applications, Skype, YouTube, and much more.

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series integrates application control into its core firewall functions, enabling enforcement of policies based on user ID, security policy, location, and time of day. Policy actions can include blocking, allowing, throttling, or even enabling or disabling of specific application features.

Can the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series provide VPN tunnels to other firewalls or routers?

Yes, in most cases, you can create VPN tunnels from the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series to other firewalls and routers. The VPN engine of the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series is compatible with a wide variety of other router and firewall vendors. If the other endpoint VPN device is also certified for basic interoperability by VPNC, it can almost be guaranteed that there will be a way to connect these devices via a site-to-site VPN tunnel.

Is there a way to centrally manage multiple Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Seriess?

Yes. Administrators can centrally manage multiple Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Seriess via the Barracuda Cloud Control portal at no additional cost.

What is the difference the Between Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series and the Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series?

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series is developed to provide advanced application technology to the SMB and mid-tier customer base. To accomplish this, the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series provides an easy-to-use web-based interface with intelligent defaults and cloud-based central management hosted by Barracuda Networks. The Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series is available in hardware configurations with up to 5 Gbps data throughput and up to 8 ports. As a result, the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series is recommended for organizations with up to 10 locations. The Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series is a dedicated NG Firewall for large enterprise deployment. Typical requirements include support for several thousand remote locations, data throughput requirements of 20 Gbps or more and high port-density needs. Management of the Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series is accomplished via a Windows executable, while central management of multiple Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Seriess is accomplished via the Barracuda NextGen Control Center.

What user authentication methods are supported?

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series can authenticate users and enforce user-aware policy using Active Directory, NTLM, MS CHAP, RADIUS, RSA SecurID, LDAP/LDAPS, built-in local authentication, as well as x.509 certificates.

What types of VPN clients does the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series require?

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series comes with an unlimited number of VPN clients supported. Barracuda Networks provides VPN clients for Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit, Mac OS, and various flavors of Linux. In addition, the built-in VPN clients in portable devices with iOS and Android operating systems can be configured to provide VPN access to the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series. Through standard IPsec compatibility, the built-in clients of Windows and Mac OS operating systems can be configured to establish VPN tunnels to the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series VPN.

What if I am not looking to replace my entire firewall infrastructure?

In addition to the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series, Barracuda Networks offers a set of best-of-breed point solutions to address your needs if you are not yet looking to replace your entire firewall infrastructure. Relevant point solutions include:

  • Email security: Barracuda Email Security Gateway
  • Web filtering: Barracuda Web Security Gateway or Barracuda Web Security Service
  • Secure remote access for end users: Barracuda SSL VPN
  • Backup and Data security: Barracuda Backup
  • Networking a very large number of remote locations: Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series
  • Link balancing: Barracuda Link Balancer
  • Load balancing: Barracuda Load Balancer

What is the pricing?

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series comes in five base hardware configurations, ranging from small office or home office to regional office protection. Entry level pricing for the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series X100 starts at $999.

What is included in the Energize Updates subscription for the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series?

Energize Updates from Barracuda Central deliver updates on the extensive library of definitions for intrusion prevention and application control. In addition, Energize Updates subscriptions also provide access to Basic Support, Firmware Maintenance, and optional participation in the Barracuda Early Release Firmware program.

Is there a version of Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series available to be installed in virtualized environments?

Because the Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series is designed to provide network perimeter protection that is easy to configure, quick to deploy, and cost-effective, it is only available as a hardware unit at this point.

Is there a warranty?

There is a one-year warranty against manufacturing defects in the USA and Canada. Warranty in other countries applicable as required by law.

For answers to additional questions, please contact Barracuda Networks at +1 888 268 4772