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Barracuda NextGen Firewalls

Protection and Performance for the Cloud Era

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a Barracuda NextGen Firewall?

As you organization relies on more cloud-based applications like Office 365, Salesforce, and Dropbox, internet connectivity becomes even more important. Our Barracuda NextGen firewalls combine powerful application awareness and network routing capabilities to provide the highest levels of internet availability for users and critical applications.

What is the difference between Barracuda NextGen firewalls and other firewalls?

Unlike other firewalls in the industry, Barracuda’s NextGen firewalls were designed with the modern network in mind. As organizations grew in the number of remote offices and employees, secure remote access (both site-to-site and client-to-site) became critical. Our proprietary TINA protocol allows us to provide powerful capabilities such as traffic shaping within VPN tunnels, tunnel encapsulation, traffic compression, NAT reversal, and more.

We also knew early on that a firewall’s core job was not only to protect the network, but also to optimize traffic delivery. This is even more important as organization use more cloud-based applications such as Salesforce and Office 365 and business-critical traffic moves to the WAN side of the network. Barracuda NextGen Firewalls provide a set of powerful capabilities (dynamic link balancing, application-based link selection, quality-of-service, enterprise WAN optimization) to ensure the highest availability for critical applications.

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

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series is ideal for small-to-medium sized organizations looking for a simple, yet powerful application-aware firewall. Designed for the resource-constrained IT Professional, the X-Series’ intuitive web interface has a low learning curve while providing and easy-to-use management interface.

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series is designed for network engineers managing highly-distributed enterprise environments. Its powerful traffic optimization features, granular site-to-site connectivity capabilities, and extensive logging and auditing tools make it an ideal fit for organizations that need to efficiently manage and scale massive firewall deployments.

How do I know if I should get the X-Series or F-Series?

If you only have a few locations (less than 5) to secure and are looking for a firewall that is easy-to-use, and can even be managed alongside all your other Barracuda products from a single pane-of-glass, then the X-Series firewalls are ideal for you.

If you have many remote sites (more than 5) to secure and connect, need a scalable way to manage a highly dispersed network, and are looking for enterprise-grade traffic optimization, then you will want to consider our F-Series firewalls.

Can I centrally manage multiple firewalls from one place?

Yes, both the Barracuda NextGen X-Series and F-Series firewalls can be centrally managed from a single pane-of-glass. The F-Series utilizes the Barracuda NextGen Control Center to manage massive firewall deployments. The Control Center is available in physical, virtual, and cloud form factors depending on your infrastructure requirements. The X-Series firewall can be centrally managed from Barracuda Cloud Control, the same web-based portal that IT administrators use to control their other Barracuda products.

What level of support can I expect to receive from Barracuda?

Regardless of whether you’re using the X-Series or F-Series firewalls, you can expect the same level of award-winning support from Barracuda’s expertly trained technicians. Barracuda offers 24x7 support with no phone trees, ensuring that you’ll always speak to an in-region technician ready to help.

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