Barracuda NextGen Firewalls

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a Barracuda NextGen Firewall?

As organizations today rely more and more on cloud-based applications like Office 365, Salesforce or even public cloud-based infrastructure services like Amazon AWS, Google GCE or Microsoft Azure, secure and reliable direct Internet connectivity has become a vital factor for success.

Our cloud-ready Barracuda NextGen Firewalls can easily be deployed onsite or in the public cloud and eliminate the need for any backhauling of traffic while still providing full next-generation security and unbeatable Internet access.

What are the differences among the F-Series and X-Series firewalls?

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series is designed for companies with network engineers that need to manage distributed enterprise environments, whether hybrid on-premises/cloud environments or cloud-only environments. The F-Series provides all security and remote connectivity functionalities one expects from an enterprise next-generation firewall, including application detection and prioritization, IPS, malware protection, sandboxing, URL filter, and even DDOS protection. Furthermore, its powerful traffic optimization features, extremely resilient site-to-site connectivity capabilities, and extensive logging and auditing tools make the F-series an ideal fit for organizations that need to efficiently manage and scale massive firewall deployments.

F-series models are available for use in the Internet of Things (IoT), small offices, headquarters, datacenters, and the public cloud, all centrally manageable by the Barracuda NextGen Control Center.

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series is ideal for small- to medium-sized organizations looking for a simple, yet powerful next-generation firewall that provides IPS, application detection, URL filter, malware protection, and some basic email security. Designed for the resource-constrained IT professional, the intuitive web interface of the X-Series has a low learning curve while providing an easy-to-use management interface.

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

The X-Series Firewall is ideal for you if you only have a few locations to manage (up to three) and absolutely need a firewall with a web UI.

If you have more than three locations to manage, plan on using public cloud services (like Amazon AWS, Google GCE, or Microsoft Azure), or need to connect hundreds or even thousands of remote devices (Internet of Things), then the F-Series Firewall is right for you.

Can I centrally manage multiple firewalls from one place?

Yes, all NextGen F-Series and X-Series Firewalls can be centrally managed from a single pane of glass.

The F-Series utilizes the Barracuda NextGen Control Center for centralized control of all aspects, from deployment, day-to-day configuration, troubleshooting, and even lifecycle management. The NextGen Control Center for the F-Series is available as a physical or virtual appliance and as a cloud deployment, depending on your infrastructure requirements.

The X-Series Firewall can be centrally managed from Barracuda Cloud Control, which is the same web-based portal that IT administrators use to control their other Barracuda products.

What is the difference in terms of deployment between the F-Series and X-Series firewalls?

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series can be deployed as "stand-alone" and still provide great value, but its full potential and cost-efficiency is unleashed when it is centrally managed using a NextGen Control Center.

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series is designed to be used as stand-alone, but can be connected (at no extra charge) to the Barracuda Cloud Control portal for convenient remote management.

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

Regardless of whether you’re using the F-Series or X-Series NextGen 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 will always speak to a regional technician who is ready to help.

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