The modern network includes a combination of local and cloud-hosted applications such as Office 365, Salesforce, and public cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. With the increasing adoption of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), virtualization, and public cloud applications, the role of the firewall has evolved from a security device to a solution that also improves network performance and availability – whether on premises or in the cloud. This move has changed network architectures resulting in a shift in network traffic flows where your organization’s Local Area Network (LAN) alone cannot guarantee quality of service to business critical resources.
Barracuda’s NextGen Firewalls are purpose-built to optimize network traffic flows in hybrid environments – adding intelligence that improves your network while securing it. Unlike traditional port-based firewalls, our firewalls are application-aware, enabling you to regulate application usage and prioritize network traffic.
We offer two series of firewalls (X and F series), each delivering advanced next-generation firewall performance and protection, yet for distinctly different environments. The X-Series is designed for small to mid-market organizations requiring rapid implementation, while the F-Series is ideal for large managed service providers and highly distributed enterprises.
Barracuda NextGen Firewalls feature advanced security capabilities, including integrated Intrusion Prevention (IPS), URL filtering and antivirus to identify and block evasion attempts that would trick traditional systems. Barracuda’s security extends beyond your network to Barracuda’s Advanced Threat Detection (ATD) cloud for both statistical and sandboxing analysis of zero-day and targeted threats that routinely bypass signature-based IPS and antivirus engines.
User and application awareness provides intelligence and visibility to craft business rules to manage bandwidth and prioritize network traffic to by application. You can easily customize network access, application usage and bandwidth allocation for specific users and groups. When needed, traffic to non-business-related applications can be limited, even when this traffic is encrypted.
Dynamic link balancing dynamically balances traffic across multiple Internet connections. This ensures business continuity through reliable Internet access as well as allows you to efficiently utilize available bandwidth.
Intelligent site-to-site connection management provides high quality, reliable connectivity across multiple locations (both hardware and virtual appliances). IPsec VPNs ensure secure connectivity to remote sites, centralized offices, as well as public cloud offerings like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.
In modern organizations, network perimeter intelligence extends across highly dispersed environments: remote sites, branch offices and satellite locations. As your policy enforcement becomes more dispersed, centralized management becomes more important to minimize management overhead and maintain a uniform security posture.
For this reason, central management is integrated into the Barracuda next-generation firewall architecture. Administrators can easily define global security parameters, configure security and network access policies, control firewall firmware update revisions, and manage user settings. Barracuda provides a true centralized management system that is fully scalable across thousands of locations through a single pane of glass.