- Cooperative in which 17,500 Dutch farmers and horticulturalists have combined their purchasing power
- Offers purchasing for animal feed, seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides
- Located in the Netherlands
- Minimal control over their own applications
- Large number of diverse business models and data
- High risk of data loss
- Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series and Web Application Firewall deployed on Microsoft Azure cloud platform
- Ability to resolve conflicts and implement new solutions quickly
- Zero cyberattacks
- Improved connectivity across company and its subsidiaries
Implementing a More Robust IT Solution
On the strategic front, Agrifirm needed to find a solution that would enable better control of its IT. Prior to 2011, Agrifirm outsourced all IT services to a partner. While the intention was to freeup internal resources, without internal IT personnel or data centers, Agrifirm struggled to manage technical aspects of company applications. Because the outsourcing partner had no industry expertise, adjusting to changing business needs was difficult and simple projects took months to complete.
Agrifirm considered several factors in choosing a new solution. Its customers are Dutch farmers who sometimes rely on faxes and low-tech computing solutions, which results in ongoing problems with lost orders and confusion. Because the nature of Agrifirm’s business is seasonal, they needed a solution that could easily scale, as well as keep data secure and organized while providing easy access to applications, place orders, etc.
Finding a Solution that Met Their Needs
Agrifirm was already familiar with Barracuda, having utilized the Barracuda Email Security Gateway for cyber threat prevention. After Microsoft evaluated the design of Agrifirm’s Azure environment, the company came to the conclusion that it needed an additional firewall solution to protect their Azure data center. The goal was to log more information on the subnets’ inbound and outbound traffic. Agrifirm determined that the Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series was the right choice.
“We are much happier with our IT solutions now than we were in the past. After we began migrating to Azure, we deployed 10-15 firewalls in different locations. Now, our end-users and subsidiaries experience much better service than they did with our previous IT outsourcer,” said Pieter Wagenaar, IT Architect for Agrifirm.
Agrifirm also deployed the Barracuda Web Application Firewall to federate services for inbound traffic and Active Directory.
Protecting Workloads with Barracuda
Improving Connectivity with Microsoft
- Pieter Wagenaar, IT Architect, Agrifirm
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About the Barracuda NextGen Firewall F
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 a network to Barracuda’s Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) cloud for both statistical and sandboxing analysis of zero-day and targeted threats that routinely bypass signature-based IPS and antivirus engines.
About the Barracuda Web Application Firewall
The Barracuda Web Application Firewall blocks an ever-expanding list of sophisticated web-based intrusions and attacks that target the applications hosted on web servers and the sensitive or confidential data to which they have access. Placed between the Internet and web servers, the Barracuda Web Application Firewall scans all inbound web traffic to block attacks and scans outbound traffic, providing highly effective data loss prevention.