- Leading Dutch insurance provider company
- Provides corporate and direct insurance plans
- 200 employees
- 250,000 customers
- 800,000 paper claims, and over six million digital claims processed per year.
- Aging on-premises infrastructure
- Seamless data security and visibility in a hybrid environment
- Heightened security due to sensitive market (Insurance)
- Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series and Web Application Firewall deployed on Microsoft Azure cloud platform and on-premises
- End-to-end visibility and security across a hybrid environment
- Ease of use and management
- Scalable and flexible platform that suits their dynamic business
Aevitae was not satisfied with any of their existing firewall solutions and sought a solution that would provide seamless, end-to-end data visibility across their hybrid environment. None of their current vendors could provide this. They also wanted a provider who understood the Azure fabric and had products specifically built for cloud and hybrid environments.
Microsoft introduced Aevitae to Barracuda as their number one security product for Azure. However, this presented a new challenge: None of Aevitae’s current suppliers had worked with Barracuda’s cloud products. Barracuda proposed using Premier Partner Data Unit; and while Data Unit was also new to Aevitae, some team members had already worked with this partner in the past. The three companies worked as a single partnership to design and implement a security framework that would achieve Aevitae’s goals. “We have direct experience with all the leading firewall vendors, but only Barracuda could provide a single unified platform that would show us our data both within our own data centers and behind the Azure firewall,” said Pascal Wenders, ICT Team Leader of Aevitae.
A Partnership Versus a Vendor-to-Customer Sale
- Pascal Wenders, ICT Team, Aevitae
Data Unit had not deployed Azure-facing Barracuda products in this type of environment, so the Barracuda team provided direct assistance with proofs-of-concept, framework design, and coordinated their support teams. This allowed Aevitae to have access to Barracuda’s cloud expertise and Data Unit’s infrastructure experience whenever needed. The fact that the same solutions would work on-premises as well as in Azure simplified the management of this solution and also meant Aevitae could monitor and manage their data using a single vendor – regardless of where the transactions were occurring.
Results and Future Impact
Aevitae was further impressed at the end of the proof-of-concept: They can merely “throw the switch” and turn the POC into a production environment, which greatly streamlines their deployment. It’s now easier for them to migrate workloads to Azure, and they are looking at the Barracuda TINA tunnel as a way to create a wholly-meshed network between their data centers and Azure. For example, when ExpressRoute had an issue, they replied on Barracuda’s automatic rollover to TINA to maintain 100% uptime while the ExpressRoute issue was being fixed.
Aevitae is also looking at additional situations in the future that will leverage Barracuda and Data Unit. As they migrate to a hybrid Exchange environment and leverage Office 365 and Exchange 2016, Barracuda’s Message Archiver or Essentials for Office 365 are both considerations. They already leverage Barracuda’s Advanced Threat Protection, but adding new malware protections are seen as an ongoing need.
Finally, Aevitae is evaluating how to better align their hybrid cloud environment. Azure Stack is seen as one way to simplify their environment and provide even more seamless integration with Azure.
- Pascal Wenders, ICT Team, Aevitae
Together, the Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series and Web Application Firewalls running on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform revolutionized Aevitae’s IT and has greatly improved the company’s productivity and security. IT is now a business enabler, helping spur Aevitae’s growth.
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About the Barracuda NextGen Firewall F
The Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series is the enterprise-grade network firewall that combines comprehensive, next-generation firewall capabilities - based on application visibility and user-identity awareness - with optimal efficiency and throughput. Coordinated WAN optimization, centralized management, and cloud-hosted content filtering and reporting are just a few of the key features supporting enterprise requirements.
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.