- Establish encrypted connections to Chinese subsidiaries
- Keep costs down
- Focus on centralized management on top of ADSL Load Sharing
- Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series
- Manageable costs
- Centralised management enabled
- Able to implement more complex tasks internally
BAUER Group Relies on Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series
- Roland Bauer, Coordinator, Head of the Network Infrastructure Department, Bauer Group
"We had already opted for a solution that controls the load sharing of lines. However, when it came to the implementation weaknesses in the central management became apparent because with each new VPN connection we literally had to start again from scratch, testing and managing firewall rules separately. Since a total of 120 branches have to be connected we “pulled the emergency brakes“ and started looking for a different solution - one that focused on centralized management on top of ADSL Load Sharing."
An Existing Project Drew our Attention to Barracuda
An additional advantage of Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series is the innate multi-provider/ multilink capabilities, which facilitate the use of all feasible types of connection, from MPLS, DSL, ISDN and dialup up to UMTS and satellite. With the centralized management concept and the multi-link functionality, Barracuda NextGen Firewall had already fulfilled two major requirements. The only problem: The ADSL Loan Sharing was not yet supported in the form required by BAUER. This problem was solved within eight months in a joint effort: The BAUER Group provided a test infrastructure and the Barracuda Development Center in Innsbruck implemented the respective functionality. In Roland Bauer‘s opinion, the advantages of working with a supplier with a strong European presence soon came to the fore here: "I am sure that I would not have met with the same readiness to cooperate and the same flexibility had we opted to work with one of the large international manufacturers."
"The appreciation for European preferences and the straightforward communication in the same time zone are also positive aspects that come to light in ongoing support, not to mention the common language. At the same time Barracuda is also a well-known international brand, which makes it easier for support and for our IT teams in Asia and America to become familiar with the systems."
Simple Rollout & Efficient Management
After the first six months and the transition of the European locations, the next goal is to connect all international subsidiaries from two to 900 employees within between three and five years. Roland Bauer comments: "We expect to see the already noticeable benefits of centralized management becoming even more evident. Setting up a VPN connection using Drag&Drop and the graphical interface is definitely an extremely efficient method. Until now, we have only looked at this during an extended workshop, which shows just how intuitive using the system is. We will be able to implement more complex tasks by ourselves once we have completed a further training course."
Recommendation for Barracuda
Roland Bauer summarizes: "Barracuda has absolutely surpassed our expectations of centralized management, multi-link functionality, performance and security performance. Independent, external experts have even confirmed that our systems mirror the requirements of an international distributed infrastructure optimally. So I can only recommend companies with a similar infrastructure to take a very close look at Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series."
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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 useridentity 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.
Barracuda NextGen Firewall F Fast Facts
- Integrated next-generation security
- Granular control of user activity
- Effective WAN management
- Connection-friendly and robust VPN
- QoS and link balancing
- Central management