Perfect Balance of Security and Cost-Effectiveness

Barracuda NG Firewall in Operation at Berglandmilch

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Summary

Berglandmilch is the largest food-producer in Austria. With approximately 1,000 employees it processes about 1 billion kilograms of milk a year. The Berglandmilch group numbers some 13,000 suppliers who are also the owners. Berglandmilch seizes every opportunity to win new growth markets. With an annual turnover of approximately 540 million Euros and an export quota of approximately 35%, Berglandmilch and Rottaler Milch in Bavaria, Germany are considered the most important dairies in Central Europe.

Profile

  • Berglandmilch 6 largest dairy, in central Europe
  • 1000 employees across 27 production sites

Challenges

  • Limit and control the operating cost
  • Impaired communication
  • Consistent security posture and policy enforcement across the enterprise

Solution

  • Barracuda NextGen Firewall F Series
  • Barracuda NextGen Control Center

Results

  • Fast implementation, clear management concept and extensive range of features
  • Eliminated false positives (messages which have been incorrectly filtered as spam)
  • Reduction of administrative IT work

Berglandmilch’s Area of Conflict

The IT department at Berglandmilch reg. Gen.m.b.H found itself in an “area of conflict” when they started looking to replace their existing infrastructure with a more economical and secure solution. As one of Austria’s largest food producers with annual revenues of some 500 million Euros, they had outsourced site networking to an external provider. Berglandmilch used an outsourcing model by which communications ran via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) with an MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching) and ATM-leased lines. The IT department was convinced that both cost efficiency and management could be improved at the same time by using alternative solutions. Doubts also arose as to whether the Berglandmilch data could be held separately from that of the provider’s other clients in secure technical terms, so the company began to evaluate Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series.

“Cost reduction was, quite clearly, one of the major motives for evaluating alternative solutions,“ confirms Manfred Prehsegger, the IT manager at Berglandmilch. “In the test phase, Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series proved to be an excellent basis for cost-efficient site networking with their fast implementation, clear management concept, and extensive range of features.

Training Quality Ensures Fast Implementation

The compelling evaluation results led to the conversion to Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series which was implemented together with the IT partner Systrex. The implementations process for the gateways was completed within just 60 hours. The only additional work required was to make changes to the IP addresses which were still set to the outsourcing model. The quick gateway installation was, according to the IT experts at Berglandmilch, also down to the high-quality Barracuda training. “The implementation ran pretty smoothly," recalls Peter Augustyn, the system administrator for the project at Berglandmilch. “The practical approach adopted in the training sessions meant that the information conveyed could be implemented straightaway. We really felt well prepared for the project ahead."

High Availability for Business Critical Communication

Today, all branches of Berglandmilch access the business critical applications via Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series, primarily email and the SAP ERP system. Particular attention was drawn here to linking locations with high-rack storage systems. Business processes at Berglandmilch would be severely impaired if communications were to break down at one of these locations, so these sites are now linked via high availability gateways. No additional investments in high availability products were required, because all Barracuda NextGen Firewalls are already equipped with the corresponding functionality, and this covers not only the gateway failover, but also that of all lines if required.

Anti-spam and URL-filtering Included

As in many other companies, the amount of spam had reached an extent that was endangering productivity so an anti-spam solution became necessary. In addition, a URL-filtering system was to ensure that contents from dangerous or undesirable websites could not longer enter the corporate network. Once again, Barracuda NextGen Firewalls come to the fore here—with their integrated spam and URL filters. Administrators as well as users can define the filter rules for emails, blocking the spam directly at the gateway and almost completely eliminating false positives (messages which have incorrectly been filtered out as spam).

"Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series proved to be an excellent basis for cost-efficient site networking with their fast implementation, clear management concept,and extensive range of features."
- Manfred Prehsegger, IT Manager, Berglandmilch

Centralized Management Concept

Barracuda has developed a centralized management system based on dedicated servers for its Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series. The entire spectrum of security-relevant tasks can be covered for all gateways consolidated in the network—ranging from rule definitions and status queries to reports and even software licenses.

Peter Augustyn summarizes his experiences with this management concept saying, “We don’t need any staff with technical security training at our subsidiaries in Austria and Germany to administrate the gateways, which results in considerable cost savings from the outset.”

Return on Investment After Just 18 Months

Having discussed all the technical benefits of the Barracuda NextGen Firewalls, the issue of costeffectiveness still remains. Berglandmilch was looking specifically for a solution that improved cost efficiency when compared with the old infrastructure. The fact that Berglandmilch is one of the largest dairies in central Europe had to be taken into account and also that the investment must be future-proof —even if further locations are integrated at a later point in time.

Manfred and Peter confirm their calculations; Berglandmilch can realize a return on investment just 18 months after introducing Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series. This unusually short period for security solutions can be explained by the centralized management concept and the extensive functionality. Manfred confirms, we can conduct all configurations for our various locations directly at headquarters without any additional staff expenditure. Our experience with Barracuda NextGen Firewall has convinced us that we made the right decision.”

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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.

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