Barracuda NextGen Firewall F Boosts Wireless Network Security for 5,000 Users During the 2015 European Youth Olympics

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Summary

In August 2015, Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, hosted the 13th Summer Youth Olympic Festival. Over six days, the city became home to 3,800 young athletes from 50 countries. Organized by the Georgian National Olympic Committee, the Games provide a breeding ground for future sports stars in nine disciplines including athletics, tennis, cycling, gymnastics and ball games.

Profile

  • European Youth Olympics held in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 5000 wireless network users
  • 11 locations

Challenges

  • Traffic flow in case of any line outages
  • Ensuring business critical apps like VoIP, emails, etc. run smoothly
  • Transparent authentication of users
  • Application filtering and traffic shaping for 5,000+ users
  • Protection against cyber attacks

Solution

  • Cluster of two Barracuda NextGen Firewalls F800
  • 2x Barracuda NextGen Firewall Vx800

Results

  • Centralized network management control
  • Secure and reliable application traffic
  • Real-time information on the network traffic

The Challenge

Zurab Tuskia is the Head of ICT and was in charge of setting up the IT infrastructure for the Tbilisi’s Youth Olympics. With the Games spread out across 10 venues, providing reliable Internet connection for each of the venue’s media centers and competitors on top of the main media center and the Olympic village proved to be a massive challenge. Ensuring traffic flow in case of any link outages was crucial, especially during busy periods such as finals, which has an estimated 5,000 people connecting to the Internet simultaneously. How could he ensure that business critical applications like VoIP, emails, traffic from the media etc. will run smoothly without any interruptions and with dedicated QoS? Protecting the network against any un-authorized use or any intruders and transparent authentication of users was crucial too.

The Solution

After thoroughly researching the market, Tuskia narrowed the choice to two vendors, including CISCO, and a joint bid between Orient Logic, who is Barracuda’s reseller in Georgia, and Rukus Wireless, a wi-fi network provider. Tuskia explains: “At the end, we decided to base the whole solution entirely on wi-fi network secured by Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series. Barracuda’s technology was more efficient, easier and quicker to install and most importantly, much more cost effective compared to the complex CISCO solutions, which required us to use additional routers.”

Orient Logic recommended a cluster of two Barracuda NextGen Firewall F800 to help monitor and filter highly dynamic wi-fi traffic. The NextGen Firewall F-Series safeguards the network against any line outages and ensures that link quality across all locations isn’t degraded. In case of any line failure, the Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series transparently moves traffic to alternative lines and keeps it flowing. Next-generation firewalls also protect the network from any cyber attacks. Unlike other firewalls, using live traffic and historical logs is quick and finding events or users that might harm the network is very easy.

Smooth and Quick Installation

Stipulating and enforcing wi-fi security rules, coupled with easy manageability were critical to the success of the solution. Whilst the wireless network took five months to install, the configuration of Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series was very efficient and took only one week. The whole deployment went smoothly and the firewalls were integrated into the rest of the infrastructure without any hitches.

"I would not hesitate to recommend Barracuda. Their technology provides a great value for money."
- Zurab Tuskia, ICT Manager, Georgian National Olympic Committee

Great Success

Tuskia concludes: “The solution worked really well for us. Live traffic monitoring allowed us to know what was happening in our network at any moment. Thanks to application control, we were able to block unwanted torrent and p2p traffic. I would not hesitate to recommend Barracuda. Their technology provides a great value for money.

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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

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  • Integrated IDS/IPS
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