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Barracuda Describes the Essentials for Your Next-Generation Firewall

Posted by Priscilla Silva on Sep 10, 2014 7:00:00 PM

Improving Performance, Availability, and Security of Distributed Networks

The Barracuda Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) is an enterprise-grade firewall that was purpose-built for efficient deployment and operation within dispersed, highly dynamic, and security-critical network environments.

In addition to NGFW protection, it provides industry-leading operations efficiency and added business value by safe-guarding network traffic against line outages and link quality degradation.

User identity and application awareness are used to select the best network path, traffic priority, and available bandwidth for business-critical traffic. In case of line failure, this solution can transparently move traffic to alternative lines and keep traffic flowing. BalticServers_data_center

Our firewall meets enterprise requirements of massive scalability, efficient configuration and lifecycle management across dispersed networks, and performance guarantees for business-critical applications. The concept of integrated WAN optimization coupled with industry-leading centralized management results in significantly lower overall operational cost for multi-site deployments.

All policies, client, and device settings are centrally managed and tracked by the Barracuda NG Control Center. Learn about other back-up programs by Barracuda. Read the essentials for proper NGFW below: 

1. Controlling Application Usage

The Barracuda NGFW gives administrators granular control over applications, allowing them to define rules for forwarding data traffic using the best respective transmission channels based on type of application, user, content, time of day, and geographical location. Mobile devices, online applications, social networks, and streaming media have caused an enormous increase in non-business network data traffic, pushing bandwidth capacities to their limits and causing degradation in performance of business-critical applications. The Barracuda NG Firewall allows organizations to prioritize traffic by limiting or restricting access to non-business-related applications and network traffic, even when encrypted.

2. Cloud Enablement and WAN Virtualization

One way to greatly increase the capacity of site-to-site links is to simply pay more for extra bandwidth. A better way is to take advantage of NGFW advanced WAN optimization and cloud-enablement capabilities.

Cloud offerings like Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure depend on highly secure environments within the cloud. The Barracuda NG Firewall is ideal for securing use of these cloud services – connecting on-premises networks to the cloud and connecting logically separated components within the cloud datacenters.

3. Secure Remote Access and Access Control

The Barracuda NG Firewall incorporates advanced site-to-site and client-to-site VPN capabilities, using both SSL and IPsec protocols to ensure remote users can easily and securely access network resources without time-consuming client configuration and management. The communication protocols used with our VPN clients has been optimized to be fully roaming-capable by quickly reconnecting upon loss of communication. Smart pathfinder technology determines the nearest point of entry to the corporate network. Advanced NAT traversal technology can use different ports encapsulated in either TCP or UDP and, thus, is able to pass through web proxies.

4. Operations Cost Control

Maintaining and trouble-shooting security devices within enterprise networks can take a lot of time and IT resources. To mitigate operational costs, the Barracuda NG Firewall provides advanced trouble-shooting and analysis through the user interface so that information such as activity history, complete logs, and graphical accounting can be obtained from powerful drill down views with just one click. Problem resolution times can be reduced from hours to just minutes.

With affordable, all-inclusive pricing (no per-feature or per-user license fees), the Barracuda NG Firewall can converge multiple point solutions into just one appliance to deliver impressive upfront and running cost savings. Ease of use keeps training and administrative costs low, while traffic intelligence and WAN optimization extend the capacity of existing infrastructure to deliver additional long-term direct cost savings.

 

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