NG firewall

Overview

The Barracuda NG Firewall is a family of hardware and virtual appliances designed to protect network infrastructure, improve site-to-site connectivity and simplify administration of network operations. Beyond its powerful network firewall, IPS and VPN technologies, the Barracuda NG Firewall integrates a comprehensive set of next generation firewall technologies, including Layer 7 application control, WAN optimization, Web filtering, anti-virus, anti-spam and network access control enforcement.

With hardware models ranging from the micro branch office up to the large headquarters and datacenters, and a corresponding offering of virtual appliances, the Barracuda NG Firewall is designed for deployment across the entire enterprise. Through the Barracuda NG Control Center, administrators can manage security, content and traffic management policies from a single interface. Centralized management of security and content policy provides a number of benefits, including:

  • Consistent security posture and policy enforcement across the enterprise
  • Real-time accounting and reporting across multiple gateways
  • Comprehensive history and rollback of configuration and policy changes across the network
  • Centralized version control of anti-spam, anti-virus, Web filter and network access control updates

Security

By integrating application awareness with an advanced network firewall, the Barracuda NG Firewall protects network assets against intrusion, malware, spam, DoS attacks, and today’s advanced persistent threats, while enforcing network access controls and filtering both email and web traffic.


Regulating Web Traffic

The combination of Layer-7 application visibility with LDAP/Active Directory integration for user awareness enables highly granular access policies based on application, user and group IDs, bandwidth, time, and other criteria. Policies can respond in multiple ways to application activity, or control only activity in selected application features (e.g. Facebook games, LinkedIn job listings, etc).


Simple, Centralized Management

The Barracuda NG Control Center is a simple and intuitive portal that centralizes management of multiple units in dispersed networks. Ideal for enterprise organizations that have several hundred firewalls, the Barracuda NG Control Center provides an easy method to manage several Barracuda NG Firewalls from a single location. With support for roles-based administration, administrators can delegate privileges to others making it easy to configure, manage, and instantly update any Barracuda NG Firewall.


WAN Optimization

One way to greatly increase the capacity of site-to-site links is to simply pay for more bandwidth. For enterprise organizations, a better way is to take advantage of NG Firewall’s advanced WAN optimization capabilities. With data compression and decompression, TCP flow optimization, protocol acceleration, and data de-duplication, it’s like getting a whole new wide-open link free of charge.


Dynamic Traffic Prioritization

The solution aggregates disparate links such as MPLS, T1, DSL, cable, and 3G, eliminating costly backup links with automatic failover. It balances and shapes traffic among links according to policies based on applications, traffic loads, and link status. For example, VoIP and SAP can be reserved for fast MPLS lines, while email is shunted to slower T1 links. Upon link failover, new prioritization policies are applied automatically.


Secure Remote Access

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 complex client configuration and management.


Cost-Effectiveness

With affordable, all-inclusive pricing (no per-feature or per-user license fees), the Barracuda NG Firewall replaces several solutions with one appliance to deliver impressive cost savings up front. Ease of use keeps training and administrative costs low, while traffic intelligence and WAN optimization extend the capacity of existing infrastructure to deliver long-term savings.

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