Who owns your network? Is it the end-users, so empowered by the Consumerization of IT that they are driving the design of your network? Is it the manager who saw something cool at a conference and now insists that you make it happen without resources? Is it the policy wonk who tries to micromanage every document? Is it the vendor who says you have a new problem every time he has a new product to sell?
If you are the IT admin / department staffer, then it doesn't really matter what the answer is. Ultimately you are the one who owns the network. You get the alerts, you get the phone calls, you get the sleepless nights, regardless of who caused what.
If you find yourself struggling to keep control over the network, give us a call and see if we can help you out. We have some amazing products to help you reclaim your network.
Users who want to work from home and suddenly that's your problem? Check out our SSL VPN, or our Barracuda Firewall with the integrated SSL VPN. There's no need to choose between connectivity and security and regulatory compliance. You can indeed (let them) have it all.
How about folks who use their email as a document retention system? It doesn't matter how many times you tell them, they still want their inbox to be their file cabinet. Barracuda Message Archiver is the answer. Offload their mailbox and calendar items to the BMA and they can still access those items through Outlook. They get what they want, and you can clean up your server.
Speaking of inboxes, do people really have to click on things that they must know are harmful?? Brand new iPhones, deeply discounted, available immediately through a foreign company that can't spell any common words? Gee nothing suspicious there. 3 out of 10 otherwise intelligent people act on these emails, and it's up to you to stop them from performing this destructive act while connected to your network. Enter the Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall. Drop this bad boy into your network and you'll be a lot safer from those malicious emails. 7 out of 10 people thank you for this.
What about the folks who think your business continuity / disaster recovery system is their own personal on-demand restore service? These are the ones who made me want to cut myself. Barracuda Backup with Copy integration and unlimited cloud would have saved me a lot of time. Centralized management of backups, granular policies, revision management .. it's a great product. Faster recovery/restore time for them, less rummaging through backup stores for you. Same amount of facepalm, probably.
And the decision-makers who decided to deploy a web application without talking to you first? No need to rage-quit or cry in despair. Let the Barracuda Load Balancer ADC help you out. This sexy little appliance will optimize application availability and performance and make those decision-makers look good. (This is almost always a good thing)
Think of us as the Swiss Army Knife of IT. We've got a tool for nearly every scenario and we built them all with you in mind. You can get a risk-free 30-day eval on most of our products right here and we've got award winning customer support. Do yourself a favor and drop some Barracudas into production.
Reclaim your network. Let them think they own it if that's what they want. You & I know better 😉
Christine Barry is Senior Chief Blogger and Social Media Manager at Barracuda. In this role, she helps bring Barracuda stories to life and facilitate communication between the public and Barracuda internal teams. Prior to joining Barracuda, Christine was a field engineer and project manager for K12 and SMB clients for over 15 years. She holds several technology credentials, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Business Administration. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.