Barracuda announces new next-generation firewall solutions

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Earlier this month we announced some new solutions in our Barracuda NextGen Firewall product family.  This is a big announcement has three distinct parts to it.  Let's start with the big one, which is the introduction of the new products.

New models

There are four new Barracuda NextGen Firewall models, all of which are desktop appliances.  These new models are available immediately, and break down like this:

  • F18 – Supports 1000Mbps.  It has 4 RJ45 GBE ports and is recommended for offices of 25 or fewer.
  • F80 – Similar to F18, but it supports 1350Mbps and is built for offices of 50 or fewer.  It also includes a wi-fi access point.  This firewall replaces the Barracuda NG Firewall F100.
  • F180 – Supports up to 1650MBPS and 80 users.  It has 6 RJ45 GBE ports, a wi-fi access point, and an 8 port switch.  This model replaces the Barracuda NG Firewall F200.
  • F280 rev b – Supports up to 3000Mbps and 150 users.  Includes 6 RJ45 GBE ports, a wi-fi access point, and an 8 port switch.  This model replaces the Barracuda NG Firewall F280a.

These new models are the industry’s first advanced next-generation firewalls available in the sub-$700 price range.  They are designed for distributed networks, such as branch offices and other remote workplaces.  These devices provide each location with advanced security features, high bandwidth availability, optimized connectivity between sites, failover capabilities, and more.

Rebranding the Barracuda next-generation firewall product line

Prior to this launch, the Barracuda Firewall and the Barracuda NG Firewall were separate product lines.  This made sense when the SMB market had security and deployment needs that were distinct from those of large enterprises.  As cyber-criminals changed the way they target victims, it became increasingly important for small to mid-market organizations to access the same power and rapid implementation capabilities as large enterprises.    Although cyber-criminals are happy to launch an attack on any available victim, IT professionals know that they can't deploy a one-size-fits-all firewall solution.  We designed the new Barracuda NextGen Firewall suite to meet the needs of our customers with maximum flexibility and affordability.

Our new suite includes products that were formerly represented as two separate product lines:

  • Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series – Formerly the Barracuda NG Firewall line, this series is ideal for large managed service providers and highly distributed enterprises.  The F-Series can be managed from the NextGen Control Center, which features capabilities like multi-admin support, role-based administration, access monitor, Barracuda Earth, and more.

You can read more about the rebranding in our press release here, and you can see the full product line of the Barracuda NextGen Firewall suite on our product site here.

ICSA Certification

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall is now officially ICSA Enterprise level certified.   ICSA Labs is an independent division of Verizon Business, and provides credible and independent security product testing and certifications.  This certification assures customers and partners that the Barracuda NextGen Firewall has passed strict 3rd-party testing and will continue to be tested and evaluated by ICSA Labs during the life of the certification.  Here's how the Barracuda NextGen Firewall performed in the ICSA testing:

  • Functional and Security Testing:  The Barracuda NextGen Firewall were not susceptible to attacks launched inbound and outbound to and through the device, including fragmentation and trivial Denial-of-Service attacks.  The device met all functional and security requirements.
  • High Availability (HA):  The Barracuda NextGen Firewall met the minimum number of simultaneous connections documented by Barracuda, and properly handled HA functionality and state changes.  The device met all HA testing requirements.
  • Voice over IP (VOIP):  The Barracuda NextGen Firewall properly handled VoIP traffic, and the configured services functioned correctly and securely.  The device met all VoIP testing requirements.
  • IPv6:  The Barracuda NG Firewall properly handled allowed IPv6 RSSP traffic while denying all other traffic that violated the configured security policy.  The device met all of the IPv6 requirements.

You can get more information about this certification here, and read the ICSA Labs report (pdf) here.  The above test results are detailed on pages 7-9 in the pdf.

It's easy to try the Barracuda NextGen Firewall products.  You can learn more about the product line here, and get a risk-free, 30-day evaluation here.

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