As anyone who’s been keeping track of the tech media in the UK may have noticed, Bloxx recently was acquired by Akamai.
Let's examine what has happened:
Bloxx was established in 1999, offering customers email and web filtering solutions. The company had some interesting technology, with a heavy focus on the educational space within the UK market. Based in Edinburgh, Bloxx had 55 staff and by all accounts, did a pretty good job with the tools at their disposal. Akamai plans to change some things:
Jeff Young, Akamai's communications VP, did not tell The Register whether Bloxx was set for an employee restructuring, but did announce that things were indeed set to change for Bloxx, as the company's plans did “not include continuing to offer an appliance.”
“We will fully support their existing appliance product until the completion of all Bloxx customer contracts,” Young commented. “During this time, we’ll also help support customer migration to alternative partner solutions or to Akamai’s platform, where appropriate.”
This came as a shock to Bloxx partners and customers, who now need to build relationships with new solution providers. Although many vendors are competing for the customers orphaned by Bloxx and Akamai, they may not be able to offer an equitable solution at the same price. Some Bloxx partners already know how they're going to take care of their customers:
… Henry Doyle, director of Bloxx partner Altinet, was not overly concerned by the developments.
“We work very closely with Barracuda, and they are, from our perspective, a natural replacement.”
Barracuda operates a global team of about 1300 staff, in dozens of offices that cover most of the world.
According to IDC Tracker Research, Barracuda is the largest shipper of content security appliances in the market. These best-in-breed security solutions ensure safe and productive web usage and secure the network and mobile devices. Barracuda content security solutions protect more than 8,000 educational institutions from the latest threats. Our experience in the education market makes us a great fit for Bloxx customers.
Barracuda Content Security solutions include investigative tools such as in-depth reporting, real-time web activity logs, customizable dashboards, and proactive suspicious activity alerts as part of the feature set. Barracuda Content Security solutions boast one of the most robust feature sets on the market, which allows system administrators to build a clear chain of evidence around activities such as web searches and social media communications. This helps our educational customers comply with legislative requirements such as Prevent (pdf) and Duty of Care. Technology managers can provide a safe computing environment, even for personally owned devices, and help their students safely explore the online world.
The Barracuda NextGen Firewall is a great fit for customers who need to provide this type of computing environment. This solution offers visibility into an application context, which means that the firewall administrator is able to create policies around specific applications. Educational organizations can provide secure access to SaaS apps, Virtual Learning Environments, YouTube for Schools, Office 365, and more. The popularity of cloud applications makes intelligent traffic routing and prioritization critical to maximize bandwidth capacity and usage. Leveraging Barracuda's solutions allows schools to intelligently manage traffic flow to help maximize Internet capacity without having to upgrade year after year. Features like app-based link selection, QoS, dynamic link balancing, and WAN optimization enable schools to do more with less so they can focus resources on other areas.
The Barracuda NextGen Firewall also provides centralized management, granular configuration, and robust reporting, to help create and maintain the safest possible environment. Detailed information on our Barracuda NextGen Firewalls can be found on our corporate site here.
Additionally, mobile device management is a critical piece of securing networks, applications and data on the school campuses. Barracuda's Mobile Device Manager, which is a complimentary offering for all Barracuda customers, and helps organizations provision and manage devices.
If you would like to try a risk-free, 30-day trial of our solutions, please visit our corporate website here. Barracuda solutions can be deployed quickly and easily, and we offer 24hr support every day of the year. If you have any queries or would like to organize a product trial, an online demonstration, or a meeting with a sales engineer, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Barracuda. You can reach us directly the UK +44 1256 300 100, or email our sales team at sales at barracuda dot com.