As the end of December approaches, the team here at Barracuda is celebrating more than just the holiday season; we’re also celebrating two exciting CRN award wins!
Last week, CRN announced the winners of the 2020 CRN Products of the Year, and Barracuda Essentials won big in the Email Security category. That was followed quickly by yesterday’s announcement of CRN’s 25 Hottest Edge Security Companies, and Barracuda made the list. Let’s take a closer look at the two awards and what makes them so impactful.
CRN 2020 Products of the Year
Barracuda Essentials, which provides comprehensive email threat protection, backup and recovery, and archiving for compliance, was named the overall winner in the Email Security category of Products of the Year, beating out competitors, such as Cisco, Mimecast, and Proofpoint.
CRN Products of the Year is not an award vendors can apply for. The products are selected based on the expertise of the CRN editorial team and then voted on by solution providers who have real-life experience with the products and technologies. The fact that this win is based on input from our channel partners makes this win even more meaningful for us.
“The companies being recognized in CRN’s 2020 Products of the Year Awards set the bar high with innovative solutions that address the constantly evolving demands of the IT market,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “This list offers shining examples of industry excellence for channel partners and we commend those who made it this year.”
Barracuda also earned the following subcategory wins as well:
- Customer Demand Subcategory Winner – Barracuda Email Essentials
- Revenue and Profit Subcategory Winner – Barracuda Email Essentials
- Technology Subcategory Winner – Barracuda Email Essentials
You can read the full writeup here, and further details will be available in the December issue of CRN Magazine.
25 Hottest Edge Security Companies
The Barracuda team is also very excited to be included on CRN’s list of the 25 Hottest Edge Security Companies. Secure Access Service Edge, also known as SASE, is emerging solution category, with the term coined in an August 2019 report from Gartner. CRN describes it this way: “SASE combines wide area networking, or WAN, with network security functions like secure web gateway (SWG), cloud access security broker (CASB), firewall as a service (FWaaS) and zero-trust network access (ZTNA) to support the dynamic secure access needs of businesses.”
Built natively on Microsoft Azure, Barracuda CloudGen WAN is the first SD-WAN solution that runs inside Azure Virtual WAN Hubs. Hubs can be interconnected through the Microsoft Global Network. This network architecture can replace costly, inflexible network connectivity circuits, and the entire network can be dynamically sized to match current traffic workload, which can optimize network performance and minimize cost.
The acquisition of Fyde, a Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) innovator, expanded the Barracuda CloudGen SASE platform with ZTNA capabilities. Now available as Barracuda CloudGen Access, the solution enables secure, reliable, and fast access to cloud or on-premises applications and workloads from any device and location. This addresses the security risks associated with traditional remote access by continuously verifying that only the right person, with the right device, and the right permissions can access company resources.
Anne Campbell is the public relations manager for Barracuda. She's been with the organization since 2014, working on content and public relations for Barracuda MSP, the MSP-dedicated business unit of Barracuda. She started her career in newspaper and magazine journalism, and she brings that editorial point of view to the work she does, using it to help craft compelling stories.