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A closer look at the expansion of Barracuda’s SASE platform

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Today Barracuda announced several enhancements of our cloud-first solutions for network security, including new functionality for secure access service edge (SASE), industrial internet of things (IIoT), and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA).

Barracuda’s SASE platform streamlines Secure SD-WAN, Firewall-as-a-Service, Zero Trust Network Access, and Secure Web Gateway functionality and incorporates secure connectivity to industrial IoT devices. The expansion includes new capabilities for hybrid deployment models and IIoT environments. Additionally, new technology integrations offer secure data transfer, orchestration, asset management, and anomaly detection.

Let’s take a closer look at the new capabilities and how they can help customers.

CloudGen WAN, Barracuda’s SASE solution for Azure and hybrid cloud

What’s new: Barracuda now supports hybrid cloud environments, enabling deployments in Microsoft Azure and at the private service edge.

What challenges are addressed with the new capabilities?

Until a few years ago, all traffic used to be backhauled to your data center for security inspection. With cloud convergence, many companies got rid of their data centers and now use SaaS services or cloud-hosted infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions. During this process, many organizations look into replacing their existing security with cloud-hosted SASE.

This makes a lot of sense, but from a higher level, they just replaced one central inspection point with the SASE service of their provider. This adds another third party into the traffic flow and getting to the cloud still relies on manual VPN tunnels from corporate routers to the SASE cloud or loose third-party integrations with SD-WAN providers.

With the new release of CloudGen WAN, getting the traffic flow to the cloud into your private service tenant in Azure is as easy as getting a private SASE service for hybrid deployments, commonly referred to by Gartner as Security Service Edge. It can be hosted anywhere as a virtual or data center unit, still 100% cloud-managed and cloud-assisted for security functions.

Barracuda’s purpose-built solutions for the industrial internet of things

What’s new: Barracuda now offers Secure Connector virtual appliances and new ruggedized site devices. These updates provide highly scalable internet-of-things connectivity, as well as cloud and private service edge-based security for IIoT endpoints.

What challenges are addressed with the new capabilities?

Barracuda is now offering a variety of ultra-compact and cost-effective endpoint devices, including ruggedized models for harsh environments and virtual appliances for organizations preferring to use their own hardware. Security inspection is realized either on a CloudGen Firewall or in Azure leveraging CloudGen WAN. Both solutions use Barracuda’s technology stack for multi-layered next-generation security including full emulation sandboxing. This architecture combined with central management ensures unmatched scalability for thousands of IoT devices, an industry-leading level of protection including SCADA protocols, ease of use, and economical efficiency.

Accelerate and secure cloud migrations.

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