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This family of hardware and virtual appliances protects your network, improves site-to-site connectivity and simplifies network operations. It includes "next gen" firewall technologies, including Layer 7 application control, IPS, Web filtering, anti-virus, anti-spam and network access control.

Barracuda NextGen Firewall Vx is a virtual appliance providing the same powerful technology, comprehensive features and ease-of-use found in the Barracuda NG Firewall hardware solution. It is ideally suited for organizations that are standardizing hardware platforms or deploying virtual environments. Beyond its powerful network firewall, IPS and VPN technologies, the Barracuda NG Firewall integrates a comprehensive set of next generation firewall technologies, including Layer 7 application control, availability and traffic flow optimization across the wide area network, web filtering, anti-virus, anti-spam and network access control enforcement.

Barracuda NextGen Firewall Vx is a virtual appliance providing the same powerful technology, comprehensive features and ease-of-use found in the Barracuda NG Firewall hardware solution. It is ideally suited for organizations that are standardizing hardware platforms or deploying virtual environments. Beyond its powerful network firewall, IPS and VPN technologies, the Barracuda NG Firewall integrates a comprehensive set of next generation firewall technologies, including Layer 7 application control, availability and traffic flow optimization across the wide area network, web filtering, anti-virus, anti-spam and network access control enforcement.



Technology

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall Vx is an application and user-aware next generation firewall solution designed to mitigate threats, enforce policies and optimize traffic flow - resulting in secure and ultra-reliable WAN links by tightly integrating the following features onto a single platform.


  • Layer 7 Application Control
  • Firewall
  • IPS
  • VPN
  • web Filter
  • Malware Protection
  • SSL VPN
  • SSL Security
  • WAN Optimization
  • Industry Leading Central Management
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As an added benefit, industry leading, centralized management provides visibility of the entire network, reducing administrative overhead and in line costs.



Features

Layer 7 Application Control

By integrating Layer 7 Application Control into its core firewall engine, the Barracuda NextGen Firewall Vx can identify and enforce security policies on more sophisticated application which may hide their traffic inside otherwise "safe" port/protocols such as HTTP. Instant messaging (IM) and and peer-to-peer (P2P) applications are particularly notorious for opening backdoors into the network and spreading malicious content thus requiring ultra-reliable application control for policy enforcement. The Barracuda NextGen Firewall Vx enables enforcement of policy based on user ID, group affiliation, location and time of day - thus providing full application and user awareness across the entire corporate network environment. Policy actions include reporting, blocking, throttling, or even enabling or disabling of specific application features.

Barracuda NG Firewall is designed for deployment across the entire enterprise. The Barracuda NextGen Firewall Vx is commonly deployed within virtual server environments to act as a security plane implementing secure zone concepts. Barracuda NextGen Firewall Vx appliances are also a cost effective way to host many firewalls on a single hardware platform and thus save on power and hardware maintenance costs. Powerful central management provided by the Barracuda NG Control Center product allows for almost unlimited scalability of this concept at very low cost. The Vx versions are the most commonly deployed product versions of the Barracuda NG Control Center as it is typically located in a central location where many customers already run virtual server environments.

Through the Barracuda NG Control Center Vx, administrators can manage security, content and traffic management policies from a single interface. Centralized management of security and content policy provides a number of benefits, including:

  • Consistent security posture and policy enforcement across the enterprise
  • Real-time accounting and reporting across multiple gateways
  • Comprehensive history and rollback of configuration and policy changes across the network
  • Centralized version control of anti-spam, anti-virus, web filter and network access control updates

Easy to Use

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall Vx virtual appliance is VPNC certified for interoperability with all IPsec standards compliant solutions and is supported on popular virtual hypervisors like VMware ESX and VMware ESXi. The entire virtual appliance, including hardware configuration, operating system and application modules are encapsulated for easy deployment. Once the virtual appliance is installed, configuration and administration is done through the same intuitive user interface as for any hardware appliance.

With Barracuda Networks Energize Updates, the Barracuda NG Firewall Vx is continuously updated with the latest IPS, application control and URL filter definitions thereby keeping maintenance to the unit at a minimum and eliminating administrative overhead. Updates are provided by Barracuda Central, an advanced 24x7 security operations center that works to continuously monitor and block the latest Internet threats.


Affordable

With no per-user or per-server license fees, the Barracuda NG Firewall Vx provides the same flexibility and affordability as the hardware version with the added benefits of a VM.