Barracuda CloudGen FirewallProduct Overview
- About Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
- Pros of Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
- Cons of Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
- Breakdown of core features
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall product overview
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall provides a set of next-generation technologies to ensure real-time network protection against a broad range of network threats, vulnerabilities, and exploits. It defends against SQL injections, cross-site scripting, denial of service attacks, trojans, viruses, worms, and spyware.
Barracuda’s firewalls are deployable across multiple physical locations as well as in Microsoft Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud Platform. The solution delivers multiple layers of detection, including advanced threat signatures, behavioral and heuristic analysis, static code analysis, and comprehensive sandboxing.
Specializing in dispersed networks and cloud environments, Barracuda CloudGen Firewall simplifies cloud deployment with templates, APIs, and integration with cloud-native features. It streamlines rolling out hardware to remote sites that lack qualified IT personnel with Zero-Touch Deployment.
Pros of Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
- The software gives complete protection for on-premises and multi-cloud deployment using the firewall built-in and for the cloud.
- Its frictionless, cloud-hosted Advanced Threat Protection detects and blocks advanced threats, including zero-day and ransomware attacks.
Cons of Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
- The interface is too complex for some users.
- Other users commented that the software is difficult to set up and configure.
Breakdown of core features
The solution combines a broad set of advanced security features with capabilities that support the Software-Defined Wide-Area Network (SD-WAN). SD-WAN capabilities allow CloudGen Firewalls to create secure pathways across multiple WAN connections and carriers without involving typical high-management overhead. Its advanced load sharing facilitates using numerous WAN connections simultaneously and distributing encrypted VPN tunnels across different WAN connections.
It offers built-in compression, caching, and WAN optimization technologies to increase the available bandwidth. These capabilities reduce needing expensive leased lines, consolidate multiple security functions into a single device, and create a unified management framework — all resulting in cost savings for the organization.
Dynamic bandwidth and latency detection
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall models proactively measure the available bandwidths and latency between VPN endpoints. The results are directly available to the firewall policy engine to select the best suitable uplink per application. Moreover, the engine can disqualify an uplink if the bandwidth or latency falls outside acceptable limits.
The software copies packets and sends them concurrently through the selected primary and secondary VPN transports. Both packet streams are reassembled at the other end of the logical VPN tunnel, reducing packet loss for applications like VoIP or video streaming. It also provides instant failover — with no packets dropped — if one VPN transport of a logical VPN tunnel goes down.
Failover and link balancing
To ensure unbeatable, cost-efficient connectivity, Barracuda CloudGen Firewall brings a wide range of built-in uplink options, including unlimited leased lines, up to twelve DHCP uplinks, and up to four xDSL uplinks. By eliminating the need for additional devices for link balancing, security-conscious customers access a WAN connection that never goes down. In addition, traffic intelligence mechanisms activate the next-defined uplink on the fly and reroute all traffic to make full use of the remaining lines. If backup lines provide less bandwidth, intelligent traffic shaping automatically prioritizes business-critical applications, networks, or distinct endpoints.
(Last updated on 02/17/2022 by Liz Laurente-Ticong)