Barracuda Networks, a provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, has announced the launch of its Barracuda Essentials for Office 365. This suite of cloud services is designed to help organizations expand on the security and data protection functionality in Office 365.
Barracuda Essentials combines three of Barracuda’s cloud technology solutions – Barracuda Email Security Service, Barracuda Cloud Archiving Service, and Barracuda Cloud Backup – into an “easy-to-deploy and manage” suite of cloud services with “simple” per-user licensing.
“Microsoft and Barracuda Networks have worked closely together for a number of years to help customers simplify and secure cloud migrations, particularly in the case of Office 365 and Azure,” said Michael Hughes, SVP Worldwide Sales, Barracuda. “Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 is the result of our experience and expertise in protecting Microsoft environments and aims to help customers transition to Office 365 as easily as possible. It combines the security, archiving, and backup and recovery tools that users need for successful Office 365 deployments.”
Key features of Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 include:
- Cloud-based Email Security – Extends security protection for Office 365 Exchange Online with additional granular controls, as well as multi-layer security against email-born threats and data leaks with encryption, data loss protection, and content inspection of all emails.
- Cloud-based Archiving – Assists organizations with compliance retention and eDiscovery requests effectively and easily when used with Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office 365, and other on-premises, cloud or hybrid environments. The Barracuda Cloud Archiving Service offers productivity features, including mobile applications for end users to access, search, and retrieve email at any time from any device.
- Cloud-based Backup and Recovery – Provides IT administrators with real-time backup that can simplify the process of recovering accidentally or intentionally deleted emails and files in Office 365.
A survey of Barracuda customers in December 2015 and January 2016, conducted by TechValidate, an independent research organization, revealed that many Barracuda customers are evaluating the need to add multiple layers of protection to Office 365, including expanded security, archiving and compliance functionality.
72 percent of the survey respondents reported having concerns about, or have not considered, whether the security, compliance and backup features in their Office 365 subscriptions meet the needs of their organizations.