Barracuda Networks, a cloud-connected security and storage solutions vendor, has announced the latest release of its Barracuda Firewall, a new firewall designed for the mid-market. Barracuda Firewall version 6.5 would package enterprise-grade firewall technology, including advanced application control, with a simple, customizable user interface.
The latest release of the Barracuda Firewall provides advanced features like application control, QoS, link aggregation, IPS and VPN. The new application control and usability features would make the Barracuda Firewall cost effective and easy to use.
Key features of the Barracuda Firewall version 6.5 include:
- Enterprise-Grade Application Control – The new release provides enhanced application control over more than 1200 browser and non-browser-based applications. Administrators can define dynamic application polices to establish acceptable use policies for users and groups by application, application category, location or time of day. These policies can be set to block unwanted applications for certain users or groups; control and throttle acceptable traffic; preserve bandwidth and speed up business critical applications; enable or disable specific sub-applications (e.g., Facebook Chat, Skype Video); and inspect SSL-encrypted application traffic.
- Redesigned User Interface (UI) – The new release includes a redesigned User Interface (UI), making it even easier to navigate. The updated UI maintains consistency with other Barracuda security products to minimize the learning curve for existing Barracuda customers looking to deploy easy-to-use and manage next-generation firewall functionality.
- Customizable Dashboards – The new release would deliver increased flexibility in monitoring network traffic and firewall status. The dashboards provide a granular view of user activity such as application usage and bandwidth utilization, which can be used to determine performance bottlenecks and tune policy accordingly.
- Enhanced Reporting – The new release supports detailed reports around network traffic, Web requests and application usage. Reports can be generated via the Barracuda Report Creator and can be filtered for specific users and groups for additional granularity.
The Barracuda Firewall is an application-aware network firewall appliance designed for organizations without dedicated IT personnel to manage firewalls. It leverages cloud resources to extend security and networking beyond the capabilities of typical security gateways or legacy firewalls.
Barracuda Firewall version 6.5 is immediately available at no additional charge to existing customers on the current hardware platform with an active Energize Update subscription.