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Barracuda Networks

Sam Ingalls
Last Updated January 25, 2022 5:44 am
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Barracuda Networks is a multinational cybersecurity company specializing in email and web security with industry-recognized web application firewalls (WAF) and next-generation firewalls (NGFW).

This article looks at Barracuda’s products and solutions, competitors, partner ecosystem, recognition, and company background.

Barracuda Products and Solutions

Barracuda Networks’ product stack breaks into security for applications, networks, cloud infrastructure, and protection for data and email.

Email Protection

Barracuda’s email protection products include threat prevention, post-delivery detection and response, and data protection and compliance for an end-to-end email solution. Clients can guard against spam, malware, phishing, impersonation, and more while simplifying threat scans and incident response.

Application and Cloud Security

To help clients protect public cloud infrastructure and web applications, Barracuda offers web application firewalls (WAF), WAFaaS, vulnerability management, and API security. Through Cloud Security Guardian, administrators can automate remediation for cloud workloads to ensure continuous compliance.

Read more: Top Web Application Firewall (WAF) Solutions 2022 | Webopedia

Network Security

Barracuda’s network security solutions were designed for the modern IT environment, starting with its NGFWs for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid networks. Barracuda also covers the latest security trends providing the tools necessary to build a secure access service edge (SASE), software-defined WAN infrastructure, and zero trust access (ZTA) networks.

Data Protection

Barracuda Backup includes protection against theft and data loss for on-premises and public cloud networks to ensure data integrity. With Data Inspector, clients can scan Microsoft Office 365 data for malicious code and sensitive data.

A screenshot of the Barracuda NGFW configuration dashboard shows the main forwarding rules.
The Barracuda NGFW configuration dashboard shows the main forwarding rules.

Barracuda Competitors

Also read: MSPs with Data Protection Expertise Are in Demand | Channel Insider

Barracuda Partner Ecosystem

Barracuda has an extensive network of partners and opportunities for channel partners, managed service providers, and technology partners.

Channel Partners

The Barracuda Reseller Program offers onboarding, enablement, marketing, and customer support to indirect sales partners that help deliver Barracuda’s solutions to a global market.

Managed Service Providers (MSPs)

Barracuda MSP is the dedicated division helping IT managed service providers add the vendor’s robust security stack to their client offerings. Barracuda offers scalable solutions for MSPs with an affordable, monthly subscription.

Technology Partners

Barracuda’s solutions come with various crucial integrations thanks to Alliance partnerships with AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft, and other notable technology partners like CA Technologies, IBM, LogRhythm, Splunk, Sumo Logic, and VMware. Barracuda also had a handful of MSP-specific technology partners like Avast, Connectwise, Ivanti, and Kaseya.

Read more: Best Email Security Providers & Services 2022 | Channel Insider
A screenshot showing the Barracuda CloudGen WAN solution's dashboard and a view of gateway statuses across the globe.
The Barracuda CloudGen WAN shows the status of global gateways.

Recognition and Reviews

Gartner Magic Quadrant

  • Web Application Firewalls: Challenger (2018 – 2020)
  • Enterprise Information Archiving: Challenger (2020)
  • Network Firewalls: Niche Player (2015, 2019)
  • WAN Edge Infrastructure: Niche Player (2018)

Gartner Peer Insights

On Gartner Peer Insights, Barracuda holds nearly a thousand reviews in several solution categories. Customer reviews highlight the quality of technical support, ease of deployment, and product performance. Barracuda’s top three most reviewed solution categories are:

Solution CategoryRatingReviews
Email Security4.4295
Network Firewalls4.6202
Web Application and API Protection4.5122

Forrester Wave

  • Email Security: Leader (2019, 2021)
  • Web Application Firewalls: Strong Performer (2018, 2020)
Also read: Top Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW) Vendors for 2022 | eSecurityPlanet

Barracuda: Company Background

Launched to offer organizations affordable email security, the startup entered the security solutions markets in 2003 with a spam and virus firewall as its first product. Almost 20 years later, Barracuda is an industry-leading vendor in several product markets. The Campbell, California-based company has 40 offices in more than two dozen countries, supporting 1,700 employees.

Growth, Acquisitions, and Financials

Quick success in the email security industry allowed Barracuda to scale through funding and make several acquisitions. The vendor has made 13 acquisitions, including NetContinuum, 3SP, phion AG, Purewire, Intronis, Sookasa, and SKOUT Cybersecurity.

In November 2013, Barracuda went public under the ticket CUDA on the New York Stock Exchange. Four years later, in November 2017, private equity firm Thoma Bravo acquired the firm for $1.6 billion.

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