Photo - Thiban Darmalingam, Regional Manager of Barracuda in Malaysia.
Cloud- connected storage and security solutions provider Barracuda Networks (Barracuda) has expanded its next-generation firewall product range with a new series, which help to secure thousands of machine endpoints such as ATMs and other remote devices.
Thiban Darmalingam, regional manager of Barracuda in Malaysia, said the new family - called Barracuda NextGen Firewall S-Series - provided a simplified, affordable way to secure thousands of ATM machines and remote devices and enabled new 'Internet of Things' applications and deployments.
"The 'Internet of Things' has given critical awareness to the fundamental need to protect individual devices and endpoints connected to a network," said Darmalingam.
"Next-generation firewall appliances typically deployed in smaller networks can be very complex and expensive for organisations with hundreds or even thousands of remote kiosks, such as banks with ATMs and energy providers with wind power stations," he said.
"The Barracuda NextGen Firewall S-Series empowers customers to massively scale thousands of connected devices with powerful technology that is easy to use and affordable," said Darmalingam.
"The Barracuda NextGen Firewall S-Series launch further underscores Barracuda's aim to help customers optimise network traffic and better regulate application usage in highly distributed and hybrid environments," he said.
The two new products in the S-Series:
- Barracuda NextGen Firewall Secure Connector 1 (SC1) is a small appliance that includes firewalling, Wi-Fi, and full VPN connectivity.
- The Barracuda NextGen SAC is a virtual gateway - capable of running in Microsoft Azure environments or in private clouds - to optimise network traffic flow and centrally apply next-generation security functionality to deployed SC1 appliances.
The Barracuda NextGen Firewall S-Series helped customers enforce proper access privileges, secure and centrally manage all communications, and quickly roll out thousands of devices to untrained staff in remote locations," Darmalingam said.
Organisations also have enhanced flexibility to securely connect highly distributed networks, and included the advanced security functionality such as Application Control, Anti-Virus, IPS, and URL filtering well known with the Barracuda NextGen Firewall F- and Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series products.
A company statement included features such as:
- Template-based Management - New template-based editor, SCA Editor, can be used to create templates at various organisational levels. Once a template is changed, all SC1 appliances linked to this template are automatically updated within seconds.
- Automatic Network Setup - Administrators can use the Automatic Network Setup feature to define a single, large network that is automatically partitioned into smaller subnets, which then are automatically assigned to the SC1 appliances. Then, Barracuda NextGen SACs are updated with all needed routing paths.
- Quick Deployments - SC1 appliances can be shipped directly to the intended remote location without the need for specialized IT personnel to be present onsite. The central IT department can quickly create a configuration file via the Barracuda NextGen Control Centre through the configuration wizard included.
- Easily Scales - The encrypted connection between the SC1 appliance and the SAC is established with Barracuda's proprietary, enhanced IPsec protocol TINA, which can maintain an encrypted connection to thousands of remote SC1 appliances while literally dozens of Remote Access Connectors can be controlled remotely by the Barracuda NextGen Control Centre.
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