Barracuda introduces first global secure SD-WAN service built natively on Microsoft Azure

Barracuda Networks unveils a new secure SD-WAN service built natively on Microsoft Azure

by Patrick Sullivan, Political Editor on 17 July 2020 11:57

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Barracuda, a trusted partner and a leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, today announced a new secure SD-WAN service built natively on Microsoft Azure. The new Barracuda CloudGen WAN service is the first SD-WAN solution that runs inside Azure Virtual WAN Hubs.

The new service is deployed directly from Azure, works out of the box with smart default configurations, and provides the option to bill hourly through Azure Marketplace.

This network architecture can replace costly, inflexible network connectivity circuits, and the entire network can be dynamically sized to match current traffic workload, which can optimise network performance and minimise cost. Secure SD-WAN services built natively on the cloud combine ease of use, full security, and cloud-scalable SD-WAN connectivity to use the Microsoft Global Network as the WAN backbone instead of leased lines.

The new Barracuda CloudGen WAN is a SaaS service which can be deployed for as many regions as needed and administered centrally in the CloudGen WAN portal for all office locations and remote endpoints.

Since the Microsoft Global Network is automatically provisioned as the backbone for anywhere, anytime application access, service providers can create a pragmatic SASE solution in the public cloud tailored to their specific needs.

In a recent report “Secure SD-WAN: The Launch Pad into Cloud,” Barracuda found that SD-WAN is being used by more than half of those who have added security to their public cloud. As the report explains, “SD-WAN can help overcome the top two security challenges organisations are facing when it comes to public cloud: lack of access control and backhauling traffic.”

Yousef Khalidi, Corporate Vice President, Azure Networking at Microsoft commented: “Cloud-native, secure SD-WAN technology, like the new CloudGen WAN service from Barracuda, provides a fast, reliable, and direct path to Microsoft Azure. We’re pleased to collaborate with Barracuda for this new wave of faster public cloud adoption to help our joint customers optimize network performance.”

Hatem Naguib, COO at Barracuda added: “With an all-in-one, secure SD-WAN solution natively built on the public cloud network, enterprises can finally make the shift to more public cloud deployments, both faster and more securely. We appreciate the relationship we have developed with Microsoft over the years and the close collaboration over many months to integrate Barracuda SD-WAN technology natively on Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN Hubs. We know this is the future of networking in the public cloud, and we’re excited to be on this forefront with Microsoft.”

Meanwhile Leon Sevriens, program manager, IT at Humankind, commented: "A cloud-first strategy asks for a different approach on connectivity. We have invested heavily in Microsoft Office 365 adoption across the organisation, and traditional connectivity doesn't fit the bill anymore. We need a solution that is focused on delivering application performance, not just 'plain' connectivity. That’s why we’re moving forward with Barracuda CloudGen WAN."

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