Barracuda Networks, Inc. announced the latest release of the Barracuda Web Application Firewall, version 7.9. This new version extends Microsoft Azure support with automated provisioning and configuration, enabling customers to take advantage of the dynamic, elastic nature of the cloud. The Barracuda Web Application Firewall Vx is available in the Azure Gallery as part of the new Microsoft Azure Certified program. Barracuda is presenting this new functionality at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference this week in Washington, DC.
According to Gartner, nearly 50 percent of large enterprises likely will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. Further, IDC predicts by 2017, nearly $1 of every $5 spent on applications will be consumed via the cloud. Migrating applications or workloads to the cloud presents new opportunities and new challenges, and security prioritization is critical. The Barracuda Web Application Firewall for Microsoft Azure is the first integrated, fully scalable security solution available on Microsoft Azure. With predefined security templates for web applications and third-party packaged applications like Microsoft SharePoint, organizations can enjoy total application security with no need to learn, configure, and manage complex technology. It is fully integrated with Microsoft Azure and can scale dynamically to meet application performance and workload requirements.
“Customers today are looking to reduce time and costs associated with bringing applications online, and having our solutions available as part of the Azure Gallery simplifies the process of migrating those applications to the cloud in a secure fashion,” said Michael Hughes, SVP Worldwide Sales at Barracuda. “For many of our customers, these applications are their business, meaning they have to be available, secure, and provide a great user experience. As one of the first Microsoft Azure Certified partners, we see tremendous opportunity with Microsoft Azure to be able to seamlessly deliver the security, value, and peace of mind to our enterprise customers.”
The Barracuda Web Application Firewall version 7.9 provides a robust set of functionality accessible through the RESTful API interface. This new functionality helps improve the automation process for configuration and provisioning, and it enables customers to leverage tools like Systems Center and Powershell in their automation processes.
In addition to the enhanced public cloud support, the new Barracuda Web Application Firewall version 7.9 includes improved reporting and notification, increased application security, and a new infrastructure for templates.