26-Jan-2018   |     |   0

Barracuda Backup Server 290

Need a simple way to secure all your data? Want both on-site and cloud backup? Then, at the risk of sounding like a Cillit Bang ad, you need Barracuda’s amazing Backup Server 290. Time-poor IT staff in small-to-medium-sized businesses will particularly love its simple setup: during local backup job creation, you simply tick one extra box to have the source data replicated to Barracuda’s cloud servers. See also: how to choose the right cloud backup for your business.

Management doesn’t get any easier either, with all configuration carried out via the company’s Cloud Control portal. Deployment took us a reasonable 30 minutes as we connected a monitor and keyboard to the appliance, provided a static IP address and made sure our Windows Active Directory system was its default DNS server. From the portal, we used the unique serial number and code provided to link the appliance to our account. Then three green connection lights lit up on the local console, and we were ready to start declaring our test systems for backup.

Downloaded from the portal, the same agent is used for all Windows systems regardless of the OS version or the apps they’re running. You can elect to copy everything on each system, or select drives, folders, files and the system state. For our Hyper-V host, we quickly selected the VMs we wanted secured. SQL Server 2014 wasn’t a problem since we could pick all or individual databases while backing up the entire mailbox database for Exchange Server 2013.


We also wanted message-level backups (MLBs), which required a dedicated service account to be created and one Exchange Management Shell command run to define impersonation rights. The process was well documented and took only five minutes to complete. We then selected individual Exchange mailboxes for backup and restore.

Schedules dictate when current jobs are run each day, and you can repeat them as often as every minute. Barracuda’s “incremental forever” method runs one full backup followed by regular incrementals – but we recommend spacing out your first backups, as LAN performance isn’t great. A Windows 8.1 full system backup averaged at only 9MB/sec.

The Backup Server 290 has 1TB of raw mirrored storage and a recommended backup capacity of 500GB. This may not at first appear generous, but Barracuda’s variable block-level deduplication increases available capacity significantly. During the test, we backed up almost 300GB, but the portal’s dashboard showed this had been reduced to 199GB, using only 22% of the appliance’s capacity.

To recover data from the appliance, we selected a system, picked what we wanted to restore and decided where to send it. The Share Copy option sends the data to Barracuda’s Copy hosted file-sharing service for presentation to remote workers.


We tested bare-metal recovery by booting a Windows 8.1 host using Barracuda’s ISO image. From the recovery environment, we selected the local appliance and left it to fully restore the system from the latest backup.

The cloud vault is accessed using the Download option in the restore pane, but can currently only be used to recover from file- and message-level backups. SQL Server and Exchange databases plus Hyper-V VMs must be restored from the local appliance, although the next release will add cloud support  for these items. If the appliance does go belly up, Barracuda’s Instant Replacement service will seed a new one and, for up to a 1TB capacity, will have it with you the next day.

The Backup Server 290 may look expensive, but the price shown includes a three-year subscription to the update and replacement services, plus all the cloud storage the appliance can eat.

What impresses us the most, however, is its total support for all Windows systems and apps, integral Exchange MLB and the one-button cloud backup activation. It’s an A-Lister in our eyes.

Chassis type 1U rack-mount chassis
Storage capacity 2 x 1TB mirrored SATA hard disks
Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet, 2 x USB 2, VGA
OS Support Windows XP SP3+ l Linux
Account details 3yr subscription for Energise, Instant Replacement and Unlimited cloud storage
Buying information
Price £4,446 exc VAT, appliance with 3yr full subscription
Supplier barracuda.com

25-Jan-2018   |     |   0

Barracuda snags email security biz ahead of private equity plunge

Backup and security biz Barracuda made the largest profit it has seen in more than three and a half years in its third fiscal 2018 quarter, its last as a public company.

Revenues were $94.7m, up 7 per cent year-on-year and $400,000 on a quarterly basis. Net income was $7.8m, compared to the previous quarter’s $1.6m.

Subscription revenue grew to $77.3m, up 13 per cent from $68.3m a year ago, representing 82 per cent of total revenue, and shrinking appliance revenue was $17.5m, compared with $20.5m a year ago.

The number of active subscribers grew 16 per cent to over 360,000 as of November 30, 2017. The annualised renewal rate from subscriptions on a dollar basis was 101 per cent.

Barracuda is being bought by private equity firm Thoma Bravo for $1.6bn. The deal is scheduled to close before the end of February.

PhishLine, a SaaS platform with data analytics and reporting to protect against hackers, was bought by Barracuda on January 3.

CEO BJ Jenkins said: “Combining the power of the Barracuda security technologies with PhishLine’s capabilities gives us the opportunity to deliver integrated, adaptive security training aimed at preventing email security threats.”

This is curious as companies heading for private equity ownership often wait for the new owners to set about reshaping and galvanising the company. Yet this acquisition follows that of cloud archiver Sonian, which was announced in the same month, November last year, that Barracuda revealed it was going private.

Thoma Bravo must have been aware of both deals and approved them. It’s a good augury for a fast development pace at Barracuda inside Thoma Bravo, which is getting an actively expanding company and not a distressed wreck.

PhishLine’s 15 employees will join Barracuda. The deal cost was not disclosed, but we think it’s less than $10m. ®

24-Jan-2018   |     |   0

Barracuda NG Firewall

The Barracuda NG Firewall is a family of hardware and virtual appliances designed to protect network infrastructure, improve site-to-site connectivity and simplify administration of network operations. Beyond its powerful network firewall and VPN technologies, the Barracuda NG Firewall integrates a comprehensive set of next generation firewall technologies, including Layer 7 application control, intrusion prevention, Web filtering, anti-virus, anti-spam and network access control.

Central Management Across the Enterprise

With hardware models ranging from the micro branch office up to the large headquarters and datacenters, and a corresponding offering of virtual appliances, the Barracuda NG Firewall is designed for deployment across the entire enterprise. Through the Barracuda NG Control Center, administrators can manage security, content and traffic management policies from a single interface. Centralized management of security and content policy provides a number of benefits, including:

  • Consistent security posture and policy enforcement across the enterprise
  • Real-time accounting and reporting across multiple gateways
  • Comprehensive history and rollback of configuration and policy changes across the network
  • Centralized version control of anti-spam, anti-virus, Web filter and network access control updates

Intelligent Traffic Management

The Barracuda NG Firewall features intelligent site-to-site traffic management capabilities that optimize both availability and performance of the wide area network. Administrators can control application-level routing and prioritization of traffic across multiple links, tunnels and traffic conditions. Supported link types include dedicated lines, xDSL, 3G wireless mobile networks, and any other link types presented as a copper or optical Ethernet link.

Stops Threats and Reduces Administrative Overhead

The Barracuda NG Firewall is an application-aware firewall solution designed to mitigate threats, enforce policies and optimize traffic flow – resulting in ultra reliable WAN links. As an added benefit, industry leading, centralized management provides visibility of the entire network, reducing administrative overhead and in line costs.

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