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Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series for Microsoft Azure level 2 - subscript

Mfg. Part: BNGCAZ002A-V5 | CDW Part: 4084206 | UNSPSC: 43233204
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The Barracuda NextGen Firewall is an enterprise-grade next-generation firewall that was purpose-built for efficient deployment and operation within dispersed, highly dynamic, and security-critical network environments.

In addition to next-generation firewall protection, it provides industry-leading operations efficiency and added business value by safe-guarding network traffic against line outages and link quality degradation.

User identity and application awareness are used to select the best network path, traffic priority, and available bandwidth for business-critical traffic. In case of line failure, the Barracuda NextGen Firewall can transparently move traffic to alternative lines and keep traffic flowing.

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall meets enterprise requirements of massive scalability, efficient configuration and lifecycle management across dispersed networks, and performance guarantees for business-critical applications. The concept of integrated WAN optimization coupled with industry-leading centralized management results in significantly lower overall operational cost for multi-site deployments.

All policies, client, and device settings are centrally managed and tracked by the Barracuda NextGen Firewall control center.

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General
Category: Online & appliance based services
Installation Type: Locally installed
Subcategory: Online & appliance based services - appliance software

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Brand: Barracuda
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: Barracuda Cloud
Model: For Microsoft Azure level 2
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series

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License Qty: 1 license
License Type: Subscription license
License Validation Period: 5 years

Product Reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 by 7reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Review about Microsoft Azure Valuable Features:allImprovements to My Organization:smart appsRoom for Improvement:speedUse of Solution:2 yearsnoDeployment Issues:noStability Issues:noScalability Issues:noPrevious Solutions:noInitial Setup:yesImplementation Team:yesROI:managerCost and Licensing Advice:use thisOther Solutions Considered:noDisclaimer: I work for the vendor. September 24, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by We've been able to create VMs for development as we ran out of resources locally, but the new portal doesn't feel intuitive. Valuable Features:Customized Dashboard, Site-to-site and point-to-Site VPN, Virtual Machines, SQL machines, SharePoint, Storage, Test/Dev environments.Improvements to My Organization:Creating VMs for development has been huge since we ran out of resources locally. Creating Hybrid solutions provides us with greater confidence in higher availability. Storage has made remote access to files much more painless and easy. Using SSO has also been great reducing the number of passwords and locations required to use them.Room for Improvement:Since the upgrade to the new UI have now transitioned and enjoy the new interface.Use of Solution:2 yearsDeployment Issues:There is a learning curve involved at first glance. Azure has now grown so big its quite overwhelming. I did not experience any issues with the Azure solution itself as much as I did understanding how to do it.,Stability Issues:No issues with stability. Has been rock solid.Scalability Issues:Scalability is Microsofts big advantage. At anytime you can add or take away from your servers growing them or shrinking them to your needs. You can even automate this process. I personally do not get into Enterprise solutions, but it would appear that the G series is quite scalable.Technical Support:I rate technical support 8/10. You don't always get the best English speaking technician, however they know their stuff! If they do not they will find someone who does. In the many years I have worked with Microsoft, they have always been able to fix my problem.I only give them an 8 because I have struggled a time or two with understanding their English. This all really depends on the department you need.Initial Setup:Huge learning curve for me. I found just diving in was incredibly difficult. Much lab time required to understand how things work together. Once you get going however it all makes sense.Implementation Team:I implemented all the solutions myself with a little research.ROI:Microsoft does have special pricing for Development purposes. This does help reduce the monthly costs for our team.I do know the pricing versus other cloud solutions is much higher.Cost and Licensing Advice:We are MS partners. Depending on your partnership you may or may not get Visual Studio Enterprises licenses. Each license allows you to get a $150 Azure credit per month.This has been great for our developers and I to put in to practice some Azure solutions.At this time however, I have not implemented Azure for any customers to discuss the ROI for them.Other Solutions Considered:I know AWS is another great solution, but have not tackled it yet. I do have plans to experiment with Amazons solution to determine for my own the differences. I know pricing is much cheaper.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Partners August 5, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by The Canvas flow interface brings a very nice functionality that improves self-learning. Valuable Features:The Canvas flow interface brings a very nice functionality that improves self-learning.Improvements to My Organization:Selecting and applying a machine learning algorithm is not a click-and-run process. In this case, clustering our data has helped us to find patterns and trends that were not visible using conventional (internal) classification.Room for Improvement:Stronger R integration in a circular fashion (Azure->R->Azure). Nowadays, it has an unidirectional bias.Use of Solution:I've used Machine Learning Studio for the last six months.Deployment Issues:We've had no issues with the deployment.Stability Issues:By using a free account for cloud services can bring you "queued" status, but normally it runs smoothly. The quota defined for free account is enough for a variety of experiments and none of the features are blocked.Scalability Issues:We've had no issues with the scalability.Customer Service:As a cloud service, online chat and email service are available, but the community forums are the best place to solve issues.Technical Support:We have a support maintenance agreement for Windows/Office.Previous Solutions:There are a few competitors in place, and their number is increasing, but friendliness is the strong point of AzureML, comparing to Amazon AWS or BigML.Initial Setup:It does not involve any setup, just having an Outlook or Microsoft account.Cost and Licensing Advice:Using a free account leads to offline projects. For online projects those issues must be evaluated according to client side company's environment.Other Advice:Machine learning is just one part of the whole data science cycle. Big data (streaming, video, etc.) or deep learning needs must be addressed with additional tools. But for prediction/classification this is a fantastic tool.Below is a PCA graph generated by K-means training model and its Qlik Sense panel. The idea is to segment unlabeled data based on numerical features in order to find common patterns that can be grouped, named clusters.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. February 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by We have lower production times because we don't make any more hardware purchases or have software and vendor support contracts. Valuable Features:Easy and fast provisioning of Cloud Services including Web sites, Virtual Machines and Databases.Great for application development testing, staging and production slots.Better Support and community than the others.The onboarding services are great for new customers.Improvements to My Organization:No more hardware purchases, software and vendor support contracts = Lower times to production.Great storage capabilities.Room for Improvement:N/ADisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by There are limits to resources you can use in Azure, but it enables us to offload demand from our data center when additional hosting capacity is required without notice. Valuable Features:* Resource manager* API* Cloud storage* Virtual machine hostingImprovements to My Organization:Our company plans to use Azure for training and for internal use. We use ADFS and the cloud storage mostly. We are also moving to host labs in Azure to offload demand from our datacenter, when additional hosting capacity is required without notice.Room for Improvement:The system has some limitations on resource use, such as number of cores, max transactions, I/O, maximum number of VMs etc. These limits make some things very difficult, and could be improved. Also Azure is constantly undergoing changes, and the move to Azure API v2 offers a lot of improvement, but is still rather unfinished. Once it is complete it will be great, but in the meantime there is much room for improvement. Microsoft is constantly looking for ways to improve, so many of the improvements I can think of, they are already working on.Use of Solution:A little over one yearDeployment Issues:There were some issues with development and the resource limitations. We also ran into a problem with networking. Network changes over the API are synchronous, and only one change can occur at any given time, locking the subscriptions networking config until the last operation completed. This was resolved in the V2 API. Most of the problems we ran into with V1 are resolved and simplified in V2.Stability Issues:There have been few problems with stability. Only a couple times there were outages that only impacted our development environment. Notice of these service interruptions are generally given with plenty of time to prepare.Scalability Issues:There are limits as to how much resources you can use in Azure (as with all cloud platforms). This can be a problem if you plan to host hundreds of virtual machines with an hours’ notice. They have a process that requires a customer to go through tech support, and request/justify the need for a resource increase. If you need more than 20 networks, you will need to open a new subscription, and move resources to that subscription. They simply will not budge on some limit increases, and will on others. Currently opening up a new subscription is the solution to the resource limit problem. Azure is not really intended to handle our level of churn (creation and deletion of hundreds of VMs per minute), but we have been able to work with them and work around the problems we ran into.Customer Service:The level of customer service is generally very good. They are quick to respond and resolve the problem quickly. I have had a couple of issues where the technical support staff didn’t interpret the problem correctly and moved a severe issue down from a two hour response time to a 24 hour response time. I quickly responded and told them that it was impacting ongoing business, and they moved the ticket back up, and resolved it within the two hour timespan. All other interaction with customer service has been outstanding. After a co-worker posted on Twitter making a remark about the UI, we received a call from customer service. They setup a meeting with us to discuss what problems we ran into with the new UI, and they asked us for input on what their developers could do to improve our experience. They were taking a proactive approach to customer service, not waiting for a problem to come to them, but sought out those with problems and resolved them.Technical Support:I would rate their support at 8/10. A ten being perfect support without ever running into a problem, one being at a very poor level of customer support. I consider a rating of 8 to be a high rating. I should also add that the only support I have received has been for free, this only includes sales related issues and limit increases. I don’t have experience with their paid technical support which I would expect to be much better. They will charge for support even if you are a paying customer, so a rating of 8/10 reflects the support fees as well.Previous Solutions:In the past, we used our own solution. We have datacenters where we host our in house solutions. We didn’t completely switch to Azure, but did offload some things to free up hardware for other purposes. We also want to offload hosting to Azure in times of high demand.Initial Setup:The setup for us is quite complex because we need to integrate it into a custom solution. The setup includes development time and changes to our core systems. This is not an easy task, but it's not at the fault of Azure or any other cloud service provider. The API has a learning curve, but anyone familiar with cloud services, and the use of a remote API should have no problem learning and implementing their system.Implementation Team:We implemented our solution in house. Most Azure integration is done by me. Azure is simple enough that interfacing your system with Azure can be done by a single person.ROI:As for time to ROI I am not sure, these details are determined by upper management. The main components for the return is the idea that we will not only be able to offer a new set of training material for Azure specific material as a new product, but we can also avoid purchasing expensive equipment to satisfy a short term need for hardware and resources. Long term needs are hosted in house on our equipment. Even with the high cost of Azure hosting, purchasing additional equipment for a temporary need can result in a large amount of unnecessary costs.Cost and Licensing Advice:Our setup costs are the costs of development time to integrate our system with Azure. Because the project is ongoing, this is difficult to determine. The cost for subscriptions in development is about $150 a month. Our MSDN subscription includes a credit which takes care of this cost. In production we forward the costs of events to the customer who is hosting the event. I don’t get the exact details on the day to day operation costs for internal subscriptions.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated the Google Cloud and AWS. All have a varying range of features and paradigms. Some appear to be cheaper, but when you add up the costs and read the fine print, you find that this may not be the case. We do plan to offer services on other platforms as well, but that is a different project. I have done research on all platforms to make sure the core system is compatible with all others. Azure is so far my favourite. The support is great, and the pricing is easy to work out. Other options had a lot of fine print and stipulations. Also the API is very easy to use, with plenty of references on MSDN.Other Advice:Overall, it is a great, solution but is a bit expensive, has some minor limitations, and working around these limits can be a challenge. I still gave Azure a high score because of the support, feature set, availability, and the tools and documentation provided for the API.My advice is to be very clear on the costs associated with what you plan to do. Most people will ask how much it costs to host their infrastructure in Azure, but that question is different for each scenario. Microsoft has an Azure price calculator that you can use to estimate the costs for your planned architecture. I would also recommend doing extensive research on the limits imposed by Microsoft. There is a page that details these limits, but there are some things that are not visible to the users. I would also recommend researching the hidden layers of the storage platform known as storage stamps, and how it can impact the copy speed of storage blobs.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. July 31, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Our Chinese clients can initiate international cloud launches of new IOT products, but pricing for outgoing data caps the ability for startups to justify its deployment. Valuable Features:Provisioning, info bus, video streaming, IOT templates, Web Services, SQLImprovements to My Organization:Azure has allowed our burgeoning PRC SOE clients to initiate international cloud launches of new IOT products.Room for Improvement:Pricing of outgoing data has capped the ablity for startup products to justify the ROI of Azure application deployment.Use of Solution:3 yearsDeployment Issues:Just costStability Issues:Over the last 12 months we've seen 2 outages.Scalability Issues:NoCustomer Service:Poor, you can't get to people who know the products when you are ramping up.Technical Support:poorPrevious Solutions:Used AWS and FireHost but switched to support our partnering efforts with MSFT.Initial Setup:StraightforwardImplementation Team:In-houseROI:Not good because of out going data costs.Cost and Licensing Advice:Push MSFT to change the outgoing data policy.Other Solutions Considered:AWS, Huawei, FireHostDisclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Microsoft Partner July 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Learning curve to get it up and running but it's scalable and flexible. Valuable Features:Scalability, affordability and the flexibility of the product.Improvements to My Organization:* You can off-site required services to help mitigate risk* You can take advantage of the scalability to have short term high intensive processes be used by their services* You can totally take away the need for any server hardware in your organisationRoom for Improvement:Probably the 2 main areas where things could be improved are getting direct console access to VM's and its Azure backup solution to add backup types (eg System State).Use of Solution:3 monthsDeployment Issues:We went with the volume license of credits and still find it difficult to activate those credits as there is a particular website you have to go to.Stability Issues:There has been documented issues with stability, however we did not experience it.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:Good, I can shoot email questions and get responses in a good amount of time.Technical Support:I haven't had to raise a technical support for Azure though for Office 365 I have and I've found it excellent.Previous Solutions:We looked at AWS, a locally based cloud provider and a datacentre.Initial Setup:It was a learning curve to get it up and running. If I had prior training I would have found it straight forward but the time lines for implementation meant I had to "dive in".Implementation Team:In-houseROI:We are able to provide services to clients that allows us get a good ROI once we have deployed Azure to them.Cost and Licensing Advice:* Setup cost with Azure is minimal for what they are supplying. Everything takes less than 10 minutes to deploy.* Day to Day costs is what you use, we can now review those costs and look at the new features (Automation) to make those costs even more efficient.Other Solutions Considered:We looked at AWS, a locally based cloud provider and a datacentre.Other Advice:Get onboard with Microsoft and the Azure team and listen out to their partner training. They did a big Azure for IT Pros via their channel 9 msdn a few weeks ago. There is plenty of webinars and e-books which will teach you what you want to know.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Microsoft Partner December 16, 2014
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