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Barracuda F18B CloudGen Firewall Review

Corporate Armor has been partnering with Barracuda for a long time, and we thought it was high time to do a review on the Barracuda F18B. The Barracuda F18B is a very important, very popular smb firewall. We’re going to talk about why.

The Barracuda F18B next-gen firewall looks like the perfect choice for small and medium businesses that require tough network security.

Unlike traditional firewalls, CloudGen firewalls like the F18B are designed specifically to support public cloud deployment and consumption. They are designed to protect users, applications and data—regardless of your infrastructure’s layout.

The Barracuda F18B uses priority level security, but also gets high marks for value, ease of deployment / management, advanced threat detection, and support. With a CloudGen firewall, you can manage policies from a single firewall device. Additionally, you can get live monitoring on what is happening with the devices. CloudGen firewalls also reduce the amount of spam that can pass through the network.

Barracuda F18B Features

There’s a bunch. Base functions of the F18B include firewall, application control, user awareness, intrusion prevention service, and antivirus (Web, mail and FTP in proxy mode, as well as single-pass flow mode). Not only that, there’s gateway-based URL filter (in proxy mode, as well as single-pass flow mode), SSL interception / inspection, Web proxy with cache, unlimited site-to-site virtual private network (VPN), unlimited client-to-site VPN, and a spam filter.

In addition, the F18B has secure SD-WAN, cloud-based central management, and advanced threat protection is optional. It also has SCADA and industrial control protocols enforcement, the Tunnel Independent Network Architecture VPN protocol, and CudaLaunch. That’s a multi-platform VPN app for automated rollouts.

Their proprietary TINA VPN tunnels are impressive for interconnecting multiple sites. Once setup they are reliable and robust. And they feature encrypted backups.

Performance

The F18B runs at 720 Mbps VPN Throughput, 600 Mbps IPS Throughput, and 400 Mbps NGFW Throughput. It has a capacity of 80,000 Concurrent Sessions.

Cloud management

Cloud management offers greater agility and flexibility. However, it also requires more automation. The CloudGen Firewall F-Series offers fully-automated protection across multiple cloud deployments.

Barracudas can be tricky to set up initially, but they are very easy to manage once up and running. And Barracuda support is talented and always willing to help resolve issues. It’s a real strong point of theirs. You can manage the F18B from anywhere with Barracuda cloud control. You can even run firmware updates from your phone on all you Barracuda devices.

Finally, please remember that Corporate Armor sees your needs as unique, and we will meet them personally and quickly. We are never more than a few seconds away, whether you email us or call us at 877-449-0458. We can’t wait to serve you!

Barracuda F18B At-A-Glance

VPN Throughput – 720 Mbps
IPS Throughput – 600 Mbps
NGFW Throughput – 400 Mbps
Recommended No. of Users – 50-100