Barracuda Networks has announced new high-performance 10 GbE interfaces for the Barracuda Web Filter 1010 and 1011 models. The new models feature increased performance and capacity to offer comprehensive web content filtering and malware protection at multi-gigabit speeds on even the most demanding networks.
A recent IEEE report projected 32 percent annual growth in global IP traffic through 2015, largely driven by the increases of Internet users, access devices, and services such as video on demand and social media.1 In response to this, a report published in March 2013 by Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for UK communications authorities stated that as well as committing to benchmark the UK against other EU countries, the Government intends to ensure that all UK premises can experience download speeds of at least 2Mbit/s by 2015.2
"The Barracuda Web Filter 1010 has been deployed in several large-scale networks since its introduction in 2009," said Steve Pao, GM of the security business at Barracuda Networks. "These hardware enhancements and the introduction of fibre interfaces on the 1011 will enable high-end network customers to adopt the Barracuda Web Filter as a key element of their IT security strategy."
The Barracuda Web Filter 1010 / 1011 is an integrated appliance that provides content filtering, application blocking, malware protection, and built-in reporting. A single device can support 100,000 simultaneous TCP Connections at two Gbps throughput and provides four network interfaces that can be used simultaneously in a WCCP deployment or as two LAN/WAN pairs in an inline deployment.
Multiple Barracuda Web Filter 1010 / 1011 devices can be clustered for both scalability and redundancy. Barracuda Web Filter models of different sizes can be centrally managed through the Barracuda Control Center, enabling enforcement of Internet policy across an entire distributed organisation.
The Barracuda Web Filter 410 and above include the Barracuda Web Security Agent (WSA), a downloadable client that can be installed on remote, off-network laptops or desktops to transparently filter web traffic for remote users. They also include the Barracuda Safe Browser (BSB), a secure browser application that transparently filters web traffic on off-network iPhones and iPads.