As today’s IT environments get more advanced and threats become more sophisticated, managed service providers need to secure their SMB customers’ networks no matter where those networks are running. Some businesses are transitioning to public cloud deployments, while others are opting moving to fully virtualized environments. As an MSP, you need to be able to offer these types of customers that same level of protection as more traditional on-premise networks.
That’s why we’re introducing two new deployment options for Barracuda NextGen Firewall – Intronis MSP Edition: a virtual firewall that is compatible with VMware, XenServer, KVM, and Hyper-V; and public cloud options designed to protect your customers’ digital assets in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, or Google Cloud Platform deployments.
To give you a closer look at these new offerings, their benefits, and use cases, we sat down with Nathan Bradbury, manager of systems engineering here at Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda.
Virtual and Public Cloud Firewall Q&A with Nathan Bradbury
What is the Barracuda NextGen Virtual Firewall – Intronis MSP Edition?
It’s a turnkey security solution that MSPs can use to secure multiple customer networks running in a virtual environment, such as VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer, or KVM. It offers all the same functionality as the physical firewall appliance, just deployed in a different way.
What advantages does it offer?
The Barracuda NextGen Virtual Firewall – Intronis MSP Edition allows IT service providers to easily manage multiple networks from one centralized management console. It also gives them an opportunity to help customers reduce their hardware footprint and deal with next generation threats like ransomware.
What types of customers are a good fit for the virtual version of Barracuda NextGen Firewall – Intronis MSP Edition?
The virtual firewall is a good fit for MSPs that have customers with larger virtualized environments or smaller customers that already have a 100-percent virtualized environment. It’s also a good deployment option for customers that a looking to scale hardware faster and more dynamically or for MSPs that offer hosting services.
What are the public cloud firewall options?
The public cloud deployment options for the Barracuda NextGen Firewall – Intronis MSP Edition offers the same functionality as the physical and virtual firewalls, but they are designed to secure multiple customer networks running within Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform.
What advantages do they offer?
What I see as the biggest advantage for MSPs is that our AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud firewall options let you manage all of your Barracuda NextGen firewalls in one place, whether they’re physical, virtual, or public cloud deployments. It something that can ultimately save MSPs time and money by simplifying the management process and helping them deal with next generation threats like ransomware.
What types of customers are a good fit for the public cloud deployment options?
These firewalls are a good match for MSPs with customers leveraging one of these public clouds. Not only does it help MSPs protect their customers’ digital assets in the public cloud, it also provides WAN acceleration between customer sites and the AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud environments.
How do these offerings help MSPs?
These two new deployment options give MSPs more ways to protect their customers’ virtual, physical, and hybrid environments. And with more choices, MSPs have more flexibility when it comes to choosing the best way to protect their customers from data loss. Plus, like the physical appliance, the virtual and public cloud firewall options are all available on a subscription basis, which fits how MSPs do business and simplifies budgeting and planning.