Barracuda offers firewall analytics platform for SD-WAN

Barracuda is rolling out a new firewall analytics platform for SD-WAN to help IT teams. (FierceTelecom)

In order to help IT teams sort through mounds of security and performance data, Barracuda has rolled out a security analytics platform for SD-WAN.

Barracuda's Firewall Insights platform ingests security, application flow, and connectivity data from hundreds or even thousands of firewalls on the extended WAN. Using automation, Firewall Insights aggregates and analyzes information from all firewalls on the network, regardless of whether they are hardware, virtual, or cloud-based deployments. Barracuda Firewall Insights can be added to any CloudGen Firewall deployment option – hardware appliances, virtual appliances, and cloud firewalls for Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform.

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Firewall Insights includes dynamic availability information on SD-WAN connections, transport data, security, and web traffic and network traffic details.

On the automation front, Barracuda Firewall Insights allows customers to schedule, gather, consolidate and analyze data produced by the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall appliances deployed in an organization’s network. The platform provides customizable reports for individual timeframes, and can include all or just a subset of the deployed firewalls.

“By automating the complex processes of consolidating and analyzing the vast amount of data available across an extended WAN, Barracuda Firewall Insights helps IT administrators save time while making it easy to keep their systems optimized and secure,” said Barracuda's Klaus Gheri, VP, network security, in a statement. “We want to help customers streamline network management and security operations.”

Next generation firewall vendors, including Barracuda and Fortinet, have made moves into the SD-WAN space to offer improved security measures.