Barracuda Networks

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Barracuda Networks
Type Public
Traded as NYSECUDA
Industry Computer security and
Computer data storage
Founded 2003
Founders Dean Drako
Michael Perone
Zach Levow
Headquarters Campbell, California, United States
Key people BJ Jenkins, (CEO)
Michael Perone (CMO)
Zach Levow (CTO)
Products Spam Firewalls,
Web filters,
IM firewalls,
Load balancers,
Email Archivers,
Web Site Firewalls,
SSL/VPNs,
Backup software,
NG Firewalls,
CudaTel PBX
Backup Servers
Employees 1000-5000
Website barracudanetworks.com

Barracuda Networks, Inc. is a company providing security, networking and storage products based on network appliances and cloud services. The company’s security products include products for protection against email, web surfing, web hackers and instant messaging threats such as spam, spyware, trojans, and viruses. The company's networking and storage products include web filtering, load balancing, application delivery controllers, message archiving, NG firewalls, backup services and data protection.[1]

History[edit]

Barracuda Networks was founded in 2003 by Dean Drako (founding CEO), Michael Perone, and Zach Levow; the company introduced the Barracuda Spam and Virus Firewall in the same year.[2][3][4] In 2007 the company moved its headquarters to Campbell, California,[5] and opened an office in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[6]

In January 2006, it closed its first outside investment of $40 million from Sequoia Capital and Francisco Partners. Sequoia Capital had previously provided financing to Cisco Systems, Google, Netscreen, and Yahoo!.[7]

On January 29, 2008, Barracuda Networks was sued by Trend Micro over their use of the open source anti-virus software Clam AntiVirus, which Trend Micro claimed to be in violation of their patent on 'anti-virus detection on an SMTP or FTP gateway'.[8] In addition to providing samples of prior art in an effort to render Trend Micro's patent invalid, in July 2008 Barracuda launched a countersuit against Trend Micro claiming Trend Micro violated several antivirus patents Barracuda Networks had acquired from IBM.[9]

In December 2008, the company launched the BRBL (Barracuda Reputation Block List), its proprietary and dynamic list of known spam servers, for free and public use in blocking spam at the gateway.[10] Soon after opening BRBL many IP addresses got blacklisted without apparent reason and without any technical explanation.[11][12][13][14]

As of October 2009, Barracuda had over 85,000 customers.[15] As of November, 2011, Barracuda had more than 130,000 customers.[16] As of January, 2014, Barracuda has more than 150,000 customers worldwide [2][17]

In 2012, the company became a co-sponsor of the Garmin-Barracuda UCI ProTour cycling team [18] and entitlement sponsor of the 2011 Indianapolis 500 champion Bryan Herta Autosport in the IZOD IndyCar Series, with the #98 Lotus driven by Alex Tagliani, who will defend the team's championship.[19]

Barracuda Networks expanded its research and development facility in Ann Arbor to a 12,500 square foot office building on Depot Street in 2008.[20] By 2012, the Michigan based research division had grown to about 180 employees, again outgrowing its space. In June, 2012, Barracuda signed a lease to occupy the 45,000 square foot office complex previously used as the Borders headquarters on Maynard St in downtown Ann Arbor.[21]

In July 2012, Dean Drako, Barracuda Networks’s co-founder, president and CEO since it was founded in 2003, resigned his operating position, remaining on the company’s board of directors.[22] At the time of Drako’s departure, the company stated it had achieved profitability,[23] a nearly ongoing 30 annual percent growth rate since inception, 150,000 customers worldwide, nearly 1,000 employees, 10 offices, and did business in 80 countries.[24] The company created the office of the CEO as it started a CEO search.[25]

In November 2012, long-time EMC executive William "BJ" Jenkins joined the company as President and CEO. Jenkins worked at EMC since 1998 and most recently served as president of EMC's Backup and Recovery Systems (BRS) Division.

In November 2013, Barracuda Networks went public on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CUDA.[26]

Products[edit]

  • Spam and virus firewall - In October 2003, Barracuda announced its spam and virus firewall plug-in appliance.[27] In June 2008, Barracuda launched a spam and virus firewall for large enterprises and ISPs.[28]
  • Web filter - In April 2005, the company introduced its web filtering appliance to prevent spyware and viruses from gathering and transmitting user data, and to control web surfing.[29]
  • IM Firewall - Launched in September 2005 to protect and archive instant messaging content.[30]
  • Load balancer - In November 2006, the company introduced a load balancing appliance for high availability distribution of network traffic across multiple servers.[31]
  • Message archiver - In July 2007, the company introduced message archiving to index and preserve emails, and to meet legal and regulatory compliance.[32]
  • SSL VPN - In November, 2008, the company launched its secure sockets layer virtual private network product to provide secure, clientless, remote access.[33]
  • Web Application Firewall - Announced in February 2008, for securing Web applications for large enterprises and to address regulation compliance such as PCI DSS.[34]
  • Link Balancer - Announced in September 2008, to optimize and aggregate internet connections from different providers.[35]
  • Backup services - In November 2008, the company announced a service to back up data in the cloud, including on-site backup with data deduplication and off-site data replication for disaster recovery.[36] In January 2009, Barracuda added message-level backup for Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise, integrating Barracuda Backup Service with Yosemite Backup, formerly Tapeware.[37]
  • Purewire Web Security Service - In October 2009, in conjunction with its acquisition of Purewire, Barracuda Networks launched the Purewire Web Security Service which is a software as a service offering for Web filtering, content security, and safe web surfing.[38]
  • NG Firewall - In February 2010, Barracuda announced its NG Firewalls to protect enterprise network infrastructures. The firewalls integrate web and email filtering, intrusion prevention, layer 7 application profiling, and network access control into one platform that is centrally managed across multiple distributed enterprise network locations. NG Firewalls are available both as hardware or as a virtual appliance and include wide area network traffic optimization.[39]
  • CudaTel Communication Server (PBX) - in August 2010, Barracuda announced the release of CudaTel, a VOIP Private branch exchange designed for IT administrators. CudaTel features FreeSWITCH, a open-source project sponsored by Barracuda Networks.[40]
  • Copy.com was announced as a cloud storage service in February 2013.[41][42]

Acquisitions[edit]

In September 2007, Barracuda Networks acquired NetContinuum, a company providing application controllers to secure and manage enterprise web applications.[43]

In November 2008, Barracuda Networks expanded into cloud-based backup services by acquiring BitLeap.[44]

In November 2008, Barracuda Networks acquired 3SP, allowing the company to introduce Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Virtual Private Network (VPN) products to allow secure remote access to network file shares, internal Web sites and remote control capabilities for desktops and servers.[45]

In January 2009, Barracuda Networks [3] acquired Yosemite Technologies to add software agents for incremental backups of applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server and SQL Server, and Windows system states.[37]

September 2009, Barracuda Networks acquired controlling interest in phion AG,[4] an Austria-based public company [5] delivering enterprise-class firewalls.[46]

In October 2009, Barracuda Networks acquired Purewire Inc, a software as a service (SaaS) company offering cloud based web filtering and security.[47][6]

In April 2013,[7] Barracuda Networks acquired SignNow.[48]

Security Issue[edit]

In January 2013, a backdoor was discovered: "A variety of firewall, VPN, and spam filtering gear sold by Barracuda Networks contains undocumented backdoor accounts that allow people to remotely log in and access sensitive information, researchers with an Austrian security firm have warned." The backdoor was then secured shortly after the announcement.[49]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Company Product Page Barracuda Networks. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
  2. ^ Channel Web CEO and founder Dean Drako departs Barracuda
  3. ^ Ernst & Young Northern California's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award Winners Announced
  4. ^ VentureBeat Barracuda swallows Purewire as it becomes a bigger fish in web-based security services
  5. ^ The Campbell Reporter Barracuda Networks sinks its teeth into site on Winchester Boulevard
  6. ^ Crain's Detroit Business Silicon Valley firm picks Ann Arbor for office
  7. ^ NetworkWorld Barracuda attracts $40 million in venture investment
  8. ^ Ars Technica Barracuda defends open-source antivirus from patent attack
  9. ^ Ars Technica Barracuda bites back at Trend Micro in ClamAV patent lawsuit
  10. ^ Linux.com Barracuda offers a new alternative to Spamhaus
  11. ^ "Problems with Barracuda blacklist". Andrew.triumf.ca. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  12. ^ "Everything Linux and Open Source". Linux.com. 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  13. ^ "BarracudaCentral – another blacklist black hole". Steve.heyvan.com. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  14. ^ "BarracudaCentral - Spiceworks". Community.spiceworks.com. 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  15. ^ San Jose Business Journal Barracuda Networks buys Purewire
  16. ^ eChannel News Barracuda Expands to Over 130,000 Customers Worldwide
  17. ^ Barracuda news release
  18. ^ "Garmin-Cervélo becomes Garmin-Barracuda". January 11, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Bryan Herta Autosport Names Barracuda Networks as Primary Sponsor". January 13, 2012. 
  20. ^ Martin, Mike (October 1, 2008). "Barracuda Networks moves into 201 Depot Street in Ann Arbor". Concentrate Media. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  21. ^ Alfs, Lizzy. "Barracuda Networks signs deal to move hundreds of jobs to ex-Borders offices in downtown Ann Arbor". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  22. ^ AnnArbor Barracuda Networks CEO resigns to pursue other avenues
  23. ^ ChannelNomics Barracuda Networks CEO resigns
  24. ^ CRN Barracuda Networks CEO resigns
  25. ^ Channel Register Exit the Dragon: Barracuda Network CEO stands down
  26. ^ SJ Mercury News Biz Break: Barracuda Networks IPO primes pump for Twitter
  27. ^ ComputerWorld Barracuda Networks launches antispam appliance line
  28. ^ eChannelline Barracuda launches Spam Firewall for large enterprises
  29. ^ InformationWeek Barracuda Rolls Out Spyware-Blocking Appliance
  30. ^ ComputerWorld Security Security Log
  31. ^ IT & Security Portal Barracuda Networks Launches Barracuda Load Balancer
  32. ^ ISP Planet Barracuda's Message Archiver
  33. ^ Comms Express New SSL VPN Announced
  34. ^ eChannelline Barracuda puts bite on SMB Web application controller
  35. ^ ISP Planet Barracuda Networks' Link Balancer
  36. ^ Information Week Barracuda Swims Into The Cloud
  37. ^ a b PCWorld Backup Merger Unites Barracuda, Yosemite
  38. ^ Channel Insider Barracuda Acquires Cloud Security Vendor Purewire
  39. ^ InfoSecurity Barracuda moves into distributed firewall technology
  40. ^ Barracuda Networks Launches CudaTel – New VoIP PBX Based on the Open Source FreeSWITCH Project [1]
  41. ^ "Copy, Cloud Storage and Sharing Platform by Barracuda Networks". News release. March 1, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  42. ^ "Barracuda Networks Launches Ultimate File Sharing, Sync and Storage Service Based on Secure Global Barracuda Cloud". PRWeb. February 20, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  43. ^ SCMagazine Barracuda Networks buys NetContinuum
  44. ^ InformationWeek Barracuda Swims Into The Cloud
  45. ^ Eweek Barracuda Networks Breaks into SSL VPN Space
  46. ^ Silicon Valley Business Journal Barracuda Networks takes controlling interest in phion
  47. ^ Atlanta Business Chronicle Barracuda buys Purewire Inc.
  48. ^ BusinessCloud
  49. ^ Dan Goodin (January 24, 2013). "Secret backdoors found in firewall, VPN gear from Barracuda Networks". Ars Technica. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 

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