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Barracuda Networks IM Firewall 320 with 5-Year Energize Update - BMF320a5

The Barracuda IM Firewall is the first product to provide everything an organization needs to control and manage internal and external instant messaging (IM) traffic.   Learn more about the product
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Introducing the Barracuda IM Firewall, the first and only all-in-one instant messaging appliance available today.

IM Firewall Overview
The Barracuda IM Firewall is the first product to provide everything an organization needs to control and manage internal and external instant messaging (IM) traffic. It combines an integrated IM server and gateway solution that is powerful, easy to use, and affordable for businesses of all sizes. Installing in minutes, it can easily and completely identify and manage both internal and public IM traffic within your organization. Using the Barracuda IM Firewall, your organization can eliminate the security, virus, or compliance risks of instant messaging while harnessing the communications and productivity benefits for which IM has become an indispensable asset.

Powerful Complete Solution
The Barracuda IM Firewall combines an internal IM server and client with management and security measures to form the most complete instant messaging solution available. The Barracuda IM Firewall provides:
  • IM traffic identification and logging
  • Public IM access controls
  • Virus scanning
  • File transfer management
  • Keyword notification and content management
  • A private and secure IM server and client solution
  • Access to internal and all public IM networks from a single client

Most instant messaging products provide either an IM server for secure internal instant messaging within your organization, or an IM gateway to identify, log, and report on existing IM traffic. The Barracuda IM Firewall is a secure IM server with a feature rich IM management solution in an appliance format. This two-tiered approach provides organizations a complete IM solution within minutes.

Easy to Use
The Barracuda IM Firewall is easy to set up and rollout to your users. Installing a unit inline takes minutes and, once connected, all public IM traffic is captured and logged to an internal database. With an intuitive user interface for maintenance and monitoring, the Barracuda IM Firewall is a virtually administration-free solution. When using the IM server, user deployment features such as an email rollout tool allow users to have the client installed and connected in minutes. System updates are delivered automatically by Barracuda Central, an advanced technology center where engineers work continuously to provide the most effective methods to identify and control public IM traffic and combat ever-changing virus variants. Updates are distributed hourly so that you are always protected against the latest threats.

Large and small organizations alike demand solutions that are affordable not just for today, but also for the future as they grow. The Barracuda IM Firewall enables organizations to grow without having to worry about increasing user license fees. With no per user license fees, the Barracuda IM Firewall is the most affordable secure IM server and management solution available.

IM Gateway
The Barracuda IM Firewall provides IM gateway features allowing simple and rapid installation and management of public IM traffic on a network. Upon installation the Barracuda IM Firewall will begin identifying and logging IM traffic to its internal database for future viewing or auditing. Control of public IM services such as AOL, Yahoo, and MSN has become essential in order to maintain network security, message confidentiality, and protection against viruses. The Barracuda IM Firewall provides the ability to log or block public IM services, scan public IM traffic for viruses, and manage the identities of public IM users on your network
IM Server
The integrated Instant Messaging server provides companies with a secure internal IM network. Internal messages need never leave the corporate network, and are protected by industry-leading 256-bit encryption. The Barracuda IM Client provided with the product comes with client rollout and roster management tools, and is easy to install and deploy.

The Barracuda IM Firewall offers one of the highest levels of message encryption available on any IM product. Its 256-bit message encryption ensures that your corporate messages remain private as long as you are using the Barracuda IM Client. The client provides users security even outside their corporate network from anywhere on the Internet.

With the Barracuda IM Firewall all instant messaging traffic on your network is logged, including group chat sessions and file transfers. All logs are stored on the appliance and can be easily backed up or exported.

Keyword Tools
Keyword notification and content management tools ensure that your users are adhering to your internal policies and government compliance regulations. Keywords, phrases, and regular expressions can be identified, removed, or blocked entirely within IM conversations. If a policy violation is committed, the appropriate parties can be notified via email or IM. All policy violations are logged and noted.

Central Administration
The Barracuda IM Firewall features an easy-to-use Web interface allowing for easy and cost effective administration. The Web interface allows you to define, manage and control corporate IM policies from one central place.
  • Barracuda Energize Updates - A team of security engineers at Barracuda Central continuously monitors the Internet for trends in IM and virus attacks. As they detect trends, updates are created for the Barracuda IM Firewall. The Barracuda IM Firewall is then automatically updated with new IM rules for managing public IM protocols and services and virus definitions. These updates require zero administration and ensure that your network has comprehensive and accurate protection.

  • Logs and Graphical Reports System - Administrators can view logs or generate graphical reports to provide visibility within the organization. The Barracuda IM Firewall can provide information on IM conversations, public IM access, file transfers, presence, viruses, and more.

  • No Per User Charges - Barracuda IM Firewall pricing is simple. Each Barracuda IM Firewall is designed to handle an approximate number of users. The Barracuda IM Firewall includes a robust feature set at one fixed price with no per user charges. This means the system administrator no longer has to worry about keeping track of new accounts.
LDAP Integration
The Barracuda IM Firewall integrates seamlessly with any LDAP compliant directory servers including Microsoft Active Directory, Novell eDirectory, Lotus Domino, and Open LDAP. Once the directory server is integrated, the Barracuda IM Firewall can manage policies using LDAP users and groups.

Rollout Tools
Rolling out and installing the Barracuda IM Client software is simple. Administrators can choose to roll the client out to users via an email containing username and password information, a download link for the client, and installation instructions. Installation is fast and easy, and can be performed by your end users in three clicks. The zero configuration installer automatically knows the name of the server to which that user will connect. Additionally, contact lists can be automatically populated using the Barracuda Roster Push tool, providing administrators the ability to populate their users' contact lists before first log on, or when an employee joins or leaves the organization.
Device Type Firewall
Bundled Services 5 years Energize Updates Subscription
Height (Rack Units) 1U
Width 16.7 in
Depth 14 in
Height 1.7 in
Weight 17 lbs
Form Factor Rack-mountable
Connectivity Technology Wired
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
Capacity Connection / user qty : 500
Status Indicators Power, HDD activity, transmit, virus blocked
Features Antivirus analysis, Stateful Failover, Ethernet Passthrough port
Encryption Algorithm 256-bit WPA
Authentication Method LDAP, Active Directory
Expansion / Connectivity
Interfaces 2 x 100Base-TX - RJ-45 x 3 ¦ 1 x VGA ¦ 1 x PS/2 keyboard ¦ 1 x serial - DB-9
Power Device Internal power supply
Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details Virus definitions update - hourly updates ¦ New releases update - hourly updates ¦ Technical support - phone consulting - 5 years
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Barracuda Networks IM Firewall 320 with 5-Year Energize Update (BMF320a5)

The Barracuda IM Firewall is the first product to provide everything an organization needs to control and manage internal and external instant messaging (IM) traffic.

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