SOURCE: Barracuda Networks Inc.

Barracuda Networks Inc.

February 04, 2010 08:00 ET

Barracuda Load Balancer Now Includes Layer 7 Content Routing and Global Server Load Balancing

New Firmware Release 3.1 Enhances Network Deployment and Scalability Options

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - February 4, 2010) - Barracuda Networks Inc., a leading provider of security, storage and networking solutions, today announced new features for the Barracuda Load Balancer, including Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) and Layer 7 content routing. Available on Barracuda Load Balancer models 440 and 640, GSLB utilizes a built-in geographical IP database that ensures traffic redirection to the next available data center in the event of outage or other performance hindering event at the primary data center.

Layer 7 content routing enables administrators to direct Web traffic to different server groups based on the content of the incoming request. Content rules can be based on any part of the incoming traffic such HTTP headers, URLs and parameters. The application modules can be deployed on multiple servers and using content rules the Barracuda Load Balancer will retrieve the correct content based on the URL path, sub domain or application parameters. Layer 7 content routing is available in Barracuda Load Balancer models 340 and above.

"Unlike competing solutions, new content routing capabilities are powered by a comprehensive rules engine enabling administrators to deploy large applications across multiple servers," said Stephen Pao, vice president of product management for Barracuda Networks. "The Barracuda Load Balancer continues to offer exceptional ease-of-use for an enterprise-class application delivery solution at an affordable price."

Barracuda Load Balancer firmware 3.1 adds support for 802.1Q-based virtual LAN (VLAN) tagging for advanced deployments. Utilizing this capability, the Barracuda Load Balancer can distribute traffic between servers that are deployed in different VLAN subgroups, enabling administrators to segment their backend server networks by application or user group. The Barracuda Load Balancer also introduces support for one-armed proxy deployments, allowing administrators to determine exactly what network traffic to route through the Barracuda Load Balancer.

In addition, traffic acceleration technologies such as Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) multiplexing have been incorporated to improve application response times. TCP multiplexing allows the Barracuda Load Balancer to reuse existing network connections and removes the overhead associated with creating or terminating connections. This connection pooling enables administrators to achieve greater efficiency among servers and faster performing applications.

Pricing and Availability

Barracuda Load Balancer firmware 3.1 is immediately available to current and future Barracuda Load Balancer customers. The Barracuda Load Balancer comes in four models ranging in price from $1,499 to $8,999 depending on the model with no per port charges or per server licensing fees. International pricing and availability varies based on region. For more information please visit

About the Barracuda Load Balancer

Available in four models, the Barracuda Load Balancer is an affordable, scalable and comprehensive solution for intelligently distributing network traffic across multiple servers. Barracuda Load Balancers support up to 250 servers with no per port or per server licensing fees for ultimate network efficiency. The Barracuda Load Balancer offers network administrators reliability, speed and security with cookie-based session persistence, SSL acceleration and network intrusion prevention. Designed to achieve network flexibility and operational reliability, the Barracuda Load Balancer integrates powerful layer 4 or layer 7 load balancing. To minimize ongoing administration, Barracuda Load Balancers receive hourly Energize Updates delivered automatically by Barracuda Central to provide the most current intrusion prevention definition and security updates.

About Barracuda Networks Inc.

Barracuda Networks Inc. combines premise-based gateways and software, cloud services, and sophisticated remote support to deliver comprehensive security, networking and storage solutions. The company's expansive product portfolio includes offerings for protection against email, Web and IM threats as well as products that improve application delivery and network access, message archiving, backup and data protection. Coca-Cola, FedEx, Harvard University, IBM, L'Oreal, and Europcar are among the more than 100,000 organizations protecting their IT infrastructures with Barracuda Networks' range of affordable, easy-to-deploy and manage solutions. Barracuda Networks is privately held with its international headquarters in Campbell, Calif. For more information, please visit

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