Congratulations and thank you to Barracuda Networks for partnering with the Reno Tahoe area as the title sponsor for the Barracuda Championship PGA golf event which start today. This is great news for the event, as Barracuda’s 4 year sponsorship agreement insures the future of this PGA Tour stop in Reno.
It is also great news for northern Nevada as it keeps our region in the news with national exposure, more visitors and the sponsorship of a Bay Area technology firm. One question that I have been getting since the sponsorship announcement is who is Barracuda Networks?
The short answer to that question can be found in all of the reports about them becoming the title sponsor, they are a network security and storage technology firm. The long answer is not as simple as that. They have developed a wide range of technology products that are used by technology professionals to make networks more reliable, fault tolerant and secure. Since they have, in a sense, come to Reno, let’s take a closer look at who they are, what they do and why their products might provide solutions to your technology challenges.
First of all many of you may be familiar with the Barracuda Networks name as they are not shy about advertising. Their ads can be seen in airports around the USA and I often hear them on NPR and satellite radio. This name awareness has been part of their strategy since they introduced their first product over 10 years ago. That product, a spam and virus firewall appliance, was disruptive to the market in that it changed the pricing model for this important service.
As a Barracuda partner we resell, use, and support a variety of their products. Our datacenter employs redundant Barracuda appliances that filter email for all of our clients while providing additional features that protect this critical business service.
Barracuda Networks also delivers an array of purpose built applications, appliances and cloud services that defend networks against evolving threats. Their product line includes solutions to protect web and application servers, remote access users and small to enterprise networks.
As a storage vendor their Barracuda Backup appliance provides a streamlined and cost effective solution to network backup, cloud storage and fast file restoration. Additional solutions for email storage, archiving and retrieval can simplify compliance and provide email search and retrieval from anywhere.
For organizations and cloud service providers building application access solutions, Barracuda’s load and link balancing technologies can ensure scalability, performance and security across multiple sites and redundant internet connections.
This is just a small sample of the solutions and application scenarios that Barracuda Networks has designed to be powerful, affordable and easy to use. Their success in developing, marketing, supporting these solutions has earned them multiple industry awards and their IPO just last year has put them on the NYSE with the symbol CUDA.
If you have not had a chance to make it out to previous versions of the Barracuda Championship, now is the time to go and show support for this great event and the new sponsor. This year, many new food venues and activities will accompany the great golf on a beautiful course. Get out there and check out the “Cuda”!