This approach, while particularly important to customers operating in spaces with data security concerns such as healthcare and government, is not unique to any one vertical.
“With anything you lay on top of Azure you are going to need a web-facing firewall and that is where we plug in for our customers.
For our public sector customers, we can help drive compliance with the regulations that industry demands, but we can come in and add value for any customer deploying applications in the cloud.”—Nicole Napiltonia, VP of Alliances at Barracuda
Barracuda, with a background working intimately with smaller customers, designs its security solutions to be deployed quickly and managed simply. In doing so, they eliminate significant management overhead for customers just getting their feet wet deploying Azure applications in the cloud—regardless of their size.
Customer acquisition and the power of partnering with Microsoft
When healthcare customer Mt. Sinai began developing mobile applications to collect patient data, they knew that security was of paramount importance. When dealing with patient data, and complying with HIPAA regulations and guidelines, there is an extra layer of security to consider, which required a firewall implemented by a partner. Mt. Sinai didn’t reach out right to Barracuda right away—first they tried another vendor with whom they had a prior relationship.
The complexity of the engagement was heightened since Mt. Sinai had just begun moving data and workloads to Azure. While their first partner attempted to implement a web application firewall in one of their physical datacenters, they struggled in the implementation and the ultimate solution required significant management overhead.
Finding that there was significant administrative overhead and complications to deploying the firewall, Mt. Sinai never fully implemented the solution. Instead, they looked to move the application to Azure, and went to Barracuda for help—on the strength of a glowing recommendation from Microsoft. The result: a successful and fully compliant application secured by Barracuda’s firewall while maintaining high performance.
Unlocking the value of Azure for customers
For Azure customers, Barracuda’s solutions are a gateway for unlocking the true value of customer’s Azure subscriptions. Customers are looking to make the next step in developing applications within and delivered with Azure, and application delivery forms a key component to this story. Barracuda’s experience with small, nimble deployments plugs right in with enterprise customers looking to cautiously expand the role Azure plays within their organizations.