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Barracuda Networks Inc. launches IT solutions in Sri Lanka

PHOTO - Barracuda’s Mr. Murali Urs, Country Manager India & SAARC speaks to a cross section of players from Sri Lanka’s IT industry at the launch event in Colombo.

Colombo. Tuesday 28 October 2014. Barracuda Networks, Inc., the world’s leading IT solutions provider kicked off its presence in Sri Lanka with the launch of a range of industry-leading solutions designed to solve mainstream IT problems – efficiently and cost effectively – while maintaining a level of customer support and satisfaction second to none.

Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, also announced its new Data Protection Plus strategic initiative, aimed at helping customers access, retain and share critical data from anywhere and any device. As part of this initiative, Barracuda is announcing several major enhancements and new releases across its portfolio of cloud-connected backup, archiving and productivity solutions, as well as the acquisition of C2C Systems, a leading provider of information management, email archiving and PST management solutions.

Leveraging their investment in Barracuda, customers can simplify their IT infrastructure and centrally manage solutions across the Barracuda portfolio – regardless of the size or type of deployment – through integrated, easy-to-use web interfaces that support configuration, monitoring and reporting.

“Today’s modern workplace is more virtualized, cloud enabled and mobile. One of IT’s biggest challenges is to ensure business applications are up and running – promoting application availability, productivity and collaboration – often with limited time and resources,” said Rod Mathews, GM Storage at Barracuda. “Protecting the modern workplace demands a new way of thinking. Data Protection Plus enables and accelerates the use of virtualization, cloud and mobile technologies, and represents the latest innovation across our storage product line. Barracuda continues to make it easy for our customers to access, retain and share their critical information.”

“With the growth in cloud and virtualization, data is more accessible than ever before,” said Dave Simpson, senior storage analyst, 451 Research. “IT organizations require solution flexibility to not only protect that data, but also provide fast recovery and availability options to workers everywhere. Barracuda’s approach to delivering multiple options across the storage portfolio gives customers that flexibility.”

New functionality available as part of the Data Protection Plus initiative is included at no additional cost to customers with current Energize Updates subscriptions. Details on the individual product updates, general availability and pricing will be released in the coming weeks. Highlights include:

Protection Plus Availability – Barracuda Backup : Barracuda Backup version 6.0 extends the flexibility for organizations deploying in cloud-connected or private “dark” environments. The new version includes a number of updates such as local control to enable operation and management in private “dark” environments without sending data to the cloud, faster recovery times with granular recovery of Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines without the need to restore the VM, and support for Microsoft SQL Server 2014.

Protection Plus Accessibility – Barracuda Message Archiver : Barracuda Message Archiver version 4.0 extends archiving capacity by allowing Barracuda Message Archiver to move or copy data to the Barracuda Cloud. The new cloud archiving gives users access to email from any device, regardless if email services are available, extending capacity and offsite disaster recovery. Barracuda Message Archiver version 4.0 also allows customers to connect appliances for capacity expansion and federated search to scale and grow with their businesses, without over-committing resources. Barracuda Message Archiver is available as a virtual appliance for customers looking to deploy archives without additional hardware.

Protection Plus Information Management – Acquisition of C2C Systems : Barracuda’s acquisition of C2C Systems allows the company to offer customers a more complete information management and archiving product portfolio to simplify IT and control storage costs. The companies’ shared philosophy around simplicity and customer experience provides customers with extended value across the expanded archiving portfolio, which now includes file and message archiving, eDiscovery, and PST management solutions. This addition enables Barracuda to help eliminate risks associated with distributed PST files, reduce eDiscovery overhead via information management and early investigation, and support information management and governance initiatives via extended retention management policies.

Barracuda’s Mr. Murali Urs, Country Manager India & SAARC said, “We’re excited to launch our range of solutions in Sri Lanka. The IT industry here is very vigorous and advancing at a rapid pace hence the need to keep abreast with the latest solutions on offer suits us a lot. The response from the industry has been very promising and we’re confident of a strong and continued presence in Sri Lanka”.

Sanjaya Padmaperuma, CEO of South Asian Technologies Ltd (SATL) the authorised distributor in Sri Lanka said, “We’re happy to welcome Barracuda to Sri Lanka. Barracuda enjoys an unblemished international reputation for the quality of its products and services. Endorsements from around the world stand testimony to its quality and reliability. I’m thus confident of its success among the large number of players in Sri Lanka’s thriving IT industry.

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