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Barracuda NextGen Firewall for Azure and Agrifim customer case

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Overview Agrifirm is a cooperative in the Netherlands that combines the purchasing power of approximately 17,500 Dutch farmers and horticulturalists to procure high quality products such as animal feed, seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides. Agrifirm's research department employs a results-driven approach to facilitate innovation around sustainability and other related areas. The Need for Compliance Archiving Agrifirm has over 100 years of experience in agri-business, which has taught them the importance of knowledge, quality and innovation. As a large cooperative, company-generated data spans across many types of farms, products, and high number of locations. On the strategic front, Agrifirm needed to find a solution that would enable better control of its IT. Prior to 2011, Agrifirm outsourced all IT services to a partner. While the intention was to free- up internal resources, without internal IT personnel or data centers, Agrifirm struggled to manage technical aspects of company applications. Because the outsourcing partner had no industry expertise, adjusting to changing business needs was difficult and simple projects took months to complete. Agrifirm considered several factors in choosing a new solution. Its customers are Dutch farmers who sometimes rely on faxes and low-tech computing solutions, which results in ongoing problems with lost orders and confusion. Because the nature of Agrifirm's business is seasonal, they needed a solution that could easily scale, as well as keep data secure and organized while providing easy access to applications, place orders, etc. Finding a Solution that Met Their Needs Agrifirm decided they only had two choices: build its own data center or move to a public cloud. Satisfied with existing Office 365 and Azure Active Directory deployments, the company decided to take the public cloud approach. With the decision made to gradually move IT operations to Azure, Agrifirm's IT team were able to focus on their deep knowledge of Agrifirm's business, which has complemented their migration to the cloud. The company is looking to complete the migration process in 2017. Agrifirm was already familiar with Barracuda, having utilized the Barracuda Email Security Gateway for cyber threat prevention. After Microsoft evaluated the design of Agrifirm's Azure environment, Dutch Agricultural Cooperative Takes Control of its IT with Barracuda Security Solutions Deployed on Microsoft Azure Profile • Cooperative in which 17,500 Dutch farmers and horticulturalists have combined their purchasing power • Offers purchasing for animal feed, seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides • Located in the Netherlands Challenges • Minimal control over their own applications • Large number of diverse business models and data • High risk of data loss Solution Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series and Web Application Firewall deployed on Microsoft Azure cloud platform Results • Ability to resolve conflicts and implement new solutions quickly • Zero cyberattacks • Improved connectivity across company and its subsidiaries About the Barracuda NextGen Firewall F Barracuda NextGen Firewalls feature advanced security capabilities, including integrated Intrusion Prevention (IPS), URL filtering and antivirus to identify and block evasion attempts that would trick traditional systems. Barracuda's security extends beyond a network to Barracuda's Advanced Threat Detection (ATD) cloud for both statistical and sandboxing analysis of zero-day and targeted threats that routinely bypass signature-based IPS and antivirus engines. About the Barracuda Web Application Firewall The Barracuda Web Application Firewall blocks an ever-expanding list of sophisticated web-based intrusions and attacks that target the applications hosted on web servers and the sensitive or confidential data to which they have access. Placed between the Internet and web servers, the Barracuda Web Application Firewall scans all inbound web traffic to block attacks and scans outbound traffic, providing highly effective data loss prevention.

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