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Barracuda Networks Refreshes Load Balancer ADC Line: Big Performance Boosts, Same Price

By - Source: Barracuda Networks Inc.

Barracuda Networks, Inc. (not to be confused with Seagate's Barracuda line of hard drives) announced several revisions to its load balancer ADC product line, with upgrades across the board for its 340, 440, 540, and 840 models, with no change to current pricing.

The revisions to these models include increased throughput, more networking ports, and hardware-based SSL acceleration. Throughput in model 340 increased slightly from 1 Gbps to 1.2 Gbps, while models 440 and 540 enjoy a more robust upgrade with double the throughput per model, taking model 440 from 1 Gbps to 2 Gbps, and model 540 from 2 Gbps to 4 Gbps.

Gigabit Ethernet ports have been doubled for models 340, 440, and 540, with the 340 and 440 now sporting four 1 GbE ports, and the 540 increasing to an impressive eight ports.

The only model not to receive more bandwidth or increased port quantities is the 840, which is also the only model to receive the new hardware-based SSL acceleration feature. Model 840 is by no means neglected with these new updates, as it already has eight gigabit Ethernet ports and an impressive 10 Gbps of throughput.

Often in the industry, when networking appliances are refreshed, prices seem to reflect the improvements, especially when offering more ports and throughput. However, Barracuda has not altered its list pricing for these models at all, disrupting the current market's price-to-performance ratios, something Barracuda feels is long overdue.

"We have long felt that most of the incumbents in the server load balancing space have priced their products outside the ranges accessible to many organizations who still require scalability, redundancy and security for their internal IT and customer-facing applications," explained Stephen Pao, GM Security, Barracuda, in a press release. "Disrupting this space is why we entered this market over eight years ago, and it's why we're continuing to push these economics with these hardware revisions today."

Certainly, offering double the throughput and ports on a load balancer ADC product at the same reasonable price points is one way to do it. Models 340, 440, 540, and 840 list for $1,999, $3,999, $6,999 and $19,999, respectively, and are available immediately from Barracuda's product page.