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Barracuda Load Balancer, from Barracuda Networks in Campbell, California, is an application delivery controller.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/px/qe/R1228008XF0T.jpegBarracuda Load Balancer 340 in Higher Education EnvironmentWe purchased the load balancer for use with Exchange initially. But, we use is for many other servers too. Our goal was to reduce downtime if a server failed and also balance the load across servers so one server would not be over tasked, thus increasing performance. We also wanted it so that we could do maintenance, patches, and updates on one server and still maintain access to services. It is being used organization wide.,Provide High Availability. Reduce downtime due to hardware or software failure. Allow for maintenance periods for IT without affecting end users access. Increase performance of services by distributing the load across more than one server.,We also use the load balancer as a redirect server for web applications. When these are set up they show a red x like the services are down. I would like for them to have a setting made in future firmware to simply remove the status on redirects. I would also like for them to do on-demand online training for the load balancer like they already offer for free on many of their products.,10,Positive impact: We can now do server maintenance without disrupting services to the end users. Positive impact: It keeps our servers from getting overloaded during peak utilization times. Positive impact: If we have one server fail the load is shifted to the server that is up to reduce downtime.,,LogMeIn Rescue, Barracuda NG Firewall, AlienVault USMBarracuda Load Balancers, Balancing Bang for your BuckWe are currently using our Barracuda Load Balancer for both Sharepoint and Exchange traffic balancing and also using it as a reverse proxy service. The load balancer allows us to both balance traffic for both Sharepoint and Exchange and also helps us to perform maintenance on the servers without user downtime. The reverse proxy features have worked well as we transition away from Microsoft TMG servers that are no longer supported. This dual functionality has helped with both our high availability and has helped us to eliminate the old TMG servers. We are currently planning adding additional web traffic balancing and also integrating it with our vdi environment.,The reporting and interface to configure the load balancer are detailed but still intuitive and easy to manage. The configuration wizards, along with Barracuda's listing of configuration templates/instructions on their support page, make configuration relatively quick and easy. Reporting allows us to easily monitor our workloads, which the load balancer has been handling without any issues or slowdowns. We also had no problems setting the load balancer to export logs to our central logging solution. The couple of times that we needed assistance, support was extremely efficient and helpful. I really like that i can go online, open a ticket, and schedule a time for support to call me.,The configuration settings are relatively granular, but instructions often only list the necessary fields, so if you need some custom settings it can be a little hunt and find what you need. Their support knowledge base page has instructions, but it can be difficult to navigate. There are different versions for different generations of both the barracuda devices and also the connecting software. (looking for setting up the Microsoft Exchange Load balancing can get you different instructions for each level of load balancer and also each version of Exchange). The internal logging review screens and settings can take a while to get used to how it is structured. It can also take a few tries to configure the service logging to get the type of information you'd like.,8,Barracuda has allowed us to get the load balancing we needed for Sharepoint and Exchange traffic (replaced Microsoft NLB and DNS round robin) and we were able to get 2 devices (set in high availability) for close to what the other bigger load balancing companies were offereing for 1 device. Barracuda also replaced our TMG reverse proxy for a couple separate web services. The TMG's were out of support and we needed a solution to replace them. When looking we saw that Barracuda could do the work and in a day we were able to set them up. This saved us from having to find a separate reverse proxy solution and helped eliminate 2 other devices. It has also saved us in after hours work, as we can take a portion of Sharepoint or Exchange offline to update and patch servers during the normal day.,,Websense TRITON, Microsoft Exchange, Skype for Business, Microsoft Office 365, VMware vCenter Server, Quest Identity Manager, BMC Track-It!
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August 10, 2018

Review: "Barracuda Load Balancer 340 in Higher Education Environment"

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We purchased the load balancer for use with Exchange initially. But, we use is for many other servers too. Our goal was to reduce downtime if a server failed and also balance the load across servers so one server would not be over tasked, thus increasing performance. We also wanted it so that we could do maintenance, patches, and updates on one server and still maintain access to services. It is being used organization wide.
  • Provide High Availability.
  • Reduce downtime due to hardware or software failure.
  • Allow for maintenance periods for IT without affecting end users access.
  • Increase performance of services by distributing the load across more than one server.
  • We also use the load balancer as a redirect server for web applications. When these are set up they show a red x like the services are down. I would like for them to have a setting made in future firmware to simply remove the status on redirects.
  • I would also like for them to do on-demand online training for the load balancer like they already offer for free on many of their products.
It works as we expected in our environment. It is great for high availability, redirects, and distributing loads across multiple servers.
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March 24, 2017

Review: "Barracuda Load Balancers, Balancing Bang for your Buck"

Score 8 out of 10
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We are currently using our Barracuda Load Balancer for both Sharepoint and Exchange traffic balancing and also using it as a reverse proxy service. The load balancer allows us to both balance traffic for both Sharepoint and Exchange and also helps us to perform maintenance on the servers without user downtime. The reverse proxy features have worked well as we transition away from Microsoft TMG servers that are no longer supported. This dual functionality has helped with both our high availability and has helped us to eliminate the old TMG servers. We are currently planning adding additional web traffic balancing and also integrating it with our vdi environment.
  • The reporting and interface to configure the load balancer are detailed but still intuitive and easy to manage.
  • The configuration wizards, along with Barracuda's listing of configuration templates/instructions on their support page, make configuration relatively quick and easy.
  • Reporting allows us to easily monitor our workloads, which the load balancer has been handling without any issues or slowdowns. We also had no problems setting the load balancer to export logs to our central logging solution.
  • The couple of times that we needed assistance, support was extremely efficient and helpful. I really like that i can go online, open a ticket, and schedule a time for support to call me.
  • The configuration settings are relatively granular, but instructions often only list the necessary fields, so if you need some custom settings it can be a little hunt and find what you need.
  • Their support knowledge base page has instructions, but it can be difficult to navigate. There are different versions for different generations of both the barracuda devices and also the connecting software. (looking for setting up the Microsoft Exchange Load balancing can get you different instructions for each level of load balancer and also each version of Exchange).
  • The internal logging review screens and settings can take a while to get used to how it is structured. It can also take a few tries to configure the service logging to get the type of information you'd like.
Barracuda is an inexpensive solution for load balancing web traffic of all kinds and works as a reverse proxy if you need one. It is efficient and has been a very stable solution. If you need extremely granular configuration for your load balancing traffic, then you may need to go with one of the bigger brands. Barracuda will more than handle regular small and medium business use and do so at a greatly reduced price point.
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Barracuda Load Balancer, from Barracuda Networks in Campbell, California, is an application delivery controller.

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