Barracuda Networks Rings in 2005 with 11,900 Customers Worldwide; Company Experiences Unprecedented Success in First Full Year of Business

CUPERTINO, Calif.--()--Jan. 6, 2005--Barracuda Networks, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise-class spam firewall solutions, today announced that as of Dec. 31, 2004, its customer roster has risen to 11,900 customers ranging from small and mid-sized companies to large enterprises and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The award-winning Barracuda Spam Firewall was designed for organizations needing an affordable plug-and-play solution with the ability to stop spam without disruption to legitimate email service.

"In little more than a year, Barracuda Networks has become a driving force in the fight against spam and viruses," said Dean Drako, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks. "Receiving spam continues to pose a tremendous financial and productivity drain for organizations, but fighting spam does not have to be expensive. With the Barracuda Spam Firewall, thousands of organizations worldwide have found a powerful, enterprise-class solution that has the ease-of-use and affordability they need."

In addition to unparalleled growth in its customer base, Barracuda Networks also capped 2004 with a variety of industry awards and accolades:

-- March 2004 -- SC Magazine readers, which encompass IT executives and decision-makers at leading companies worldwide, selected the Barracuda Spam Firewall a finalist in the SC Magazine Global 2004 Awards anti-spam solutions category.

-- May 2004 -- The Barracuda Spam Firewall 300 received the "Editor's Choice" and "Well-Connected Award" for spam solutions from Network Computing magazine. Barracuda Networks was selected over 35 other solutions in the same category.

-- May 2004 -- InfoWorld product reviewer Roger Grimes called the Barracuda Spam Firewall 300 his "favorite keeper" of the year and touted the BSF 300's price, features and accuracy as a "great value" for all organizations.

-- July 2004 -- The Barracuda Spam Firewall was awarded the "Special Prize -- Best of Show" winner in the network/communications security category at Networld + Interop Japan.

-- July 2004 -- The Barracuda Spam Firewall received the highest average rating (4.75 out of 5 stars) in a competitive review by Federal Computer Week.

-- August 2004 -- IT and open source community experts at LinuxWorld San Francisco named the Barracuda Spam Firewall 600 a finalist in the "Best Messaging Solution" category out of hundreds of nominees.

-- December 2004 -- The Barracuda Spam Firewall 300 ranked among the top 12 out of more than 30 solutions tested in a competitive review by NetworkWorld.

-- December 2004 -- The Barracuda Spam Firewall 800 was selected "Editor's Choice" for anti-spam solutions by SmartPartner, a leading IT trade publication in China.

-- December 2004 -- For the second consecutive year, SC Magazine readers selected the Barracuda Spam Firewall as a finalist in the SC Magazine Global 2005 Awards anti-spam solutions category.

Barracuda Networks also established itself as a dominant force in the worldwide anti-spam market, opening three regional headquarters in the U.K., China, and Australia.

About the Barracuda Spam Firewall

The Barracuda Spam Firewall is available in five models and supports from 1,000 to 30,000 active users with no per user licensing fees. The Barracuda Spam Firewall can be installed in front of the email server in typically less than five minutes and is automatically updated hourly to block new forms of spam and viruses. Its architecture leverages open source spam and virus solutions in conjunction with ten defense layers: denial of service and security protection, IP block list, rate control, virus check with archive decompression, proprietary virus check, user specified rules, spam fingerprint check, intention analysis, spam rule-based scoring, and Bayesian analysis. This architecture minimizes the processing of each email, which yields the performance required to process millions of messages per day. Unlike software solutions, the Barracuda Spam Firewall reduces the load placed on the email server by off-loading both spam and virus filtering. Barracuda Networks also offers the Energize Update subscription service to automatically update the Barracuda Spam Firewall with the latest spam rules and virus definitions.

About Barracuda Networks, Inc.

Barracuda Networks, Inc. is the worldwide leader in anti-spam appliance solutions. Winner of the 2004 Network Computing Editor's Choice Award and Well-Connected Award, the Barracuda Spam Firewall provides spam and virus protection for over 11,000 organizations worldwide including Caltrans, Union Pacific Railroad Company, and Washington State University. Barracuda Networks, a privately held corporation, is headquartered in Cupertino, California, with offices and distributors in over 35 countries. For more information, please visit www.barracudanetworks.com.

Contacts

Barracuda Networks, Inc.
Kylie Heintz, 408-342-5440
kheintz@barracudanetworks.com
Danielle Carter, 408-342-5467
dcarter@barracudanetworks.com

Contacts

Barracuda Networks, Inc.
Kylie Heintz, 408-342-5440
kheintz@barracudanetworks.com
Danielle Carter, 408-342-5467
dcarter@barracudanetworks.com