CAMPBELL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of network security appliances, today announced that company founders, Dean Drako, Zach Levow and Michael Perone, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2007 Award in the Networking and Communications category in Northern California. According to Ernst & Young, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Drako, Levow and Perone were selected by an independent panel of judges and the award was presented at an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year gala event at the San Francisco -- Fairmont Hotel on June 29, 2007.
“On behalf of Zach, Michael and I, we could not be more thrilled with this prestigious honor,” said Dean Drako, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks. “Barracuda Networks was started with a single goal in mind: provide a powerful and affordable solution for businesses and organizations of all sizes to rid their email of spam and viruses. In the last four years, we’ve protected more than 40,000 customers worldwide and introduced a product portfolio that extends well beyond email protection to complete network security solutions.
“Our success is due in large part to the phenomenal staff and exceptional channel partnerships we have worldwide,” added Drako. “We consider everyone that has played some role in Barracuda Networks’ success as a part of this distinguished award. We look forward to continuing to drive Barracuda Networks to greater successes in the years to come.”
Barracuda Networks, Inc. was co-founded by Drako, Levow and Perone in 2002 with a mission to provide powerful solutions suitable for the largest of businesses, yet that have the ease of use and affordability that smaller businesses demand. With this combination of power, ease of use and affordability, Barracuda Networks’ products – the Barracuda Spam Firewall, Barracuda Web Filter, Barracuda IM Firewall and Barracuda Load Balancer – continues to win wide acclaim from customers as well as within media and analyst circles. A key component to the company’s success and to its products’ effectiveness is Barracuda Networks unsurpassed ability to protect its valued customers from the latest spam, spyware, virus and other IT infrastructure threats.
Barracuda Networks’ flagship products protect more than 40,000 customers globally, including Adaptec, Caltrans, CBS, Georgia Institute of Technology, IBM, NASA, Pizza Hut, Union Pacific Railroad Company and the U.S. Treasury Department. As a global technology provider, Barracuda Networks has been recognized as the number one supplier of email protection in the U.S.A., Japan, China, Canada and the U.K. In May 2007, Barracuda Networks was honored as one of the top 50 medium-sized “Best Places to Work in the Bay Area 2007” by the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal, the San Francisco Business Times and the East Bay Times.
“Ernst & Young is honored to recognize extraordinary business leaders, such as Dean, Zach and Michael, and the companies they have built,” said Rick Fezell, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program director for Northern California.
As a Northern California award winner, Drako, Levow and Perone are now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 national program. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipient, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 17, 2007. The national Entrepreneur Of The Year celebration is part of Ernst & Young’s Strategic Growth Forum. The overall national Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipient is then considered for the world event held in Monte Carlo.
About Barracuda Networks, Inc.
Barracuda Networks is a leading provider of network security appliances for comprehensive email, Internet and IM protection. Barracuda Networks is a privately held company with headquarters in Campbell, California. Barracuda Networks has offices in eight international locations and distributors in over 80 countries. More information is available at www.barracuda.com.
About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards
The Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2006, honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 125 cities and 40 countries.
About Ernst & Young
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