Barracuda acquires Sonian in bid to meet increasing demands for cloud archiving, compliance and analytics



Cloud-enabled security and data protection company Barracuda Networks announced on Thursday that it has acquired privately held Sonian Inc., a provider of public cloud archiving and business insights. This acquisition will deepen Barracuda’s cloud archiving, and email security and management capabilities, as well as expand Barracuda’s channel reach with the addition of key OEM partners.

Sonian’s archiving and analytics capabilities enable customers to preserve, access and act on communications data, and apply these insights to their business to reduce risks and increase productivity.

Using those insights, businesses can identify potential threats in communications data before they escalate into larger problems, which has become increasingly important in existing dynamic threat environment. Adding these capabilities to Barracuda’s security platform deepens the security and data protection offering to customers in their Microsoft Office 365 and other cloud environments.

The alliance include purpose-built cloud platform which is born in the cloud and designed natively to take advantage of public cloud scale and cost characteristics, Sonian provides a platform enabling rapid expansion and high reliability via Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public clouds. The combined cloud archiving capabilities are powerful, yet easy-to-use for both customers and partners, which is increasingly important as companies look to SaaS-based solutions to fulfill their regulatory, policy compliance, and data preservation needs.

Sonian’s technology illuminates data in email discussions and attachments and makes it actionable, proactively providing insights to customers. Barracuda intends to leverage Sonian’s analytics and AI across the security and data protection portfolio to give partners and customers actionable insights into their data. Sonian’s platform was designed for OEMs, managed service providers (MSPs) and end-user customers from the ground up with white-label and administrative APIs for easy and automatic deployments.

Sonian also brings over 32,000 new customers to Barracuda as well as partnerships with large MSPs and software companies.

“The Sonian team has done a great job of building and delivering a native cloud platform designed to meet the needs of partners and customers,” said BJ Jenkins, CEO and president of Barracuda. “The Sonian platform will enable us to continue to drive differentiation and leadership as customers move to Office 365. Further, we believe there is an opportunity to integrate Sonian’s analytics and AI with our data protection portfolio, which combined with our leading security solutions, provides a more complete solution to the market.”

“Flexibility, ease of ownership, and reliability of cloud platforms continue to drive significant market demand,” said Tim McKinnon, CEO and president of Sonian. “The potential of Sonian’s technology and go-to-market model combined with Barracuda’s scale and complementary products creates a powerful value proposition for both partners and customers.”

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