Barracuda Networks has announced the availability of the hybrid Web Security Flex solution.

Unifying Security-as-a-Service (SaaS), appliance and remote filtering deployment options in a single management and reporting portal, the company said that its flexibility enables organisations to choose any combination and to make changes as the network grows and needs evolve.

According to the company, Barracuda Web Security Flex includes a unified management framework via the Barracuda Portal for global policy enforcement and centralised reporting, across all locations and devices. The portal includes directory integration for group- or individual-based policies, pre-defined security policies and security, compliance and usage reports.

The launch marks the integration of the web security service from Purewire, which Barracuda Networks acquired in October 2009.

Dean Drako, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks, said: “Barracuda Web Security Flex is all about choice for the enterprise. We've made that choice simple by offering maximum security coverage across all locations and users in one solution that is easily scalable as the corporate needs grow. Our all-inclusive user-based pricing structure allows for best-of-breed security and central management, regardless of location or device.”