Network security and storage vendor Barracuda Networks has filed for an IPO in part to increase its financial flexibility and market visibility.
Campbell, Calif.-based Barracuda Networks, which develops a series of security and storage appliances, is looking to raise $100 million, according to its Oct. 1 SEC filing.
The company is looking to go public at a time of mixed results for its peers that have recently had IPOs.
Storage vendor Violin Memory, which on Sept. 27 had a $160 million IPO that opened at $7.63 per share, saw its share price peak Oct. 1 at $7.88 before dropping to its late Thursday price of $7.50.
However, IT solution provider and retailer CDW, which on June 27 closed its first day as a public company at $18.37 per share, is as of late Thursday seeing share prices at $23.30.
Formed originally as a security appliance vendor, Barracuda in 2009 acquired Yosemite Technologies to expand its offerings into the storage market. The company is currently headed by former EMC executive BJ Jenkins who a year ago took over as Barracuda president and CEO.
Barracuda has over the years done well with the channel, said Alain Bezahler, president of BCPi, a Sharon, Mass.-based solution provider and one of the vendor's original channel partners.
"Nobody's perfect," Bezahler said. "They're above average. We've dealt with them before they had a sales force, back when they had manufacturers reps who helped them sell only two products."
Bezahler said the IPO should really help Barracuda Networks and its channel.
"It's a fast-growing company," he said. "The next step for a company like that is to go with an IPO. Then the company matures. After the IPO, it can put in new processes and tighten things up."
The one thing Barracuda needs most is to beef up its support team, Bezahler said.
"Barracuda has grown fast but has not added enough support people," he said. "But now they're doing it. And, with an IPO, I expect they will add more resources. They need support to continue their growth."
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