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Blue Coat Systems, Inc., founded in 1996, (NASDAQ: BCSI) is a publicly-held company based in Sunnyvale, California. Blue Coat secures Web communications and accelerates business applications across the distributed enterprise. Blue Coat's family of appliances and client-based solutions - deployed in branch offices, Internet gateways, end points, and data centers - provide intelligent points of policy-based control enabling IT organizations to optimize security and accelerate performance for all users and applications. Blue Coat has installed more than 30,000 appliances worldwide and is ranked #1 by IDC in the Secure Content and Application Delivery market.


WAN Application Delivery Market Set to Weather the Storm?

IDC published a brief paper titled "WAN Application Delivery Market Set to Weather the Storm?" and confirmed the predicted stability of the WAN Optimization market despite the current economic downturn.

IDC highlights that the WAN Optimization market is particularly relevant with customers that have constrained IT budgets since WAN Optimization offers both Capex and Opex benefits.

• Capex reduction - particularly when the WAN Optimization solution is combined with a security solution!
• Opex reduction - with increased throughput that can be achieved with existing WAN Links. IDC calls WAN Optimization a ‘good technology in a tough economy'. In this environment, it is good time to remind customers that investing in WAN Application Delivery will provide a positive ROI.

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Solutions for Visibility, Access, and Control of Web Communications  

Blue Coat ® is the worldwide leader in Secure Content and Application Delivery (IDC 2006). The company provides today's Web-powered organizations with the ability to optimize communications between users and applications throughout the distributed enterprise. This is accomplished through a family of intelligent appliances, powered by a purpose-built operating system (SGOS), that protect individual users and the business as a whole from the dangers of the Internet, thus enabling the Web to be safely integrated into business processes.  Specific security features include content filtering, spyware prevention, anti-virus protection, secure remote access, SSL threat protection, IM/Skype control, and more.  

These same appliances also help limit or block non-essential traffic, while accelerating the delivery of critical business applications by a factor of 10-100X to all users - regardless of their physical location.  The powerful acceleration capabilities are included in Blue Coat's patented MACH5 technology, which includes protocol optimization, bandwidth management, byte caching, object caching, and compression.  Blue Coat is the only vendor in the industry capable of optimizing application performance and Web security with the same family of appliances. 

Nearly 30,000 Blue Coat appliances have been deployed in Fortune 1000 businesses, government agencies, and other organizations worldwide.

SG Series
The ProxySG range enables corporations to extend Web traffic protection and control to the network edge, while significantly reducing the administration and management costs for securing a distributed enterprise

AV Series

The ProxyAV range is a purpose built solution designed to provide scalable control of web content with integrated web virus scanning.  Pairing the ProxyAV with the ProxySG provides significant advantages for high speed web virus scanning that standalone systems cannot match. 

Blue Coat Director enables policy, configuration, and device management for Blue Coat appliances.

Blue Coat Reporter provides comprehensive, identity based reporting on Web communications, enabling enterprises to evaluate Web policies and manage network resources more effectively.

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Dirk Vermaerke