Press Release

Info-Tech Research Group Names Blue Coat Industry Champion and Trend Setter in WAN Optimization

Analyst Firm Recognizes Blue Coat for Unique Asymmetric Acceleration of Cloud-based Applications and Robust Video Optimization

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

SUNNYVALE, Calif., October 24, 2012 – Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a market leader in Web security and WAN optimization, today announced that Info-Tech Research Group has positioned the company as a Champion in its new vendor landscape for WAN optimization.  Additionally, Info-Tech Research Group recognized Blue Coat with its Trend Setter award for its unique ability to optimize traffic asymmetrically, which can significantly reduce bandwidth and improve performance for cloud-based applications. 

Champions receive high scores for most evaluation criteria and offer excellent value. They have a strong market presence and are usually the trend setters for the industry.  In the report, Info-Tech Research Group recognizes Blue Coat for product innovation and a complete feature set with differentiating features like asymmetric optimization. 

The report advises businesses that are evaluating WAN optimization solutions to focus on web and video acceleration as well as advanced reporting.  Info-Tech Research Group gives Blue Coat top marks for these features, recognizing its MACH5 appliance as the only solution that offers asymmetrical optimization for content downloaded from the public Internet.

“The shift to Web-based applications and widespread use of video in the enterprise demands a new type of WAN optimization technology that helps businesses manage the Internet as if it is their corporate network,” said Steve Daheb, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Blue Coat.  “Info-Tech’s recognition of our technology excellence is a validation that our vision and product direction are well aligned to new market requirements and ideally suited to help customers address them.”

Blue Coat MACH5 appliances provide next-generation WAN optimization to mitigate the impact of live and on-demand video and accelerate the delivery of cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications. MACH5 appliances use advanced caching technologies to prevent video floods and bandwidth consumption associated with employee-owned devices from saturating a company’s WAN or Internet gateway. Blue Coat’s asymmetric acceleration technology optimizes the performance of cloud-based applications without deploying WAN optimization devices in the application provider’s infrastructure.

About Blue Coat Systems

Blue Coat Systems provides Web security and WAN optimization solutions to 86 percent of FORTUNE Global 500 companies.  As the market share leader in the secure web gateway market, Blue Coat sets the standard for enterprise security.  Its solutions provide the visibility, protection and control required to optimize and secure the flow of information to any user, on any network, anywhere.  For additional information, please visit www.bluecoat.com.

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