McAfee for the X-Series Platform

With the shift to cost-effective, consolidated datacenters, network security requirements are essential to protecting organizations against vulnerabilities of all types, without impacting performance or availability. The Blue Coat X-Series platform provides a unique and powerful foundation for many best-of-breed security applications, enabling multiple applications to meet the performance and security requirements of the most demanding environments. The X-Series platform is a self-healing, integrated security solution built for carrier-class performance and continuous availability to protect against attacks on business critical applications,  networks and assets.

McAfee Firewall Enterprise is a next-generation firewall that optimizes control and protection of datacenter applications, servers and networks. This proxy-based network firewall is integrated with the X-Series system and offers a range of capabilities, including application visibility and deep application controls to defend against network threats of all types. McAfee Firewall Enterprise delivers strong user- and policy-based controls as it identifies users and sees the host applications actually used to initiate network connections. A first for the network security industry, this unique host and firewall integration works to identify potential anomalies and threats throughout the inside of an organization’s network. McAfee’s firewall protection utilizes McAfee Global Threat Intelligence (GTI), a comprehensive, 24x7, cloud-based threat intelligence service, to identify domains, IP addresses, and ports that may be hosting malware attacks, and block those attacks. Firewall Enterprise also uses web reputation to identify URLs that may be infected or hosting malware attacks, as well as sites hosting undesirable content.

Offering unprecedented levels of application control and protection against threats of all types — file, web, email, and network - the McAfee Firewall Enterprise solution combined with the X-Series platform delivers:

  • The most scalable application-aware firewall,
  • Advanced capabilities in user identity and application visualization,
  • Encrypted traffic inspection,
  • Intrusion prevention,
  • Anti-virus, and
  • Content filtering to block attacks before they occur.


Blue Coat empowers organizations to safely and quickly choose the best applications, services, devices, data sources, and content, so they can create, communicate, collaborate, innovate, execute, compete and win in their markets. With the company’s unique Business Assurance Technology solution set, Blue Coat assists organizations in unlocking their potential and achieving their business goals.

The Blue Coat X-Series platform, combined with solutions by McAfee, uniquely provides a comprehensive, high-performance, highly reliable security solution for effectively enabling consolidated and virtualized security within large enterprises and service providers. The X-Series integrated security platform provides the highest hardware scaling and availability solutions for a growing list of state-of-the-art security applications, including load balancing, firewalls, intrusion prevention systems and more. The end result is an industry-leading, high performance, extensible virtual security service platform that reduces the total time and cost of deployment and management of the infrastructure within enterprises, while providing competitive revenue-generation and cost-reduction opportunities for qualified service providers.