Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president, Blue Coat Systems
Blue Coat Systems, a leading provider of Web security and WAN optimization solutions, today announced that it has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers1 by research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. Blue Coat MACH5 WAN Optimization appliances and virtual appliances provide traditional and next generation WAN optimization to reduce network costs and accelerate performance of important enterprise applications, file access, backup and email in addition to, live and on-demand video, Web content and Web-based and cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications.
“The requirements for WAN optimization are changing dramatically. The increasing adoption of video, Web-based applications and cloud computing services require that a next generation of WAN optimization solutions support new performance needs,” said Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president, Blue Coat Systems. “Blue Coat uniquely addresses WAN optimization requirements for both traditional data types and applications, such as backup and disaster recovery, while also addressing the critical and growing need to accelerate cloud- and Web-based applications and video.”
The MACH5 solution includes video delivery using a combination of stream-splitting, advanced video caching technologies and pre-population to scale the use of internal company video with minimal network impact. This enables enterprise video initiatives without driving up network bandwidth costs and crippling of the performance of other business critical applications. Video delivery is a fully integrated function of the MACH5 solution, and it supports Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, HTML5, QuickTime and Microsoft Window Media.
The MACH5 solution also includes “one-sided” (asymmetric) acceleration technology to accelerate and dramatically reduce bandwidth requirements of cloud-delivered Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications and Web content with the use of a single appliance at the customer’s location but without requiring a WAN optimization device in the cloud provider’s infrastructure. MACH5 utilizes object caching and multiple optimizations to accelerate Web-based applications from a company’s own data center or one based in the cloud.