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

Blue Coat Systems, Inc 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. 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.

said Steve Daheb, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Blue Coat.

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.



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