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Blue Coat Intros ProxyClient

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Blue Coat Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:BCSI), a leader in WAN Application Delivery and Secure Web Gateway, today announced Blue Coat ProxyClient™, the first WAN optimization software client with integrated security and control. ProxyClient software extends integrated application acceleration, Web security and policy control to remote or mobile enterprise users, regardless of location. It includes byte caching, an important WAN optimization technology, and location awareness to optimize application performance for remote users and provides centrally managed Web filtering with anti-spyware and anti-phishing protection. The base ProxyClient software with WAN optimization will be available free of charge to customers who purchase ProxySG® appliances. ProxySG customers licensed with Blue Coat WebFilter™ software will get the addition of remote web control added-on to the ProxyClient free of charge.

ProxyClient software is the first integrated client that enables enterprises and organizations to extend security, policy control and application acceleration to remote employees. The combination of functionality in the software enables companies to establish controls over networks they do not own, including the Internet, ensuring performance and protection for the remote user. Since mobile and remote users comprise a significant and growing portion of all employees, a unified platform that extends application performance, security and policy control to users in any location is an emerging IT requirement.

WAN Optimization to Anywhere

The policy-based acceleration in the ProxyClient software enables dramatic performance increases for remote applications. Tests show performance increases of up to 35 times improvement in user wait times, and bandwidth usage. In one evaluation, a 10 megabyte Power Point file took 104 seconds to download without the benefit the ProxyClient software, but only three seconds with the ProxyClient software enabled. The built-in Real Time Performance Indicator graphically displays acceleration results.

The addition of byte caching technology in the ProxyClient software improves performance by up to five times over the existing SG Client software. The new byte caching technology complements already existing application acceleration technologies in SG Client software: protocol optimization for CIFS and TCP, as well as client-side object caching and compression. In addition, location awareness enables the ProxyClient software to automatically apply appropriate WAN optimization, depending on whether the user is inside a branch office and benefiting from acceleration provided by a ProxySG appliance or working remotely.

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