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BT Picks Blue Coat

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Blue Coat Systems (Nasdaq: BCSI), a leader in secure content and application delivery, today announced that BT, one of the worlds leading communications solutions and service providers has selected Blue Coat® ProxySG™ appliances to accelerate Internet content to the broadband network that BT is rolling out for the National Health Service (NHS) in England. The network, known as N3, replaces the NHSnet. N3 forms part of what is believed to be the world’s largest civilian IT project, the National Programme for IT in the NHS. N3 links NHS sites throughout the country to shared health applications, and the Internet and is part of a major strategic initiative to deliver improved healthcare to patients at lower costs and with the highest standards of privacy.

Health professionals have experienced enhanced performance from the N3 service when accessing the Internet due to Blue Coat’s acceleration technology, which has lead to reduced response times, improved performance of applications and faster file access. N3 is simultaneously receiving bandwidth savings of around 30%, which has enabled a greater return on the investment in the network infrastructure.

“Blue Coat is pleased to serve such a central role in accelerating Internet content for N3 users and reducing overall bandwidth consumption,” said Craig Stewart, vice president for EMEA, Blue Coat Systems. “In the future, we anticipate individual health care provider offices and Primary Care Trust groups will install Blue Coat appliances to further speed applications and provide security for their patient data and systems.”

Blue Coat Systems Inc.