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Tyco Taps Blue Coat

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Blue Coat Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BCSI), the leader in secure content and application delivery, today announced that Tyco Flow Control, a major division of Fortune 500 company Tyco International Ltd., has selected Blue Coat ProxySG™ appliances to optimize its Wide Area Network (WAN) by securing and accelerating critical business applications between its international offices. Based in Shanghai, China, Tyco Flow Control is the largest manufacturer of valve products in the world, employing 12,500 people in 80 countries.

Tyco Flow Control faced overall productivity issues because the company's WAN connections were completely saturated and latency had become a significant performance issue. Branch and remote offices contended with agonizingly slow response times for key applications, including its Fourth Shift Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application, Lotus Notes for email and collaboration, and remote file-system access using the Common Internet File Sharing (CIFS) protocol. In addition to solving response time issues, the company wanted to lower its operational costs by better optimizing its bandwidth usage.

By installing Blue Coat ProxySG appliances at its branch offices and data center, Tyco Flow Control, experienced reductions of up to 400% in the response time to download files and email attachments. In addition, the company's WAN links now only consume half as much bandwidth, with core applications dropping bandwidth consumption from over 100 kilobits per second (kbps) to 10 kbps -- a 90% improvement.

Prior to selecting Blue Coat Proxy SG appliances, Tyco Flow Control conducted a rigorous competitive review of available products. "We chose Blue Coat due to its proven ability to deliver rapid application response times, and because of the WAN optimization and control features," said Mr. Jan Van Ooijen, president of Tyco Flow Control, Asia. "Blue Coat ProxySG appliances have instantly improved our workplace productivity and lowered operating costs."

Blue Coat Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BCSI)

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