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Blue Coat advances network application control

Anuradha Shukla | Sept. 21, 2011
Introduces new version of operating software for its PacketShaper appliances.

Blue Coat Systems is making it easy to instantly understand application usage with a new version of operating software for its Blue Coat PacketShaper appliances.

The latest version 8.7 adds an intelligent structure to auto-discovered applications and Web content categories, and doubles the capacity for managing remote sites using an existing PacketShaper 12000 appliance.

Blue Coat, which provides Web security and WAN optimisation solutions, notes that its PacketShaper appliances enable users to see and manage Web and non-Web applications, Web content and Web threats.

Version 8.7 of the PacketShaper operating software adds an automated hierarchical grouping of applications and content.

This addition allows users to monitor and control social media, business-critical applications, business data, Web threats and other groupings in a quick and effective manner.

Supports hardware upgrades

Version 8.7 of the PacketShaper operating software also supports optional hardware upgrades for the PacketShaper 12000 appliance to expand connectivity options.

Blue Coat is offering PacketShaper 8.7 as a software upgrade for all customers with a current support contract for a PacketShaper appliance.

"Application visibility and control is increasingly critical now that typical Web usage consumes over 50 percent of a company's network, and video and aggressive applications can easily incapacitate business-critical applications," said Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president, Blue Coat Systems.

"PacketShaper appliances provide full visibility of applications, Web content and Web threats, combined with strong bandwidth and application controls to bring network usage in line with business priorities."


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